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The Secret of White Stone Gate

by Julia Nobel
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: mysteries & detective stories

"A fast-paced mystery with lots of adventure and surprising twists! —Jessica Day George, New York Times bestselling author on The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane

In this exciting sequel to The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane, Emmy's adventures continue as she deals with a sinister organization, a missing father, and secrets she's not sure who to trust w …

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Child Soldier

When Boys and Girls Are Used in War

by Jessica Dee Humphreys & Claudia Dávila, illustrated by Claudia Dávila
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: military & wars, social activists, africa

Michel Chikwanine was five years old when he was abducted from his school-yard soccer game in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a soldier for a brutal rebel militia. Against the odds, Michel managed to escape and find his way back to his family, but he was never the same again. After immigrating to Canada, Michel was encouraged …

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Bloom

by Kenneth Oppel
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: science fiction, environment

The first book in bestselling author Kenneth Oppel’s explosive new trilogy

It was just rain.

But after the downpour, odd black plants begin to shoot up.

Suddenly—

They. Are. Everywhere.

They take over fields and twine around houses. They bloom and throw off toxic pollen—and feed.

Strangely, three Salt Spring Island teens seem immune. Anaya, Petra a …

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Comics Will Break Your Heart

A Novel

by Faith Erin Hicks
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 13
tagged: contemporary

Comics Will Break Your Heart is a sweet, funny contemporary teen romance for the inner geek in all of us from graphic novelist Faith Erin Hicks.

Miriam's family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically …

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No One's Baby

by Wanda Lauren Taylor
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 3
tagged: pregnancy, runaways, emotions & feelings

Adopted by Caucasian parents, biracial teen Lizzie feels like she never belonged. After the death of her father, Lizzie starts acting out — dating, staying away from home for days and giving up her plans to continue her education. When Lizzie discovers she is pregnant, she is faced with the difficult choice of having a child or getting an abortio …

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Rugby Rivals

by Mike Levitt
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3
tagged: peer pressure, values & virtues, self-esteem & self-reliance

Sam's grandfather, Pops, always taught Sam that the most important aspects of rugby are sportsmanship and teamwork. Things are not great at home, with Pops having Alzheimer's and Sam's mother trying to make ends meet, but Sam's struggles really begin when his school is shut down and he transfers to Rosedale Heights. Sam feels like he's alone agains …

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Ace of Hearts

by Myriad Augustine
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 3
tagged: lgbt, dating & sex, emotions & feelings

Everyone around Alvin seems to be obsessed with one thing — sex. Alvin finds it uncomfortable to think and talk about it and he knows he isn't ready and may never be. His friends, however, think that all Alvin needs is to hook up with the right guy, so they identify three of the most eligible guys in school and start a plan to set Alvin up with e …

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P.K. Subban

Fighting racism to become a hockey superstar and role model for athletes of colour

by Catherine Rondina
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 3
tagged: sports & recreation, cultural heritage, prejudice & racism

Born in Canada to parents who emigrated from the Caribbean, P.K. Subban is a remarkable athlete and role model. A talent on the ice, playing for some of the best teams in the NHL, P.K. has set records and won the Norris Trophy, the highest honour in hockey for a defenceman. Often the centre of controversy, at one time named one of the most hated ho …

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Long Bomb

by Eric Howling
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3
tagged: football, peer pressure, self-esteem & self-reliance

Ed Warnicki used to play football in the park with his dad and dream of being a great receiver. Now, at fourteen, Ed secretly wishes he could play for his Calgary High Mustangs team. But he worries that he's too tall, too skinny and too insecure — the exact opposite of star quarterback Tyrone Jackson. Wanting to contribute to the school's footbal …

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