Grades 6-12

Support your students to move on to more challenging books!

These short, high-interest novels feature contemporary, edgy topics that engage readers immediately.


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Key Features

  • Interest Level 12 years and up

  • Reading Level Grades 2.0–4.5

  • Featuring well-known Canadian authors

  • Contemporary, engaging stories that compel students to read

Contemporary Themes

Relevant topics that are sure to get your students interested in reading!



Self-Esteem, Peer Pressure

Violence & Crime 

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Author: Eric Walters
Fry Reading Level: 2.2

When Wally is badly injured skateboarding, Philip must decide what is more important: skating or making things right with his friends.

Philip lives for skateboarding. School is merely the break between trying to land a difficult jump and outrunning the security guards. When he and his best friend Wally meet a professional skateboarder who videotapes himself for his website, Philip thinks they can do it too—and make money at the same time. When they start getting hits on their website—and making money—they start to feel the pressure to do more and more dangerous stunts.

Hit Squad

Author: James Heneghan
Fry Reading Level: 3.8

Aiming to get back at the bullies at school, a group of kids swear vengeance against their tormentors.

This is Mickey’s first year at Grandview High. After transferring, all he wants to do is keep his head down, work hard and fit in with the upscale crowd. He is approached, because of his tough reputation, to join a group of students to take back the school from the bullies. Mickey finds himself caught up in a shadowy world of violence and retribution. When their planned payback goes horribly wrong, Mickey is forced to acknowledge the thin line between victim and victimizer.


Author: Eric Walters
Fry Reading Level: 2.9

Will steroids tear the team apart?

When a Division One coach comes to their smaller school to bring the football program up to contender status, Moose and the rest of the players on the team are pumped. Coach Barnes has new ideas and a vision for the future—nothing is too good for his players. With a new training regimen, everything seems to be on a winning track. But when Moose and others are offered steroids, tempers start to fray and the teammates have to decide whose side they are on. Juice is a compelling story about the pressures and temptations that are faced by many in the competitive world of high-school athletics.

Sticks and Stones

Author: Beth Goobie
Fry Reading Level: 2.6

No one expects Jujube to fight back when her reputation takes a beating.

Jujube is thrilled when Brent asks her out. She is not so happy when the rumors start flying at school. Pretty soon her name is showing up on bathroom walls and everyone is snickering and sniping. When her mother gets involved, Jujube’s reputation takes another hit. Deciding that someone has to take a stand, Jujube gathers all the other girls who are labelled sluts—and worse—and tries to impress on her fellow students the damage that can be done by assigning a label that reduces a person to an object.


Author: Eric Walters
Fry Reading Level: 2.8

When a street race goes terribly wrong, Jake must make some tough choices.

Jake has finally got his driver’s license, and tonight he has his brother’s car as well. He and his friend Mickey take the car out and cruise the strip. When they challenge another driver to a street race, a disastrous chain reaction causes an accident. Jake and Mickey leave the scene, trying to convince themselves they were not involved. Jake finds he cannot pretend it didn’t happen and struggles with the right thing to do. Should he pretend he was not involved? Or should he go to the police?

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