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  • Beyond blonde  by Teresa Toten  (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    In Beyond Blonde sixteen-year-old Sophie Kandinsky's world erupts: Papa leaves home to get sober; Mama retreats within herself; her first love, Luke, is forced to get married; and even her refuge in basketball is threatened. To make matters worse, her own body betrays her at every tur! Luckily, Sophie's adored Blondes and audacious Aunties are there to help her navigate the cascading catastrophes and shocking secrets with humour and heart. Set in the 1970's and featuring addictive, vibrant characters, Beyond Blonde is the powerful, page-turning conclusion of a highly original series.
  • The book of trees  by Leanne Lieberman  (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    When Mia, a Jewish teenager from Toronto, goes to Israel for the summer to study at yeshiva or seminary, she unexpectedly learns about the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.
  • Break away  by Sylvain Hotte  (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    Alexandre McKenzie lives in a town on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River. Summer finds him riding through the bush on his quad or fishing in an inland lake. In winter he is a promising midget hockey star who often takes refuge at his camp in the woods. But one fall, his stature and talent take a turn for the worse as he plunges into a relationship with a girl whose future appears plagued by tragedy. Alex has to fight his own demons. Like the moose that haunts him from the moment he meets Jessica—and that sheds its antlers with the first snow only to grow bigger ones the next season—Alex has to learn to hold his head high and become a frontrunner once again. Break Away deals with friendship, family, and love and could take place anywhere in Canada where there is winter, hockey, and young people.
  • Crusade  by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie  (Locations: Central Library, Richvale Library)
    The ultimate battle. The ultimate love. For the past two years, Jenn has lived and trained at Spain's Sacred Heart Academy Against the Cursed Ones. She is among the few who have pledged to defend humanity or die trying. But the vampires are gaining power, and the battle has only just begun. Forced to return home after death takes a member of her family, Jenn discovers that San Francisco is now a vampire strong-hold. As a lone hunter apart from her team, Jenn is isolated and at risk. She craves the company of her fighting partner, Antonio: his protection, his reassurance, his touch. But a relationship with Antonio comes with its own dangers, and the more they share of themselves, the more Jenn stands to lose. Then Jenn is betrayed by one who was once bound to protect her, causing her to doubt all she had held as true. To survive, Jenn must find the courage to trust herself and her heart.
  • The deadly conch  by Mahtab Narsimhan  (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    After the conclusion of The Silver Anklet, Tara's triumphant return to Morni is short-lived. Tara's deceased former stepmother, Kali, seeks revenge through her daughter, Layla. And so begins a series of carefully orchestrated events to cast suspicion on Tara: a dead dog in the village temple, contaminated well water, and whispers that Tara is still possessed. Layla fuels the villagers' blind superstitions and fears. Soon all of Morni is against Tara, even her own family. Death seems to be the only way to stop her evil stepsister. Tara turns to Lord Yama and his deadly conch for help. He takes her to the Underworld to seek advice, but when she returns, she has only 24 hours to prove her innocence and to save the village before she must go back to the World of the Dead. Forever. Can Tara believe in herself once more to defeat Layla, or will Lord Yama and his deadly conch claim their next victim? The harrowing conclusion to the thrilling Tara Trilogy answers these questions and more.
  • Final takedown   by Brent R. Sherrard   (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    For as long as they've been friends, Elias has been relying on his buddy Jordan. It's Jordan's mom who takes him in when his own mother is on an alcoholic binge; it's Jordan who acts as the brother and role model that Elias doesn't have. But now they've gone too far, and a schoolyard fight has landed them both in jail. The judge gives them a warning: Shape up, or face time in juvie. The clock is already ticking when Jordan gets his girlfriend pregnant and then comes up with a bigtime takedown that'll set them both up for life. For Elias, it's not worth the risk. But can he free himself of Jordan's influence in time? [4.2]
  • Fly away  by Nora Rock  (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    After a member of her competitive cheerleading team is injured in practice, sixteen-year-old Marnie is asked to be a flyer-the most coveted role in cheerleading. The Soar Starlings team has a real shot at the provincial championship, and Marnie has only a few weeks to prepare. But as she scrambles to polish her lifts and throws, Marnie's personal life begins to unravel. First, her boyfriend of two years breaks up with her, and then her best friend Arielle, captain of the Starlings, disappears during a team trip to Toronto. As Marnie struggles to adjust to being both a flyer and the team's new captain, she realizes that, to be a leader, you have to let go of old alliances to make room in your life for new ones.
