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    Blood Brothers Colleen Nelson Canada
    9781459737464 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 12 - 15, Reading age from 12 - 15 On Sale Date: February 04, 2017
    $12.99 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      A Winnipeg Free Press Bestseller! • In the Margins Book Award, Top Ten Selection • CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2017) Selection
      Close as brothers, Jakub’s and Lincoln’s lives diverge when Jakub gets a private school scholarship and Lincoln is lured into a gang.


      Fifteen-year-old Jakub Kaminsky is the son of Polish immigrants, a good Catholic boy, and a graffiti artist. While his father sleeps, Jakub and his best friend, Lincoln, sneak out with spray paint to make their mark as Morf and Skar.

      When Jakub gets a scholarship to an elite private school, he knows it’s his chance for a better life. But it means leaving Lincoln and the neighbourhood he calls home.

      While Jakub’s future is looking bright, Lincoln’s gets shady as he is lured into his brother’s gang. Jakub watches helplessly as Lincoln gets pulled deeper into the violent world of the Red Bloodz. The Red Bloodz find out Jakub knows more than he should about a murder and want him silenced — for good. Lincoln has to either save his friend, or embrace life as one of the Red Bloodz.
      Bio
      Colleen Nelson is an award-winning teacher and author whose previous books include Finding Hope, The Fall, and Tori by Design. As the mother of two energetic boys, she does her writing in the early morning hours with a strong cup of coffee. This is Colleen’s fifth YA novel. She lives in Winnipeg.
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        Author Website: colleennelson.blogspot.ca
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2017) 2017, Commended
      Dewey Divas and the Dudes Winter 2017 2017, Commended
      In the Margins Book Award, Top Ten List 2018, Commended
      High Plains Book Award, Young Adult Book 2018, Short-listed
      McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award 2018, Winner
      Reviews
      Readers ... will be rewarded with an aptly dark ending that gives the book extra emotional weight.
      Nelson crafts an engaging story about two boys struggling to survive … Readers looking for a gritty story about true friendship and the consequences of one’s actions will enjoy this offering.
      A smartly plotted examination of the despair that keeps people in their places and the hope that pulls them out of it.
      This is [Nelson’s] most serious novel so far and one that deserves acclaim.
      Blood Brothers will have huge appeal to both male and female young adult readers … Thought-provoking yet entertaining.
      For Jakub and Lincoln, whose voices Colleen Nelson asserts both honestly and compassionately through those strides and missteps, it's their brotherhood that walks with them, leaving its own footprints.
      Nelson’s gritty new novel…skillfully explores moral dilemmas and difficult decisions.
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    9781554889648 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 9 - 12, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: December 24, 2011
    $12.99 CAD 5 x 8 x 1 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 84 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      When Clair discovers a book of spells, she quickly learns that she can’t solve her problems with magic.

      Teased by her older brother, bullied by the popular girls at school, and plagued by a blistering pimple that has surfaced on the tip of her nose, twelve-year-old Claire Murphy wishes she could shrivel up and die or spontaneously combust. But when a mysterious book appears at her feet in the checkout aisle of a grocery store, Claire is confident all her troubles are over. Following the instructions carefully, Claire dives nose-first into reeking remedies, rollicking rituals, and silly spells. It’s only when she recklessly disregards the Law of Three that the line between good and evil blurs and Claire must race against time to undo all of the trouble she’s caused.

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      Marina Cohen is an elementary school teacher in the York Region District School Board. She has been nominated for the Sunburst, Red Maple Award, Rocky Mountain Book Award, and Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, and been an OLA Best Bet, JGL selection, and Amazon Book of the Month. She is the author of Chasing the White Witch, Ghost Ride, and Mind Gap. She lives in Markham, Ontario.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Top Grade: CanLit for the Classroom selection 2011, Commended
      Reviews
      This is a story that will appeal to many middle school students. It has enough truth and fantasy mixed together to create an interesting and fast moving plotline.
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    Free as a Bird Gina McMurchy-Barber Canada
    9781554884476 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Disabilities & Special Needs Age (years) from 12 - 15, Reading age from 12 - 15 Publication Date: February 22, 2010
    $12.99 CAD 5.25 x 7.25 x 0.2 in | 176 pages Carton Quantity: 76 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      Short-listed for the 2010 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, the 2010 Snow Willow Award and the 2011 CLA Young Adult Book Award

      Born with Down syndrome, Ruby Jean Sharp comes from a time when being a developmentally disabled person could mean growing up behind locked doors and barred windows and being called names like "retard" and "moron." When Ruby Jean’s caregiver and loving grandmother dies, her mother takes her to Woodlands School in New Westminster, British Columbia, and rarely visits.

