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The Summer Between Us

by Andre Fenton
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: coming of age, general (see also headings under social themes), eating disorders & body image, contemporary

This coming-of-age story follows 18-year-old Adrian Carter as he graduates from high school and confronts difficult decisions about his future, all while dealing with the stress and pressure he feels to please those closest to him. As Adrian navigates the emotional highs and lows of the summer between graduation and his post-secondary future, he ga …

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Wrong Side of the Court

by H.N. Khan
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: basketball, diversity & multicultural, coming of age

Fifteen-year-old Fawad has big dreams about being the world's first Pakistani to be drafted into the NBA. A first-generation Pakistani coming-of-age story for fans of David Yoon and Ben Philippe.

Fifteen-year-old Fawad Chaudhry loves two things: basketball and his mother's potato and ground-beef stuffed parathas. Both are round and both help him fo …

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The Light of Days Young Readers’ Edition

The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos

by Judy Batalion
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: holocaust, historical, judaism

This young readers’ edition is the remarkable untold story of the young Jewish women who became resistance fighters against the Nazis during World War II. It has already been optioned by Steven Spielberg for a major motion picture.

As their communities were being destroyed, groups of Jewish women and teenage girls across Poland began transforming …

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Fantastic Frights

edited by Evan Waterman
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: horror, fantasy

Evil dust bunnies, botanical horrors, werewolf landlords, and more! We've gathered all of our most thrilling tales together in this terrible tome of terrors, known only as... FANTASTIC FRIGHTS. Drawing inspiration from shows like, Tales from the Crypt and Freaky Stories, Fantastic Frights is a dreadfully delightful return to the pulp horror antholo …

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Trapped

by Sigmund Brouwer
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: thrillers & suspense, survival stories, orphans & foster homes

Matt is counting down the days until he turns sixteen.

He's been living with his foster parents in Yukon River valley in their isolated cabin. His plan is to leave and never come back. He is done with the harsh lifestyle and helping his abusive foster dad, Dan, run the traplines so he can make money selling animal furs. He can't wait to start a new …

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Bruised

by Tanya Boteju
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: lgbt, self-esteem & self-reliance, death & dying

“A searing portrait of self-discovery; soulful and captivating.” —Kirkus Reviews
Whip It meets We Are Okay in this vibrant coming-of-age story about a teen girl navigating first love, identity, and grief as she immerses herself in the colorful, brutal, beautiful world of roller derby—from the acclaimed author of Kings, Queens, and In-Betwee …

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The Underground Railroad

Next Stop, Toronto!

by Adrienne Shadd; Afua Cooper & Karolyn Smardz Frost
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: african american, canada

Stories of the hopeful, brave people who fled slavery and made Toronto their home.

“An engaging and highly readable account of the lives of Black people in Toronto in the 1800s.” — Lawrence Hill, bestselling author of The Illegal

The Underground Railroad: Next Stop, Toronto! is a richly illustrated book that explores Toronto’s role as a desti …

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Mountain Runaways

by Pam Withers
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 9
tagged: survival stories, runaways, camping & outdoor activities

Will their wilderness skills be enough to survive the dangerous Rocky Mountains?

First a Canadian Rockies avalanche kills their parents. Then Children’s Services threatens to separate them. That’s when the three Gunnarsson kids decide to run away into the mountains and fend for themselves until the oldest turns eighteen and becomes their legal g …

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