Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Bullying, violence, abuse and peer pressure

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Operatic

Charlotte “Charlie” Noguchi has a music-class assignment to find the one song that perfectly expresses who she is as a person—the problem is, Charlie doesn’t really know who she is yet. A poignant ...

What Happens Next

This is a raw, realistic story told by an unnamed protagonist who feels different from everyone else, like she doesn’t quite fit in. Bullied by another girl at school, our narrator provides a terse ...

Morgan the Brave

In this new addition to the Morgan series, our hero is eager to go to a birthday party, but worried about the scary movie that will be the main event—plus the taunts of his frenemy, Aldeen. Will Morgan ...

She Said/She Saw

Tegan was in the backseat when her two best friends were gunned down in front of her. Was it an argument over drugs? An ongoing feud? Or something more random? Tegan says she didn't see who did it. Or ...

Thunder Over Kandahar

A powerful novel of enduring friendship set amid the terror and chaos of present-day Afghanistan. Best friends Tamanna and Yasmine cannot believe their good fortune when a school is set up in their Afghan ...

When Elephants Fight

When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. This ancient proverb of the Kikuyu people, a tribal group in Kenya, Africa, is as true today as when the words were first spoken, perhaps thousands ...

Payback

Thirteen-year-old Charley Callaghan is coping with some difficult changes. His family has recently moved to Vancouver from Ireland, and his mother has died of cancer. Now he is desperately trying to fit ...

My Worst/Best Sleepover Party

Rose decides to have a sleepover party for her birthday. What she thought was a great idea turns into a nightmare when the two most popular girls in the class declare they won’t attend if Rose insists ...

Maddie's Big Test

It’s time for the big math test at school, and Maddie’s worried. When her friends show her how she can cheat, she decides she will. She knows it’s wrong, and gets caught.

Eyes of a Stalker

An unexpected delivery from the florist points to a secret admirer for Shelby Belgarden, but when an ominous phone call and a disturbing email follow, the teenaged sleuth and her family realize that the ...