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New Young Adult Titles Summer Reads

Not just for teens…

This summer try dipping your fingers into Young Adult (YA) literature and join in many different adventures.

The TWU Curriculum Resource Centre has many awarding winning YA titles for you to explore or place a hold on one the new titles listed below.

Also, check out our beach fun display of various YA literature on the main floor of the Norma Marion Alloway Library.


  A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
(LT 4383.M8453823 Son 2012 10-12:1 c.1)
Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Nevermind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

The Barren Grounds by David Robertson (Cree)
(LT 4383.R54473 Bar 4-9:1 c.1)
Book one in the Misewa Saga, Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families and communities, are brought together in a foster home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They each feel disconnected from their culture and each other, and struggle to fit in at school and at their new home, until they find a secret place, walled off in an unfinished attic bedroom.

Birdie by Eileen Spinelli

(LT 4383.S7566 Bir 2023 5-8:1 c.1)
A novel-in-verse about loss, and what happens afterwards. Twelve-year-old Birdie Briggs loves birds. They bring her comfort when she thinks about her dad, a firefighter who was killed in the line of duty.

Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj
(LT 4383.B1682 Cou 2020 6-9:1 c.1)
Story told through the alternating voices of two middle-schoolers, Karina (Indian-American) and Chris and a community that rallies to reject racism that is directed to Karina and her grandfather.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
(LT 4383.A37723 Cro 2019b 5-9:1 c.1)
The 2015 Newbery Award winner is about the Bell twins, stars on the basketball court and comrades in life. Both twins adhere to the Bell basketball rules: In this game of life, your family is the court, and the ball is your heart. When life intervenes in the form of a new girl, the balance shifts and growing apart proves painful.

The Ghost Collector by Allison Mills (Ililiw/Cree and settler Canadian)
(LT 4383.M639588 Gh 2019 6-8:1 c.1)
Rooted in a Cree worldview and inspired by stories about the author’s great-grandmother’s life, The Ghost Collector delves into questions of grief and loss. The story is about Shelly and her grandmother who catch ghosts. Just like all the women in their family, they can see souls who haven’t transitioned yet; it’s their job to help the ghosts along their journey.

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead
(LT 4383.S80857 Lm 2022 4-7:1 c.1)
After her parents’ divorce, Bea’s life became different in many ways. But she can always look back at the list she keeps in her green notebook to remember the things that will stay the same.

My Name is Konisola by Alisa Siegel
(LT 4383.S579 My 2020 5-8:1 c.1)
Inspired by a true story, of Nigerian refugees, nine-year-old Konisola and her mother who live their home county in search of building a new life. This is a story of bravery and determination, of loss, and of generosity and goodwill that paved the way for a new family.

No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen-Fernland
(LT 4383.M639588 Gh 2019 6-8:1 c.1)
Twelve-and-three-quarter-year-old Felix Knutsson has a knack for trivia. His favorite game show is Who What Where When; he even named his gerbil after the host. Felix’s mom, Astrid, is loving but can’t seem to hold on to a job. So when they get evicted from their latest shabby apartment, they have to move into a van. Astrid swears him to secrecy. He can’t tell anyone about their living arrangements. If he does, she warns him, he’ll be taken away from her and put in foster care.

  Posted by John David Anderson
(LT 4383.A53678 Po 2017 6-8:1 c.1)
In middle school, words aren’t just words. They can be weapons. They can be gifts. The right words can win you friends or make you enemies. When cell phones are banned at Branton Middle School, Frost and his friends come up with a new way to communicate leaving sticky notes for each other. It catches on, and soon all the kids in school are leaving notes.

Powwow Summer by Nahanni Shingoose (Saulteaux)
(LT 4383.S557125 Pow 2019 8-12:1 c.1)
Part Ojibwe and part white, River has been teased about her Indigenous heritage as a young girl, she feels like she doesn’t belong and struggles with her identity. Now eighteen, River travels to Winnipeg to spend the summer with her Indigenous father and grandmother, where she sees firsthand what it means to be an “urban Indian” and she questions as to whether she can resolve the complexities of her identity being Indigenous and not?

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
(LT 4383.W42235 Sav 2018 5-7:1 c.1)
Joe and Ravi might be from very different places. Joe is from a small town, and Ravi’s family just moved to America from India. They don’t think they have anything in common, until they have a common bully in their class. Joe and Ravi’s mission becomes to take control of their lives.

