By Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden
(Kids Can Press)
Cassie, the daughter of a famous deceased hacker, believes in The Hive Justice. It allows the crowd to vote on punishments for social media offences. When friends at her new school pressure her into making a joke about the president’s daughter, she is placed on a Level 6 kill on site order. As Cassie runs for her life, secrets are exposed about the process and her dad. This fast-paced and sometimes highly technical novel will appeal to readers aged 14 and up who love a dystopian chase.
The Memory Keeper
By Jennifer Camiccia
In this emotional story we follow Lulu as she navigates her HSAM: the ability to remember every single moment in her life. With each new chapter we learn about the function of different parts of the brain. As Lulu struggles to keep her memories a secret, she notices her beloved grandma is losing hers. In an effort to find a cure, she uncovers her grandmother’s painful past. This story of family and friendship will touch the hearts of readers aged nine to 12.
Join the No-Plastic Challenge!
By Scot Ritchie
(Kids Can Press)
Today the big topic is the use of plastic. Told in simple story form, we follow Nick as he challenges his friends to say no to single-use plastic. Colourful cartoon illustrations show us everyday plastic use, how it’s made, how it affects our environment and the things we can do instead of using it. A must-have for classrooms and libraries; this awesome little book would be a great addition to school and home curriculum on recycling.
By Kim Smith
Meg is a maker, and her material of choice is boxes. In the annual Maker Match, she is paired up with new student Simone and everyone thinks they will win. Unfortunately they disagree on everything. When each girl decides to build her own project, the results are disastrous. With maker spaces in libraries and popping up everywhere, this book encourages children to be creative and co-operative.