      As Ruby Jean herself says: "Can’t say why they called it a school – a school’s a place you go for learnin an then after you get to go home. I never learnt much bout ledders and numbers, an I sure never got to go home."

      It’s here in an institution that opened in 1878 and was originally called the Provincial Lunatic Asylum that Ruby Jean learns to survive isolation, boredom, and every kind of abuse. Just when she can hardly remember if she’s ever been happy, she learns a lesson about patience and perseverance from an old crow.

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      Gina McMurchy-Barber was the recipient of the 2004 Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. She majored in archaeology at Simon Fraser University, studied orangutans in Borneo under Dr. Birute Galdikas, and led backpack tours to Asia and South America. Her first novel, Reading the Bones, was nominated for the Silver Birch Award and the Langley Book of the year Award. She lives in Surrey, British Columbia.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Governor General's Award for Children's Literature 2010, Short-listed
      CLA Young Adult Book Award 2011, Short-listed
      Snow Willow 2010, Short-listed
      VOYA Top-Shelf Fiction for Middle School 2011
      BC Book Prizes 2010, Short-listed
      IBBY Awards 2010
      IBBY Collection for Young People with Disabilities 2013, Commended
      Reviews

      Gina McMurchy-Barber has written a powerful novel.


      A powerful and intense story about how recently our society considered some children to be worthless and expendable and a reminder that this is still the the case in many places.


      Ruby Jeans unique voice coupled with the hardships thrown her way make for a poignant novel. Lessons of hope, perseverance and self-restraint are told by someone who was simply en retard.

      Ruby Jeans story at Woodlands is terrible because its so true.


      As a tale of privation, Free as a Bird reads like Janet Fitch's novel White Oleander, but for young people. There's brightness at the end, but getting there is grim.
      Without lecturing and through excellent use of narrative, this author renders the reader to be Ruby Jean. And through this exquisite experience, empathy and understanding flourish. McMurchy-Barber uses some of her experiences with her sister with Down syndrome to assist her in finding voice for this must-tell story.
      [The author] brings a sense of empathy and compassion to the storytelling... highly recommended for mature young readers.
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    Ghost Ride Marina Cohen Canada
    9781554884384 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 12 - 15, Reading age from 12 - 15 Publication Date: October 19, 2009
    $12.99 CAD 5.25 x 7.25 x 0.2 in | 184 pages Carton Quantity: 72 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      2011 Red Maple Award — Shortlisted

      Fourteen-year-old Sam McLean is less than thrilled with the prospect of moving to a collection of old mansions on the northern fringe of a small town called Ringwood. A nobody at his old school, Sam is desperate to be accepted by the cool kids and latches on to Cody Barns, aka Maniac. Cody’s claim to fame is performing wild stunts — the crazier the better — and posting them on his blog.

      When Sam reluctantly joins Cody and his sidekick, Javon, on their midnight ghost riding, a practice in which the driver and passenger climb onto the hood of their moving car and dance, something goes terribly wrong. Cody convinces Sam to flee the scene, leaving Javon for dead. But soon mysterious messages appear on Cody’s blog and anonymous notes are slid into Sam’s locker. As Sam struggles with his conscience, a haunting question remains: Who else knows the truth?
      Bio
      Marina Cohen is an elementary school teacher in the York Region District School Board. She has been nominated for the Sunburst, Red Maple Award, Rocky Mountain Book Award, and Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, and been an OLA Best Bet, JGL selection, and Amazon Book of the Month. She is the author of Chasing the White Witch, Ghost Ride, and Mind Gap. She lives in Markham, Ontario.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Red Maple Award 2011, Short-listed
      Reviews
      Cohen has created a genuinely creepy story that will hold readers' attention.
      Ghost Ride is a gripping mixture of realism and the paranormal.
      Good for thrill-seeking teens 12 and up.
      This spooky new story by Marina Cohen — loosely tied in with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow — will grab readers from the beginning, and keep them hooked until the surprise twist ending.
      Ghost Ride was a book I literally couldn’t put down!
      When combined with the associations of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, one can’t help but get into the atmosphere of this novel.
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    9781550026306 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 9 - 12, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: February 01, 2006
    $10.99 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.2 in | 120 pages Carton Quantity: 84 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      Short-listed for the 2004 CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, for the 2005 Diamond Willow Award and for the 2005 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award

