Spirit Level. Sarah Harvey, $14.95 (novel)
Harriet (known as Harry) is a donor-conceived child who
has never wanted to reach out to her half-siblings or donor — until now. Feeling
adrift after a breakup with her long-time boyfriend, Harry tracks down her
half-siblings, two of whom are in Seattle, where Harriet lives. The first girl
she meets is fifteen–year-old Lucy, an effervescent half-Japanese dancer. Then
she meets Meredith, a troubled girl who is always accompanied by her best
friend, Alex. Harry and Alex are attracted to each other, much to Meredith's
chagrin, and when it becomes clear that Meredith is an accomplished liar, Harry
makes it her business to figure out what Meredith is up to. In the course of
her investigation, she discovers a lot about Meredith, but the biggest shock is
not about Meredith — it’s about Alex, who was born female. So now Harry must deal
with not only her growing attraction to Alex, but also Meredith’s hostility. As
decisions are made around whether to contact their donor, the three donor
sisters negotiate their relationship and Harry tries to figure out what she really
Adulthood Is a Myth: a Sarah's Scribbles Collection. Sarah Andersen, $16.99
These casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by the
hugely popular young Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen document the wasting
of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding
hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, and dreaming all day of getting home
and back into pajamas. In other words, the horrors and awkwardness of young
modern life. Oh and they are totally not autobiographical. At all.
Adulthood Is a Myth presents many fan favorites
plus dozens of all-new comics exclusive to this book. Like the work of fellow
Millennial authors Allie Brosh, Grace Helbig, and Gemma Correll, Sarah's
frankness on personal issues like body image, self-consciousness, introversion,
relationships, and the frequency of bra-washing makes her comics highly
relatable and deeply hilarious.
We Are All Made of Molecules. Susin Nielsen,
$12.99 (novel, ages 12-14)
Thirteen-year-old Stewart Inkster is academically
brilliant but "ungifted" socially. Fourteen-year-old Ashley Anderson is
the undisputed "It" girl of grade nine, but her marks stink. Their
worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and
her mom. "The Brady Bunch" it isn't. Stewart is trying to be 89.9%
happy about it, but Ashley is 110% horrified. She already has to hide the truth
behind her parents' divorce; "Spewart" could further threaten her
position at the top of the social ladder. They are complete opposites. And yet,
no matter their differences, they share one thing in common: they, like the
rest of us, are all made of molecules.
Written in alternating voices, Susin Nielsen deftly
explores family tragedy and family ties; sibling rivalry and union; and
adolescent confusion and revelation.
Becoming Nicole: the Transformation of an American
Family. Amy Ellis Nutt, $22.00
Becoming Nicole chronicles a journey that
could have destroyed a family but instead brought it closer together. It’s the
story of a mother whose instincts told her that her child needed love and
acceptance, not ostracism and disapproval; of a Republican, Air Force veteran
father who overcame his deepest fears to become a vocal advocate for trans
rights; of a loving brother who bravely stuck up for his twin sister; and of a
town forced to confront its prejudices, a school compelled to rewrite its
rules, and a courageous community of transgender activists determined to make
their voices heard. Ultimately, Becoming Nicole is the story of an
extraordinary girl who fought for the right to be herself.
Granted wide-ranging access to personal diaries, home videos, clinical
journals, legal documents, medical records, and the Maineses themselves, Amy
Ellis Nutt spent almost four years reporting this immersive account of an
American family confronting an issue that is at the center of today’s cultural
debate. Becoming Nicole will resonate with anyone who’s ever raised a
child, felt at odds with society’s conventions and norms, or had to embrace
life when it plays out unexpectedly. It’s a story of standing up for your
beliefs and yourself — and it will inspire all of us to do the same.
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen. Jazz
Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent
voices in the national discussion about gender identity. At the age of five,
Jazz transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents. A year
later, her parents allowed her to share her incredible journey in her first
Barbara Walters interview, aired at a time when the public was much less
knowledgeable or accepting of the transgender community. This groundbreaking
interview was followed over the years by other high-profile interviews, a
documentary, the launch of her YouTube channel, a picture book, and her own
reality TV series — I Am Jazz — making her one of the most recognizable activists
for transgender teens, children, and adults.
In her remarkable memoir, Jazz reflects on these very
public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude
toward the transgender community. But it hasn't all been easy. Jazz has faced
many challenges, bullying, discrimination, and rejection, yet she perseveres as
she educates others about her life as a transgender teen. Through it all, her
family has been beside her on this journey, standing together against those who
don't understand the true meaning of tolerance and unconditional love. Now Jazz
must learn to navigate the physical, social, and emotional upheavals of
adolescence — particularly high school — complicated by the unique challenges of
being a transgender teen. Making the journey from girl to woman is never
easy — especially when you began your life in a boy's body.
On Thin Ice. Jamie Bastedo, $14.95 (novel, ages
In a tiny Arctic hamlet, a teenager's mangled body is
found lying on the ice. Could a rapidly changing Arctic climate have driven a
polar bear, starving and afraid, this close to human habitation? On Thin Ice is the story of Ashley Anowiak, a gifted northern youth struggling to
understand her spiritual connection to polar bears. While seeking answers about
her culture, climate and environment seem to be crumbling all around her.
This 2006 Alberta YA Book of the Year also has a
Companion Teacher's Guide, Polar Bears in a Climate of Change, which includes a
novel study. (Available online when the book is purchased).
