The Issues books are in-depth examinations of subjects that are often difficult to talk about, such as abortion rights, feminism, assisted dying and mental health. They are written by authors who have a personal involvement and commitment to the subject they are writing about.

Rachel Bird

A compelling mystery about teenage Rachel and her sister who move in with the grandparents they never knew. They soon learn their newfound family isn’t the only secret being kept on the ranch.

Wish Upon a Satellite

The glaciers are melting and the climate crisis is on everyone's mind, but nothing shakes the foundations of non-binary teen Ciel’s world more than sharing an unexpected kiss with their best friend, Stephie.

Under the Iron Bridge

Desperate to escape joining the Hitler Youth, Paul stumbles across the Edelweiss Pirates, a secret German organization of teenage rebels leading a dangerous campaign of sabotage against the Nazis.

Names in a Jar

Forced to flee her home and change her name to disguise her Jewish identity, Anna Krawitz becomes Maria Nowak, a Catholic farm girl, to hide from the Nazis. But when the war ends, how will her sister find her?

Content Advisory: rape, sexual assault

Inside Broadside

Edited By: Philinda Masters

Inside Broadside looks at the impact 1980s feminist newspaper Broadside: A Feminist Review had on the lives of both the women who participated in its creation and the women who read one or all of its 96 issues.

Just Lucky

After her grandfather dies and her grandmother can no longer take care of her, fifteen-year-old Lucky must navigate the foster care system. Lucky soon learns that foster placements are lonely, some can even be dangerous, and none of them feel like home.

The Stone Rainbow

Seventeen-year-old Jack Pedersen is finding life complicated ever since coming out. Complications go into hyper-drive when a new student arrives at school, and Jack starts experiencing feelings that he’s never allowed himself before.

To Look a Nazi in the Eye

The true story of nineteen-year-old Jordana Lebowitz’s time in Germany, where she went to witness the trial of Oskar Groening, known as the bookkeeper of Auschwitz, a man charged with being complicit in the death of more than 300,000 Jews.

On the Spectrum

The unexpected responsibility of caring for her autistic brother during her summer in Paris turns out to be just the adventure that Clara needed.

Caterpillars Can't Swim

Ryan, who uses a wheelchair, is at his most confident when he's in the water. When he rescues his schoolmate, Jack, from the water their lives become connected, whether they like it or not. Ryan keeps Jack's secret about that day, but with Jack dogged by rumours about his sexuality at school, Ryan feels that Jack still might need help.

Undiscovered Country

Cat’s life is divided. Before her mom died, she had happiness and purpose. Now, everything seems meaningless. When Cat finds a volunteer program that will send her to South America, she thinks she can escape from her grief. But life as a “voluntourist” is not an escape, and the new people and places Cat meets bring challenges she never expected.

Breaking Faith

Faith’s story starts before drugs. Before her family falls apart. Before she becomes consumed by the need to “chase the dragon,” the heroin addiction that keeps the Darkness at bay, but leads her to live on the street. The determination to find love and comfort that lures Faith to drugs is the same stubborn force that can drive her to recover.

Saying Good-bye to London

Francis is a shy 15-year-old when he meets confident, 16-year-old Sawyer. Sparks fly, and Sawyer gets pregnant. Francis has a lot of growing up to do, and it seems like he's being forced to do it all at once. Sawyer decides to give the baby up for adoption, but that’s just the start. Where will they be when it’s time to say good-bye to baby London?

Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush

Adapted By: Willow Dawson
Introduction by: Margaret Atwood
Illustrated By: Selena Goulding

Carol Shields was fascinated by Susanna Moodie, a Romantic writer who left England for Canada in 1832 where she and her family soon found themselves starving in their new home. Moodie's novel Roughing It in the Bush, an acerbic testament to settler life, made her famous. Shields' interpretation of Moodie comes to life as a graphic novel.

Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Don't Tell

When his only friend goes missing, Frederick – who has Asperger’s – doesn’t know what to do. His friend Angel made him promise not to tell anyone about her plan to run away, but when the police call Frederick in for questioning his loyalty to her may have done more harm than good.

War In My Town

Bruna lives an idyllic life in a small Italian village in the 1940s, with the worries and joys of any fourteen-year-old girl. The reality of WWII seems far away from her life. But war does come, and as Nazi soldiers occupy her village Bruna must help her family cope with their dangerous new reality. A true story.