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The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

Toten, Teresa (Author)
Doubleday Canada 2013. 264 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Brothers and sisters, dysfunctional families, family life, first romantic relationships, friendship, identity, mental health, multigenre, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, peers, self-esteem
 
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Rash

Hautman, Pete (Author)
Simon & Schuster 2007. 250 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Canada, corporations, dystopia, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, football, health, pizza, prisons, science fiction, stereotypes
 
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Eliza and Her Monsters

Zappia, Francesca (Author/Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2017. 388 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Art, family life, fandom, female protagonist, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, identity, monsters, multigenre, multimodal, self-esteem, stereotypes, webcomics
 
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Twisted

Anderson, Laurie Halse (Author)
Penguin Random House 2013. 262 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Brothers and sisters, dysfunctional families, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, graffiti, male protagonist, school life, self-esteem, socio-economic disparity
 
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Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories

Perkins, Stephanie (Editor)
Macmillan 2016. 388 pages
Book type: Anthology

Keywords: First romantic relationships, gender identity, identity, love, multigenre, multiple authors, sexual identity, short stories, summer, vacation
 
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Love and First Sight

Sundquist, Josh (Author)
Little, Brown 2017. 282 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Acceptance, blindness, bullying, disabilities, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, humour, male protagonist, new students, school life, surgery
 
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Not If I See You First

Lindstrom, Eric (Author)
Little, Brown 2015. 314 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Blindness, breakups, cousins, disabilities, families, female protagonist, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, forgiveness, friendship, loss
 
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A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius

Matson, Stacey (Author)
Scholastic Canada 2014. 266 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Alberta, bullying, empathy, fathers and sons, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, identity, loss, multimodal, school life, self-esteem, transition to high school, writing
 
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I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl

McNeil, Gretchen (Author)
HarperCollins 2016. 346 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Cliques, diversity, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, identity, mathematics, mutuality, school life, self-esteem, transformation
 
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Son of the Mob

Korman, Gordon (Author)
Scholastic Canada 2004. 266 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Crime, dysfunctional families, family life, fathers and sons, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, humour, school life
 
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Confessions of a High School Disaster: Chloe Snow’s Diary

Chastain, Emma (Author)
Simon & Schuster 2017. 346 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Diaries, epistolaries, family life, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, LGBTQ, school life, stereotypes
 
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Awkward

Chmakova, Svetlana (Author/Illustrator)
Little, Brown 2015. 224 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Art, clubs, competitions, disabilities, first romantic relationships, friendship, inclusion, popularity, school life, science, stereotypes, teachers
 
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Save Me, Kurt Cobain

Manzer, Jenny (Author)
Penguin Random House 2016. 266 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: 1990s, alternative music, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, identity, Kurt Cobain, music, popularity, self-discovery, self-esteem
 
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I See Reality: Twelve Short Stories About Real Life

Kendall, Grace (Editor)
Macmillan 2016. 296 pages
Book type: Anthology

Keywords: Addiction, adolescence, breakups, brothers and sisters, choices, first romantic relationships, friendship, identity, LGBTQ, multiple authors, sexuality, short stories, violence
 
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Please Ignore Vera Dietz

King, A.S. (Author)
Penguin Random House 2012. 328 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Breakups, fathers and daughters, first romantic relationships, friendship, grief, identity, loss, multiple voices, occupations, post-modern, school life, self-esteem
 
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Dan Versus Nature

Calame, Don (Author)
Candlewick Press 2016. 378 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Fathers and sons, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, humour, identity, nature, stepfamilies, summer camps, survival, wilderness
 
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Belzhar

Wolitzer, Meg (Author)
Penguin Random House 2015. 266 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Alternative schools, boarding schools, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, healing, loss, mental health, school life, Sylvia Plath, trauma, writing
 
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Uglies

Westerfeld, Scott (Author)
Simon & Schuster 2011. 406 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Conformity, dystopia, first romantic relationships, friendship, identity, personal appearance, popularity, self-determination, self-esteem
 
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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
 
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Brain Camp

Kim, Susan (Author)
Klavan, Laurence (Author)
Hicks, Faith Erin (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2015. 154 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: First romantic relationships, friendship, horror, medical testing, mystery, socio-economic disparity, summer camps, suspense
 
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I’ll Give You the Sun

Nelson, Jandy (Author)
Penguin Random House 2015. 380 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Art, brothers and sisters, family life, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, forgiveness, healing, loss, multiple narrators, twins
 
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Alice, I Think

Juby, Susan (Author)
HarperCollins 2007. 240 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: British Columbia, diaries, family life, first romantic relationships, friendship, homeschooling, identity, mental health, mutuality, self-esteem
 
