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Bildungsromans

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    Walton, K. M.
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    From the author of Cracked and Empty comes a gripping, emotional story of two brothers who must make the ultimate decision about what's more important: family or their differences. It's not Oscar's fault he's misunderstood. Ever since his mother died, he's been disrespected by his father and bullied by his self-absorbed older brother, so he withdraws from his fractured family, seeking refuge in his art. Vance wishes his younger brother would just loosen up and be cool. It was hard enough to deal with their mother's death without Oscar getting all emotional. At least when Vance pushes himself in lacrosse and parties, he feels alive. But when their father's alcoholism sends him into liver failure, the two brothers must come face-to-face with their demons--and each other--if they are going to survive a very uncertain future.

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    Tromly, Stephanie
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    Happily Ever After gets a serious makeover in this swoony, non-stop, thrill-ride of a conclusion to the Trouble Is a Friend of Mine trilogy. Digby and Zoe have been skirting around each other for so long that you might think they'd lose their magic if they ever actually hooked up. But never fear-there's all the acerbic wit, steamy chemistry, and sarcastic banter you could possibly hope for. Now that Digby's back in town he's plunged Zoe (and their Scooby Gang of wealthy frenemy Sloane, nerd-tastic genius Felix, and aw-shucks-handsome Henry) back into the deep end on the hunt for his kidnapped sister. He's got a lead, but it involves breaking into a secret government research facility, paying a drug dealer off with a Bentley, and possibly committing treason. The schemes might be over-the-top but this Breakfast Club cast is irresistibly real as they cope with regular high school stuff from social media shaming to dating your best friend, all with a twist no one will see coming. "I'm in awe of Tromly because of what she has pulled off...this book sings."-Jesse Andrews, author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and The Haters on Trouble Is a Friend of Mine

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    Hunter, Travis
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    Jermaine Banks is a pot dealer in his Philadelphia neighborhood. He's also father to a three-year-old boy and a committed partner to his pregnant girlfriend. As he approaches his 30th birthday and suffers the loss of a close friend to gang violence, he realizes it's time for some changes. Being a good father, and possibly a good husband, means finding a legitimate job and getting away from the ghetto. Does he have what it takes to stop being a trouble man?

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    Stevenson, Robert Louis
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    When young Jim Hawkins picks a treasure map off a dead boarder, he’s drawn into a rollicking and dangerous journey filled with buccaneers and buried treasure — but, sadly, no Muppets. Stevenson’s timeless tale has inspired generations of children and countless adaptations, but few have captured the adventure and moral ambiguity of the original.

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    McLarty, Ron.
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    In 1961 Jono was with his first love Marie D'Agostino when she was shot in the back. Miraculously, she survived. Because the bullet was close to an artery, it was never removed and the question of who did it has never been answered. Now, 40 years later, the notice of Marie's sudden death sends Jono reeling. With the help of a retired cop and Jono's firefighter girlfriend Renée, he reopens the investigation into the unsolved shooting.

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    Schaller, Latasha
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    Charlie Hill has a promising job, a wonderful best friend, a perfect husband, and an anxiety disorder that she is desperately trying to hide from the rest of the world. But the harsh reality of her mental illness comes to light when an unexpected event forces Charlie to make the most important decision of her life, risking everything in the process. Trapped is the story of a woman on the brink of a life-altering event, struggling to manage her anxiety in a situation that is becoming increasingly impossible to control. A woman who is about to learn that sometimes when we wait too long to decide what we want, life goes ahead and chooses for us.

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    Arbour, Marie-Christine
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    On connaît bien le vers «Heureux qui comme Ulysse a fait un beau voyage». Mais les voyages ne sont pas toujours merveilleux. Très jeune, Christine en fait l’épreuve dans des périples étranges, au péril parfois de sa vie. Quand vient le temps des amours, elle s’éprend d’êtres excentriques. Quand vient le temps de la pensée, elle accueille en elle les mots des poètes. Elle poursuit sa route tandis qu’elle puise une force nouvelle dans le dépaysement, y trouvant peu à peu une autonomie. Elle traverse les apparences, d’où le titre du roman, Trans, préposition latine qui signifie «  à travers ». Une fois atteint l’âge adulte, Christine abandonnera cette folle fuite en avant et fera de ses errances dans le monde le roman que voici.

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    Lawrence, Lisa J.
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    After moving into a dank and drafty basement suite in West Edmonton with her truck- driving father, nasty stepmother and taciturn twin brother, Ash, seventeen-year-old Greta doesn't have high expectations for her last year of high school. When she blacks out at a party and is told the next day that she's had sex, she thinks things can't get any worse. She's wrong. While Greta deals with the confusion and shame of that night, her stepmother and father choose that moment to disappear, abandoning Ash and Greta to the mercy of their peculiar landlord, Elgin, who lives upstairs. Even as Greta struggles to make sense of what happened to her, she finds herself enjoying her new and very eccentric family, who provide the shelter and support that has long been absent from her life. Much to Greta's surprise, she realizes there is still kindness in the world-and hope.

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    Heneghan, James
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    Thirteen-year-old Declan lives only for revenge. His mother, father and sister were all killed on the streets of Belfast, and Declan will stop at nothing to settle the score. When he is torn away from his native soil and sent to live with relatives in Canada, he is disgusted by their efforts to welcome him into their lives, and determined to make them regret their hospitality. Can he devise a plan to return to Ireland and rejoin his cause? Or will the strange beauty of his new life and surroundings weaken his resolve?

