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Just Watch Me!

by Erin Silver
edition: Paperback
  • age: 11 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: science & technology, friendship, marriage & divorce

Twelve-year-old Simon Rosen has qualified for the Canadian Video Game Championships in Vancouver. If he can get straight As in school, his parents have agreed to take him. The stakes are especially high. His parents are always fighting, and if he can just get them to Vancouver - the place where they fell in love - maybe he can save his family from …


Volleyball Vibe

by Karen Spafford-Fitz
edition: eBook
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3
tagged: friendship, girls & women, bullying

Highlighting girls' volleyball, a sport that has overtaken girls' basketball in popularity, Volleyball Vibe shows how engagement in sports can boost self-esteem, confidence and foster responsibility and teamwork. The main character, Ria, is a teen girl living in Edmonton, Alberta, whose obsession with beauty and fashion leads her mother to insist t …


Open Ice

by David Trifunov
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3
tagged: hockey, girls & women, friendship

Set in a co-ed environment, Open Ice follows Vancouver, British Columbia, teens Jillian and Jacob, who must attempt to deal with their problems through communication, problem-solving and teamwork, not unlike the typical methods kids see when dealing with challenges. Touching on the sports-based — as opposed to social — pressures that discourage …


The Rule of Thirds

A Pippa Greene Novel

by Chantel Guertin, narrator Ana Sani
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: friendship, careers, occupations, internships, art


A fresh voice in YA fiction brings a charming heroine to life in this series debut

Sixteen-year-old Pippa Greene never goes anywhere without her camera. She and her best friend/supermodel-in-training Dace long ago mapped out their life plan: Pippa will be the noted fashion photographer, and Dace the cover girl. But ever since last spring, things ha …


Safe Harbour

by Christina Kilbourne
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: homelessness & poverty, mental illness, friendship, general (see also headings under social themes)

As crazy as her father’s plan sounds, sticking to it is easy for Harbour — until it isn’t.

Fourteen-year-old Harbour is living in a tent in a Toronto ravine with her dog, a two-month supply of canned tuna, and an unconventional reading list. She’s not homeless, she tells herself. She’s merely waiting for her home — a thirty-six-foot sail …

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