Fragile Bones: Harrison & Anna. Lorna Schultz
Meet Harrison and Anna. One is a fifteen-year-old boy
with an uncanny ability to recite every bone in the skeletal system whenever he
gets anxious ― and that happens a lot. The meaning of “appropriate
behaviour” mystifies him: he doesn’t understand most people and they certainly
don’t understand him. The other is a graduating senior with the world at her
feet. Joining the Best Buddies club at her school and pairing up with a boy
with Aspergers/autism is the perfect addition to her med school applications.
Plus, the president of the club is a rather attractive, if mysterious, added
Told in the alternating voices of Harrison and Anna, Fragile Bones is
the story of two teens whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways.
Skin and Bones. Sherry Shahan, $13.99 (novel)
Sixteen-year-old Jack, nicknamed "Bones," won't
eat. His roommate in the eating disorder ward has the opposite problem and
proudly goes by the nickname "Lard." They become friends despite
Bones's initial reluctance. When Bones meets Alice, a dangerously thin dancer
who loves to break the rules, he lets his guard down even more. Soon Bones is
so obsessed with Alice that he's willing to risk everything — even his
Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights.
Ann Bausum, $19.99
In 1969 being gay in the United States was a criminal
offense. It meant living a closeted life or surviving on the fringes of
society. People went to jail, lost jobs, and were disowned by their families
for being gay. Most doctors considered homosexuality a mental illness. There were
few safe havens. The Stonewall Inn, a Mafia-run, filthy, overpriced bar in New
York City’s Greenwich Village was one of them.
Police raids on gay bars happened regularly in this era.
But one hot June night, when cops pounded on the door of the Stonewall, almost
nothing went as planned. Tension was high, the crowd refused to go away. Anger
and frustration boiled over.
The raid became a riot.
The riot became a catalyst.
The catalyst triggered an explosive demand for gay
Ann Bausum's riveting exploration of the Stonewall riots
and the national gay rights movement that followed is eye-opening, unflinching,
Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You
Lose Learn for
Teens: How to Turn a Loss Into a Win. John Maxwell, $17.00
Any setback — a championship loss, a bad grade, a botched
audition — can be seen as a step forward when teens possess the right tools to
turn that loss into a gain of knowledge. Drawing on years of leadership
experience, Dr. Maxwell provides a roadmap for becoming a true learner, someone
who wins in the face of problems, failures, and losses. This Young Readers
edition features all-new stories of real life figures that overcame adversity
early in their lives, including entrepreneur Steve Jobs, Olympic Gold Medalists
Gabby Douglas and Mikaela Shiffrin, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala
Walking Home. Eric Walters, $14.99 (novel)
13-year-old Muchoki and his younger sister, Jata, can
barely recognize what's become of their lives. Only weeks ago they lived in a
bustling Kenyan village, going to school, playing soccer with friends, and
helping at their parents' store. But sudden political violence has killed their
father and destroyed their home. Now, Muchoki, Jata, and their ailing mother
live in a tent in an overcrowded refugee camp. By day, they try to fend off
hunger and boredom. By night, their fears about the future are harder to keep
at bay. Driven by both hope and desperation, Muchoki and Jata set off on what
seems like an impossible journey: to walk hundreds of kilometers to find their
last remaining family.
This Book is Gay. James Dawson, $12.99
A funny and pertinent book about being lesbian, bisexual,
gay, queer, transgender or just curious — for everybody, no matter their gender
or sexuality. Former PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author James Dawson gives
an uncensored look at what it's like to grow up as LGBT. Including testimonials
from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, this frank, funny, fully
inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to
know — from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and
more. Spike Gerrell's hilarious illustrations combined with funny and factual
text make this a must-read.
To This Day: For the Bullied and Beautiful. Shane
Koyczan, illustrated by various artists, $19.95
In February 2013, Shane Koyczan’s passionate
anti-bullying poem “To This Day” electrified the world. An animated video of
the lyric narrative went viral, racking up over 12 million hits to date and
inspiring an international movement against bullying in schools. Shane later
performed the piece to sustained applause on the stage of the 2013 annual TED
Conference. Now this extraordinary work has been adapted into an equally moving
and visually arresting book. Thirty international artists, as diverse as they
are talented, have been inspired to create exceptional art to accompany “To
This Day.” Each page is a vibrant collage of images, colors and words that will
resonate powerfully with anyone who has experienced bullying themselves,
whether as a victim, observer, or participant.
Born of Shane’s own experiences of being bullied as a child, To This
Day expresses the profound and lasting effect of bullying on an
individual, while affirming the strength and inner resources that allow people
to move beyond the experience. A heartfelt preface and afterword, along with
resources for kids affected by bullying, make this book an invaluable
centerpiece of the anti-bullying movement.
Courage for Beginners. Karen Harrington, $8.00
Seventh grade is not turning out the way Mysti had
planned. Her father is in the hospital, her mother is afraid to leave the
house, and Mysti's best friend has abandoned her for the cool hipster crowd at
school. Does Mysti have the courage to change her story?
Some Assembly Required: the Not-So-Secret Life of a
Transgender Teen. Arin Andrews, $21.99 (Ages 14 +)
We’ve all felt uncomfortable in our own skin at some
point, and we’ve all been told that “it’s just a part of growing up.” But for
Arin Andrews, it wasn’t a phase that would pass. He had been born in the body
of a girl and there seemed to be no relief in sight. In this revolutionary
memoir, Arin details the journey that led him to make the life-transforming
decision to undergo gender reassignment as a high school junior. In his
captivatingly witty, honest voice, Arin reveals the challenges he faced as a
girl, the humiliation and anger he felt after getting kicked out of his private
school, and all the changes — both mental and physical — he experienced once his
Some Assembly Required is a true coming-of-age story about knocking
down obstacles and embracing family, friendship, and first love. But more than
that, it is a reminder that self-acceptance does not come ready-made with a
manual and spare parts. Rather, some assembly is always required.
