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The Red Hat

Teague, David (Author)
Portis, Antoinette (Illustrator)
Disney/Hyperion Books 2015. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Buildings, companionship, determination, friendship, kites, neighbours, perseverance, problem-solving, wind
 
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Something in Between

de la Cruz, Melissa (Author)
Harlequin 2016. 448 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Deportation, family life, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, identity, immigrants, immigration, scholarships, school life, socio-economic disparity, United States
 
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Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!: An Alphabet Caper

Twohy, Mike (Author/Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2016. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, adventure, alphabet, differences, dogs, friendship, humour, illustrations extend text, mice, one word per page, wordless book
 
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A Blinding Light

Lawson, Julie (Author)
Nimbus 2017. 264 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Boats, community, courage, family life, friendship, Halifax, Halifax explosion, historical fiction, loss, perseverance, social classes, survival, World War I
 
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Frank and Laverne

Whamond, Dave (Author/Illustrator)
Stokes, Jennifer (Author)
Owlkids 2016. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, animal behaviour, cats, dogs, everyday life, friendship, heroes, mischief, multiple stories, parallel stories, pets, point of view
 
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Buddy and Earl Go Exploring

Fergus, Maureen (Author)
Sookocheff, Carey (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2016. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Dogs, exploration, friendship, hedgehogs, humour, imagination, travel
 
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Wade’s Wiggly Antlers

Bradford, Louise (Author)
Battuz, Christine (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2017. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, animals, anxiety, changes, courage, friendship, growing up, moose, seasons
 
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Louis Undercover

Britt, Fanny (Author)
Arsenault, Isabelle (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2017. 158 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Addiction, alcoholism, childhood, divorce, dysfunctional families, first romantic relationships, friendship, graphic novels, siblings, summer, vacation
 
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Bear’s Winter Party

Hodge, Deborah (Author)
Cinar, Lisa (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2016. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, animals, community, deconstructing stereotypes, friendship, hibernation, illustrations (watercolours), inclusion, parties
 
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Bad Bye, Good Bye

Underwood, Deborah (Author)
Bean, Jonathan (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, brothers and sisters, changes, family life, friendship, loss, moving (household), sadness, self-expression, stories in rhyme
 
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Turtles All the Way Down

Green, John (Author)
Penguin Random House 2017. 294 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Anxiety, female protagonist, first-person narration, friendship, identity, mental health, missing persons, mystery, romantic relationships, school life, self-esteem, self-harm, single-parent families, socio-economic disparity
 
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A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War

Campbell, Deborah (Author)
Penguin Random House Canada 2016. 342 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Female protagonist, first-person narration, friendship, Iraq, journalism, Middle East, missing persons, refugees, spies, survival, Syria, war
 
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Amina’s Voice

Khan, Hena (Author)
Simon & Schuster 2017. 198 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Equality, family life, first-person narration, friendship, identity, Islam, multiculturalism, Pakistani culture, prejudice, religions
 
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Ungifted

Korman, Gordon (Author)
Scholastic Canada 2014. 264 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Abilities, acceptance, community, family life, first-person narration, friendship, identity, individuality, mischief, multiple voices, perseverance, school life
 
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A Simple Case of Angels

Adderson, Caroline (Author)
Groundwood Books 2014. 176 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Angels, Christmas, community, dogs, empathy, family life, friendship, intergenerational relationships, kindness
 
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Crush

Chmakova, Svetlana (Author/Illustrator)
Yen Press 2018. 240 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Breakups, consent, first romantic relationships, friendship, graphic novels, romantic relationships, school life, self-discovery, social media
 
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Slug Days

Leach, Sara (Author)
Bender, Rebecca (Illustrator)
Pajama Press 2017. 120 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder, communication, community, empathy, first-person narration, friendship, school life, self-acceptance, self-control, social skills
 
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Wolfie & Fly

Fagan, Cary (Author)
Si, Zoe (Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2018. 90 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Adventure, creativity, friendship, identity, imagination, individuality, isolation, optimism
 
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Out of My Mind

Draper, Sharon M. (Author)
Simon & Schuster 2012. 312 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Cerebral palsy, communication, family life, first-person narration, friendship, health, inclusion, loneliness, overcoming adversity, perseverance, physical disabilities, school life
 
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The Case of the Missing Moonstone

Stratford, Jordan (Author)
Murphy, Kelly (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2015. 220 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Detectives, England, female protagonist, friendship, historical fiction, historical figures, illustrations (monochrome), mystery, teamwork
 
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Jessie Elliot Is a Big Chicken

Gravel, Elise (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2014. 176 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Community, diaries, female protagonist, first romantic relationships, friendship, identity, mental health, Montréal, new school year, peers, substance abuse, summer, transition to high school
 
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Lily and Taylor

Moser, Elaine (Author)
Groundwood Books 2013. 192 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Abuse, conflicts in relationships, family life, female protagonist, friendship, grandmothers, relationships, resilience, self-esteem, sisters, socio-economic disparity, substance abuse, survival, tragedy, violence
 
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Whittington

Armstrong, Alan (Author)
Schindler, S.D. (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2006. 196 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Brothers and sisters, cats, cooperation, country life, family life, farm animals, friendship, grandparents, historical figures, learning to read, story within a story
 
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Colette’s Lost Pet

Arsenault, Isabelle (Author/Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2017. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Animals, exaggeration, friendship, graphic tale, imagination, lost and found, Montréal, moving (household), neighbours, pets, storytelling, tall tales
 
