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When the Moon Comes

Harbridge, Paul (Author)
James, Matt (Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2017. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Community, first-person narration, friendship, hockey, illustrations (acrylic), independence, outdoor activities, snow, traditions, winter
 
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Aluta

Badoe, Adwoa (Author)
Groundwood Books 2016. 216 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: 1980s, civil rights, female protagonist, friendship, gender roles, Ghana, identity, oppression, politics, pregnancy, protest movements, rape
 
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The Most Perfect Snowman

Britt, Chris (Author/Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2016. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bullying, community, friendship, generosity, kindness, self-acceptance, self-esteem, snowmen, winter
 
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The Goldfish Boy

Thompson, Lisa (Author)
Scholastic 2017. 316 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Community, family life, first-person narration, friendship, kidnapping, loneliness, mental health, missing persons, mystery, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, social skills
 
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Splotch

Marino, Gianna (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2017. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Animal care, death, dialogue, fish, friendship, lying, mothers and sons, pets, tricks
 
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A Mammoth in the Fridge

Escoffier, Michaël (Author)
Maudet, Matthieu (Illustrator)
Gecko Press 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Exaggeration, family life, friendship, humour, imagination, mammoths, routines
 
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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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Zomboy

Scrimger, Richard (Author)
HarperCollins 2014. 232 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Adventure, differences, friendship, humour, new students, prejudice, school life, zombies
 
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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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Shu-Li and Tamara

Yee, Paul (Author)
Wang, Shaoli (Illustrator)
Tradewind Books 2008. 72 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Acceptance, British Columbia, cultures, friendship, illustrations (monochrome), immigrants, justice, new students, prejudice, self-esteem
 
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Xander’s Panda Party

Park, Linda Sue (Author)
Phelan, Matt (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2013. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Animals, community, friendship, giant pandas, inclusion, parties, stories in rhyme, zoos
 
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The Passion of Dolssa

Berry, Julie (Author)
Penguin Random House 2016. 482 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: 13th century, Catholicism, France, friendship, gender equality, heretics, historical fiction, Inquisition, multiple voices, persecution, point of view, religions, women
 
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel

Riggs, Ransom (Author)
Jean, Cassandra (Illustrator)
Yen Press 2013. 272 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Abilities, acceptance, alternate history, fantasy, fathers and sons, friendship, grandfathers, identity, loss, orphans, supernatural, World War II
 
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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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Jason’s Why

Goobie, Beth (Author)
Red Deer Press 2012. 80 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Abuse, dysfunctional families, family life, first-person narration, friendship, identity, kindness, love, mothers and sons, self-esteem, social change
 
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Bears Don’t Read!

Clark, Emma Chichester (Author/Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bears, community, determination, fear, friendship, humour, learning to read, reading
 
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Jane, the Fox & Me

Britt, Fanny (Author)
Arsenault, Isabelle (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2013. 104 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Body image, bullying, cliques, family life, friendship, identity, Jane Eyre, Montréal, school life, self-esteem, summer camps
 
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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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Nimona

Stevenson, Noelle (Author/Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2015. 266 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Adventure, fantasy, friendship, heroes, humour, magic, Middle Ages, satires, science, superheroes, villains
 
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Nancy Knows

Young, Cybèle (Author/Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2014. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Elephants, friendship, memories, sorting, vocabulary
 
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Show Mode

Rivera, Raquel (Author)
Orca 2017. 140 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Cliques, competitions, cultural heritage, first-person narration, friendship, identity, Montréal, musicals, school life
 
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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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Trash

Mulligan, Andy (Author)
Penguin Random House 2011. 234 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Adventure, alternating narrators, friendship, garbage, mystery, Philippines, point of view, poverty, social classes, social justice, survival
 
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A Day of Signs and Wonders

Pearson, Kit (Author)
HarperCollins 2016. 212 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: 19th century, British Columbia, Canadian art, coming of age, Emily Carr, friendship, identity, loss, social classes, spirituality
 
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Today I Will Fly!