Moon at Nine. Deborah Ellis, $16.95 (novel)
Fifteen-year-old Farrin has many secrets. Although she
goes to a school for gifted girls in Tehran, as the daughter of an aristocratic
mother and wealthy father, Farrin must keep a low profile. It is 1988; ever
since the Shah was overthrown, the deeply conservative and religious government
controls every facet of life in Iran. If the Revolutionary Guard finds out
about her mother’s Bring Back the Shah activities, her family could be thrown
in jail, or worse. The day she meets Sadira, Farrin’s life changes forever.
Sadira is funny, wise, and outgoing; the two girls become inseparable. But as
their friendship deepens into romance, the relationship takes a dangerous turn.
It is against the law to be gay in Iran; the punishment is death. Despite their
efforts to keep their love secret, the girls are discovered and arrested.
Separated from Sadira, Farrin can only pray as she awaits execution. Will her
family find a way to save them both?
Based on real-life events, multi-award winning
author Deborah Ellis’s
new book is a tense and riveting story about a world where homosexuality is
considered so abhorrent that it is punishable by death.
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate
Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened. Allie Brosh, $23.99
Every time Allie Brosh posts something
new on her hugely popular blog Hyperbole and a Half the internet rejoices. Touching,
absurd, and darkly comic, Allie Brosh’s highly anticipated book HYPERBOLE
AND A HALF showcases her unique voice, leaping wit, and her ability to
capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations.
This full-color, beautifully illustrated edition features more than fifty
percent new content, with ten never-before-seen essays and one wholly revised
and expanded piece as well as classics from the website like, “The God of
Cake,” “Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving,” and her astonishing,
“Adventures in Depression,” and “Depression Part Two,” which have been hailed
as some of the most insightful meditations on the disease ever written.
Would You Mind? Robert Joseph Greene, $11.50
Nate Lawson didn't know the kid of parents he had until
he fell in love with another guy in high school. WOULD YOU MIND? is the story of
how a family can sometimes surprise you and give you the best gift of all —
their love and acceptance.
Picture Me. Lori Weber,
$12.95 (novel, ages 13+)
When a well-meaning English teacher has
overweight student Krista read aloud a poem about body image titled
"Barbie Doll" in class, she ignites a simmering bullying event based
on Krista's appearance. Krista's best friend, and witness to the event, Tessa,
is suspended for fighting to defend her friend. The girl who bullies Krista
seems unaffected by the incident at school and more concerned with what an
older guy thinks of her. But as the three characters' paths intersect, their
inner lives are revealed. Each emerges as a much more complicated individual
than their simple bully, target, and witness labels.
LGBTQ Families: the Ultimate Teen Guide. Eva Apelqvist, $55.00 (ages 13+)
LGBTQ FAMILIES: THE ULTIMATE TEEN
GUIDE focuses on the difficulties young people face as members of
households in which one or more members are lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender/transsexual, or queer/questioning. This book offers encouragement,
insights, and resources to help them cope with and embrace the uniqueness of
their family life. Teens and adults from LGBTQ families — and teens who identify
as LGBTQ themselves — tell their personal stories and share strategies they use
to deal with a sometimes unaccepting society. Topics discussed include politics,
religion, media, and bullying.
Aimed at young adults with LGBTQ parents, teens who identify as LGBTQ, those
who support LGBTQs, and anyone wanting to educate themselves on the topic, this
book will broaden understanding and enable teens and their peers to embrace the
diversity of the modern family.
Until Today. Pam
Fluttert, $12.95 (novel, ages 13+)
No one knows Kat’s secret, and the only place she
confides the truth is in her journal. But now the journal is missing, and Kat
is terrified that everyone will find out the secret she has been keeping for
years — a friend of her parents has been abusing her since she was a little
Will people hate her and blame her for what’s been
happening? Or is this her chance to finally go from victim to survivor?
The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley. Jan Andrews, $14.95 (novel, ages 13+)
Kyle McGinley doesn’t say a word. Fed
up with being shuttled from one foster care home to another,
he has stopped speaking. But at the home of Jill and Scott
Wardman, with the help of a crow, and a swamp, and an excess
of black paint, he begins to think maybe — just maybe
— life could get better.
Anthology Dedicated to Black Youth. Edited by Fiona Raye Clarke, $20.00
Are you feeling
portrayal of Canadian-Black relations is a passionate and eye-opening
collection of youth poems, essays, and stories exploring experiences of culture
shock, stereotyping, family, and the facts and fictions of Black Canadian
PRESSURE: True Stories by Teens about Stress. Edited by Al Desetta, $14.50
Stress hits these teens from all angles:
pressure at school, at home, and in their relationships. The writers in this
book on teens and stress describe their stress-relief techniques, including
exercise, music, writing, and more, and offer inspiring examples of
perseverance. Their stories of teens and stress captivate and inspire.
RAGE: True Stories by Teens about Anger. Edited by Laura Longhine, $13.50
These teens have plenty of reasons to be
angry: parental abuse, street violence, peer pressure, powerlessness, and more.
The writers talk honestly about anger management for teens as they
struggle to gain control of their emotions and stop hurting others and
VICIOUS: True Stories by Teens about Bullying. Edited by Hope Vanderberg, $13.50
The essays on teenage bullying in VICIOUS address every form of bullying:
physical, verbal, relational, and cyber. These stories will appeal to readers
because the writers’ cruelty and hurt are unmistakably real—and the writers’
stories are at times painful, often admirable, and always compelling for the
resilience they reveal.