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    Pupek, Jayne
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    Eleven-year-old Ellie Sanders is forced to grow up quickly when her pregnant mother develops health problems and her father's attentions become diverted by a teenage produce peddler. To escape, Ellie creates a secret world of her own, where life still seems normal.

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    Burke, James Lee
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    A young Kentucky miner grows up in the Appalachian Mountains, where he's torn between his family and the lure of the city.

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    Rhyno, Greg
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    It’s 1994 and Pete Curtis can’t wait to get out of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Already, he’s playing drums in a band whose songs belong on mix-tapes everywhere. Even though his new girlfriend seems underwhelmed, he knows it’s just a matter of time before he and his pals break big. Ten years later, Pete is stuck teaching high school in the hometown he longed to escape, while his former best friend and bandmate is a bona fide rock star. In his debut novel, with its compelling hook and realistically flawed characters, Greg Rhyno remembers the time signatures of mid-nineties. Told in two alternating decades, To Me You Seem Giant is a raucous and evocative story about the difficulties of living in the present when you can’t escape your past.

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    Lee, Harper
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    The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

    Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

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    Winman, Sarah
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    "This is an astoundingly beautiful book. It drips with tenderness. It breaks your heart and warms it all at once."--Matt Haig, author of How to Stop Time. From internationally bestselling author Sarah Winman comes an unforgettable and heartbreaking novel celebrating love in all its forms, and the little moments that make up the life of one man. This is almost a love story. But it's not as simple as that. Ellis and Michael are twelve-year-old boys when they first become friends, and for a long time it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers. And then one day this closest of friendships grows into something more. But then we fast-forward a decade or so, to find that Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight. Which leads to the question: What happened in the years between? With beautiful prose and characters that are so real they jump off the page, Tin Man is a love letter to human kindness and friendship, and to loss and living.

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    Gray Smith, Monique, Thrush, Michelle
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    Winner of the 2019-20 First Nation Communities READ Indigenous Literature Award. An unexpected journey can be powerful medicine. When Tilly receives an invitation to help drive eight elders on their ultimate bucket list road trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, she impulsively says yes. Before she knows it, Tilly has said goodbye to her family and is behind the wheel-ready to embark on an adventure that will transform her in ways she could not predict, just as it will for each and every one of the seniors on the trip, who soon dub themselves "the Crazy Eights." Tilly and the Crazy Eights each choose a stop to make along the way-somewhere they've always wanted to go or something they've wanted to experience. This takes them on a route to Las Vegas and Sedona, with a final goal of reaching the Redwood Forest. Each stop becomes the inspiration for secrets and stories to be revealed. The trip proves to be powerful medicine as they laugh, heal, argue, and reveal hopes and dreams along the way. With friendships forged, love found, hearts broken and mended, Tilly and the Crazy Eights feel ready for anything by the time their bus rolls to a stop in New Mexico. But are they? Bespeak Audio Editions brings Canadian voices to the world with audiobook editions of some of the country's greatest works of literature, performed by Canadian actors.

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    Fitzgerald, F. Scott
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    Amory Blaine, a charming and romantic egotist, escapes his Midwestern family for a life of privilege, but is set on a disastrous course by his love for the dazzling, grasping Rosalind. A gripping tale of love made grotesque by greed and snobbery, Fitzgerald’s debut novel is considered by some to be his finest.

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    Deriso, Christine Hurley
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    Forrest Shepherd is convinced she's right. About what's best for her brother and his horrible girlfriend, Olivia. About her mother's need for control. Most of all, she thinks she's right about Scott, the first cute guy to hit on her. But on the Shepherds' annual summer vacation, Forrest discovers that her safe world of family and friends is riddled with deception. Her brother, her mother, Olivia, Scott... she really doesn't know them at all, and Forrest is left wondering what it means for the most important relationships in her life to be built on lies. Thirty Sunsets is a story of secrets and personal traumas that shake a family to its core... and the healing that arises when hard truths emerge.

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    Bozak, Nadia
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    Spanning the late 1970s to the late 1980s, Nadia Bozak’s thirteen stories are narrated from the perspective of Shell, the only child of bohemian artisans determined to live off their handicrafts and uphold a left-wing lifestyle. At the age of five, Shell’s world is transformed when the family moves into a new house, where she grows up. Over time, she gradually trades her unconventional upbringing for junk food, rock music, and boys. All the while, Shell quietly watches her parents’ loveless marriage fall apart and learns to survive divorce, weight gain, heartache, and first love.A funny, sensitive portrayal of the innocence and uncertainty of childhood and adolescence, Thirteen Shells is a true-to-life collection that is as unforgettable as it is poignant.

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    Garden, Nancy
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    From the author of Annie on My Mind comes an unflinching novel about prejudice, censorship, and homophobia in a New England town. As the editor in chief of the Wilson High Telegraph, senior Jamie Crawford is supposed to weigh in on the cutting-edge issues that will interest students in her school. But when she writes an opinion piece in support of the new health curriculum-which includes safe-sex education and making condoms available to students-she has no idea how much of a controversy she's stepped into. A conservative school board member has started a war against the new curriculum, and now-thanks to Jamie's editorial-against the newspaper as well. As Jamie deals with the fallout and comes to terms with her own sexuality, the school and town become a battleground for clashing opinions. Now, Jamie and the students at Wilson need to find another way to express their beliefs before prejudice, homophobia, and violence define their small town.

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    Guidry, Jacqueline
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    Ten-year-old Vivien Leigh wants more than anything to understand the adult world. But when two black nuns come to teach at her all-white Catholic elementary school, everything begins to change. Her father leads a "Concerned Citizens" group aiming to replace the new nuns, and her mother's relationship with their black housekeeper deteriorates.

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