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Top Grade: High School selections, Spring 2014

Created by Top Grade on February 26, 2014
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tagged: language arts, CanLit, English, history
The latest books from Canadian independent publishers, recommended for high school classrooms and school libraries.
Blue Gold

Blue Gold

A Novel
by Elizabeth Stewart
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
tagged : africa, canada, asia

Coltan, or “blue gold,” is a rare mineral used in making cell phones and computers. Across continents, the lives of three teen girls are affected by the “blue gold” trade.

Sylvie’s family had to flee the Democratic Republic of the Congo after her father was killed by a rogue militia gang in the conflict for control of coltan. The refugee camp where she now lives is deplorable, and Sylvie yearns for a way out—to save not only herself, but her remaining family.

Laiping labors in a Chines …

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Moon at Nine

Moon at Nine

by Deborah Ellis
edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook Hardcover
tagged : middle east, homosexuality, self-esteem & self-reliance

 

Based on interviews with a young woman forced to flee Iran because of her sexual orientation, Moon at Nine is a tense and riveting novel that shines a light on an issue of social injustice that continues to this day.

Fifteen-year-old Farrin has grown up with secrets: ten years after the overthrow of the Shah, her aristocratic mother is still working against Iran's conservative revolutionary government. But when Farrin befriends Sadira, the intriguing and outgoing new student at her school for gi …

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Throwaway Girl

Throwaway Girl

by Kristine Scarrow
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : orphans & foster homes, self-esteem & self-reliance, girls & women

When your teen years are so messed up, how do you grow up happy?

Andy Burton knows a thing or two about survival. Since she was removed from her mother’s home and placed in foster care when she was nine, she’s had to deal with abuse, hunger, and homelessness. But now that she’s eighteen, she’s about to leave Haywood House, the group home for girls where she’s lived for the past four years, and the closest thing to a real home she’s ever known.

Will Andy be able to carve out a better l …

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Jeremy Stone

Jeremy Stone

by Lesley Choyce
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : prejudice & racism, suicide, bullying

2014 Governor General's Literary Awards finalist

Jeremy Stone, the new young adult novel from acclaimed author Lesley Choyce, is told in free verse format. After moving from a residential school to a new school in a new community, Jeremy, a First Nations teenage boy is trying to find out where he fits in the world. He soon meets Caitlan, an intense girl who tells him about another boy — a boyfriend of hers — who has committed suicide. Jeremy isn't sure whether he has much to offer Caitlan, g …

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Finding Melissa

Finding Melissa

by Cora Taylor
edition:Paperback
tagged : law & crime, mysteries & detective stories

An exciting suspense-filled novel about a missing child and the ongoing effect on her family.

Twelve years after the unexplained mystery of her sister Melissa's disappearance, Clarice Warren still deals with the aftermath. Her dad is gone now, leaving her with a mother who can't forgive her for surviving. She had always thought that her mother's favourite was her little sister - and nothing has changed now.

Melissa still gets 100% of her mother's attention even twelve years after her disappearance …

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Just Gone

Just Gone

by William Kowalski
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook eBook
tagged : urban life, crime, thrillers

Mother Anqelique runs a shelter for homeless mothers and their children in a run-down inner-city area, where drug addiction, prostitution and random acts of violence are facts of life. One day, newly orphaned Jamal and his sister Chantay arrive at the shelter, hungry and scared. As Angelique tries to find a new home for them, she develops a fascination with seven-year-old Jamal, who seems to inhabit a world of his own. Jamal tells her fantastic stories of a man named Jacky Wacky, who protects th …

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Straight Punch

Straight Punch

by Monique Polak
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : self-esteem & self-reliance, martial arts

Tessa McPhail has a bad habit—tagging—that lands her at New Directions, an alternative school in Montreal’s toughest neighborhood. The school is far from Tessa’s home and full of troubled kids. To make matters worse, half of every school day is devoted to boxing. The other students think boxing is cool. Not Tessa, who cannot handle violence of any kind. But when a neighbor starts a petition to have New Directions closed down, Tessa discovers something worth fighting for, both in and out …

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September 17

September 17

A Novel
by Amanda West Lewis
edition:Paperback
tagged : military & wars

In July 1940, a British government-sponsored program called Children's Overseas Reception Board — or CORB — was set up to send children from Britain to Canada and other Commonwealth countries, in order to rescue them from the bombings of British cities. The City of Benares was a luxury liner that was recruited in September 1940 to transport 90 of these children to Canada, along with the ship's regular passenger complement.

A convoy of ships including the The City of Benares set off from Live …

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