It Was the Worst of Times … Then It Got Worse: High School Stories and Survival Tips. Philippe de Jocas, $18.95
Philippe de Jocas, 17, explores the tangled and often confusing world of high school. Read about school projects gone disastrously awry, warfare in the school halls, the bizarre student council elections and more from the perspective of this smart, funny and self-confessed socially awkward geeky teen.
Funny and strange, It Was the Worst of Times will resonate with everyone who has ever tiptoed through the school halls, hoping to stay invisible.
Autism, the Invisible Cord: a
Sibling's Diary. Barbara Cain, $13.50 (novel, ages
Meet Jenny — a teen who confides in her
diary about what it is like to live with Ezra, her younger brother with autism,
and her life with the most "wacky, exasperating, infuriating, amazing
If living with Ezra weren't hard enough,
Jenny must deal with school bullies, rude classmates, and fragile friendships.
But with the promise of a summer writing program and an Ezra-inspired project,
Jenny finds the courage to be more than just "Ezra's sister, protector,
defender, and his best and only friend," and loosens the invisible cord
just enough to follow her own dreams.
True Blue. Deborah Ellis, $17.95
Casey and Jess were best friends
forever. But now Casey has been arrested for murder. Of course it's a mistake.
Stephanie Grass was the brattiest kid at camp; Casey and Jess weren't the only
counselors who complained about her. Sure, Casey used to joke about killing the
kid, but she wasn't serious. While the whole town takes sides and waits for the
trial, Jess finds herself the center of attention. Everyone wants to know what
happened that summer. They are hanging on every word. But does anyone really
care about Jess? The truth is, without Casey, Jess feels left behind. And she
doesn't like it one bit.
An enthralling read that is part
psychological suspense, part murder mystery, TRUE BLUE looks at the darker side
of friendship and the inner world of an emotionally detached teenager who
struggles to find the moral courage to remain loyal to a friend in trouble.
I.D. Stuff That Happens to Define Us. Kate Scowen & Peter Mitchell, $12.95
I.D. offers 12 first-person accounts about life’s pivotal moments — those universal experiences from our youth that mar us, mold us and make us who we are.
I Am an Emotional Creature: the Secret Life of Girls Around the World. Eve Ensler, $15.00
In this book, internationally acclaimed author and playwright Eve Ensler offers fictional monologues and stories inspired by girls around the globe. Fierce, tender and smart, I Am an Emotional Creature is a celebration of the authentic voice inside every girl and an inspiring call to action for girls everywhere to speak up, follow their dreams and become the women they were meant to be.
The road to god
knows … a graphic novel. Von Allen, $14.95
The road to god knows … is the story of Marie, a teenage girl coming to grips with her mother’s schizophrenia. There’s no handbook, no guide to help her deal with what life throws at her as she struggles to grow up fast, and wrestles with poverty, loneliness and her mother’s illness.
Dilemma: the Secrets Behind What You Eat, Young Reader’s
Edition. Michael Pollan, $12.50
Based on the bestseller “The
Omnivore’s Dilemma: a Natural History of Four Meals”,
author Michael Pollan takes young readers behind the scenes
of the food industry to learn the realities and the politics
of how our food gets to the table.
Everything's Okay: My Journey
Surviving Childhood Cancer. Alesia Shute,
illustrated by Nathan Lueth, $15.95 (graphic novel)
When Alesia Shute was diagnosed with
cancer at the age of 7, her life was redirected as was that of her entire
family. She would go on to survive six major surgeries that had never been
tested on a child, several minor surgeries and countless hours of pain and
months of hospitalization. Alesia had to grow up quickly and adjust to being
sickly and different from others. EVERYTHING IS OKAY is her story of survival
that details not only her recovery, but also her struggles through school, adolescence,
boys, marriage, and pregnancy, with some hilarious tales of her adult life to
First Crossing: Stories about Teen Immigrants.
Edited by Donald Gallo, $11.50
Here are ten unique short
stories that reflect the difficulties teen immigrants face
in trying to please family and fit in with their new surroundings.
Positively Not. David
Steven doesn’t know if he’ll
pass his driver’s test or if he’ll ever understand
his parents, but there’s one thing he knows for sure:
He’s absolutely, positively NOT gay. Right?
A funny and poignant look at the life
of a boy who’s finding out what it means to be himself.
Love and In Danger: a Teen’s Guide to Breaking Free of Abusive
Relationships. Barrie Levy, $16.95
This book is for teenagers and
parents of teens who have questions about abusive dating relationships. In Love and In Danger helps teens understand abusive
dating situations, decide how to deal with them and learn
how to get help. Providing useful information, practical advice
and revealing interviews with teens, this newly revised edition
includes a new afterword for parents and a resource sections
with information on books, websites and organizations teens
can turn to for help.
Teen Guide to Global Action: How to Connect with Others (Near
and Far) to Create Social Change. Barbara Lewis,
Kids everywhere are deciding they
can’t wait to become adults to change the world. They’re acting
right now to fight hunger and poverty, promote health and
human rights, save the environment, and work for peace. Their
stories prove that young people can make a difference on a
global scale. This book includes real-life stories to inspire
young readers, plus a rich and varied menu of opportunities
for service, fast facts, hands-on activities, user-friendly
tools, and up-to-date resources kids can use to put their
own volunteer spirit into practice. It also spotlights young
people from the past whose efforts led to significant positive
change. Upbeat, practical, and highly motivating, this book
has the power to rouse young readers everywhere.
