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Challenger Deep

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2015

by Neal Shusterman & Brendan Shusterman

National Book Award and Golden Kite Award Winner

A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by New York Times bestselling...


Red Sky in the Morning

by Elizabeth Laird

A moving narrative about a young girl's experience with disability, loss, and the power of unconditional love.


Damage

by A. M. Jenkins

As the Pride of the Panthers, football star Austin Reid is a likable guy, good with the ladies. Lately though, he doesn't like his life -- or anything else -- so much. And the worst part is that he can't seem...


Pollyanna (Mermaids Classics)

by Eleanor H Porter

Pollyanna (1913) by Eleanor H Porter (1868-1920) is a classic children's novel based on a young orphan named Pollyanna who is sent to live with her strict aunty in New England town. Pollyanna transforms the...


Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible

by Suzanne Kamata

Anna and the French Kiss meets Stoner & Spaz in a contemporary young adult coming-of-age novel about a girl, her struggles, and her art. Aiko Cassidy is fifteen and lives with her sculptor mother in a small...


Dragon in the Clouds

by Rosemary Nelson

The Okanagan summer stretches out in front of twelve-year-old Nikki like a sparkling rainbow, with lots of time to spend at the beach and with her horse, Ginger. When her cousin Trevor arrives in his wheelchair,...


Liam Goes Poo in the Toilet: A Story about Trouble with Toilet Training

by Jane Whelen-Banks

Liam Goes Poo in the Toilet illustrates the relationship between eating and excreting. It provides visual instructions on how to "relax and push". After much fanfare, Liam finally masters going 'poo' in the...


Lovable Liam: Affirmations for a Perfectly Imperfect Child

by Jane Whelen-Banks

Liam is lovable even when he whines and won't eat his dinner. When people are cross with Liam, they still love him. Being cross will only last a minute. Love will last forever! Lovable Liam reminds parents to...


Liam Says "Sorry": Repairing an Encounter Gone Sour

by Jane Whelen-Banks

In Liam Says "Sorry" Liam impulsively whacks his brother on the nose and ruins an otherwise joyful round of wrestling. Wanting desperately to resume the game and win favour with his brother, Liam accepts responsibility...


Liam Wins the Game, Sometimes: A Story about Losing with Grace

by Jane Whelen-Banks

In Liam Wins the Game, Sometimes, lovable Liam learns that it is ok to feel disappointed if you don't win, but that it's not ok to moan or cry or throw things: sometimes you win and sometimes you don't. He learns...


Liam Says "Hi": Learning to Greet a Friend

by Jane Whelen-Banks

In Liam Says "Hi" Liam manages to overcome his shyness and complete the steps necessary when greeting a friend at the front door. Vibrant, colourful and lively, this book's positive messages and advice are ideal...


Liam Knows What To Do When Kids Act Snitty: Coping When Friends are Tactless

by Jane Whelen-Banks

In Liam Knows What to do When Kids Act Snitty, lovable Liam finds out why his amazing feats of greatness are sometimes met with snide or snitty responses. He learns that when kids are snitty, it does not mean...


The Transcriber

by Kristen Witucki

A spunky little brother deals with the disability of his sister in ways that are sometimes humorous, often touching, and always typical of sibling rivalry and reconciliation


Livvie Owen Lived Here

by Sarah Dooley

Olivia "Livvie" Owen feels things differently than her parents and two sisters. Livvie is autistic. Her family has had to move repeatedly because of her outbursts. When they again face eviction, Livvie is convinced...


Hello Goodbye Dog

by Maria Gianferrari & Patrice Barton

For Zara's dog, Moose, nothing is more important than being with his favorite girl. So when Zara has to go to school, WHOOSH, Moose escapes and rushes to her side.

Hello, Moose!

Unfortunately, dogs aren't allowed...


My Travelin' Eye

by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

Jenny Sue's eyes are not the same as other people's eyes. Her right eye looks in one direction, while her left eye sometimes wanders. Jenny Sue has a travelin', lazy eye. Although it makes her different, it...


Sidetracked

by Diana Harmon Asher

If middle school were a race, Joseph Friedman wouldn't even be in last place--he'd be on the sidelines. With an overactive mind and phobias of everything from hard-boiled eggs to gargoyles, he struggles to understand...


Fleabrain Loves Franny

by Joanne Rocklin

This gem of a novel takes place in Pittsburgh in 1952. Franny Katzenback, while recovering from polio, reads and falls in love with the brand-new book Charlotte’s Web. Bored and lonely and yearning for a Charlotte...


Hands & Hearts

by Donna Jo Napoli & Amy June Bates

A mother and daughter spend a sunny day at the beach together where they swim, dance, build sandcastles, and, most importantly, communicate. But their communication is not spoken; rather, it is created by loving...


Hiya Moriah

by Victoria Nelson & Boddz

A beautifully illustrated, rhythmic story about a young girl’s life with special needs. Through her brave attitude, and silly humor, Moriah is an inspiration for us all. This is a book that families can enjoy...