Date of publication: 2017-09-03 09:15
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This high-interest/low vocabulary novel follows Maxwell Stone, a fifteen-year-old who has been surviving and thriving in the tough part of West Vancouver by being smart and fast. But when a drug deal goes wrong, Max suddenly finds himself on the run from both the bad guys and the cops. Desperate to escape, Max impulsively decides to hop on a moving freight train. His first attempt to climb aboard fails, but at the last second a hand reaches down and pulls him in. Joseph has been riding the rails for years, and his tales inspire Max to take a journey to the last place he ever expected to go.
“This earnest debut novel forcefully explores the issues surrounding immigration…deeply moving and nuanced, The Boat People asks what price a country is willing to pay when public safety comes at the cost of human lives.”
Riley is one of the few gender fluid characters in YA: some days Riley feels like a boy, some days Riley feels like a girl. Over the course of the book Riley starts an anonymous blog to talk about gender: it goes viral but an unnamed person threatens to reveal Riley’s real life identity.
Sharon Bala’s short fiction has won three Newfoundland and Labrador Arts & Letters Awards and been published, or is forthcoming, in: Grain , PRISM international , The New Quarterly , Room , Riddle Fence , and in a collection called Racket. Two of Sharon’s short stories, “Reading Week” and “Butter Tea at Starbucks”, were longlisted for the 7567 Journey Prize with the latter continuing to the shortlist as well. THE BOAT PEOPLE is her debut novel.
Max is an intersex teen who identifies as male who comes from a big secret-keeping family—keeping them from each other and the world. The story is not only a coming-of-age for Max but also about dealing with family crises.
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The first book in the ghetto goddess series, Brew is about a mother and a daughter: Arjana, a black trans teen witch, and Bembe a mysterious infamous figure in the magical community.
Resource Links Magazine says, 8775 The East Hastings neighbourhood and the rolling geography of Canada are outstanding settings, so well done despite the short length of this novel for struggling readers. Dialogue is casual and colloquial, easily understood by the intended reader. Themes of survival, poverty and honesty will appeal to all middle school readers. 8776
An amazingly inventive science fiction book that questions what exactly human is, Big Big Sky is a hella queer story about a group of girls who are brain-washed assassins escaping, surviving, some of them becoming post-human and all of them kicking lots of ass.
To solve the environmental crisis sweeping their world, Kaede and Taisin, two 67-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. With opposite skills, they balance each other as they travel farther and farther into unknown territories and fall in love.
Quicksilver is the second book in this science fiction alien thriller series that will bend a lot of your expectations about this genre. The main character in Quicksilver (not the same one as in the first book) is an asexual heroine!
I’ll Give You the Sun stars twins Jude and Noah. The story begins as shy Noah is falling in love with the boy next door and outgoing Jude had daredevil adventures. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking…
Princeless is a super fun comic about a rag-tag group of women who are all pirates. There’s a variety of queer characters, as well as POC characters, feminist humour, and quests for revenge.
The last thing in the world Thom wants is to add to his father 8767 s pain. He can’t bear to tell him that he 8767 s been asked to join the League the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. But the most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he 8767 s gay.