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One of Those Days

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse (Author)
Doughty, Rebecca (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2006. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, emotions, everyday life, feelings, happiness, humour, loss
 
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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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The Red Pencil

Pinkney, Andrea Davis (Author)
Evans, Shane W. (Illustrator)
Little, Brown 2014. 326 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Art, civil war, discrimination, education, environment, family life, female protagonist, first-person narration, free verse, gender roles, genocides, grief, loss, migration, novels in verse, refugees, Sudan
 
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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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Boy 21

Quick, Matthew (Author)
Little, Brown 2013. 256 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Basketball, competitions, first-person narration, grief, identity, loss, mental health, poverty, rivalries, self-esteem, socio-economic disparity
 
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A Monster Calls

Ness, Patrick (Author)
Dowd, Siobhan (Author)
Kay, Jim (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2013. 214 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Allegories, cancer, coping, family life, fantasy, grief, illustrations (monochrome), loss, mothers, multiple stories, terminal illness
 
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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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Fever, 1793

Anderson, Laurie Halse (Author)
Simon & Schuster 2002. 268 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: 18th century, city life, death, diseases, epidemics, first-person narration, historical fiction, loss, Philadelphia, poverty, self-reliance, survival, yellow fever
 
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Once a Shepherd

Millard, Glenda (Author)
Lesnie, Phil (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2014. 24 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Country life, death, family life, illustrations (watercolours), loss, peace, poetic language, soldiers, tragedy, war, World War I
 
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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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Indian Horse

Wagamese, Richard (Author)
Douglas & McIntyre 2012. 224 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: 1960s, discrimination, family life, first-person narration, grief, healing, hockey, Indigenous peoples, loss, Ojibwa, residential schools, self-determination
 
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Lullabies for Little Criminals

O'Neill, Heather (Author)
HarperCollins 2016. 352 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Addiction, city life, dysfunctional families, fathers and daughters, first-person narration, identity, loss, Montréal, prostitution, romantic relationships, street life, substance abuse, survival
 
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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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Gustave

Simard, Rémy (Author)
Pratt, Pierre (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2014. 56 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Friendship, grief, imagination, loss, mice
 
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The Heart and the Bottle

Jeffers, Oliver (Author/Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2011. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, curiosity, emotions, grief, intergenerational relationships, life cycles, loss
 
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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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The War That Saved My Life

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker (Author)
Penguin Random House 2015. 316 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Brothers and sisters, England, families, first-person narration, foster parents, identity, loss, physical disabilities, self-esteem, transformation, World War II
 
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Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me

Mapa, Lorina (Author/Illustrator)
Conundrum Press 2017. 136 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: 1980s, Canada, discography, fathers and daughters, graphic biography, illustrations (black and white), immigration, loss, memoir, Philippines
 
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Lost & Found

Tan, Shaun (Author/Illustrator)
Scholastic 2011. 128 pages
Book type: Anthology

Keywords: Belonging, city life, civilization, colonization, displacement, environment, identity, loss, magic realism, mental health, migration, multimodal, multiple stories, surrealism
 
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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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Brimsby’s Hats

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

Keywords: Country life, creativity, friendship, hats, loss, seasons
 
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Space Cadet

Kid Koala (Author/Illustrator)
UNI Books 2011. 132 pages + 1 CD
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Astronauts, loss, music appreciation, parenting, space travel, unconditional love, wordless book
 
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Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me

Beaty, Daniel (Author)
Collier, Bryan (Illustrator)
Little, Brown 2013. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Fathers and sons, hope, illustrations (watercolours), loss, prisons, resilience, separation, single-parent families
 
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Michael Rosen’s Sad Book

Rosen, Michael (Author)
Blake, Quentin (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2005. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Death, emotions, grief, hope, illustrations (watercolours), loss, mental health, parent-child relationships, resilience
 
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One

Crossan, Sarah (Author)
HarperCollins 2015. 394 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Conjoined twins, first romantic relationships, identity, loss, novels in verse, sisters, twins
 
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The Dandelion’s Tale

Sheehan, Kevin (Author)
Dunlavey, Rob (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Birds, flowers, grief, life cycles, loss, storytelling, weeds
 
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Wild Girl & Gran

Gregory, Nan (Author)
Lightburn, Rob (Illustrator)
Red Deer Press 2006. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Free verse, grief, intergenerational relationships, loss, mothers and daughters, nature, poetic language, trees
 
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Ella and the Balloons in the Sky

Appleby, Danny (Author)
Pirie, Lauren (Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Death, grief, loss, pets, poetic language, stories in rhyme
 
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Kenta and the Big Wave

Ohi, Ruth (Author/Illustrator)
Annick Press 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Loss, natural disasters, overcoming adversity, resilience, soccer, tsunamis
 
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Dieppe: Canada’s Darkest Day of World War II

Brewster, Hugh (Author)
Scholastic Canada 2013. 48 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Canadian history, Dieppe, France, loss, military history, Remembrance Day, soldiers, war, World War II
 
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Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

Fox, Mem (Author)
Vivas, Julie (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 1987. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Aging, collecting, intergenerational relationships, loss, memories, old age, sharing
 
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Harry & Hopper

Wild, Margaret (Author)
Blackwood, Freya (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2011. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Death, dogs, grief, loss, pets
 
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City Dog, Country Frog

Willems, Mo (Author)
Muth, Jon J. (Illustrator)
Disney/Hyperion Books 2010. 60 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Country life, dogs, friendship, frogs, life cycles, loss, seasons
 
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Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs

dePaola, Tomie (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2000. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Death, family life, grandmothers, intergenerational relationships, loss, memories, old age
 
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Rabbityness

Empson, Jo (Author/Illustrator)
Child’s Play 2012. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Art, creativity, grief, individuality, loss, rabbits
 
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Tough Boris

Fox, Mem (Author)
Brown, Kathryn (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1998. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Loss, pets, pirates, recurrent language
 
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A Friend for Dragon

Pilkey, Dav (Author/Illustrator)
Scholastic 2007. 48 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Apples, dragons, friendship, loss
 
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