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Broken Shards of Time

by Nyah Nichol
edition: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: time travel, thrillers & suspense

Wren Derecho is the lone survivor of a mysterious accident that took the lives of her parents. As Wren tries to navigate through the pain of grief and loss, she crosses paths with three other individuals and soon realizes that something beyond coincidence has intertwined their lives together. Each of their journeys is marked by immense tragedy, fat …


The Brushmaker's Daughter

by Kathy Kacer
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: holocaust, europe, prejudice & racism

It is 1939 in Berlin, Germany, and twelve-year-old Lillian and her Papa are on the run from Nazi soldiers. Because they are Jewish, they are in danger of being arrested and put in prison. Lillian's father is blind and it seems no one is willing to help them, until they meet Otto Weidt. Mr. Weidt runs a factory that makes brushes for the Nazi army, …


No Known Address

by Steven Barwin
edition: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 3
tagged: homelessness & poverty, runaways, general (see also headings under social themes)

Teen homelessness is not always connected to poverty and crime. Sometimes there's more to the story. No Known Address follows a teen named Tyler from a privileged family in Victoria, British Columbia, who is kicked out of his home by his abusive dad after being blamed for bringing prescription narcotics to a party. This novel brings to light the se …


The Jagged Circle

by Shelley Peterson
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: horses, mysteries & detective stories, runaways

A spine-tingling adventure with as many twists and turns as a steeplechase course.

The Jagged Circle is full of suspense and a perfect book for horse lovers.” — Amber Marshall, equestrian and star of CBC's Heartland

It’s spring break and Evangeline Gibb is bored, stuck at her Gran Mary’s farm mucking stalls while her friends are away on va …


One Year at Ellsmere

by Faith Erin Hicks
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9

With revamped art and now in full color,One Year at Ellsmereis an endearing—and surprising—middle-grade friendship story from beloved author Faith Erin Hicks!
Was boarding school supposed to be this hard?
When studious thirteen-year-old Juniper wins a scholarship to the prestigious Ellsmere Academy, she expects to find a scholastic utopia. But …


The Cobra Queen

by Tara Moss, read by Luci Christian
also available: Audiobook (CD)
  • age: 14 to 17
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: paranormal, mysteries & detective stories

In the months since Pandora English left the small town of Gretchenville to live with her mysterious great aunt in a supernatural Manhattan suburb, her whole world has been turned upside down.

Pandora has discovered she is the chosen one, the Seventh Daughter of a Seventh Daughter, and during the impending Revolution of the Dead, she alone will have …

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