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Brown Girl Dreaming

Woodson, Jacqueline ( Author )
Penguin Random House 2014. 338 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: African Americans, childhood, city and country life, family life, first-person narration, friendship, identity, Jacqueline Woodson, memoir, novels in verse, prejudice, United States
 
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The Truth Commission

Juby, Susan ( Author )
Penguin Random House 2015. 314 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Creative writing, dysfunctional families, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, footnotes, friendship, implied narrator, metafiction, school life
 
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Elementary
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Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Johnston, E.K. ( Author )
Penguin Random House 2016. 248 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Cheerleading, family life, female protagonist, first-person narration, friendship, rape, rape culture, sexual assault, stigmatization, summer camps, violence
 
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Elementary
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Off the Rim

Bates, Sonya Spreen ( Author )
Orca 2015. 162 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Basketball, first-person narration, friendship, mystery, school life, sports, teamwork
 
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Elementary
Secondary
 
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A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

Larson, Hope ( Author / Illustrator )
L'Engle, Madeleine ( Author )
Macmillan 2015. 416 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Adaptations, brothers and sisters, female protagonist, friendship, illustrations (monochrome), mathematics, physics, resilience, science fiction, self-discovery, space travel, supernatural, time travel
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Ooko

Shapiro, Esmé ( Author / Illustrator )
Tundra Books 2016. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Differences, foxes, friendship, identity, individuality, mistaken identity, point of view
 
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Elementary
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Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf

Sierra, Judy ( Author )
Seibold, J. Otto ( Illustrator )
Penguin Random House 2007. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Characters in fairy tales, friendship, libraries, manners, parties, stereotypes
 
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Elementary
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Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon

Lovell, Patty ( Author )
Catrow, David ( Illustrator )
Penguin Random House 2012. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Creativity, friendship, grandmothers, imagination, neighbours, play, toys
 
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Elementary
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Straight Punch

Polak, Monique ( Author )
Orca 2014. 252 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Alternative schools, boxing, city life, family life, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, Montréal, mothers and daughters, riots, self-esteem, street life, tagging
 
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Elementary
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Way Home

Hathorn, Libby ( Author )
Rogers, Gregory ( Illustrator )
Andersen Press 2003. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Cats, city life, danger, economic disparity, friendship, homelessness, poverty
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Brimsby’s Hats

Prahin, Andrew ( Author / Illustrator )
Simon & Schuster 2014. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Country life, creativity, friendship, hats, loss, seasons
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Chaucer’s First Winter

Krensky, Stephen ( Author )
Cole, Henry ( Illustrator )
Simon & Schuster 2008. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bears, friendship, hibernation, snow, winter
 
Cycle
Elementary
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Larf

Spires, Ashley ( Author / Illustrator )
Kids Can Press 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Friendship, humour, loneliness, mythological creatures, sasquatch
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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First Come the Zebra

Barasch, Lynne ( Author / Illustrator )
Lee & Low Books 2009. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Africa, conflicts, cooperation, differences, friendship, illustrations (watercolours), Kenya, migration, rivalries, traditions
 
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Elementary
Secondary
 
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The Cat With Seven Names

Johnston, Tony ( Author )
Davenier, Christine ( Illustrator )
Charlesbridge 2013. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Cats, city life, community, friendship, illustrations (pencil), loneliness, neighbours, pets
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Du Iz Tak?

Ellis, Carson ( Author / Illustrator )
Candlewick Press 2016. 48 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Construction, cooperation, friendship, insects, interesting illustrations, language learning, nonsense words, plants, seasons
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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The Nameless City

Hicks, Faith Erin ( Author / Illustrator )
Macmillan 2016. 240 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Adventure, belonging, city life, civilization, discrimination, friendship, historical fiction, identity
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Strictly No Elephants

Mantchev, Lisa ( Author )
Yoo, Taeeun ( Illustrator )
Simon & Schuster 2015. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Diversity, friendship, inclusion, overcoming adversity, pets, tolerance
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Each Kindness

Woodson, Jacqueline ( Author )
Lewis, E.B. ( Illustrator )
Penguin Random House 2012. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, bullying, first-person narration, friendship, illustrations (watercolours), kindness, new students, school life
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Ness, Patrick ( Author )
HarperCollins 2015. 326 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Anxiety, first-person narration, friendship, heroes, identity, LGBTQ, mental health, metafiction, school life, self-esteem, superheroes, supernatural
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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Mouse House Tales

Pearson, Susan ( Author )
Shepherd, Amanda ( Illustrator )
Blue Apple Books 2013. 60 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Cooperation, family life, friendship, homes, mice, stories in rhyme
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Saving Montgomery Sole

Tamaki, Mariko ( Author )
Penguin Random House 2016. 232 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Discrimination, friendship, identity, LGBTQ, prejudice, religions, school life, supernatural
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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The Farmer and the Clown

Frazee, Marla ( Author / Illustrator )
Simon & Schuster 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Circus, friendship, humour, intergenerational relationships, wordless book
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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I Wish I Were a Butterfly

Howe, James ( Author )
Young, Ed ( Illustrator )
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1994. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Crickets, dreams, friendship, identity, insects, self-acceptance, self-esteem
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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War Brothers: The Graphic Novel

McKay, Sharon E. ( Author )
Lafrance, Daniel ( Author / Illustrator )
Annick Press 2013. 170 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Abuse, brothers, children and war, friendship, rebellions, rescue, soldiers, survival, tragedy, Uganda, violence, war
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Hermelin the Detective Mouse

Grey, Mini ( Author / Illustrator )
Penguin Random House 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, cats, community, friendship, letters, mice, mystery
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever!

