are edgy, fast-paced novels that combine real-world themes and believable characters to make for short, heart-stopping books — sure to engage the most reluctant reader.



Themes: LGBTQ, Gender Identity, Native People, Homelessness, Runaways, Street Youth


Themes: Crime, Loners & Outcasts, Peer Pressure, Computers & Digital Media


Themes: Sexual Abuse, Dating & Sex, Physical & Emotional Abuse, Diversity & Multiculturalism


Themes: Physical & Emotional Abuse, Homelessness & Poverty, Friendship, Holidays & Celebrations


"Watson's novel is topical and the issues deserve to be depicted in literary form ... she writes engaging, high interest novels."

   —CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials




As a newcomer from Russia, Sasha thinks she has found a new start in a girls’ volunteerism group at her Canadian school. But she quickly learns that the group is a front for a girl gang — and their leader is eager to exploit Sasha’s computer skills for a more lucrative level of crime: stealing identities and luring and blackmailing men online. 


"An important cautionary tale for young-adult readers and a solid option for reluctant readers looking for a realistic page-turner."

—Atlantic Books Today





Author Karen Spafford-Fitz capably creates an intense plot of relationships between family and friends which can be positive and negative, supportive or destructive, and she makes sure to take us along on that bus ride." 

—CanLit for Little Canadians 



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Themes: Dating & Sex, Bullying, Computers & Digital Media, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

Dark Side

Themes: Mental health, cultural diversity, parental pressure, abuse


Dead to Me

Themes: Anger issues, death & dying, families, underage drinking


Riot School

Themes: Social justice, dealing with authority, cultural diversity, conflict resolution


“A gritty fairy tale for modern times,  Rez Runaway communicates hope  and compassion to an increasingly vulnerable teen demographic with an optimistic endnote that all teens need  to hear: “It really does get better.””

— National Reading Campaign

The book is likely to encourage readers to think critically about mental health and healthy family relationships. Dark Side is an engaging read that covers many serious issues which will hold appeal to a wide audience of teen readers. Highly Recommended.”    

 — CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Author Cristy Watson has a good  sense of edgy situations… this is a  believable story and her characters    are very real."

                         — Resource Links


“This text includes a diversity of characters that are brought together for the common purpose of protesting injustice... The content would be suitable for upper grades and relies on the reader to suspend disbelief as the story closes."

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials 

Themes: Families, social class, friendship, death & dying, disability

Themes: Lying, music, controlling relationships, peer pressure,  substance abuse

Themes: Mental health, self-harm, bullying, families

Themes: Relationships & sexuality, Native peoples, teen pregnancy, rape

In spite of its brevity, few words on a page, and simple vocabulary, this book is aimed squarely at teens. Coarse language, sex, drinking, and a frank discussion of suicide are all  part of this tale.

— Kirkus Books 

A fast-paced story, blending multiple hot-button issues including controlling relationships and substance abuse.

— Publisher's Weekly 

Cutter Boy is definitely one of the better high interest reads out there today, and it fills a very important gap in teen literature.”

               — CM Magazine: Canadian                         Review of Materials

As a niche book written for reluctant YA readers One Night actually packs quite a wallop, and is sure to appeal to teenage girls who may not have yet developed a reading habit. It is both topical and contemporary and reflects many of the issues in today's news.

                              — Resource Links