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My Uncle Is Coming Tomorrow

illustrated by Sebastián Santana Camargo, translated by Elisa Amado
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: death & dying, multigenerational, caribbean & latin america, violence

This “heartbreaking … powerful work” (★ School Library Journal) introduces the contemporary issue of forced disappearances to readers 10 and up—with “deceptively simple black line drawings” that “allow for no meandering of attention” (Kirkus).

By a closed door, a child waits for his uncle, who is coming to stay. As he waits, he …

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Impossible

by Jocelyn Shipley
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: violence, law & crime, pregnancy

All Seventeen-year-old Jemma wants now is to be a good mom to her baby daughter, Violet. But when she witnesses a violent crime she'll have to choose between keeping her baby or letting a killer walk free.

Jemma's older brother took her in when she needed to get away from her abusive ex-boyfriend, Razor. One night she needs to go out, just for a few …

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Sulfur Heart

by Brooke Carter
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: crime, contemporary, mysteries & detective stories, violence

Will’s father was just found dead in a pile of sulfur.

He was a retired cop who'd been working as a night security guard at the SulCorp sulfur mill. Now, to determine if his death was a tragic accident or something more sinister, Will must return to the place he swore he'd never set foot in again. Hope is a little town struggling in the shadow of …

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I Am a Taxi

by Deborah Ellis, read by Raffael Ponce-Valencia
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback Hardcover eBook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, violence, caribbean & latin america

Winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award

For twelve-year-old Diego and his family, home is a prison in Cochabamba, Bolivia. His parents farmed coca, a traditional Bolivian medicinal plant, until they got caught in the middle of the government's war on drugs and were mistakenly convicted of drug possession.

Diego's parents are loc …

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Blood Donor

by Karen Bass
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: violence, homelessness & poverty, horror

Seventeen-year-old Jo McNair is one minute late for her curfew, and thanks to her controlling father, she's now locked out, cold and wandering the streets.

She has no money and nowhere to sleep. Halfway through the night she meets someone who says they’re with a group working with at-risk kids, helping them get back on their feet. Jo gratefully ac …

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Truth

by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: law & crime, violence, mysteries & detective stories

When an adult neighbor is brutally murdered during a high-school house party, everyone in school seems to have an idea who did it, but no one will go to the police.

Jen was there and saw the body and she has her own ideas about who is responsible. As a reporter for the school TV show, she decides to try and uncover the truth and discover if a classm …

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Nothing but Life

by Brent van Staalduinen
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 10 to 12
tagged: literary, death & dying, violence

White Pine Award 2022 — Shortlisted
During a sweltering summer, Dills must come to terms with a horrific crime and the parent he loves who committed it.

Dills and his mom have returned to Hamilton, her hometown, hoping to leave the horrors of Windsor behind. But it’s impossible to escape the echoes of tragedy, and trouble always follows trouble. …

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