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  • Your Constant Star
    Author:
    Hasiuk, Brenda
    Summary:

    Faye is the "good" adopted Chinese daughter. Bev is the wild child. Mannie is the unambitious stoner. What brings them together--and tears them apart--is a need to move beyond the clichés and commit to something--anything--that will bring meaning and joy to their lives. When Faye's long-lost childhood neighbor, Bev, turns up out of the blue, wanting something from her old friend, Faye goes along with Bev's plan. But Mannie, the joyriding daddy of Bev's baby, has a half-crazed romantic agenda of his own. As one cold, miserable prairie spring inches toward summer, a series of unexpected and sometimes explosive decisions sends the trio hurtling toward disaster. A darkly funny portrayal of three unforgettable teenagers feeling their way into adulthood in an imperfect world.

  • Author:
    Körner, Miriam
    Summary:

    Jeremy lives in a small community where winters are long and stray dogs roam the streets. When peer pressure leads Jeremy into a bad prank, he is immediately struck with guilt - and that's when Jeremy's life changes forever. Trying to make amends Jeremy befriends Yellow Dog - and in the process meets a curious old man who introduces him to the adventures of dog sledding. Soon Jeremy is forming his own old-time dog team with Yellow Dog at lead - and in the process discovers more about himself - and the old man - than he ever thought possible.

  • Author:
    Wayman, Tom
    Summary:

    It’s late 1969 and Communist China has successfully launched its first satellite. Inspired by this feat, a group of college students in Laguna Beach, California, set out to put their own satellite into orbit in homage to the recent Woodstock Festival.A young Canadian graduate student at the University of California finds himself at the centre of the mayhem when he and his friends break into a mothballed missile silo and commandeer everything they need, including a nuclear warhead, to blast the Woodstock Nation into the space age. The activists have big plans for their loot, schemes that may well culminate in the Light Show to End All Light Shows in the Nevada desert.An extraordinary black comedy shot full of the social and political issues of the time, Woodstock Rising is a coming-of-age tale couched in free love, rock anthems, and revolution as well as a chronicle of an era whose causes continue to speak to us.

  • Author:
    Oakes, Cory Putman
    Summary:

    Enter the gates of Witchtown to find a mischievous coming-of-age story for fans of Alice Hoffman's Practical Magic and the Danielle Paige's Dorothy Must Die series. When sixteen-year-old Macie O'Sullivan and her masterfully manipulative mother Aubra arrive at the gates of Witchtown-the most famous and mysterious witch-only haven in the world-they have one goal in mind: to rob it for all it's worth. But that plan derails when Macie and Aubra start to dig deeper into Witchtown's history and uncover that there is more to the quirky haven than meets the eye. Exploring the haven by herself, Macie finds that secrets are worth more than money in Witchtown. Secrets have their own power.

  • William
    Author:
    Harris, William
    Summary:

    Tu aimes les témoignages? Tu adoreras ce livre! C’est un roman basé sur une histoire vraie. Tous les gais ont une histoire intéressante à raconter au sujet de leur coming out, quand la vie les a poussés à devoir assumer leur homosexualité. Si vous demandiez à mes parents, ils vous raconteraient la fois où ils ont trouvé de la porno gaie sur mon ordinateur. L’heure horrible qu’on a passée à la table de la cuisine. Ma mère et son sourire figé. Mon père avec son bel habit d’agent immobilier, cramponné à la table, qui répétait sans cesse «OK, une minute... Attends une minute...» comme si le passage du temps était tout le problème. Psst! L’auteur de ce roman s’appelle Michael! Il vit à Vancouver, avec son amoureux et leur chien. Son moment favori dans une journée est le matin, alors qu’il boit son café. Il déteste discuter avec des gens peu curieux. Tout comme le personnage principal de ce roman, il vit parfois des épisodes de paralysie du sommeil.

  • Who Owns Kelly Paddik
    Author:
    Goobie, Beth
    Summary:

    Kelly Paddik is locked up. Sent to a secure facility because she is a “danger to herself,” all Kelly wants is to escape. But she has been running from everybody since her father abused her and her mother stood by and let it happen. It is only when she meets Chris that she begins to realize she is running from herself, and that if she wants control over her own life, she will first have to gain some self-respect.

