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2015 Forest of Reading Winners

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tagged: forest of reading
TORONTO, ON (May 13, 2015) – The votes are in! Over 250,000 children have participated in the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) annual Forest of Reading program and have helped to choose the best Canadian authors and illustrators of our time. The awards were presented on May 12 and 13 at the Toronto Festival of Trees, a “rock star concert for authors” hosted at the Harbourfront Centre. (See for full list with French language titles)

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The Rule of Three

The Neighborhood; Book 1

by Eric Walters
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: survival stories, general (see also headings under family), dystopian

One ordinary afternoon, every single machine in sixteen-year-old Adam’s high school computer lab stops working. At first the problem seems to be an electrical outage, but it quickly becomes apparent that it is far more serious. Outside, cars won’t start, phones are down, and a blackout is widespread. Adam is surprised to find that his ancient, …


The Last Train

A Holocaust Story

by Rona Arato
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 100
  • Grade: 6 to 17
tagged: holocaust, judaism, siblings, historical

The Last Train is the harrowing true story about young brothers Paul and Oscar Arato and their mother, Lenke, surviving the Nazi occupation during the final years of World War II.  Living in the town of Karcag, Hungary, the Aratos felt insulated from the war — even as it raged all around them. Hungary is allied with Germany to protect its citizen …


Annaleise Carr

How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer

by Annaleise Carr, with Deborah Ellis
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: sports & recreation, values & virtues, water sports

Over eight months worth of planning, hundreds of hours of hard physical training, amassing a team of dedicated crewmates, approaching sponsors and collecting donations -- and finally, swimming for twenty-seven hours across the cold, rough waters of Lake Ontario.

Why would a fourteen-year-old girl take on such a challenge?

For Annaleise Carr, the moti …


Let's Get Cracking!: A Branches Book (Kung Pow Chicken #1)

A Branches Book

illustrated by Cyndi Marko
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 5 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: chapter books

Kung Pow Chicken is the superhero everyone has been waiting for!


This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches b …


Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten, The

by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Mike Lowery
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: school & education, parents, humorous stories

“I liked kindergarten from the very 1st day,” begins the narrator of this very funny and touching picture book. However, she notices, “My mom was happy for me, of course, but I got the feeling that she was also a little sad” to leave her. So one day the little girl invites her mom to join the kindergarten class for the day, which turns out …