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By Lesley Choyce. 1994
Tara and her boyfriend Ron want to write an alternative newspaper about how street kids like Tara's friend Janet are… forced to live on the streets by their parents, teachers, and the police. Suddenly the situation becomes all too real for Tara when her own life falls apart and she finds herself drawn into Janet's world. Junior and Senior High.1994.
By Susin Nielsen-Fernlund. 2010
Violet's TV-director dad has traded a job in Vancouver for one in LA, their old house for a sleek ranch-style… home, and, worst of all, Violet's mother for an actress trophy wife. Violet's younger sister reacts by bed-wetting, her mother dates loser after loser looking for love, and Violet just gets angry. But when her mother takes up with the unfortunately named Dudley Wiener, Violet and her friend Phoebe decide to help her snag George Clooney. Grades 5-8. 2010.
By Cyndi Sand-Eveland. 2008
When sixth-grader Gene Tucks moves south, she dreads being the new kid at school, and her teacher's hundred-day journal-writing assignment… - he wants to lock the journals in the town museum's vault for forty years so future grade-sixers will read them. At first, Gene has trouble writing to someone who isn't even born yet, but little by little, Dear Nobody becomes Dear Somebody, who evolves into Dear Toni. And bit by bit, Toni, a good listener, becomes a best friend to whom Gene tells everything - and there's lots to tell. Grades 5-8. Winner of the Silver Birch Express Award 2010. 2008.
By Marjory Gordon. 2001
Amy goes on an archaeological dig with her adoptive father on the Thelon River in the Northwest Territories. A teenager… of mixed ancestry with a white adoptive father, Amy knows nothing about the customs of her tribe and the skills she needs for survival. With help from her grandmother, she discovers what life would have been like for her among the Dene people who lived there 1600 years ago. Some descriptions of violence. For senior high readers. 2001.
By Marilyn Halvorson. 1988
When his grandmother dies, 16-year-old Dare fears that he and his brother, 12-year-old Ty, will be put in foster homes.… They are taken in by a teacher, Laura McConnell. Ty, quiet and studious, settles into his new life, but rebellious Dare is haunted with the belief that he was responsible for his mother's death. Junior and Senior High. 1988.
By Roy MacGregor. 2001
By James Houston. 1983
In 1803, a trading ship was captured by an Indian band on the pacific coast. This story is based on… those events, Houston tells the story from the Indians' point of view. Junior High. 1983.
By Sigmund Brouwer. 2014
On a remote island in Washington's Puget Sound that houses a federal prison where his father works, high school senior… King sets out alone to unravel a dark conspiracy after receiving a "fail safe" email from his best friend, who drowned in a boating accident two weeks earlier. Winner of the 2015 Arthur Ellis Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book Award. For senior high readers. 2014.
By Monica Hughes. 1984
Lord Tomi discovers many things about the world and its inhabitants when he suddenly finds himself outside Arc One, his… computer-controlled society. Followed by "Dream catcher" . Junior and Senior High. 1984.
By Jean Little. 1986
Ben is afraid of animals, thunderstorms, new places and people. When Aunt Rose gives him a big Labrador retriever for… his birthday, Ben does not know how to tell her that the dog terrifies him. Grades 4-7. 1986.
By Dorothy Joan Harris. 1983
By Gordon Korman. 1985
By Janet McNaughton. 2009
Enslaved since early childhood, Madoca is astonished to be chosen as dragon seer, one who will care for the dragons… of Orkney, Scotland. But people now question the age-old traditions that placed the dragons at the very heart of her society, and one of the older dragon seers has made enemies among the chieftains. When the Vikings arrive with a malevolent seer who has vowed to destroy all dragons, Madoca must harness her formidable powers to save her people and her beloved dragons. Junior and Senior High. 2009.
By Kevin Major. 1993
Diana is a spirited girl of eleven from Newfoundland. Her parents named her "Diana" because she was born near the… time of the royal wedding, and she has been fascinated with royalty ever since. When she reads a biography of Princess Diana, she decides to start her own autobiography. Grades 5-8. 1993.
By Norah McClintock. 2004
A shallow grave, human remains, and an unsolved murder from years ago - it looks like the past is coming… back to spin Mike's new life out of control. What's making the usually cool Riel so rattled, and what does a beautiful but manipulative girl have to do with it all? Some descriptions of violence. For junior high readers. 2004.
By Jan Hudson. 1990
When a horse is captured from the Snakes and brought to the Blackfoot tribe, Kit Fox knows that she is… meant to ride it. The horse is sent to a camp where women are not allowed, but when an attack sends the men into battle, Kit Fox is left to master the beast. For junior and senior high readers. 1990.
By Kenneth Oppel. 2007
It is 65 million years ago, and Dusk and his family are chiropters, small tree-dwelling mammals that glide and feed… on insects. Most of the colony is uncomfortable with Dusk's flying and use of echolocation, but when an outcast group of carnivores attack, they appreciate Dusk's ability to guide them and keep them safe, despite deadly predators and betrayals from within and outside of the colony. Grades 5-8. 2007.
By Nancy Runstedler. 2013
Maggie's life has been anything but easy lately. So when her best friend Gillian discovers a Ouija board in the… attic, it's a welcome distraction. The girls figure it will be a fun way to spend a Saturday - asking questions about boys and other teenage dilemmas. After all, it's just a harmless game. Or is it? Junior High. c2013.
By Iain Lawrence. 2005
In the spring of 1943, sixteen-year-old Kak, desperate to escape his abusive parents, lies about his age to enlist in… the Canadian Air Force and soon finds himself based in England as part of a crew flying bombing raids over Germany. Junior and Senior High. 2005.
By Janet E Cameron. 2013
It's the spring of 1987 and 17-year-old Stephen Shulevitz has less than three months left of high school in the… small town in rural Nova Scotia where he's spent most of his life. But as Stephen prepares to leave Riverside behind he falls in love with exactly the wrong person. And just like that, everything changes. What follows is emotionally devastating, but Stephen survives with his compassion and sense of humour intact and, at the end, he is ready to accept himself and take steps towards finding happiness on his own terms. Senior High. 2013.