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Ana, La De Tejas Verdes

by Lucy Maud Montgomery, read by Cristina Tenorio
  • age: 14 to 17
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: country life, girls & women, imagination & play

Cuando en lugar del chico huérfano que pretendían adoptar, Ana Shirley, una niña pelirroja de once años, aparece en las vidas de Marilla y Matthew Cuthbert, dos hermanos solteros que viven en su casa familiar de Tejas Verdes, en el pequeño pueblo de Avonlea, sus vidas y las de cuantos la rodean cambiarán para siempre. Con su vivacidad, risas …

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Ana, La De Avonlea

by Lucy Maud Montgomery, read by Cristina Tenorio
  • age: 14 to 17
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: girls & women, classics

Desde que llegó a Tejas Verdes siendo una imaginativa niña pecosa de 11 años, que a pesar de su facilidad para meterse en líos se ganó el cariño de toda la gente de Avonlea, Ana se está haciendo mayor y llega ahora el momento de convertirse en una joven mujercita. A sus dieciséis años ha madurado mucho, aunque una gran parte de ella sigue …

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The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life

by Dani Jansen
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: theater & musicals, self-esteem & self-reliance, lgbt

Alison Green, desperate Valedictorian-wannabe, agrees to produce her school’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That’s her first big mistake. The second is accidentally saying yes to a date with her oldest friend, Jack, even though she’s crushing on Charlotte.

Alison manages to stay positive, even when her best friend starts referring …

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Jaysen's Story

by Jaysen Flett-Paul, illustrated by Chloe "Bluebrird" Mustooche
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 13
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, suicide, cultural heritage

Fourteen-year-old Jaysen Flett-Paul's true story of how Elders guided him through his first Sundance ceremony to heal the anger and grief stemming from his mother’s violent murder. It sensitively tackles the heart-breaking problem of suicide in Indigenous communities, an issue of great importance to this community and for communities across North …

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Sunflower's Story

by Sunflower Paul, illustrated by Chloe "Bluebrird" Mustooche
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 13
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, blended families, cultural heritage

A personal account of a young Indigenous girl who experiences intolerance, a sense of not belonging and family struggles. She learns from her grandfather the traditional ways of ceremony and fasting to go beyond the needs of the body to where she begins to know her higher self.

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Snowhook

by Jo Storm, read by Dana Stoutenburg
edition: Audiobook
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: survival stories, self-esteem & self-reliance, winter sports

Hannah must rely on her survival instincts to endure a brutal ice storm and save her family.

At first, when a massive ice storm traps fourteen-year-old Hannah and her family in a remote cabin, it feels like a game to practise the survival skills she's been learning. That all changes when an accident leaves her mother desperately low on insulin. Wit …

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Annaka

by Andre Fenton
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 17
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, diversity & multicultural

Annaka has always hated her first name. That's why, when her mother packed her up at age seven and moved from Yarmouth to Halifax, she decided she would go by Anna. Now Anna is back in Yarmouth after the death of her beloved Grampy, and sorting through memories from her younger self. She discovers a journal Grampy gifted her years ago; it is fil …

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Our Heroes of COVID-19

by Philip Riggs, edited by Susan Taylor, illustrated by Corey Majeau
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: diseases, illnesses & injuries

Joel and his grandpa love spending time together. Then, the COVID-19 shutdown happened, so they had to stay apart. But now they are finally able to meet again and do many of the things they enjoy. While on their first walk in a long time, they talk about the shutdown. Who are the heroes who helped everybody during this difficult time? Joel and his …

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The Gift Is in the Making

Anishinaabeg Stories

read by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson & Tiffany Ayalik
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, general (see also headings under social themes), values & virtues

 

The Gift Is in the Making retells previously published Anishinaabeg stories, bringing to life Anishinaabeg values and teachings to a new generation. Readers are immersed in a world where all genders are respected, the tiniest being has influence in the world, and unconditional love binds families and communities to each other and to their homeland …

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Branded by the Pink Triangle

by Ken Setterington, read by Bill Marchant
edition: Audiobook
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 12 to 21
  • Grade: 7 to 13
tagged: holocaust, lgbt, prejudice & racism

 

When the Nazis came to power in Europe, the lives of homosexuals came to be ruled by fear as raids, arrests, prison sentences and expulsions became the daily reality. When the concentration camps were built, homosexuals were imprisoned along with Jews. The pink triangle, sewn onto prison uniforms, became the symbol of their persecution. Branded by …