  • Author:
    Arnold, Elana K.
    Summary:

    When Nina Faye was fourteen, her mother told her there was no such thing as unconditional love. Nina believed her. Now she'll do anything for the boy she loves, to prove she's worthy of him. But when he breaks up with her, Nina is lost. What is she if not a girlfriend' What is she made of' Broken-hearted, Nina tries to figure out what the conditions of love are. "Finally, finally, a book that is fully girl, with all of the gore and grace of growing up female exposed." -Carrie Mesrobian, author of the William C. Morris finalist, Sex & Violence

  • Author:
    de Nikolits, Lisa
    Summary:

    Emotionally battered and bruised, 29-year-old Australian immigrant Benny is looking for escape, not redemption. Escape from herself and the dismal failures of her life: her first solo art exhibition is panned by critics and her husband left her for an Andy Warhol look-alike. Isolated from her family, her career as an abstract artist in ruins, she comes to Canada and finds solace working eighteen hours a day as a graphic designer in a disreputable agency. Cutting all ties, Benny leaves her job and sets off on a road trip adventure across Canada, hoping she will discover who she wants to be and where she wants to be it. Funny, aggressive, fearless and vulnerable, Benny is a road-warrior with a backpack of opiates, a map and a guileless sense of naiveté. This coming-of-age novel is narrated with wry humour and filled with a cast of engaging characters. A tale of sexual adventure and feminist learning, Benny looks for escape but emerges a heroine instead; with mistakes, epiphanies and friendships helping forge her a home and a sense of identity in the true North.

  • West of Rehoboth
    Author:
    Pate, Alexs D.
    Summary:

    Edward and his family have escaped the heat and violence of inner-city Philadelphia every summer for the last 5 years. Staying at his Aunt Edna's house in West Rehoboth -- the black side of town -- Edward has the whole summer to have fun and explore. First, Edward wants to learn about the mysterious man named Uncle Rufus living in the shack behind Aunt Edna's.

  • Author:
    Howlett, Debbie
    Summary:

    These twelve linked stories confirm what we’ve suspsected all along: eventually we all outsmart our parents. In this brilliant debut collection by Debbie Howlett we return to the turbulent 70s revisiting the bittersweet wonder years of Diane Wilkinson, a precocious teen living in suburban Montreal amidst the Catholic/Protestant, Federalist/Separatist split that foreshadowed the October Crisis. Against this backdrop of upheaval, Diane quietly chooses sides in her own domestic battles and armed with deadpan humour she protests her drunken father’s hapless philandering, her uncle’s half-cocked scams, her brother’s dimwitted nosiness and her mother’s silent acquiescence.We Could Stay Here All Night captures the coming of age of a country as much as of a characterand hboth badly need to grow up. Diane soon comes to recognize, as we all must, that the line between adolescence and adulthood is one of convenience, and that the frantic search for love is no less desperate at 12 than it is at 40. Readers will want to curl up with these stories and stay all night.

  • Watching traffic
    Author:
    Ozkowski, Jane
    Summary:

    Emily has finally finished high school in the small town where she has lived her whole life. At last, she thinks, her adult life can begin.But what if you have no idea what you want your new life to look like? What then?While Lincoln gets ready to go backpacking in Australia, Melissa packs for university on the east coast, and a new guy named Tyler provides welcome distraction, Emily wonders whether she will end up working forever at Pamela’s Country Catering, cutting the crusts off party sandwiches and stuffing mushrooms. Is this her future? Being known forever as the local girl whose mother abandoned her in the worst way possible all those years ago? Visiting her spacey grandmother, watching nature shows on TV with her dad and hanging out with Robert the grocery clerk? Listening to the distant hum of the highway leading out of the town everyone can’t wait to leave? With poetic prose and a keen eye for the quirks and ironies of small-town life, Jane Ozkowski captures the bittersweet uncertainty of that weird, unreal summer after high school — a time that is full of possibility and completely terrifying at the same time.

  • Virgin of the rodeo
    Author:
    Bird, Sarah
    Summary:

    Sonja is seen as a curiosity in the minuscule Texas town of Dorfburg. Twenty-nine years old and big-boned, she is purported to be the daughter of a famous Native American trick-roper. Now that her mother is marrying a fang-toothed linoleum salesman, Sonja may finally get the chance to move out of the stifling burg and begin a search for the father she has never known.

  • Author:
    Walton, K. M.
    Summary:

    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.

  • Trouble man
    Author:
    Hunter, Travis
    Summary:

    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?

  • Traveler
    Author:
    McLarty, Ron.
    Summary:

    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 Ren�ee, he reopens the investigation into the unsolved shooting.

  • Author:
    Schaller, Latasha
    Summary:

    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.

  • Trans
    Author:
    Arbour, Marie-Christine
    Summary:

    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.

  • Torn Away
    Author:
    Heneghan, James
    Summary:

    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?

  • Tomato girl : a novel
    Author:
    Pupek, Jayne
    Summary:

    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.

  • Author:
    Rhyno, Greg
    Summary:

    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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