The Street Belongs to Us by Karleen Pendleton Jimenez and drawings by Gabriela Godoy
(LT 4383.P38415 St 2021 3-8:1 c.1)
A story of family, friendship, and unconditional acceptance, even when it breaks your heart. Two best friends, Alex and Wolf transform their torn-up street into a world where imaginations can run wild.

Those Who Dwell Below by Aviaq Johnston (Inuk) and illustrated by Toma Felzo Gas
(LT 4383.J640125 Tho 2019 9-12:1 c.1)
After his other-worldly travels and near-death encounters, Pitu resumes life at home. Haunted by the vicious creatures of his recent past, he tries to go back to normal, but Pitu knows that there is more work to be done, and more that he must learn in his role as a shaman. Second book in a series.

New Titles Tuesday, July 25

Here is a selection of print titles recently added to the collection.

 Insider outsider: my journey as a stranger in white evangelicalism and my hope for us all /Bryan Loritts.  Loritts dives deep into what it’s like to be a person of color in predominantly white evangelical spaces today and where we can go from here.  Insider Outsider bears witness to the true stories that often go untold–stories that will startle, enlighten, and herald a brighter way forward for all seeking belonging in the family of God. Drawing on insightful snapshots through history, eye-opening personal experiences, and biblical exposition, Loritts awakens both our minds and hearts to the painful reality of racial divides as well as the hope of forgiveness.

 Jerry Potts: scout, frontiersman and hero /Philip S. Long. It is proud Canadian history how a handful  North West Mounted Police, were able to make peace with the Blackfoot Confederacy, and other plains Indians, with no major battles being fought. This, however, would not have been accomplished so swiftly had it not been for one mixed-blood scout, Jerry Potts.  Now, for the first time, the hero of the famous old “Whoop-Up” country gets full recognition for his heroic deeds. Potts lived an adventurous life, equaled by very few.  Potts was raised at a time when, to gain any objective, one had to be a fighting man, and that he was. His many battles and adventures with his Indian people, as well as his white people on his father’s side, make his life a story that is  on the verge of being incredible. Yet, overshadowing all this, his loyalty to his employers, the North West Mounted Police, made him a diplomat, and a keeper of the peace that few frontiersmen have equaled.

 Jesus /Michael Keene. This title paints a clear portrait of Jesus of Nazareth, from his early life and teachings to his death and lasting influence.

 Jesus for beginners /Anthony O’Hear and Judy Groves. A simple synopsis of jesus and christianity

 Kanata: a novel /Don Gillmor. Follows the lives of David Thompson’s son and his descendants.

 Landscape and inscape: vision and inspiration in Hopkins’s poetry /text by Peter Milward ; photography by Raymond V. Schoder.

 Letters to a Birmingham jail: a response to the words and dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. /edited by Bryan Loritts. A collection of essays written by men of various ethnicities and ages, this book encourages us to pursue Christ exalting diversity. Each contribution recognizes that only the cross and empty tomb of Christ can bring true unity, and each notes that the gospel demands justice in all its forms.

 Letters to heaven: reaching beyond the great divide /Calvin Miller. In these letters to heaven, Miller thanks, lovingly reflects on, and sometimes confesses his regrets to the departed influences in his life. Some are names familiar to us all (C. S. Lewis,  Oscar Wilde); others he knew well; and some he only admired from a distance. But all brought a brightness to his life or challenged him to live more fully in some way. Aware that eternity for any of us is only a step away, Miller has sought to complete the unfinished business of life by writing letters to the great beyond.

 Liberty’s exiles: American loyalists in the revolutionary world /Maya Jasanoff. At the end of the American Revolution, 60,000 Americans loyal to the British cause fled the United States and became refugees throughout the British Empire. This groundbreaking book offers the first global history of the loyalist exodus to Canada, the Caribbean, Sierra Leone, India, and beyond.

 Lift every voice and sing II: an African American hymnal. This popular collection of 280 musical pieces from both the African American and gospel traditions has been compiled under the supervision of the Office of Black Ministries of the Episcopal Church. It includes service music and several psalm settings in addition to the Negro spirituals, gospel songs, and hymns.

