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FEATURED READING LISTS

Delightfully Dishevelled

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Sometimes we like our fiction to be aspirational, with characters so admirable that they inspire our own passion and momentum. But sometimes the very best thing is when protagonists are brilliantly – better yet, hilariously – flawed. Life is messy and that's what you're going to find in these books. Revel!
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The Kids: Are They Alright?

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(A recommended reading list by Philippa Dowding, whose latest novel for is FIREFLY.) ** What is it like for a child who lives with a parent or who knows an adult struggling with a crisis of mental health, addiction, or homelessness? Canadian children’s authors have written many moving, thoughtful books about kids coping with parents or adults in crisis. While writing my latest book Firefly, I read a lot of them (mostly pretty choked up). I couldn’t include them all, but here is a list of some of my favourite titles from recent years.
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Middle-Aged Marvels

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It's an indefinite era in our lives, full of questions about the next half of things, introspection, and wild adventures if you're lucky.
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2021 Lambda Literary Award: CDN Finalists

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Congratulations to the authors and publishers of books nominated for the 2021 Lambda Literary Awards!
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New Middle Grade & YA Fiction

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Picture this: The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. Your classroom is blissfully quiet. Everyone is wrapped up in a book.  Finding the right book for the right student is an art form. When it’s done well—magic happens. See our recommendations for new middle grade and YA books your students won’t be able to stop reading.
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2021 Crime Writers of Canada Awards

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Great books for mystery and true crime fans!
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6 Brilliant Books About Mental Illness

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From Emily Austin, whose debut novel is EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM WILL SOMEDAY BE DEAD: The amazing thing about novels is that in addition to entertaining us, they often hold up a mirror to society and ourselves and help us empathize and relate. Reading THE BELL JAR in my early twenties helped me realize large components of myself, parts I mistook for personality traits, were actually symptoms of mental illness. Though I have had depression since I was in grade six, I did not recognize that until reading THE BELL JAR It is important to see characters who represent what it is like to be mentally ill, which is part of why my debut novel, EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM WILL SOMEDAY BE DEAD, centres around a character who is morbidly anxious and depressed. My hope for her story is that readers who have experienced similar struggles might identify with her, and that readers who have not might better understand what being depressed and anxious is like. One in three Canadians will personally experience a mental health problem in their lifetime. Almost half of those who suffer have never seen a doctor about it. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death from adolescence to middle age. Though improvements have been made, there remains significant stigma around mental illness. Because of this stigma, people are less likely to discuss mental health, to recognize they need help, to seek help, and to treat it like they would other serious health issues. The six books below shine light on experiences of being mentally ill, and by doing so contribute to destigmatizing mental illness and to fostering a more honest, compassionate, and healthy society.
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