      On the shores of Bedford Basin in Halifax, 12-year-old Selina Palmer is growing up in the community of Africville in the 1960s. Struggling with what it means to be the only black student in her Grade 6 class, Selina takes comfort in the fact that every day she goes home to a loving and vibrant neighbourhood, where friends and family accept her as she is. But ugly rumours are starting to surface about the fate of Africville…

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      Dorothy Perkyns is the author of several previous young adult novels. She lives in Blandford, Nova Scotia.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CLA Book of the Year for Children Award 2004, Short-listed
      Diamond Willow Award 2005, Short-listed
      Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award 2005, Short-listed
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    No More Dragons Rie Charles Canada
    9781926607122 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 9 - 12, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: September 01, 2010
    $9.95 CAD 5.13 x 7.5 x 0.25 in | 112 pages Carton Quantity: 72 Canadian Rights: Y Napoleon and Co
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      How do you turn an upside-down life right-side up? Thirteen-year-old Alex is afraid, afraid of his dad, afraid of kids at school, worried about his sick brother and, most of all, angry at himself for being a wuss. How can he make his life different, become a new person that people like? Im writing because its starting to get to me. Plus I need to tell someone, begins Alex. Through letters to his only friend, Alex breaks his solitude and confronts the truth. As courage and wisdom gradually build, he gains the confidence to confront his own dragons.

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      As a social worker Rie Charles worked with families in the various crises of their lives. She translates this fascination with people's narratives into books for young people. She has one previous YA novel, No More Dragons. Rie lives in British Columbia.

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      "This is the debut novel for Rie Charles and I look forward to more great books from this author."

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    Numbers David A. Poulsen Canada
    9781459732483 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 12 - 15, Reading age from 12 - 15 Publication Date: September 26, 2015
    $12.99 CAD 5 x 8 x 1 in | 200 pages Carton Quantity: 56 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      #1 Calgary Herald Bestseller
      Just when Andy starts to feel like he finally belongs, can he stand up to the person he trusted the most?


      Andy Crockett doesn’t fit in at his new school — not with the goths, not with the jocks, and certainly not with the brains. Not even, really, with The Six, a group of misfits who hang out with each other mostly because they can’t stand hanging out with anyone else.

      But maybe Andy’s luck is changing … and all because he is in Mr. Reztlaff’s grade ten social class — Mr. Retzlaff, the coolest teacher; in fact, the coolest thing about Parkerville Comprehensive. Social is awesome from day one. It’s the class that looks at World War II, Hitler, and the Holocaust. It’s the class Andy wants to ace — and make Mr. Retzlaff proud.

      But eventually Andy also begins to understand that acing the class might just have a greater cost than he’s willing to pay. And when it turns out that Mr. Retzlaff might not be so cool after all, Andy is facing the most difficult decision of his life.
      Bio
      David A. Poulsen has been a broadcaster, teacher, football coach, and actor who spends eighty to one hundred days each year as a visiting author in schools across Canada. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Old Man, which was short-listed for the Forest of Reading White Pine award, and Numbers which won the Sakura Medal in Japan. He lives in the foothills west of Claresholm, Alberta.
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      In Andy’s accessible, matter-of-fact first-person narrative, Poulsen explores a topic not often covered in teen fiction.
      A worthwhile purchase for libraries looking to fill a niche.
      Very highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to both school and community library collections.
      Numbers is a deeply moving, nuanced, and fascinating depiction of how confusion and vulnerability can sometimes cause damages that can never be fully repaired.
      Poulsen did a good job with characterization, which was vital in order to explain how a Holocaust denier could come to hold such sway over his audience.
      Both as a nostalgic reminder of one's high school years and an inspiration to think thoroughly, independently, and compassionately, Numbers should be very close to number one on your reading list.
      A book about Holocaust denial . . . with a complex plot which will thoroughly engage teenage readers.
      Numbers is a cautionary tale about the importance of questioning authority and demonstrates how easy it is to be swayed by charisma over facts — lessons which need to be re-learned over and over again from one generation to the next.
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    Something Wiki Suzanne Sutherland Canada
    9781459728219 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 9 - 12, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: January 03, 2015
    $12.99 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.43 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 72 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      2016 Young Author's Award — Shortlisted
      CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2015) - Commended


      Instead of writing in a diary, twelve-year-old Jo Waller secretly edits Wikipedia entries to cope with the worst year of her life.