 Lives of the Caesars /Suetonius ; translated with an introduction and notes by Catharine Edwards. The Lives of the Caesars include the biographies of Julius Caesar and the eleven subsequent emperors: Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitelius, Vespasian, Titus, Domitian. Suetonius’  biographies consist of the ancestry and career of each emperor in turn; however, his interest is not so much analytical or historical, but anecdotal and salacious which gives rise to a lively and provocative succession of portraits. For example, the account of Julius Caesar does not simply mention his crossing of the Rubicon and his assassination, but draws attention to his dark piercing eyes and attempts to conceal his baldness. The life of Caligula presents a vivid picture of the emperor’s grotesque appearance, his waywardness, and his insane cruelties.

 Lost and found: unlocking collaboration and compassion to help our most vulnerable, misunderstood students (and all the rest) /: Ross W. Greene, PhD.  Greene’s groundbreaking Collaborative Problem Solving approach helps educators understand and help behaviorally challenging kids. Lost & Found, is a revised and updated guide that builds on Greene’s landmark works, The Explosive Child and Lost At School. Greene provides educators with concrete steps to using CPS with students and bring attention to the shortcomings of traditional school discipline. The advice in the book is based upon Greene’s vast experience of implementing the technique into schools and accounts of others who have proven the success of the technique.

 Love walked among us: learning to love like Jesus /Paul Miller. Get to know Jesus, observe His life and His love as they unfold in the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Combined Miller’s own life stories, Love Walked Among Us will encourage you to imitate Jesus’ way of loving people in your relationships and community.

 Mammal bones and teeth: an introductory guide to methods of identification /Simon Hillson. An introduction to the basic methods for identifying mammal bones and teeth. It is intended to highlight for beginners the main points on which identifications can be made on the bulk of bones and teeth from a small range of common Old World mammals.

 Murdering McKinley: the making of Theodore Roosevelt’s America /Eric Rauchway. The central theme of this book is the assassination William McKinley. The author details the events around the shooting,the capture of the assassin, and subsequent trial and execution. The author gives a biography of Czolgosz which is taken mostly from the research done by an alienist named Briggs who was trying to diagnose whether Czolcosz was insane. However, that story is only a portion of the book’s content. The author describes America at the time period and all the factors working in society. Labor strife,industrialization, immigration, and the rise of the progressive movement are all woven into the book. Add to all these scenarios the rise of Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency and how he blended all these strains into a fairly coherent fabric. A last aspect covered in the book was the development of psychology as a science. The assassin was studied and his mental condition was argued over whether he was sane or not.

 Myths from Mesopotamia: creation, the flood, Gilgamesh, and others /edited and translated with an introduction and notes by Stephanie Dalley. The myths collected here include parallels with the biblical stories of the Creation and the Flood, and the famous Epic of Gilgamesh, the tale of a man of great strength, whose heroic quest for immortality is dashed through one moment of weakness. Recent developments in Akkadian grammar and lexicography mean that this new translation–complete with notes, a glossary of deities, place-names, and key terms, and illustrations of the mythical monsters featured in the text–will replace all other versions.

 Oriented leadership: why all Christians need it /by Benjamin D. Williams and Michael T. McKibben. This book was commissioned by The All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America to accompany leadership development programs within the Church. It provides an overview of leadership and leadership development from an Eastern Christian perspective, discussing the subject at both theological levels and informing it with practical examples and problems found in typical parish and organizational life. Oriented Leadership paints a clear picture of what Christian leadership should and shouldn t be. The authors demonstrate that leadership is a sacramental aspect of life a vital part of what it means to be created in the image and likeness of God. The authors link traditional teaching with contemporary practice.

 Parkland /Vincent Bugliosi.  In 2008, Bugliosi published a shorter paperback edition of his 2007 Four Days in November: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Parkland largely dispensed with much of Bugliosi’s debunking of conspiracy theories, and concentrates on his narrative of the known events. This version was adapted for the movie Parkland (2013).

Lion Guards the Kouwenberg Lewis Collection

A carving of Aslan’s head now attached to the door of the  The Rev. Dr. Hans and Colleen Kouwenberg C.S. Lewis and Friends Collection 

Earlier this week,  a  prize-winning carving of a lion’s head was installed on the door to the Kouwenberg Lewis collection. The work, done in basswood, was created by TWU’s registrar, Grant McMillian whose hobby and side-business is woodcarving. The large, detailed carving portrays Aslan, the great lion of Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles, gazing at all who approach.