Girl Up: Kick Ass, Claim Your Woman Card, and Crush
Everyday Sexism. Laura Bates, $22.00
They told you that you need to be thin and beautiful.
They told you to wear longer skirts, avoid going out late at night, and move in
groups—never accept drinks from a stranger, and wear shoes you can run in more
easily than heels. They told you to wear just enough make-up to look
presentable but not enough to be a slut; to dress to flatter your apple, pear,
hourglass figure, but not to reveal too much.
They warned you that if you try to be strong, or take
control, you’ll be shrill, bossy, a ballbreaker. Of course it’s fine for the
boys, but you should know your place. They told you “that’s not for
girls” — “take it as a compliment” — “don’t rock the boat” — “that’ll go straight to
your hips.” They told you “beauty is on the inside,” but you knew they didn’t
really mean it.
Well, screw that. Laura Bates is here to tell you
Hilarious, bold, and unapologetic, Girl Up exposes
the truth about the pressures surrounding body image, the false representations
in media, the complexities of sex and relationships, the trials of social
media, and all the other lies society has told us.
Be the One: Six True Stories of Teens Overcoming
Hardship with Hope. Byron Pitts, $23.99
Emmy Award–winning ABC News chief national correspondent
and Nightline coanchor, Byron Pitts shares the heartbreaking and inspiring
stories of six young people who overcame impossible circumstances with
Abuse. Bullying. War. Drug Addiction. Mental Illness.
None of these should be realities for anyone, much less a
young person. But for some it is the only reality they have ever known. In
these dark circumstances, six teens needed someone to “be the one” for them — the
hero to help them back into the light. For Tania, Mason, Pappy, Michaela, Ryan,
and Tyton, that hero was themselves. Through stirring interviews and his
award-winning storytelling, Byron Pitts brings the struggles and triumphs of
these everyday heroes to teens just like them, encouraging all of us to be the
source of inspiration in our own lives and to appreciate the lives of others
Saying Good-bye to London. Julie Burtinshaw,
Francis is a shy 15-year-old when he meets edgy,
confident 16-year-old Sawyer at a party. Sparks fly... and Sawyer gets pregnant.
They hardly know each other, but now must deal with both their relationship and
the reality of a baby. Francis has a lot of growing up to do, and now it seems
like he is being forced to do it all at once. When his life collides with
Sawyer’s, Francis is forced to confront his own stereotypes about loss,
sexuality, and family. Sawyer decides to give the baby up for adoption, but
that’s just the start.
Over the months they wait for the baby to be born,
Francis and Sawyer try to deal with their choices. Will Francis follow Sawyer’s
brave example? Or will he turn his back and pretend his life has not changed?
Where will they be when it’s time to say good-bye to baby London?
THE EMOTIONARY n. a dictionary of words that
don't exist for feelings that do. Eden Sher & Julia Wertz, $25.95
All her life, Eden Sher has suffered from dyscommunicatia
(n. the inability to articulate a feeling through words.). Then, one day, she
decided that, whenever she had an emotion for which she had no word, she would
make one up. The result of this is The Emotionary, which lives at the
intersection of incredibly funny and very useful. Chock full of words you
always wanted/never knew you needed, often accompanied by illustrations of
hilarious and all-too-familiar situations, The Emotionary will be a
cherished tool for you or the world-class feelings-haver in your life.
Navigating Life: Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me.
Margaux Bergen, $35.00
You learn a few useful things at school — the three Rs come
in handy, and it’s good to know how to perform under pressure and wait your
turn — but most of what matters, what makes you into a functioning human being,
able to hold your own in conversation, find your path, know what to avoid in
relationships and secure a meaningful job, no teacher will ever tell you. This
diamond-sharp, gut-punchingly honest book of hard-earned wisdom is one mother’s
effort to equip her daughter for survival in the real world.
“I am not writing this to groom or guide you to
professional or academic success,” she writes. “My goal is rather to give you
tools that might help you engage with the world and flourish... Think of
this as a kind of developing bath-time wisdom.”
Wise, heartbreakingly funny, and resonantly true, Navigating
Life has invaluable lessons for students of life of all ages. It will
challenge you to lead a more meaningful life and to tackle the bumps along the
way with grace, grit, style, and ingenuity.
The Loose Ends List: a Novel of Firsts and Lasts.
Carrie Firestone, $21.49
Seventeen-year-old Maddie O'Neill Levine lives a charmed
life, and is primed to spend the perfect pre-college summer with her best
friends and young-at-heart socialite grandmother (also Maddie's closest
confidante), tying up high school loose ends. Maddie's plans change the instant
Gram announces that she is terminally ill and has booked the family on a secret
"death with dignity" cruise ship so that she can leave the world in
her own unconventional way — and give the O'Neill clan an unforgettable summer
of dreams-come-true in the process.
Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime with her over-the-top
family. As they travel the globe, Maddie bonds with other passengers and falls
for Enzo, who is processing his own grief. But despite the laughter, headiness
of first love, and excitement of glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on
the brink of losing Gram. She struggles to find the strength to say good-bye in
a whirlwind summer shaped by love, loss, and the power of forgiveness.
The Tapping Solution for Teenage Girls: How to Stop
Freaking Out and Start Being Awesome. Christine Wheeler, $15.99
Dealing with grades, bullying, friendships, parents,
crushes... it's enough to make any teenage girl wish she could snap her
fingers and make it all go away. The good news is, you almost can-except it's
not snapping" but "tapping"! Formally known as Emotional Freedom
Techniques (EFT), this revolutionary practice can help you reduce your feelings
of anxiety and overwhelm, boost your confidence, and unpack the "stress
backpack" you may not even know you're carrying.