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Pirate, Viking, & Scientist

Chapman, Jared (Author/Illustrator)
Little, Brown 2014. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Conflicts, friendship, pirates, problem-solving, science experiments, scientific method, scientists, vikings
 
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You’re Welcome, Universe

Gardner, Whitney (Author)
Penguin Random House 2017. 298 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Art, breakups, communication, deafness, female protagonist, first-person narration, friendship, graffiti, multigenre, multimodal, school life, sign language, tagging, teachers
 
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Lila and the Crow

Grimard, Gabrielle (Author/Illustrator)
Annick Press 2016. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Discrimination, friendship, isolation, new students, resilience, school life, self-acceptance, symbolism, teasing
 
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Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys)

Spalding, Amy (Author)
Little, Brown 2016. 312 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Alternating narrators, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, love, multigenre, music, school life, sexuality, voluntarism, writing
 
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The Theory of Hummingbirds

Kadarusman, Michelle (Author)
Pajama Press 2017. 160 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Acceptance, courage, determination, first-person narration, friendship, hummingbirds, libraries, perseverance, physical disabilities, races, recovery, school life
 
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Little Elliot, Big Family

Curato, Mike (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2015. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Adoption, belonging, brothers and sisters, elephants, families, friendship, humour, mice
 
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Because of Winn-Dixie

DiCamillo, Kate (Author)
Candlewick Press 2009. 182 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Companionship, dogs, family life, friendship, healing, human-animal relationships, loneliness, loss, religions
 
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Husky

Sayre, Justin (Author)
Penguin Random House 2015. 268 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Baking, body image, family life, first-person narration, friendship, identity, independence, music, operas, summer
 
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Marilyn’s Monster

Knudsen, Michelle (Author)
Phelan, Matt (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2015. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Companionship, courage, determination, friendship, imaginary creatures, individuality, monsters, patience
 
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Clementine

Pennypacker, Sara (Author)
Frazee, Marla (Illustrator)
Disney/Hyperion Books 2008. 138 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Acceptance, differences, family life, friendship, humour, individuality, perseverance, school life, self-esteem
 
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Whiffy Wilson: The Wolf Who Wouldn’t Wash

Hart, Caryl (Author)
Lord, Leonie (Illustrator)
Hachette 2012. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Baths, cleanliness, friendship, humour, stories in rhyme, wolves
 
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Meet Cute

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2018. 316 pages
Book type: Anthology

Keywords: Diversity, fate, first meetings, first romantic relationships, friendship, LGBTQ, love, multiple authors, short stories
 
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Ida, Always

Levis, Caron (Author)
Santoso, Charles (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2016. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Death, friendship, grief, loss, love, New York City, polar bears, zoos
 
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The Red Apple

Oral, Feridun (Author/Illustrator)
Minedition 2015. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Animals, collaboration, community, friendship, hunger, problem-solving, rabbits, teamwork, winter
 
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When You Reach Me

Stead, Rebecca (Author)
Penguin Random House 2010. 200 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: First-person narration, friendship, game shows, historical fiction, mothers and daughters, mystery, New York City, space and time
 
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Douglas

Hargreaves, G.N. (Author/Illustrator)
Egmont 2011. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Abilities, dogs, fantasy, flight, friendship, happiness, identity, self-acceptance, talent
 
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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Burton, Virginia (Author/Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1977. 48 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Adaptations, friendship, machines, perseverance, personification, survival
 
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Where Is Fred?

Hardy, Edward (Author)
Pye, Ali (Illustrator)
Egmont 2012. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Butterflies, caterpillars, crows, friendship, humour, metamorphosis, recurrent language, recurrent patterns
 
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Snook Alone

Nelson, Marilyn (Author)
Ering, Timothy Basil (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2012. 48 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Dogs, faith, figurative language, friendship, hunting, islands, loyalty, monks, poetic language, survival
 
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The Snowman’s Wish

van Straaten, Harmen (Author/Illustrator)
NorthSouth Books 2013. 28 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, friendship, loneliness, perseverance, resilience, snowmen, teasing, toys
 
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Dumplin’

Murphy, Julie (Author)
HarperCollins 2015. 378 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Beauty pageants, body image, differences, diversity, empowerment, first-person narration, friendship, mothers and daughters, personal appearance, self-actualization, self-esteem, sexuality
 
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Everyday Hero

Cherry, Kathleen (Author)
Orca 2016. 162 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Acceptance, Asperger syndrome, British Columbia, empathy, friendship, identity, independence, mathematics, new students, school life, self-esteem
 
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Elementary
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The Story of Snowflake and Inkdrop

Gatti, Alessandro (Author)
Baccalario, Pierdomenico (Author)
Mulazzani, Simona (Illustrator)
Enchanted Lion Books 2015. 44 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: First-person narration, friendship, intersecting stories, multiple stories, paper cut-outs, point of view, transformation
 
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Elementary
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Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

Smith, Jennifer E. (Author)
Little, Brown 2016. 252 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Breakups, friendship, graduation, long-distance relationships, love, moving (household), night, romantic relationships
 
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Elementary
Secondary
 
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Boyne, John (Author)
David Fickling Books 2016. 218 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Children and war, concentration camps, death, family life, friendship, Germany, Holocaust, soldiers, World War II
 
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Elementary
Secondary
 
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Burning Blue

Griffin, Paul (Author)
Penguin Random House 2014. 296 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Crime, first-person narration, friendship, multigenre, multiple narrators, mystery, personal appearance, popularity, romantic relationships, self-esteem, self-harm, suspense
 
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