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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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Schooled

Korman, Gordon (Author)
Scholastic Canada 2008. 238 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Belonging, bullying, foster parents, grandmothers, hippies, homeschooling, intergenerational relationships, multiple narrators, point of view, school life
 
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Peace, Love and Baby Ducks

Myracle, Lauren (Author)
Penguin Random House 2010. 294 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Body image, Christianity, family life, first-person narration, gender roles, identity, romantic relationships, school life, self-esteem, sexuality, sisters, socio-economic disparity, spirituality
 
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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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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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When Morning Comes

Raina, Arushi (Author)
Tradewind Books 2016. 232 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: 1970s, activism, apartheid, first-person narration, multiple voices, protest movements, racism, school life, socio-economic disparity, South Africa, Soweto
 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fish in a Tree

Hunt, Lynda Mullaly (Author)
Penguin Random House 2015. 278 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Alice in Wonderland, brothers and sisters, bullying, disabilities, dyslexia, family life, first-person narration, identity, intertextuality, reading, school life, self-esteem
 
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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
 
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Picture Day Perfection

Diesen, Deborah (Author)
Santat, Dan (Illustrator)
Abrams 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Anticipation, mischief, photography, school life, surprise endings, teachers
 
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Viorst, Judith (Author)
Cruz, Ray (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 1987. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Brothers, emotions, family life, feelings, first-person narration, frustration, illustrations (black and white), school life
 
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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
 
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Chbosky, Stephen (Author)
Simon & Schuster 1999. 216 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Diaries, first-person narration, LGBTQ, school life, self-actualization, sexual identity
 
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The Whole Story of Half a Girl

Hiranandani, Veera (Author)
Penguin Random House 2013. 218 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Economic disparity, family life, first-person narration, friendship, identity, mental health, multicultural heritage, peer pressure, school life, self-esteem
 
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The Wonder

Hanson, Faye (Author/Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2015. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Art, creativity, dreams, imagination, school life
 
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The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim

Peacock, Shane (Author)
Tundra Books 2016. 346 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Adventure, Gothic, horror, intertextuality, monsters, mystery, Romantic literature, school life, self-determination, Victorian England
 
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Wonder

Palacio, R.J. (Author)
Penguin Random House 2012. 316 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Acceptance, courage, family life, friendship, identity, leaders, loneliness, multiple narrators, personal appearance, school life, self-esteem
 
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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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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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The Name Jar

Choi, Yangsook (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2003. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, cultures, identity, names, new students, school life, self-esteem, tolerance
 
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My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not)

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

Keywords: Changing relationships, conflicts, humour, monsters, school life, speech bubbles, teachers
 
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Willow’s Whispers

Button, Lana (Author)
Howells, Tania (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Feelings, friendship, school life, self-confidence, shyness
 
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Noni Is Nervous

Hartt-Sussman, Heather (Author)
Côté, Geneviève (Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2013. 24 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Anxiety, belonging, everyday life, fear, friendship, new school year, school life
 
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Follow the Line to School

Ljungkvist, Laura (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2011. 28 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Line (drawing), new school year, questions, routines, school life, stories in rhyme
 
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Rawr!

Doodler, Todd H. (Author/Illustrator)
Scholastic 2013. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, communication, differences, dinosaurs, friendship, humour, school life
 
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Rookie Yearbook Four

Gevinson, Tavi (Editor)
Penguin Random House 2015. 354 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Adolescence, anthologies, art, fashion, feminism, friendship, girls, multiple authors, multiple illustrators, photography, relationships, school life, self-esteem, sexuality, survival, women
 
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My Name Is Bilal

Mobin-Uddin, Asma (Author)
Kiwak, Barbara (Illustrator)
Boyds Mills Press 2005. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bullying, cultures, identity, Islam, new students, prejudice, racism, religions, school life, self-acceptance
 
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The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair

Bernheimer, Kate (Author)
Parker, Jake (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2013. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Cleanliness, hair, individuality, mice, personal appearance, school life
 
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Theo’s Mood

Cocca-Leffler, Maryann (Author/Illustrator)
Albert Whitman 2013. 24 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Babies, brothers and sisters, family life, feelings, school life
 
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Sorry!

Ludwig, Trudy (Author)
Manning, Maurie J. (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2006. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Apologies, bullying, choices, friendship, school life
 
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Picture Me

Weber, Lori (Author)
Lorimer 2013. 160 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Body image, bullying, first-person narration, friendship, girls, multiple voices, romantic relationships, school life, self-esteem
 
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Girls Like Us

Giles, Gail (Author)
Candlewick Press 2015. 218 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Disabilities, discrimination, first-person narration, friendship, multiple narrators, school life, self-determination, special education
 
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I Can See Just Fine

Barclay, Eric (Author/Illustrator)
Abrams 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Eyeglasses, eyes, family life, humour, school life, vision
 
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The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten

Fergus, Maureen (Author)
Lowery, Mike (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: First-person narration, humour, kindergarten, mothers, rules, school life
 
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Marianthe’s Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories

Aliki (Author/Illustrator)
HarperCollins 1998. 64 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Family life, immigrants, memories, moving (household), multiple stories, new students, school life
 
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Ralph Tells a Story

Hanlon, Abby (Author/Illustrator)
Amazon 2012. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Creativity, first-person narration, inspiration, school life, storytelling, writing
 
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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6
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School’s First Day of School

Rex, Adam (Author)
Robinson, Christian (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2016. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Buildings, new school year, overcoming fears, point of view, school life
 
Cycle
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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Sam’s Pet Temper

Bhadra, Sangeeta (Author)
Arbona, Marion (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Anger, feelings, human behaviour, pets, school life, self-control
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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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
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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Friends With Boys

Hicks, Faith Erin (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2015. 224 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Brothers and sisters, fantasy, gender roles, ghosts, homeschooling, identity, illustrations (monochrome), Nova Scotia, paranormal, relationships, school life, youth
 
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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