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SideStreets Teacher's Resource Guide
  • Interest age: 14-18
  • School grade: 09-12

Bad Shot
  • Interest age: 10-13
  • School grade: 4

This book tells the story of a small-town basketball player who is bullied by a teammate who comes from a wealthier family. The story plays out against the realistic backdrop of an economically struggling small town, a fictional version of Chatham, and touches on the emotional realities of performance anxiety, socioeconomic status issues experienced by kids, depression, and bullying.

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Epic Fail
  • Interest age: 13-18
  • School grade: 4

A 14-year-old Aboriginal/Caucasian girl, from a mixed-income Vancouver suburb, is raped at at party she attends with her two friends. Two years later, photos of the incident appear on social media, which has serious consequences for everyone involved. This book tells a tough but realistic story about teen relationships and sexual assault and how social media plays a role in magnifying its impact.

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Golden Game
  • Interest age: 10-13
  • School grade: 3

Abbas is a Syrian refugee and a striker on a junior high soccer team of refugee and immigrant players. When his team is sponsored to play a big tournament in Toronto, he is excited to play the top team in Ontario, and reconnect with a friend from Syria. But witnessing a traffic accident triggers Abbas to experience anxiety and flashbacks to the violence he saw back home. He finds ways to conquer his flashbacks and anxiety before the big tournament and also helps his whole team deal with the pressure of the competition.

Golden Game is a part of a quartet of books that offers readers insight into the experiences of refugee youth as they come to grips with life in Canada.

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Mermaid Warrior Squad
  • Interest age: 9-12
  • School grade: 3

Shy Dylan and outgoing Coral bond at a summer camp over a shared love of comics and mermaids. When the camp bullies threaten to prank the final show, Dylan has to decide if she will stand up for Coral or stay behind the scenes where she is comfortable. Using comic-book illustrations starring Dylan's and Coral's alter egos, this book combines humorous text with an exciting but quite real-life comic-book adventure.

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Ride or Die
  • Interest age: 13-18
  • School grade: 5

A 15-year-old Black girl from small town Nova Scotia is lured into the sex trade by an older teenage boy. Based on true-events, this book recounts the physical and emotional abuse experienced by young victims of sex trafficing, and how one girl survives, escapes, and finds her way back home.

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Saving Grad
  • Interest age: 13-18
  • School grade: 5

Vienna, a mixed-Métis teen, and her mother experience racism and domestic violence while living with her step-father. They try to escape the situation by moving to Edmonton where they begin to start new lives. But when her step-father shows up at her new high school's grad party, Vienna has to find a way to keep herself, her mother, and her friends safe. This book illustrates the very real circumstances women and children victims of domestic abuse face and one family's struggle to escape a violent situation.

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Stick Pick
  • Interest age: 10-13
  • School grade: 3

When hockey player Janine is left paralyzed after a car accident, her best friend encourages her to get into sledge hockey. She quickly finds a new love for the sport and finds her voice speaking up for disabled people's rights.

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Tournament Fugee
  • Interest age: 10-13
  • School grade: 3

Victor is the captain of a soccer team of recently arrived refugee kids. He struggles to focus on his game during a national tournament because he is haunted by the memory of losing his grandfather back in war-torn Syria and he is worrying about his brother who is at home sick with pneumonia.

Tournament Fugee is a part of a quartet of books that offers readers insight into the experiences of refugee youth as they come to grips with life in Canada.

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True to You
  • Interest age: 13-18
  • School grade: 5

Jorge Gomez is a gay teen from a working-class family who begins training to become a pro wrestler when he drops out of school and shows a talent for the sport. At his first wrestling meet, he falls for another wrestler from a prominent upper middle-class family. But he soon finds himself up against the ropes when he adopts a flamboyantly gay "bad guy" wrestling persona, and is accused of promoting homophobia. Jorge has to find a way to be true to himself as a successful gay athlete and repair his career and relationship.

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