Inspired by the title of the first book in the series “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” McMillian  mounted  the carving on an salvaged oak wardrobe door and is now affixed to the steel door of the room holding the valuable collection.

Before it was installed by TWU’s Trevis Wiebe, McMillian entered the carving into the Richmond Carvers Society’s 2023 Artistry in Wood show, where it received a First Place ribbon in the Advanced Level category.

The carving can be viewed on the door of Room 212 on Alloway Library’s upper level Access to the Kouwenberg C.S. Lewis Collection can be made by contacting  the University Archivist for an appointment

Some quotes about Aslan from the Chronicles of Narnia

“He’s wild, you know. Not a tame lion.”

“Is He safe?”

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver.”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

Mr Tumnus, Lucy Pevensie and Mr Beaver. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. 1950

At the name of Aslan each one of the children felt something jump in its inside … Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of summer.

The narrator, ‘The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe’, 1950.

Do you eat girls?’ she said.

I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms,’ said the Lion.

Aslan to Jill Pole. ‘The Silver Chair’, 1953.

It was from the Lion that the light came. No one ever saw anything more terrible or beautiful.”

‘The Horse And His Boy’, 1954.

This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”

Aslan to Edmund, ‘The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader’, 1952.


New Titles Tuesday, July 18

Here is a selection of  print books that have been recently added to the collection

 Exploring the American West, 1803-1879 /produced by the Division of Publications, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. 127 pages with numerous color and black and white photographs, illustrations, paintings and maps throughout. The volume is how and why the American West was explored, surveyed, mapped, photographed and, in time, settled and became a part of the United States.

 Flight of the Highlanders: the making of Canada /Ken McGoogan. McGoogan tells the story of those courageous Scots who, ruthlessly evicted from their ancestral homelands, were sent to Canada in coffin ships, where they would battle hardship, hunger and even murderous persecution. Flight of the Highlanders intertwines two main narratives. The first is that of the Clearances, during which some 200,000 Highlanders were driven from lands occupied by their forefathers for hundreds of years. The second narrative focuses on resettlement.

 From behaving to belonging: the inclusive art of supporting students who challenge us /: Julie Causton, Kate MacLeod. This book helps teachers use love, acceptance, joy, and compassion to foster a sense of belonging among students who exhibit challenging behavior.

 Frontier farewell: the 1870s and the end of the Old West /Garrett Wilson ; with a new foreword by Candace Savage. Frontier Farewell offers new perspectives on everything from the transfer of Rupert’s Land to Canada, the Manitoba Resistance of 1869-70, and the Numbered Treaties of the 1870s, to the surveys of the Canadian Prairies, the coming of the North-West Mounted Police, and ends with the disastrous bloodletting–the gruesome unwinding of a two-hundred-year experiment, and the fallout from the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

 Gabriel Dumont, mémoires: les Mémoires dictés par Gabriel Dumont et le Récit Gabriel Dumont /textes établis et annotés par Denis Combet. Les Mémoires dictés par Gabriel Dumont et le Récit Gabriel Dumont sont des documents chargés d’émotion. Dans la plus pure tradition des mémoires, Dumont, le général de Louis Riel, parle pour rectifier la version officielle des faits, souvent exagérée ou fausse. Avec cette nouvelle version de documents provenant des archives de la Société historique métisse, établie et annotée par le professeur Denis Combet de l’Université Brandon, le discours oral de Dumont, dicté à un tiers vers 1902-1903, est transformé en une écriture qui rétablit aux yeux de l’histoire l’honneur et la dignité d’un grand individu et de son peuple.

 Giants and dwarfs: essays, 1960-1990 /Allan Bloom. A collection of essays on teachers, books and education, from the author of The Closing of the American Mind. In this book, current liberal theories of justice are criticized, the shortcomings of the modern university are analyzed and the works of Shakespeare, Swift and Plato are examined.

 Go and do: becoming a missional Christian /Don Everts. Everts invites you to get caught up in God’s mission in this world. He shows what it means to be a missional Christian, to have eyes that see, hands that serve and feet that go. Bringing together personal evangelism, urban witness and global crosscultural mission, Everts shows how you can live your life on mission–whoever you are, whatever you do, wherever you go.

