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YOUR VOTE DECIDES.
An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting-- he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd-- whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself-- Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.
The author chronicles her decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, in a way that reflects the Chinese way of childrearing, which puts an emphasis on preparing them for the future, by demanding that her children perform at the top of their classes in all subjects besides drama and physical education, play the piano or violin, and spend their time studying and practicing rather than playing with other kids.
David Starr is the principal of one of the most diverse elementary schools in Canada. The students at Edmonds Community School in Burnaby, BC come from all over the world -- Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, El Salvador, and many other places. Their parents are often refugees who have overcome harrowing events and circumstances in order to find safety in Canada.
Eight-year-old Ruby Jean Sharp, born with Down syndrome, is placed in Woodlands School in New Westminster, British Columbia, after the death of her grandmother who took care of her, and she learns to survive every kind of abuse before she is placed in a program designed to help her live outside the institution.
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace of killing and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
In 1973, when a renowned Canadian behavioral psychologist pursues his latest research project-- an experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills-- he brings home a baby chimp named Zan and asks his thirteen-year-old son to treat Zan like a little brother.
A circus known as Le Cirque des Rêves features two illusionists, Celia and Marco, who are unknowingly competing in a game to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters, and as the two fall deeply and passionately in love with each other, their masters intervene with dangerous consequences.
Sixteen year old Hazel, who has cancer, meets Augustus at a kids-with-cancer support group and as they fall in love they both wonder how they will be remembered.
Winston Patrick was a successful lawyer who defended the downtrodden of Vancouver's criminal world. Dissatisfied with his career, he traded in the courtroom for the high school classroom. Winston is barely surviving his first year at a Vancouver high school when his students present a human rights issue. A student wants to bring his same-sex partner to the high school prom, but the school won't let him.
Mike and Lindsay's friendship is ruined by a simple misunderstanding, but when Lindsay is caught in a compromising position and the footage goes viral, Mike knows he has to put aside any hard feelings and help Lindsay in her time of need.