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How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child

Uwiringiyimana, Sandra (Author)
Pesta, Abigail (Author)
HarperCollins 2017. 296 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Activism, first-person narration, gender equality, immigration, memoir, poverty, refugees, Rwanda, Sandra Uwringiyimana, social justice, war
 
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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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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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Courage and Compassion: Ten Canadians Who Made a Difference

Arato, Rona (Author)
Owlkids 2008. 96 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Canadians, collected biography, courage, heroes, illustrations (photographs), social activism, social justice
 
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Missing Nimâmâ

Florence, Melanie (Author)
Thisdale, François (Illustrator)
Clockwise Press 2015. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Cree, family life, First Nations history, free verse, Indigenous peoples, magic realism, missing persons, mothers, mothers and daughters, multiple narrators, social justice, women
 
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Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices

Charleyboy, Lisa (Editor)
Leatherdale, Mary Beth (Editor)
Annick Press 2014. 128 pages
Book type: Anthology

Keywords: Anthologies, artists, cultural heritage, identity, illustrations (photographs), Indigenous peoples, multimodal, social justice
 
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The Stamp Collector

Lanthier, Jennifer (Author)
Thisdale, François (Illustrator)
Fitzhenry & Whiteside 2012. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Communication, freedom, friendship, human rights, prisoners, social change, social justice
 
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Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids

Ellis, Deborah (Author)
Groundwood Books 2013. 256 pages
Book type: Anthology

Keywords: Cultural heritage, discrimination, identity, Indigenous peoples, interviews, LGBTQ, Native Americans, oral history, residential schools, social activism, social justice, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, youth
 
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Secret Path

Downie, Gord (Author)
Lemire, Jeff (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2016. 88 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Abuse, Canadian history, Chanie Wenjack, diversity, economic disparity, illustrations (monochrome), Indigenous peoples, mythology, reconciliation, residential schools, social justice, songs, tragedy
 
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I Am Not a Number

Dupuis, Jenny Kay (Author)
Kacer, Kathy (Author)
Newland, Gillian (Illustrator)
Second Story Press 2016. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Abuse, Canadian history, courage, First Nations history, identity, prejudice, residential schools, social justice
 
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October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard

Newman, Lesléa (Author)
Candlewick Press 2012. 112 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Discrimination, diversity, LGBTQ, novels in verse, poetry, point of view, social justice, violence
 
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Nobody Cries at Bingo

Dumont, Dawn (Author)
Thistledown Press 2011. 306 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Discrimination, diversity, family life, First Nation reservations, first-person narration, Indigenous peoples, memoir, Saskatchewan, school life, social justice, stereotypes, violence, women
 
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The House That Crack Built

Taylor, Clark (Author)
Dicks, Jan Thompson (Illustrator)
Chronicle Books 1992. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Addiction, community, cumulative stories, diversity, drugs, poverty, social justice, socio-economic disparity, stories in rhyme, substance abuse
 
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The Silence of Our Friends: The Civil Rights Struggle Was Never Black and White

Long, Mark (Author)
Demonakos, Jim (Author)
Powell, Nate (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2012. 202 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: African Americans, American history, brothers and sisters, civil rights, friendship, illustrations (monochrome), Mark Long, memoir, racism, segregation, social justice
 
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It’s Not All Black and White: Multiracial Youth Speak Out

St. Stephen's Community House (Group)
Annick Press 2012. 120 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Adolescent authors, community, racism, self-esteem, social justice, stereotypes, youth
 
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Pirate Cinema

Doctorow, Cory (Author)
Macmillan 2013. 384 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Adventure, communication, copyright, dystopia, Internet, media literacy, science fiction, social justice, technology, youth
 
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Pay It Forward Kids: Small Acts, Big Changes

Runstedler, Nancy (Author)
Fitzhenry & Whiteside 2013. 64 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Activism, around the world, children, children’s rights, empathy, social change, social justice
 
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One Peace: True Stories of Young Activists

Wilson, Janet (Author/Illustrator)
Orca 2008. 48 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Activism, around the world, children and war, children’s rights, making peace, peace, social justice
 
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What’s for Lunch?: How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World

Curtis, Andrea (Author)
Duivenvoorden, Yvonne (Illustrator)
Red Deer Press 2012. 40 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Around the world, eating habits, economic disparity, food, illustrations (photographs), school life, social justice
 
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Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Jeffrey, Gary (Author)
Gareth Stevens 2013. 24 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: African Americans, Black history, civil rights, determination, freedom, graphic novels, peaceful protests, Rosa Parks, social justice
 
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