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Made You Up

by Francesca Zappia

Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. For fans of Silver Linings Playbook and Liar, this thought-provoking debut tells the story...


Wild Awake

by Hilary T. Smith

In Wild Awake, Hilary T. Smith's exhilarating and heart-wrenching YA debut novel, seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd has big plans for her summer without her parents. She intends to devote herself to her music and...


Have a Nice Day

Anna Bloom #2

by Julie Halpern

Anna Bloom has just come home from a three-week stay in a mental hospital. She feels...okay. It's time to get back to some sort of normal life, whatever that means. She has to go back to school, where teachers...


Get Well Soon

Anna Bloom #1

by Julie Halpern

Anna Bloom is depressed -- so depressed that her parents have committed her to a mental hospital with a bunch of other messed-up teens. Here she meets a roommate with a secret (and a plastic baby), a doctor...


Multiple Choice

by Janet Tashjian

For as long as Monica Devon can remember, she has been two things: a whiz at making anagrams, and a perfectionist who spends most of her time obsessing about saying and doing the right thing. Now at fourteen,...


The Astonishing Maybe

by Shaunta Grimes

Friendship, heartbreak, and defining what family means are rarely as sensitively, beautifully portrayed in middle-grade fiction. Shaunta Grimes is an extraordinary new talent.

Gideon hates the idea of moving...


Into the Wasteland

by Lesley Choyce

Dixon Carter wants to share his life manifesto. Don't worry — there won't be any violence. Dixon doesn't believe in violence. But Dixon is seeing things differently. He has gone off his meds — the drugs...


M in the Abstract

Lucky Break

by Brooke Carter

Seventeen-year-old Lucy "Lucky" Graves is devoted to her championship rugby team, but her dreams of a scholarship are destroyed when she breaks her leg during an important game. If it doesn't heal properly,...


Odd Man Out

by Sarah Ellis

Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize and the TD CCBC Canadian Children's Literature Award

Kip is spending the summer with his grandmother and his five eccentric girl cousins, including...


The Crazy Man

by Pamela Porter

It is 1965, and twelve-year-old Emaline lives on a wheat farm in southern Saskatchewan. Her family has fallen apart. When her beloved dog, Prince, chased a hare into the path of the tractor, she chased after...


Mamma Has a Black Dog

by Shannon Viertel & Dugyu Cigal

Mamma Had a Black Dog aims to delicately explain from the perspective of a young child the impact of depression on an entire family. It uses the metaphor of a black dog to help explain the struggle that families...


Why Doesn’T Alicia Talk?

by Debbi Hudak & Caitlin Finney

A young girls genuine concern and curiosity for a fellow classmate who seems different is the focus of this book. The very natural why questions take us on a journey of discovery into the many aspects of autism....


Splash

by Charli Howard

Molly is in her final year of primary school, with secret dreams of becoming an Olympicswimmer. Having always lived in the shadow of her manipulative friend, Chloe, Molly finallyhas the chance to compete in...


Can I tell you about Bipolar Disorder?

by Sonia Mainstone-Cotton & Jon Birch

If a grownup you love has bipolar disorder, what does that mean? In this friendly guide, 11-year-old Josh tells all about his dad's bipolar, including what mental illness is, and how it can affect patients and...


What Nobody Knows

by Maya Chivi

What Nobody Knows is a story about how, in reality, anybody and everybody are somebody – even if they feel like a nobody. 

The story follows four characters Somebody,Anybody, Nobody, and Everybody and how...


The Space Between

by Meg Grehan

It’s New Year’s Eve, and Beth plans to spend a whole year alone, in her snug, safe house. But she has reckoned without floppy-eared, tail-wagging Mouse, who comes nosing to her window. Followed shortly by...


Small Displays of Chaos

by Breanna Fischer

17-year-old Rayanne Timko is only a few months into her senior year of high school, and her biggest concern should be deciding on a university and career path. But while her classmates are filled with anticipation,...


Three Good Things

by Lois Peterson

Leni has lived in so many different places in the last few years that she’s not surprised when her mom wakes her in the middle of the night and tells her to pack up her things. The reason for this move? Her...


Chick: Lister

by Alex Van Tol

Chick is a popular fourteen-year-old who is essentially on this earth to live up to his father’s impossible expectations, or, at least, that’s how he feels. This pressure is a grinding source of anxiety...