Willems, Mo (Author/Illustrator)
Disney/Hyperion Books 2007. 58 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Elephants, flight, friendship, humour, pigs, recurrent patterns, speech bubbles
 
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All Good Children

Austen, Catherine (Author)
Orca 2011. 304 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Art, brothers and sisters, company towns, creativity, dystopia, first-person narration, friendship, school life, socio-economic disparity, technology
 
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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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Message in a Bottle

Zenatti, Valerie (Author)
Bloomsbury 2008. 160 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Bombs, community, conflicts, first-person narration, friendship, Gaza, multimodal, multiple voices, politics, violence, war
 
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Dark Side

Choi, John (Author)
Lorimer 2016. 168 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Depressions (psychological), empathy, family life, friendship, mental health, overcoming adversity, overcoming fears, parent-child relationships, parental authority, self-determination, social media
 
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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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Born With: Erika and Gianni

Nicholson, Lorna Schultz (Author)
Clockwise Press 2016. 232 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Alternating narrators, community, disabilities, family life, first-person narration, friendship, genetic disorders, LGBTQ, musicals, school life, theatre, voluntarism
 
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Winter’s Child

McAllister, Angela (Author)
Baker-Smith, Grahame (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2015. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Family life, friendship, intergenerational relationships, seasons, snow, winter
 
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Here Comes Valentine Cat

Underwood, Deborah (Author)
Rueda, Claudia (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2016. 88 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Cats, dogs, friendship, humour, illustrations (pencil), letters, stereotypes, Valentine’s Day
 
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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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The Hate U Give

Thomas, Angie (Author)
HarperCollins 2017. 458 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: African Americans, city life, empowerment, family life, first-person narration, friendship, gangs, healing, racial profiling, racism, riots, romantic relationships, social justice, tragedy
 
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Roller Girl

Jamieson, Victoria (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2015. 240 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Friendship, gender roles, identity, mentors, mothers and daughters, perseverance, role models, roller derby, self-esteem, teamwork
 
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Into the Woods

Torres, J. (Author)
Hicks, Faith Erin (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2012. 100 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Adventure, courage, family life, friendship, Indigenous peoples, kindness, magic, pollution, sasquatch, totem poles
 
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Heart of a Champion

Schwartz, Ellen (Author)
Tundra Books 2016. 258 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Baseball, brothers, Buddhism, Canadian history, discrimination, family life, friendship, internment, Japan, war, World War II
 
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The Tea Party in the Woods

Miyakoshi, Akiko (Author/Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2015. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Compassion, fantasy, fear, forest animals, friendship, human-animal relationships, illustrations (pencil), imagination, parties, winter
 
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The Skeleton Tree

Lawrence, Iain (Author)
Tundra Books 2016. 282 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Accidents, Alaska, friendship, nature, overcoming adversity, perseverance, rescue, resilience, sailing, survival, tragedy, wilderness
 
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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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How to Hide a Lion

Stephens, Helen (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Community, deconstructing stereotypes, fear, friendship, lions, misunderstandings
 
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Copycat Bear!

Sandall, Ellie (Author/Illustrator)
Tiger Tales 2013. 28 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bears, birds, differences, friendship, imitating, individuality
 
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Shooter

Pignat, Caroline (Author)
Penguin Random House Canada 2016. 312 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Diversity, friendship, lockdown, mental health, multimodal, multiple narrators, photography, romantic relationships, school life, school shootings, suspense, tragedy, violence
 
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Ben Says Goodbye

Ellis, Sarah (Author)
LaFave, Kim (Illustrator)
Pajama Press 2015. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Cave paintings, family life, friendship, imagination, moving (household), self-expression, storytelling
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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If Rock and Roll Were a Machine

Davis, Terry (Author)
Simon & Schuster 2015. 224 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Bullying, friendship, identity, male protagonist, motorcycles, recovery, school life, self-confidence, self-esteem, sports, stereotypes, writing
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Julia, Child

Maclear, Kyo (Author)
Morstad, Julie (Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Childhood, cooking, creativity, food, friendship, happiness, intergenerational relationships
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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The Great Big Book of Feelings

Hoffman, Mary (Author)
Asquith, Ros (Illustrator)
Quarto 2013. 36 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Children, emotions, everyday life, family life, feelings, friendship
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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El Deafo

Bell, Cece (Author/Illustrator)
Abrams 2014. 242 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Deafness, differences, first-person narration, friendship, overcoming adversity, school life, superheroes
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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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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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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