In The Tapping Solution for Teenage Girls, expert
EFT practitioner Christine Wheeler explains the basics of the technique (it
actually involves tapping, with your fingers, on energy points on your own
body, and you can do it anywhere, anytime). Then she gives you simple yet
powerful instructions for tapping on common challenges such as:
- Schoolwork, tests, grades, and planning for college
- Appearance and body image
- Dating, breakups, and dealing with sexual feelings
- Divorce, siblings, and blended families
Throughout the book, comments from 16-year-old Cassidy,
the author's teen consultant, keep it real with helpful perspectives on how
this tapping thing works! In these pages, you'll discover that a super
effective tool for dealing with stress is literally at your fingertips. If
you're ready to be true to yourself, stop freaking out, and keep being awesome, The Tapping Solution for Teenage Girls is the perfect solution for you.
The Hill. Karen Bass, $14.95
Jared’s plane has crashed in the Alberta wilderness, and
Kyle is first on the scene. When Jared insists on hiking up the highest hill in
search of cell phone reception, Kyle hesitates; his Cree grandmother has always
forbidden him to go near it. There’s no stopping Jared, though, so Kyle
reluctantly follows. After a night spent on the hilltop — with no cell
service — the teens discover something odd: the plane has disappeared. Nothing in
the forest surrounding them seems right. In fact, things seem very wrong. And
worst of all, something is hunting them.
The Last Leaves Falling. Sarah Benwell, $19.99
A teen grapples with ALS and his decision to die in this
devastatingly beautiful debut novel infused with the haunting grace of samurai
death poetry and the noble importance of friendship.
Abe Sora is going to die, and he’s only seventeen years old. Diagnosed with ALS
(Lou Gehrig’s disease), he’s already lost the use of his legs, which means he
can no longer attend school. Seeking a sense of normality, Sora visits teen
chat rooms online and finally finds what he’s been longing for: friendship
The V-Word: True Stories about First-Time Sex. Amber Keyser, $14.99
First time sex is a big unknown. Will it be candlelight
and rose petals or quick and uncomfortable? Is it about love or about lust?
Deciding to have sex for the first time is a choice that’s often fraught with
anxiety and joy. But do you have anyone telling you what sex is really like? An
honest and poignant collection of essays by women about losing their virginity
in their teens. The V-Word captures the complexity of this
important life-decision and reflects diverse real-world experiences. Includes
helpful resources for parents and teens.
In The V-Word seventeen writers pull back the sheets and tell
all, covering everything from straight sex to queer sex, diving-in versus
waiting, and even the exhilaration and disappointment that blankets it all.
Some of their experiences happened too soon, some at just the right time, but
all paint a broad picture of what first-time sex is really like. Funny, hot,
meaningful, cringe-worthy, gross, forgettable, magnificent, empowering, and
transformative, the stories in The V-Word are never preachy,
but provide a map for teens to chart their own course through the steamy waters
of sex. With The V-Word girls can finally take control, learn
what’s on the horizon, and eliminate the fear and mystery surrounding this
Do You Think This Is Strange? Aaron Cully Drake,
Freddy is having a rough year. First, he is expelled from
school for fighting. Now, at his new school, he is required to have regular
conversations with a counselor — an awkward situation for anyone, really, but
even more so for Freddy, who has autism. Not only that, Freddy’s mom left years
ago and his dad drinks too much.
But then Saskia — a fair-haired girl Freddy hasn’t seen in
ten years — appears at his new school. As children they attended the same group
therapy sessions, and now she is hardly the same person he remembers. She
doesn’t smile. And she doesn’t talk. But their reunion provides him with
respite in a difficult time, and sets a chain of meetings and events into
motion that reveals long-repressed memories and brings Freddy to a unexpectedly
freeing moment of truth. A funny and touching coming-of-age story you won’t
Yoga Girls' Club: Do Yoga, Make Art, Be You. Tiffani
A fun, interactive workbook for girls aged 11-17
containing 43 easy-to-follow yoga postures, guidance on yogic breathing and
meditation, opportunities for self-reflection and fun art activities. Designed
to help girls feel more confident in body and mind and better equipped to
handle the everyday pressures of the challenging teenage years.
In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their
Amazing Careers. Deborah Reber, $15.99
Follow in the footsteps of amazing women who have the
jobs of your dreams! This extensive and empowering career guide leads the way
to a fulfilling professional life. Newly updated with seven additional
Go beyond the job description and get the scoop on what it’s really like to
work as a senator, a marine biologist, an actress, and much, much more. This
exciting guide gives the behind-the-scenes scoop on a wide variety of careers
through nearly fifty intimate “day in the life” profiles of women who excel in
their fields. From magazine journalism to forensic science to the most relevant
new careers for today’s young women, you’ll learn exactly what to expect and
how to get ahead. In addition to providing specific, easily relatable
information about a wide variety of possible professions, In Their
Shoes also offers interview excerpts, practical tips, and career planning
advice. Whether you’re looking for your first job or your fifth, it’s never too
early (or too late) to decide what you want to be when you grow up!
Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus. Rachelle Lee
Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus is a
photographic essay that explores a wide spectrum of experiences told from the
perspective of a diverse group of young people, ages fourteen to twenty-four,
identifying as queer (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or
questioning). Portraits are presented without judgment or stereotype by
eliminating environmental influence with a stark white backdrop. This backdrop
acts as a blank canvas, where each subject’s personal thoughts are handwritten
onto the final photographic print. With more than sixty-five portraits
photographed over a period of ten years, Speaking OUT provides rare
insight into the passions, confusions, prejudices, joys, and sorrows felt by
Be More Chill. Ned Vizzini, $9.99
Jeremy Heere is your average high school dork. Day after
day, he stares at beautiful Christine, the girl he can never have, and dryly
notes the small humiliations that come his way.... until the day he finds out
about the "squip." This pill-sized supercomputer, when swallowed, is
guaranteed to bring you whatever you most desire in life.
By instructing him on
everything from what to wear to how to talk and walk, the squip transforms
Jeremy from Supergeek into one of the most popular guys in class. Soon he is
friends with his former tormentors and has the attention of the hottest girls
in school. But Jeremy eventually discovers that there is also a dark side to
having a computer inside your brain, and it can have disastrous consequences.
I Am Malala, Young Readers Edition. Malala Yousafzai,
with Patricia McCormick, $13.49
Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban
took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women
weren't allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn't go to school.
This is her story — the story of how one girl stood up for education and
changed the world.
Fish in a Tree. Lynda Mullaly Hunt, $22.99 (novel)
Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people.
Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read
by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for
help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels
sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally
learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed
of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts
opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her — and
to everyone — than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.
Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native Voices.
Edited by Lisa Charleyboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale, $14.95
A powerful and visually stunning anthology from some of
the most groundbreaking Native artists working in North America today. Truly
universal in its themes, Dreaming In Indian will shatter
commonly held stereotypes and challenge readers to rethink their own place in
the world. Emerging and established Native artists, including acclaimed author
Joseph Boyden, renowned visual artist Bunky Echo Hawk, and stand-up comedian Ryan
McMahon, contribute thoughtful and heartfelt pieces on their experiences
growing up Indigenous, expressing them through such mediums as art, food, the
written word, sport, dance, and fashion.
Whether addressing the effects of residential schools,
calling out bullies through personal manifestos, or simply citing hopes for the
future, Dreaming In Indian refuses to shy away from difficult
topics. Insightful, thought-provoking, and beautifully honest, this book will
to appeal to young adult readers.
Rethinking Normal: a Memoir in Transition. Katie
Rain Hill, $21.99
Katie never felt
comfortable in her own skin. She realized very young that a serious mistake had
been made; she was a girl who had been born in the body of a boy. Suffocating
under her peers’ bullying and the mounting pressure to be “normal,” Katie tried
to take her life at the age of eight years old. After several other failed
attempts, she finally understood that “Katie” — the girl trapped within her — was
determined to live.
In this first-person account, Katie reflects on
her pain-filled childhood and the events leading up to the life-changing
decision to undergo gender reassignment as a teenager. She reveals the unique
challenges she faced while unlearning how to be a boy and shares what it was
like to navigate the dating world and experience heartbreak for the first time
in a body that matched her gender identity. Told in an unwaveringly honest
voice, Rethinking Normal is a coming-of-age story about transcending physical
appearances and redefining the parameters of “normalcy” to embody one’s true
Dating! 10 Helpful Tips for a Successful
Relationship. Laura Buddenberg & Alesia
Healthy, happy relationships aren’t
random — it all comes down to skills, knowledge, and choices. This book will
help you think about your own experiences and answer some important questions —
how do you know when you’re in a good relationship? Are you in a relationship
for the right reasons? What do you want in a relationship?
In each chapter you’ll read a
relationship story. Some of these are positive, some are not. All of the
stories offer some wisdom on how to create or maintain a healthy relationship —
or recognize when it’s time to end an unhealthy one.
Being a Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should
Know about Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity & More. Jane
This thorough, concise guide offers straight talk about:
- The male and female body as it changes and matures
- Teen relationships: what it takes to create happy, supportive,
positive, and meaningful connections with family, friends, and others
- Identity empowerment: how to be authentic and thrive in today’s
- Sex and sexuality for boys and girls: how teens should take care
of their bodies, embrace their experiences, and strengthen self-esteem
- Strategies for working through the toughest challenges, including
bullying, sexual abuse, eating disorders, pregnancy, and more
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out. Susan
Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed
six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills
to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their
personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs,
and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical
journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether
joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of
family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make
in recognition of their true selves. A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature
takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens.
I Am J. Cris Beam,
$12.00 (novel, ages 13+)
J had always felt different. He was
certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy
mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him;
eventually J stopped praying to wake up a "real boy" and started
covering up his body, keeping himself invisible – from his parents, from his
friends, from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought
would always be by his side, J decides that he's done hiding — it's time to be
who he really is. And this time he is determined not to give up, no matter the
Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors on Speaking Up,
Standing Out, and Being Yourself. Edited by Luke
Reynolds, $13.95 (ages 13+)
Middle grades and young adult authors
speak candidly on the unspoken “rules” of adolescence in this collection of
moving, inspiring, and often funny essays. This unique volume encourages
readers to break with conformity and defy age-old, and typically inaccurate,
orthodoxy—including such conventions as Boys can’t be gentle, kind, or caring;
One must wear Abercrombie & Fitch in order to fit in; Girls should act like
girls; and One must go to college after finishing high school.
(You) Set Me on Fire: a Story about School, about
Fire, and about Love. Mariko Tamaki, $16.00 (novel)
Allison Lee is seventeen and off to
college in the fall. So far, she's been in love once (total catastrophe) and on
fire twice (also pretty bad). Both love and fire have left their scars.
