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Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always

For Cassandra Randall, there's a price to pay for being a secret atheist in a family of fundamentalistsùshe has nothing good to write on an online personality quiz; her best friend is drifting away; and she's failing English because she can't express her true self in a poem. But when she creates a controversial advice blog just to have something in her life to call her own, there's no way she can predict the devastating consequences of her actions. As her world fractures before her very eyes, Ca

Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation  

This nonfiction book examines how we can foster reconciliation with Indigenous people at individual, family, community and national levels.

Spirit Level  

Harriet (known as Harry) is a donor-conceived child who has never wanted to reach out to her half-siblings or donor until now. Feeling adrift after a breakup with her long-time boyfriend, Harry tracks down her half-siblings, two of whom are in Seattle, where Harriet lives. The first girl she meets is fifteenûyear-old Lucy, an effervescent half-Japanese dancer. Then she meets Meredith, a troubled girl who is always accompanied by her best friend, Alex. Harry and Alex are attracted to each other,

Star Athletes (Essential Library)

Some athletes were child prodigies, seemingly destined for greatness from the first day they stepped onto the field or court. Others were late bloomers who made the most of every opportunity to make it big in their sport. This series examines the lives of these athletes, from childhood through stardom, sharing with readers key moments in the athletes' journeys to become some of the biggest names in sports.

STEM Careers

Teens who have an interest in the STEM subjects, and are contemplating their career choices, will find useful descriptions, essential facts, and valuable opinions and advice in this easy-to-use series. STEM Careers introduces readers to various career options within a given field and explores what the jobs entail, educational requirements, salary ranges, required skills, employment prospects, and more. All books in the series feature a Q&A interview with someone who works in the field. Lists sug

Stories Well Told

Every story has its own characters, themes, and plot. But what sets a horror story apart from a romance, or a science fiction story apart from a mystery? Stories Well Told charts the histories of four popular forms of genre fiction, examining their key characteristics, detailing classic literary examples and masters, describing archetypal characters, and introducing writers at work in the genre today. An emphasis on craft and structure will give budding fiction writers insight into how they migh

Straight Punch  

Tessa McPhail has a bad habit--tagging--that lands her at New Directions, an alternative school in Montreal's toughest neighbourhood. 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 neighbour starts a petition to have New Directions closed down, Tessa discovers something worth fighting for, both in and out of t

Surfacing

Sixteen-year-olds Zoe and Balt have lived in a mysterious underground research institute all their lives. Now they must escape and find their way to the surface in order to learn once and for all the truth the institute and the fate of the human race. But are they ready to learn the truth about themselves?

Sweet Unrest

For as long as she can remember, Lucy Aimes has been plagued by a dark, recurring dream of drowning. But when her family moves to an old plantation outside New Orleans, she starts having intense new dreams, vivid scenes of a bygone era filled with people she shouldn't know but does. Searching for answers to her haunting visions, Lucy reluctantly descends into the city's mystical culture. What she finds is Alex, a charming but mysterious boy who behaves as if they've known each other forever. Luc