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Saving Red

Sones, Sonya (Author)
HarperCollins 2016. 442 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Brothers and sisters, empathy, family life, first romantic relationships, forgiveness, friendship, homelessness, mental health, novels in verse
 
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The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone

Griffin, Adele (Author)
Soho Press 2014. 248 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Artists, creativity, death, fame, first romantic relationships, friendship, mental health, multimodal, mystery, New York City, perspectives, tragedy
 
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Honor Girl

Thrash, Maggie (Author/Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2015. 270 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Diversity, first romantic relationships, friendship, LGBTQ, memoir, self-actualization, sexual identity, summer camps
 
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Chopsticks

Anthony, Jessica (Author/Illustrator)
Corral, Rodrigo (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2012. 304 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: First romantic relationships, graphic novels, illustrations (collage), illustrations (photographs), mental health, missing persons, multimodal, mystery, parent-child relationships, wordless book
 
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What Light

Asher, Jay (Author)
Penguin Random House 2016. 262 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Christmas, family life, farms, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, identity, mutuality, sexual identity
 
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Janes in Love

Castellucci, Cecil (Author)
Rugg, Jim (Illustrator)
DC Comics 2008. 154 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Community, first romantic relationships, friendship, graphic novels, illustrations (monochrome), public art, social activism
 
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Smile

Telgemeier, Raina (Author/Illustrator)
Scholastic 2010. 218 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: First romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, identity, orthodontics, personal appearance, self-acceptance, self-esteem
 
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Drama

Telgemeier, Raina (Author/Illustrator)
Scholastic 2012. 238 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: First romantic relationships, friendship, gender roles, graphic tale, homosexuality, humour, LGBTQ, school life, school plays, theatre
 
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Why We Broke Up

Handler, Daniel (Author)
Kalman, Maira (Illustrator)
Little, Brown 2012. 354 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Breakups, epistolaries, first romantic relationships, multimodal, peers
 
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Reality Boy

King, A.S. (Author)
Little, Brown 2014. 362 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Dysfunctional families, fame, first romantic relationships, identity, self-acceptance, self-actualization, television shows, violence
 
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The Crossover

Alexander, Kwame (Author)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014. 238 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Basketball, diversity, family life, fathers and sons, first romantic relationships, free verse, health, hip-hop, loss, novels in verse, sound poetry, twins
 
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Cinder

Meyer, Marissa (Author)
Macmillan 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
 
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Hard Love

Wittlinger, Ellen (Author)
Simon & Schuster 2001. 228 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: First romantic relationships, friendship, identity, LGBTQ, relationships, self-esteem, writing, zines
 
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Boy Proof

Castellucci, Cecil (Author)
Candlewick Press 2006. 204 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Diaries, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, geek culture, identity, self-actualization
 
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Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto

Luper, Eric (Author)
HarperCollins 2010. 298 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Family life, fathers and sons, first romantic relationships, identity, male protagonist, mutuality, podcasts, self-esteem, stereotypes, summer
 
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Everything, Everything

Yoon, Nicola (Author)
Doubleday Canada 2015. 310 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Allergies, family life, first romantic relationships, friendship, mothers and daughters, risks, sickness
 
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Flipped

Van Draanen, Wendelin (Author)
Penguin Random House 2016. 246 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Family life, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, identity, multiple voices, peer pressure, self-esteem, socio-economic disparity
 
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Eleanor & Park

Rowell, Rainbow (Author)
Macmillan 2013. 330 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: 1980s, families, first romantic relationships, friendship, identity, individuality, love, school life
 
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What My Mother Doesn’t Know

Sones, Sonya (Author)
Simon & Schuster 2013. 260 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: First romantic relationships, first-person narration, identity, mothers and daughters, novels in verse, self-esteem, sexuality
 
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Stargirl

Spinelli, Jerry (Author)
Penguin Random House 2004. 186 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: First romantic relationships, friendship, identity, individuality, love, nonconformity, school life, sexual identity
 
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Paul Joins the Scouts

Rabagliati, Michel (Author/Illustrator)
Conundrum Press 2013. 160 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: 1970s, Boy scouts, first romantic relationships, illustrations (monochrome), Montréal, October Crisis, politics, Québec history, summer camps
 
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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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Calvin

Leavitt, Martine (Author)
Groundwood Books 2015. 184 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Calvin and Hobbes (fictional characters), environment, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, intertextuality, mental health, schizophrenia, unreliable narrator
 
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OCDaniel

King, Wesley (Author)
Simon & Schuster 2016. 296 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Differences, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, identity, loneliness, mental health, mystery, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, self-acceptance
 
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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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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Alexie, Sherman (Author)
Forney, Ellen (Illustrator)
Little, Brown 2009. 246 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Belonging, family life, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, humour, identity, Native Americans, school life, self-esteem, stereotypes
 
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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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