Looking a little more burnt chicken and
a little less radiant phoenix, Allison takes up residence in Dylan Hall (a.k.a.
Dyke Hall) at St. Joseph's College, where she discovers the true gift of
freshman year: the opportunity to reinvent yourself. Miles away from the high
school she's happy to leave behind, her all-female dorm is a strange new world,
home to new social circles and challenges. Allison still feels like the odd
girl out ... until Shar appears. Beautiful and blinding, Shar quickly becomes
the sun at the centre of Allison's universe, drawing her in with dangerous
allure. Will Allison get burned again? And, if she does ... what kind of scars
will she earn this time?
The Reluctant Journal of Henry K.
Larsen. Susin Nielsen, $19.99
This deeply moving novel looks at the
ultimate cost of bullying — with a cast of fabulous characters, dark humour,
and a lovable, difficult protagonist struggling to come to terms with the
horrible crime his brother has committed.
War Brothers: the Graphic Novel. Sharon McKay & Daniel Lafrance, $18.95
When fourteen-year-old Jacob is brutally
abducted and forced to become a child soldier, he struggles to hold on to his
sanity and the will to escape. Readers will never forget the experiences
of this young boy struggling to survive, unsure who to trust, afraid of
succumbing to madness, and above all, desperate to get to freedom. In the end,
Jacob engineers a daring escape.
This graphic novel is based on the acclaimed novel of the same title, winner of
a 2009 Arthur Ellis award. The author spent time in Uganda and based this story
on real-life accounts of the horrors inflicted on child soldiers and their
victims. Daniel Lafrance’s striking artwork and the poignant, powerful text
capture the very essence of life as a child soldier.
This High School Has Closets. Robert Joseph Greene, $9.95 (novel, ages 14 +)
High school is
a challenge for all teens. For Mark Thomas, falling in love, and dealing with
becoming an adult, made his senior year of high school both difficult and
exhilarating. THIS HIGH SCHOOL HAS CLOSETS is a story of two young teenagers
falling in love during a difficult senior year.
Morning Star. Judith Plaxon, $10.95
Two girls, at opposite ends of history.
Flower is an escaped slave who, with her
parents and baby brother, makes her way north to Canada via the Underground
Railway. Felicia, living 150 years later, is the "new girl" and one of the few
black kids in her new school.
When Felicia is asked to research her
ancestry for a school project, she wonders if her new friends will want to hear
about her family's history as slaves.
Maus: a Survivor’s Tale. Volume I, My Father Bleeds
History. Art Spiegelman, $15.95
Maus: a Survivor’s Tale.
Volume II, And Here My Troubles Began. Art Spiegelman,
This is the story of Vladek Spiegelman,
a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and his son, a
cartoonist coming to terms with his father’s story.
Maus approaches the unspeakable through the diminutive. Its
form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), shocks
us out of any lingering sense of familiarity and succeeds
in “drawing us closer to the bleak heart of the Holocaust”
(The New York Times).
Maus is a haunting tale within
a tale. Vladek’s harrowing story of survival is woven
into the author’s account of his tortured relationship
with his aging father. Against the backdrop of guilt brought
by survival, they stage a normal life of small arguments and
unhappy visits. This astonishing retelling of our century’s
grisliest news is a story of survival, not only of Vladek
but of the children who survive even the survivors. Maus studies
the bloody pawprints of history and tracks its meaning for
all of us.
Little Black Book for Girlz: a Book on Healthy Sexuality.
By Youth, for Youth (St. Stephen’s Community House), $9.95
The Little Black Book for Girlz is a book on healthy
sexuality written by girls for girls. A diverse group of urban
teens went looking for information about sexuality. They collected
stories, poetry, interviews, art and more from other youth
and health care workers. The result is an honest, factual
look at the physical and emotional issues young women face
— a powerful presentation of real-life examples and life-saving
The Little Black Book for Guys: Guys Talk about Sex.
By Youth for Youth (St. Stephen’s Community House), $9.95
A survival guide to being
a guy. Lots of guys talk the big talk, but what’s really going
on with sex? That’s what a group of young men sat down to
figure out for The Little Black Book for Guys. To
get behind the hype, they talked to other teens and collected
stories, poems, essays, and art about personal experiences.
They also interviewed health professionals to get the facts
they need to make healthy choices. The result is a revealing
collection of personal thoughts and need-to-know information.
• Puberty • Wet dreams • Masturbation
• Penis size • Dating • Safer sex and birth control
• Sexually Transmitted Infections / AIDS
Written, illustrated, and designed
by youth, and carefully vetted by doctors, The Little
Black Book for Guys is more than a book about sex. It’s
a snapshot of being a guy at the beginning of the 21st century.
Contains frank descriptions of
sexuality and coarse language.
Ways to Dance. Kathy Stinson, $9.95 (ages 13 and
In this risqué collection,
award-winning author for young people Kathy Stinson offers
characters and plotlines that reflect the many ways teens
learn about lust and love. From the first stirrings of same-sex
desire on a lakeside beach to troubling paternity questions
around a teen pregnancy, Stinson's stories reflect both the
sweetness and the scariness of teenage sexuality. Offers many
opportunities for discussion, and also a great choice for
reluctant readers. A must-have for all junior high and high
How Rude!™ Handbook of School Manners for Teens: Civility in
the Hallowed Halls. Alex Packer, $11.95
What counts as rude behavior in school? What can you do when
a teacher is rude? What's the best way to handle bullies and
bigots? Here's sound advice (touched with humor) for teens who
want to make school more bearable.