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Searching Beyond the Stars

Seven Women in Science Take On Space's Biggest Questions

by Nicole Mortillaro, illustrated by Amanda Key
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: aeronautics, astronautics & space science, women, science & technology

Are we alone in the cosmos? Could we one day live on a different planet? How is life formed? What other secrets does the universe hold? 

Through profiles of seven remarkable women scientists and their achievements in their respective fields, Searching Beyond the Stars takes us deep into space, looking at once to the distant past and the distant futu …


Love from Mecca to Medina

read by S. K. Ali; Priya Ayyar & Tim Chiou
edition: Audiobook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: contemporary, general (see also headings under social themes), prejudice & racism

On the trip of a lifetime, Adam and Zayneb must find their way back to each other in this surprising and romantic sequel to the “bighearted, wildly charming” (Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author) Love from A to Z.

Adam and Zayneb. Perfectly matched. Painfully apart.
Adam is in Doha, Qatar, making a map of the Hijra, a historic …


Not Talking About You

by Kevin heronJones
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 16
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism, class differences, assimilation, bullying

Kevin HeronJones has written this book to reflect his and other young Black people’s experiences with racism in school. He sees an urgent need to talk about how young people exhibit racist behaviour, to portray it honestly, and to explore how young people can confront it and speak out.

Part of a well-off middle-class family living in suburban Toro …


Righting Canada's Wrongs: The LGBT Purge and the fight for equal rights in Canada

by Ken Setterington
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism, politics & government, canada, lgbt, civil & human rights

From the 1950s to 1980s, the Canadian government persecuted LGBTQ2+ employees and tried to erase them from the military, the RCMP and the civil service under the guise that they were a “security risk,” an event that became known as the LGBT Purge. Those who were suspected of being homosexual were put under government surveillance, interrogated …


Redresser les Torts du Canada: Africville

Une communauté afro-néo-écossaise est démolie — et se défend

by Gloria Ann Wesley, translated by Jean-François Cyr
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism, politics & government, canada, civil & human rights

Beginning in the 1700s, Black men and women settled in various parts of Nova Scotia. By the 1800s, a small Black community had developed just north of Halifax on the shores of the Bedford Basin. The community became known as Africville and grew to about 400 people. A school and a church were the community’s key institutions.

Africville’s residen …

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