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Sugar Falls

A Residential School Story

by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson & Donovan Yaciuk, foreword by Senator Murray Sinclair, afterword by Betty Ross
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, prejudice & racism, historical, canada

From Governor-General’s Award-winning writer David A. Robertson comes this special edition of the timeless graphic novel that introduced the world to the awe-inspiring resilience of Betty Ross, and shared her story of strength, family, and culture.

A school assignment to interview a residential school survivor leads Daniel to Betsy, who tells him …

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Skyward

by Susan White
edition: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 17
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: dystopian

Emery is a Less Than, raised behind a wall and under a roof that rarely opens, in a system that grooms some to be lowly and some to be Elite. When she is offered an assignment to take care of the Old Ones, she glimpses a world beyond the restricted one she has known.

She plans to escape with Augustus, who longs to see the farm he used to live on, a …

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The Traitor's Blade

by Kevin Sands
edition: Hardcover
also available: Audiobook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, europe

Christopher’s homecoming takes a sinister turn when a murderous conspiracy is uncovered in this fifth novel of the award-winning Blackthorn Key series.

Christopher, Tom, and Sally are back in London at last. Everyone is relieved at their return—the plague has ended, and the king, pleased with their service, offers a surprising reward. But troub …

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Road Allowance Era

by Katherena Vermette, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson & Donovan Yaciuk
edition: Book
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 9
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, coming of age, prejudice & racism, action & adventure, canada, girls & women, orphans & foster homes

In the Road Allowance Era, Echo’s story picks up again when she travels back in time to 1885.

The bison are gone. The Manitoba Act’s promise of land for the Métis has gone unfulfilled, and many Métis flee to the Northwest. As part of the fallout from the Northwest Resistance, their advocate and champion Louis Riel is executed. As new legislati …

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The Love Code

by Mette Bach
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 13
tagged: lgbt, science & technology

Astrid is a teen living in Vancouver who has lost everything: her girlfriend to a guy and her social status when her parents lose their jobs. Determined to make her way into university, she joins a robotics club hoping to make contacts and win a scholarship, but also finds the love of her life. The Love Code tells the story of a relatable teen navi …

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Hidden Gold

by Ella Burakowski, read by Theresa Tova
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: holocaust, prejudice & racism

 

When Poland is invaded in WWII, the Gold family sticks together in horrific conditions to survive

It’s 1942, and the Nazis are rounding up Jews in the Polish town of Pinczow for transport to the Treblinka death camp. Leib and Hanna Gold thought they had more time to develop an escape plan. While Leib leaves to negotiate a hiding place, Hanna and …

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To Look A Nazi in the Eye

A teen’s account of a war criminal trial

by Kathy Kacer, with Jordana Lebowitz, read by Gabi Epstein
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 15 to 19
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: holocaust, prejudice & racism

 

She had expected to hate him. But hate, just like forgiveness, can be complicated.

The true story of nineteen-year-old Jordana Lebowitz’s time at the trial of Oskar Groening, known as the bookkeeper of Auschwitz, a man charged with being complicit in the death of more than 300,000 Jews. A granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Jordana was still no …

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On the Spectrum

by Jennifer Gold, read by Shauna Haracka
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: eating disorders & body image, disabilities & special needs, siblings

 

The unexpected responsibility of caring for her autistic brother during her summer in Paris turns out to be just the adventure that Clara needed.

Growing up in the shadow of a famous mother, Clara has never felt good about her body. Now, at sixteen, she has an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. After a social media disaster, she decides to es …

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Cold Falling White

by G. S. Prendergast, read by Siiri Scott; James Patrick Cronin & James Chen
  • age: 14 to 99
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: survival stories, alien contact

Two teens fight for their lives after an alien invasion in this heart-stopping follow-up to Zero Repeat Forever.

Humans. Clones. Aliens. No one is safe anymore. It’s the end of the world.

Xander Liu survived the alien invasion—just barely. For more than a year, he has outsmarted, hidden from, and otherwise avoided the ruthless intruders, the Nahx …

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