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Journal of a Travelling Girl

by Nadine Neema, illustrated by Archie Beaverho, foreword by Joseph Judas
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: native canadian, girls & women, politics & government

This fictional coming-of-age story traces a young girl’s reluctant journey by canoe through the ancestral lands of the Tli?cho People, as she gradually comes to understand and appreciate their culture and the significance of their fight for self-government.

"Journal of a Travelling Girl deserves to be in every northern classroom. There is so much …

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The Name I Call Myself

text by Hasan Namir, illustrated by Cathryn John
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: alternative family, self-esteem & self-reliance, lgbt

A sweet and moving picture book depicting Ari's gender journey from childhood to adolescence in order to discover who they really are.

Meet Ari, a young person who doesn't like to be called by their birth name Edward: "When I think of the name Edward, I imagine old kings who snore a lot." Throughout this beautiful and engaging picture book, we watch …

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Pia's Plans

by Alice Kuipers
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, marriage & divorce, friendship

Ever since her parents got divorced, Pia has worked hard to make sure everything in her life is Perfect, with a capital P. But everything keeps going wrong. She and her sister get into a fight. Pia falls down the stairs and hurts her ankle. She spills chocolate milk all over her lucky outfit. She accidentally studied for the wrong test. And her bes …

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Don't Stand So Close to Me

by Eric Walters
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: diseases, illnesses & injuries, friendship, non-classifiable

Thirteen-year-old Quinn and her friends can't believe their luck when spring break is extended an extra two weeks—even if it's because of some virus. But when the impact of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic becomes apparent, everyone, not just the students, has to learn to adjust to their new reality. Quinn’s father is an ER doctor and has to sel …

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The King of Jam Sandwiches

by Eric Walters
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: homelessness & poverty, self-esteem & self-reliance, depression & mental illness

? “Tug at the heartstrings and tickle the funny bone…This warm tale is definitely one for the keeper shelves. Highly recommended.”—School Library Journal, starred review
Thirteen-year-old Robbie leads a double life. It's just Robbie and his dad, but no one knows that his dad isn't like most parents. Sometimes he wakes Robbie up in the middl …

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Mirror Image

by K.L. Denman
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: friendship, art & architecture, self-esteem & self-reliance

Sable wears only black and has always felt that doom is near. Lacey wears pink and seeks beauty everywhere. A sadistic art teacher pairs Sable and Lacey together for their final project. The girls have to get to know one another and select a suitable poem for the back of each other's decorative mirror. Sable is less than thrilled at having to spend …

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Jelly Roll

by Mere Joyce
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: bullying, self-esteem & self-reliance, friendship

At school, Jenny Royce is bullied by Grade A Jerk Austin Parks. When Jenny and Austin end up at a March Break leadership camp together, Jenny thinks her week will be miserable. Especially once she and Austin are grouped together for the camp’s main assignment. They have to run a stall at a local farmer’s market. The market could be a lot of fun …

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Firefly

by Philippa Dowding
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, homelessness & poverty

Firefly lived in the park across from her mother’s home. It was safer there. But after the bad night happens, and her baseball-bat-wielding mother is taken away, social services sends Firefly to live with her Aunt Gayle. She hardly knows Gayle, but discovers that she owns a costume shop.

Yes, Firefly might be suffering from PTSD, but she can get u …

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International Day of the Girl, The

Celebrating Girls Around the World

by Jessica Dee Humphreys & Rona Ambrose, illustrated by Simone Shin
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: girls & women, self-esteem & self-reliance

This introduction to the International Day of the Girl and its worldwide significance encourages children to recognize their own potential to make change, providing both a perfect lesson in social justice and a celebration of girl power.

The United Nations designated October 11th as the International Day of the Girl, a day to increase awareness of …

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