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Why Do We Fight?

Conflict, War, and Peace

by Niki Walker
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 6 to 17
tagged: violence, politics & government, military & wars, prejudice & racism

Battles, protests, standoffs, strikes. We hear about them all the time. On the surface, a battle and a protest don't seem to have much in common, but they're really just two ways of handling a dispute. One uses violence, the other uses signs and picket lines. But both start as a disagreement between two groups of people. Both are conflicts.

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Locked Up

by Cristy Watson
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 2
tagged: law & crime, self-esteem & self-reliance, violence, loners & outcasts

When he was fifteen, Kevin took a car for a joyride and got in an accident that seriously injured a pedestrian. Known inside juvenile detention as Strider, he has spent more than two years incarcerated, and has learned the hard way how to survive inside. Strider keeps his head down and continues his schoolwork, and another inmate called Wired gives …

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On the Run

by Marilyn Anne Holman
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 2
tagged: law & crime, peer pressure, loners & outcasts, orphans & foster homes, violence

Seventeen-year-old Ryan is running out of chances — in and out of juvie since he was thirteen, he always seems to end up back in the same place. But this time, Ryan promises himself as he leaves the detention centre, will be different. He's determined to stay out of trouble. Being just a few months shy of eighteen means that next time he's picked …

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A Blanket of Butterflies

by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, magical realism, death & dying, boys & men, action & adventure, violence, paranormal

A Blanket of Butterflies explores the journey of Shinobu, a mysterious stranger who visits Fort Smith, NWT, to retrieve his family’s samurai suit of armor and sword from the museum. When he discovers that his grandfather’s sword has been lost in a poker game to the man they call “Benny the Bank,” he sets out to retrieve it, with the help of …

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Will I See?

by David A. Robertson, illustrated by GMB Chomichuk, as told by Iskwé & Erin Leslie
edition: eBook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: violence, aboriginal & indigenous, girls & women

May, a young teenage girl, traverses the city streets, finding keepsakes in different places along her journey. When May and her kookum make these keepsakes into a necklace, it opens a world of danger and fantasy. While May fights against a terrible reality, she learns that there is strength in the spirit of those that have passed. But will that st …

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The Cocalero Novels Bundle

by Deborah Ellis
edition: eBook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: caribbean & latin america, drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, violence

I Am a Taxi

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 locked up, but he can come and go: to school, to the …

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The Missing

by Melanie Florence
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, prejudice & racism, violence

After a girl she knows from school goes missing and is found dead in the Red River, Feather is shocked when the police write it off as a suicide. Then, it's Feather's best friend, Mia, who vanishes — but Mia's mom and abusive stepfather paint Mia as a frequent runaway, so the authorities won't investigate her disappearance either. Everyone knows …

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