  • Follow the elephant  by Beryl Young  (Location: Central Library)
    Joining the many captivating adult books set in India comes Follow the Elephant, an exciting Indian adventure quest for children ten years and up. Thirteen year old Ben Leeson who is grieving the recent death of his father, is burying himself in computer games. Reluctantly he agrees to travel across India with his grandmother in what seems like a hopeless search for her childhood pen pal. In the midst of insufferable heat, strange food and the haggling of street beggars, Ben finds clues to lead them to the lost pen pal. As he crosses the huge continent, Ben finds himself strangely compelled to follow the magnificent Indian elephants and the elephant boy god, Ganesh. Ben witnesses snakes being milked for venom, a man levitating in the air and bodies burning on funeral pyres and he struggles to confront both the dark mystery of India and the reality of death. Like a frustrating game of Snakes and Ladders, Ben and Gran follow one false clue after another. The challenges of the journey teach Ben that real life can be more exciting than any computer game, and that by accepting the dark mysteries of life, he can come to terms with his father's death.
  • The frenzy  by Francesca Lia Block  (Location: Central Library)
    Love is a werewolf, influenced by the moon and terror, and always about to change. Liv has a secret. Something happened to her when she was thirteen. Something that changed everything. Liv knows she doesn't belong anymore-not in her own skin, not in her family . . . not anywhere. The only time she truly feels like herself is when she's with her boyfriend, Corey, and in the woods that surround her town. But in the woods, a mysterious woman watches Liv. In the woods, a pack of wild boys lurks. In the woods, Liv learns about the curse that will haunt her forever. The curse that caused the frenzy four years ago. And that may cause it again, all too soon. While Corey and Liv's love binds them together, Liv's dark secret threatens to tear them apart as she struggles to understand who-or what-she really is. And by the light of the full moon, the most dangerous secrets bare their claws. . . .
  • Ghost of heroes past  by Charles Reid  (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    Thirteen-year-old Johnny Anders is something of a misfit, with no friends and a poor school record, but all this changes when he is awakened one night to find a soldier-ghost in his bedroom. Johnny is taken back into a series of graphic events in Canada's war history. Whereas his teachers tell him that there were no Chinese-Canadians involved in World War II, Johnny meets Bill Chong of Vancouver who is working as a courier between Hong Kong and mainland China. Johnny must also learn about the role of Canadian women in war when he watches as Joan Bamford Fletcher commandeers Japanese soldiers to take hundreds of wounded civilians to safety through the jungles of Indonesia. Johnnny is even more surprised when he meets the much-decorated Raymond Collishaw and learns that Canada played a role in the Russian Revolution. Even as he is making his discoveries, Johnny becomes close friends with Casey Collishaw, the great-granddaughter of Raymond Collishaw. Together the pair set about uncovering why it is that Johnny has been chosen to be a witness to Canadians at war.
  • Last ride   by Laura Langston   (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    He killed his best friend, Logan, in a street racing accident a year ago. As he tries to make amends to Logan's girlfriend and keep his promise to never race again, Tom is haunted by his dead friend. He thinks Logan is trying to tell him something. Not only that, since he faces huge medical bills from the accident and may have to give up his car, the pressure to race is almost unbearable.
  • She said / she saw  by Nora McClintock  (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    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 know why. Nobody will believe her. Not the police; not her friends; not the families of the victims; and not even Kelly, her own sister. Is she afraid that the killer will come back? Or does she know more than she is saying? Shunned at school and feeling alone, Tegan must sort through her memories and try to decide what is real and what is imagined. And in the end she must decide whether she has the strength to stand up and do the right thing.
  • Skank  by Teresa McWhirter  (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    Ever since Ariel's mom has been too sick to work they've been moving to progressively lower income neighbourhoods. Then they seem to hit rock bottom--Vancouver's downtown east side, Canada's poorest postal code. Here Ariel gets on the wrong side of a gang of tough girls at school after receiving unwanted attention from their boyfriends. Now she's stuck with a reputation and a label she doesn't know how to deal with. [Fry reading level - 4.0]
  • The snowball effect  by Deb Loughead  (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    Dylan and his friends snowball cars for entertainment on the weekend. When they don't get enough reaction from passing cars, they put rocks in the middle of their snowballs. Their first attack with the loaded snowballs causes a car crash. His friends flee, but Dylan goes to the scene of the accident to make sure the driver is okay. He runs off when he knows help is on the way. Dylan is sighted, and rather than being punished, he is lauded as a hero. As his lies pile up, so does the hype about his heroics, and along with it, Dylan's guilt.
  • Viral  by Alex Van Tol  (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)