 God’s mercies: rivalry, betrayal, and the dream of discovery /Douglas Hunter.  A searing historical work about death, deceit and dishonour, and the rivalry between Samuel de Champlain and Henry Hudson–two of the greatest explorers of the seventeenth century. God’s Mercies has all the elements of a great adventure mystery: a mutiny, a massacre, a murder trial, signed confessions, and intrigue at the highest levels of state. Truths would be revealed as lies, and lies would turn out to be half-truths.

 Goethe’s Faust: the original German and a new translation and introduction /by Walter Kaufmann. The best translation of Faust available, this volume provides the original German text and its English counterpart on facing pages.  Kaufmann’s translation conveys the poetic beauty and rhythm as well as the complex depth of Goethe’s language.

 Gold seeker: adventures of a Belgian Argonaut during the Gold Rush years /Jean-Nicolas Perlot ; translated by Helen Harding Bretnor ; edited and with an introduction by Howard R. Lamar. Perlot, a 26-year-old Belgian, joined a French mining company bound for the gold fields of California.  His book  has been translated and thoroughly annotated by Bretnor, who deserves the gratitude of all readers with a taste for the history of the Old West.This book is Perlot’s witty and informative account of his life in California and his subsequent career in the newly rich town of Portland, Oregon.

 Gospel of sufferings /Søren Kierkegaard ; translated by A.S. Aldworth and W.S. Ferrie.  Kierkegaard’s c,omprehensive explanation of how suffering in all its forms is transformed into joy by faith in God. Gospel of Sufferings bears witness to Kierkegaard’s transition from a general religious and philosophical standpoint to a specifically Christian one, forming what is now considered a central plank in the structure of his mature thought. In this classic volume, the great Danish thinker brings together elements that show him to be at once a mystic and a theologian, confirming his status as a precursor of the existentialists and a brilliant philosopher in his own right.

 Ḥamesh megilot ṿe-sefer Yonah = The five Megilloth and Jonah /introductions by H.L. Ginsberg, with drawings by Ismar David.  A dual language Hebrew-English edition. These six short books of the Bible, each read in connection with a Jewish holy day, constitute a literature unto themselves—a poetic, spiritual, and literary treasure. This volume includes The Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, and Jonah.

Healing our broken humanity: practices for revitalizing the church and renewing the world /Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill ; foreword by Willie James Jennings. Kim and Hill offer Christian practices that can bring healing and hope to a broken world. They provide ten ways to transform society, from lament and repentance to relinquishing power, reinforcing agency, and more. Embodying these practices enables us to be the new humanity in Jesus Christ, so the church and world can experience reconciliation, justice, unity, peace, and love. With small group activities, discussion questions, and exercises in each chapter, this book is ideal to read together in community.

 Hermas in Arcadia ; and, The rest of the words of Baruch /J. Rendel Harris. This collection of two volumes of essays examines two key texts. The first, published in 1896, discusses the book known as ‘The Shepherd of Hermas’. Harris examines aspects of the work, such as how to interpret the ninth similitude – as allegory or literally – and discusses in detail questions about translation. Themes of other essays include the legendary library of Prester John in Abyssinia, the third-century writer Gaius the Presbyter and problems surrounding the fourth-century Codex Euthalianus. The second work, published in 1889, is concerned with the apocalyptic language in the book of Baruch,.

Honoré Jaxon: prairie visionary /Donald B. Smith. The first definitive biography of this complex political man, who served as Louis Riel”s secretary in 1885, and went on to be a labour leader in Chicago and a “capitalist” in New York City. Born in Toronto to a Methodist family, William Henry Jackson attended the University of Toronto before moving to Prince Albert, where he began to sympathize with the Métis and their struggle against the Canadian government. Jackson became personal secretary to Louis Riel, was captured by the Canadian militia during the 1885 Resistance, and was convicted of treason and sentenced to an insane asylum near Winnipeg. When he escaped to the United States, joining the labour union movement, he told everyone that he was Métis and modified his name to the Métis-sounding Honoré Jaxon. After a lively career as a politically radical public figure in Chicago  Jaxon eventually moved to New York City to attempt life as a real estate developer. His ongoing project was to collect as many books, newspapers and pamphlets relating to the Métis people as possible, in an attempt to establish a library for their use. However, he was evicted from his basement apartment at the age of ninety. His entire collection was dispersed, most of it to the New York City garbage dump, the remainder sold. He died a month later, in early 1952.

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