The White Pine Award is a part of the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading®. The White Pine program offers high school-aged teens at all grade levels the opportunity to read the best of Canada's recent young adult fiction.
Looks like a great selection of nominees this year.
These are critically acclaimed and/or award-winning books that take tweens, teens (and adults) out of their own worlds and into others, so that eventually realities begins to blend (and that's a good thing!). Check out the recommended ages for each book to make sure readers are ready for the themes the books explore.
These are the middle grade and YA books chosen by the staff and owners at the following bookstores: McNally Robinson (Winnipeg and Saskatoon), Woozles (Halifax), Ella Minnow (Toronto), Kaleidoscope (Ottawa), and Babar Books (Montreal). The book begins with tween lit (to Seraphina) and moves to YA. fiction.
Kids, especially when they reach eight and older, can get pretty fascinated and all-consumed by certain topics—or bothered by social ills they see around them or that are affecting them. Here's a list that may have a book on it for a certain someone you know.
I think the attraction of a graphic novel for students is that they can read it in one day. This works for both reluctant readers (GNs are not as intimidating), as well as for students who love stories: They want to read as many as possible, as quickly as possible.
Also, some stories are better told in a graphic fashion. In the best GNs, the pictures are the poetry which convey the legendary 1000 words.
I'm trying to stock my library with as many alternative reads for students as possible. A great resource for buying and chatting about graphic novels is The Beguiling out of Toronto.
***Please preview these titles. Some may not be appropriate for your students.***
Is it poetry, or prose in verse, or a free verse novel, or a novel in verse? All epithets have been used for the novel-length stories told in verse form. Writing a book is challenge enough, but to write it in verse, rhyming or not, seems almost inexecutable. Luckily, several authors have found their voices in this writing style and they are exceptionally skilled at it. Judging by the awards bestowed upon the ten books in this list and the young readers of both genders who consume these stories voraciously, it is a style that has a solid foothold in kidsCanLit.