      Jo Waller has three brainy friends, two mostly harmless parents, and one deep, dark secret: she edits Wikipedia for fun. But when her twenty-four-year-old brother moves back home with his pregnant girlfriend, Jo is forced to reconcile the idealized version of her absent, cool older brother with the reality of romantic relationships and the truth behind so many embarrassing health class videos.

      With the young couple moving back into the family home, there’s barely enough room for anyone to move, let alone have any privacy. Throw in some major friendship turbulence, a seriously unrequited crush, and a mortifyingly bad haircut, and it’s looking like Jo will be lucky to make it out of the year alive. When you’re a pizza-faced dork who uses Wikipedia as a diary and would rather wear ancient hand-me-downs than shop at the mall, what’s the upside? Jo is about to find it in the most unlikely way.
      Bio
      Suzanne Sutherland is a writer for children and teens. Her first novel, When We Were Good, received critical acclaim and was selected for the American Library Association’s Rainbow List. She also works in children’s publishing and is the co-founder of the Toronto Zine Library. She lives in Toronto.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Young Author's Award 2016, Short-listed
      Dewey Divas and the Dudes Fall Picks 2014, Commended
      CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2015) 2015, Commended
      Reviews
      A quick, light read that confronts universal issues tweens face in their lives. Jo is an honest, likeable girl trying to find her way through uncharted territory without a map.
      Set on Toronto streets in the year 2000, Sutherland’s first novel [When We Were Good] keeps the story fresh. A bit like Weetzie Bat with the wings ripped off.
      The writing is fresh and original and right from the start Jo is a person the reader cares about.
      Sutherland skillfully explores the preteen search for unique identity.
      [A] sweet little novel about a preteen girl who just wants to be heard.
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    The Last Superhero Kristin Butcher Canada
    9781926607016 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 9 - 12, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: April 01, 2010
    $9.95 CAD 5.13 x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 116 Canadian Rights: Y Napoleon and Co
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      Commended for the 2011 Best Books for Kids and Teens

      When doing the right thing turns all wrong Sometimes a guy just cant mind his own business, no matter how hard he tries, and sometimes that guy gets mired in predicaments which are not of his making. Thats what happens to Jas, a Grade Seven boy who is putting all his energy into completing the artwork for an adventure comic he hopes will be his ticket into an elite summer art program. But when he meets Wren, an eccentric, crusading classmate, his efforts are derailed. Initially, Jas has no interest in getting involved, but circumstances and Wrens overpowering personality keep drawing him in until there is no going back. Wren is a person of values. She believes that if youre not part of the solution, youre part of the problem. When she sees things that are wrong, she sets out to correct them. Eventually she becomes the target of bullies, then, because of Jass inadvertent interference, the bullies turn their attention to him. They destroy his comic and his chances of getting into art school. What can Jas and Wren do to end the bullies’ reign of terror?

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      Kristin Butcher published her first novel in 1995 and became hooked on the idea of writing for a living. With the publication of The Last Superhero, she will have produced eighteen books for children. Kristin, who currently lives in Campbell River, British Columbia, with her family, has travelled extensively across Canada, where the differences in landscape, climate and people is immeasurable.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids and Teens 2011, Commended
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    The Liberty Circle Phil Campagna Canada
    9780929141695 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 12 - 15, Reading age from 12 - 15 Publication Date: May 01, 2000
    $8.95 CAD 5.13 x 7.5 x 0.63 in | 248 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Napoleon and Co
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      Life at home isn’t easy for sixteen-year-old Corey. When he sees an ad for a retreat called Camp Liberty, he can’t wait to get away. But Corey has no idea of what he’s in for, as he and his fellow campers are brainwashed into joining a racist Aryan cult. In the end, he not only hurts his family and friends but is also forced to confront some uncomfortable truths about himself. And there’s another price to be paid; the Liberty Circle knows he’s betrayed them, and they’re coming after him…

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      Phil Campagna was born in Calgary, Alberta. He is the author of the young adult novels, The Freedom Run and The Liberty Circle, which was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award. He lives in Saskatoon.
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