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Fired Up about Consent

by Sarah Ratchford, read by Tajja Isen
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: dating & sex, safety, sexual abuse

 

According to the World Health Organization, one in three women will be sexually or physically assaulted in her lifetime. These rates are very similar for non-binary people and other feminized people, too. This is rape culture, and young adults are living through it here and now. Fired Up about Consent is a practical, survivor-informed primer for y …

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Still With Me

by Jessica Cunsolo
edition: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: contemporary

Together...until the very end

Jessica Cunsolo’s epic romance that began in She’s With Me comes to a heart-stopping conclusion.

Love has never been easy for Amelia Collins and Aiden Parker. They’ve faced every imaginable challenge: car wrecks, stalker attacks, evil fathers, wicked rivals, falling for each other, and finally giving in to their fe …

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New Year

by Mei Zihan, illustrated by Qin Leng
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 18
  • Grade: 4 to 12
tagged: asia, alternative family, other, non-religious, emigration & immigration, diversity & multicultural

A moving picture book to read when we’re missing family far away, set during Lunar New Year. 

It’s Lunar New Year, a time when families come together for a wonderful feast, and a father longs to be with his daughter—but she lives in another country. As he imagines how his daughter is spending the festivities, he recalls fond memories of time s …

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Escaping Eleven

by Jerri Chisholm
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: dystopian

In Compound Eleven, the hierarchy of the floors is everything.
My name is Eve Hamilton, and on my floor, we fight.
Which at least is better than the bottom floor, where they toil away in misery. Only the top floor has any ease in this harsh world; they rule from their gilded offices.
Because four generations ago, Earth was rendered uninhabitable …

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Unraveling Eleven

by Jerri Chisholm
edition: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: dystopian

In Compound Eleven, freedom from tyranny is impossible.
My name is Eve Hamilton, and I’ve managed the impossible.
I am free.
Until just like that, it is wrenched from my grasp. And this time, the corridors of the dark underground city are even more dangerous than ever before. But my brief taste of freedom has left me with something useful, somet …

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When You Least Expect It

by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 16
  • Grade: 7 to 11
tagged: water sports

Seventeen-year-old Holly Callahan desperately wants to make the national rowing team so she can compete overseas, but she is the last rower cut. Her summer dreams are shattered, and she finds herself back at home, living with her mother's annoying new boyfriend, Super Stew.

Holly's not a quitter. She lands a summer job, and then is handed an unexpe …

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Second Chances

by Harriet Zaidman
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 16
  • Grade: 7 to 11
tagged: diseases, illnesses & injuries

Thirteen-year-old Dale Melnyk finds himself stuck in an iron lung, desperately fighting for breath — and wishing he could die. It is the worst outbreak of polio in the history of Winnipeg, and Dale is one of the many young victims being treated in the early 1950s. Second Chances follows Dale's slow and often agonizing struggle to regain his life, …

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A Soft Place to Fall

by Tanya Christenson
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 16
  • Grade: 7 to 11
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When he was five years old, Creighton's mother left. He and his father know she has started a career as a singer but not much more than that. Dad's work with a carnival means they have not set down roots anywhere for long and as a result Creighton does not have a formal education. When they finally settle in a small town, Creighton is 14 years old …

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The Legend

by Jean Mills
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 16
  • Grade: 5 to 11
tagged: hockey

Griffin Tardiff is still suffering from a serious hockey injury at the start of a new year in a new school. But he's in luck. For his community credit, he'll be working with the sports guy at the local radio station, which could be the start of a career. He also meets Noah, a young kid from the neighbourhood who also likes hockey.

Unfortunately, his …

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Wanting Mor

by Rukhsana Khan, read by Rogin Rashidan
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook Audiobook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: middle east, girls & women, stepfamilies

Winner of the Middle East Book Award, Youth Fiction category

Jameela lives with her mother and father in Afghanistan. Despite the fact that there is no school in their poor, war-torn village, and Jameela lives with a birth defect that has left her with a cleft lip, she feels relatively secure, sustained by her faith and the strength of her beloved m …