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Hidden Gold

by Ella Burakowski, read by Theresa Tova
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: holocaust, prejudice & racism

 

When Poland is invaded in WWII, the Gold family sticks together in horrific conditions to survive

It’s 1942, and the Nazis are rounding up Jews in the Polish town of Pinczow for transport to the Treblinka death camp. Leib and Hanna Gold thought they had more time to develop an escape plan. While Leib leaves to negotiate a hiding place, Hanna and …

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To Look A Nazi in the Eye

A teen’s account of a war criminal trial

by Kathy Kacer, with Jordana Lebowitz, read by Gabi Epstein
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 15 to 19
  • Grade: 9 to 13
tagged: holocaust, prejudice & racism

 

She had expected to hate him. But hate, just like forgiveness, can be complicated.

The true story of nineteen-year-old Jordana Lebowitz’s time at the trial of Oskar Groening, known as the bookkeeper of Auschwitz, a man charged with being complicit in the death of more than 300,000 Jews. A granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Jordana was still no …

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On the Spectrum

by Jennifer Gold, read by Shauna Haracka
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: eating disorders & body image, disabilities & special needs, siblings

 

The unexpected responsibility of caring for her autistic brother during her summer in Paris turns out to be just the adventure that Clara needed.

Growing up in the shadow of a famous mother, Clara has never felt good about her body. Now, at sixteen, she has an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. After a social media disaster, she decides to es …

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Meet You By Hachiko

by Loren Greene
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 13
tagged: diversity & multicultural, asia, japan, newfoundland

What would you do if your best friend lived half a world away—and suddenly vanished?
Loner Grace Ryan feels completely invisible. Awkward and shy, she can't seem to get ahead in her studies, social circle, or new relationship with her childhood best friend. But discovering Tokyo street fashion ignites her creativity and leads her into an unlikel …

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Slow Reveal

by Melanie Mitzner, read by Raven Dauda
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: lesbian, non-classifiable

"A poem is never finished, only abandoned," wrote Paul Valéry, a reflection on a marriage that implodes. Set in New York City in the 1990s, art, addiction and family dysfunction culminate when Katharine, a film editor, ends her decade long affair with Naomi, a lesbian poet. After years of emotional distance, Katherine is determined to reconcile wi …

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The Wondrous Woo

by Carrianne Leung, read by Lisa Truong
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: coming of age, non-classifiable

 

The Wondrous Woo tells the story of Miramar Woo who is the quintessential Chinese girl: nice, quiet, and reserved. The eldest of the three Woo children, Miramar is ever the obedient sister and daughter … on the outside. On the inside, she’s a kick-ass kung fu heroine with rock star flash, sassy attitude, and an insatiable appetite for adventur …

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The Discovery of Flight

by Susan Glickman, read by Shauna Haracka
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: girls & women, death & dying, coming of age

 

The Discovery of Flight is a novel in two voices about the relationship between two sisters, the older of whom is disabled by cerebral palsy and only able to communicate with assistive technology (she can control her computer by moving her eyes). It interweaves the fantasy novel sixteen-year-old Libby is writing for Sophie’s thirteenth birthday, …

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Dragonfly Song

by Wendy Orr
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 10
tagged: fantasy & magic, survival stories, greek & roman, ancient civilizations

A gripping upper-middle-grade fantasy set in Bronze-Age Crete from Nim's Island author Wendy Orr

The girl has had many selves in her short life. The first she remembers is Aissa, the daughter of Mama and Dada, sister to Zufi who watched the goats. Then the Bull King's raiders came, and Mama said, "Don't make a sound till I come back." And when the v …

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Welcome to the Other London

by Erynn Q, illustrated by Catherine Fitzsimmons
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: fantasy & magic

Fifty years ago, the sky tore open.

Don't worry, it's not as bad as it sounds.
Ever since Earth joined the Grand Narrative, a collective of alternate worlds with different types of humans and levels of technology, magic has been a part of life. However, while it's common enough, magical problems sometimes take an expert (or two) to resolve. …

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God Loves Hair

read by Vivek Shraya, foreword by Cherie Dimaline
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 17
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, lgbt, asian american, religion & faith

 

A tenth-anniversary edition of Vivek Shraya's first book: a YA story collection that celebrates racial, gender, and religious diversity.

In 2010, Vivek Shraya self-published God Loves Hair, her first book; since then, Vivek has published six more titles, including a novel, poetry collection, graphic novel, and children's picture book, while also wo …