Rule, Rebecca ( Author )
Thermes, Jennifer ( Illustrator )
Islandport Press 2013. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Cooperation, friendship, grandfathers, sledding, snow, winter
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Maddi’s Fridge

Brandt, Lois ( Author )
Vogel, Vin ( Illustrator )
Flashlight Press 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, family life, food, friendship, generosity, hunger, poverty, socio-economic disparity
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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That Squeak

Beck, Carolyn ( Author )
Thisdale, François ( Illustrator )
Fitzhenry & Whiteside 2015. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bicycles, death, friendship, grief, male protagonist, memories
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Lola and I

Segré, Chiara Valentina ( Author )
Domeniconi, Paolo ( Illustrator )
Fitzhenry & Whiteside 2015. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Blindness, dogs, friendship, human-animal relationships, overcoming adversity, perspectives, physical disabilities
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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If I Was Your Girl

Russo, Meredith ( Author )
Macmillan 2016. 282 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Discrimination, diversity, family life, first romantic relationships, friendship, gender identity, identity, LGBTQ, sexual identity, transgender
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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Cinder

Meyer, Marissa ( Author )
Simon & Schuster 2013. 402 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Cinderella, cyborgs, discrimination, diversity, dystopia, fairy tale adaptations, female protagonist, first romantic relationships, friendship, science fiction, socio-economic disparity, technology
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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None of the Above

Gregorio, I.W. ( Author )
HarperCollins 2015. 344 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Androgen insensitivity syndrome, bullying, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, gender identity, identity, intersex, school life, sexual identity
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Green, John ( Author )
Levithan, David ( Author )
Penguin Random House 2011. 322 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Diversity, first romantic relationships, football, friendship, gender identity, humour, identity, LGBTQ, male protagonist, multiple authors, multiple narrators, musicals, self-esteem, sexual identity
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay

Best, Cari ( Author )
Brantley-Newton, Vanessa ( Illustrator )
Macmillan 2015. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Blindness, differences, diversity, friendship, independence, overcoming adversity, school life
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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Skim

Tamaki, Mariko ( Author )
Tamaki, Jillian ( Illustrator )
Groundwood Books 2010. 144 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Body image, cliques, diversity, feminism, friendship, graphic novels, identity, illustrations (monochrome), LGBTQ, mental health, school life, self-esteem, Wicca
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Johnny Kellock Died Today

Dyer, Hadley ( Author )
HarperCollins 2007. 192 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Brothers and sisters, cousins, family life, first-person narration, friendship, Nova Scotia, runaways, socio-economic disparity
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Behind You

Woodson, Jacqueline ( Author )
Penguin Random House 2010. 128 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Afterlife, death, discrimination, diversity, friendship, grief, LGBTQ, multiple narrators, racism, romantic relationships
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Anya’s Ghost

Brosgol, Vera ( Author / Illustrator )
Macmillan 2014. 222 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Diversity, family life, fantasy, first romantic relationships, friendship, ghosts, graphic novels, identity, illustrations (monochrome), magic realism, self-esteem
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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The Silence of Our Friends: The Civil Rights Struggle Was Never Black and White

Long, Mark ( Author )
Demonakos, Jim ( Author )
Powell, Nate ( Illustrator )
Macmillan 2012. 202 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: African Americans, American history, brothers and sisters, civil rights, friendship, illustrations (monochrome), Mark Long, memoir, racism, segregation, social justice
 
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Elementary
Secondary
 
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Define “Normal”

Peters, Julie Anne ( Author )
Little, Brown 2003. 200 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Counseling, family life, friendship, identity, mental health, parent-child relationships, stereotypes
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Oscar Lives Next Door: A Story Inspired by Oscar Peterson’s Childhood

Farmer, Bonnie ( Author )
Lafrance, Marie ( Illustrator )
Owlkids 2015. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: 1930s, African Canadians, Canadian history, childhood, first-person narration, friendship, jazz, Montréal, musicians, Oscar Peterson, Québec history
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Buddy and the Bunnies in Don’t Play With Your Food

Shea, Bob ( Author / Illustrator )
Disney/Hyperion Books 2014. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Food, friendship, humour, mischief, monsters, rabbits
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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In Real Life

Doctorow, Cory ( Author )
Wang, Jen ( Illustrator )
Macmillan 2014. 178 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Alternate realities, economics, equality, friendship, gender roles, globalization, science fiction, video games
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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The Nowhere Box

Zuppardi, Sam ( Author / Illustrator )
Candlewick Press 2013. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Adventure, brothers and sisters, cardboard boxes, creativity, friendship, play, rivalries
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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K
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The Graveyard Book

Gaiman, Neil ( Author )
McKean, Dave ( Illustrator )
HarperCollins 2010. 328 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Childhood, friendship, ghosts, orphans, paranormal, self-actualization
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
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3
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ELA
K
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An Abundance of Katherines

Green, John ( Author )
Penguin Random House 2008. 236 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Anagrams, breakups, conflicts in relationships, friendship, geek culture, love, mathematics, relationships, road trips, self-esteem, word play
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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3
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ELA
K
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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6
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Who Goes There?

Wilson, Karma ( Author )
Currey, Anna ( Illustrator )
Simon & Schuster 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Fear, friendship, hibernation, mice, night, surprise endings
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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3
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K
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I Am Princess X

Priest, Cherie ( Author )
Scholastic 2015. 232 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Adventure, comic strips, fairy tales, friendship, kidnapping, multimodal, mystery, webcomics
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
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6
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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6
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A Year Without Mom

Tolstikova, Dasha ( Author / Illustrator )
Groundwood Books 2015. 168 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Childhood, Communism, family life, friendship, love, memoir, mothers and daughters, Russia
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
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K
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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6
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