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2017 Forest of Reading Nominees

Created by 49thShelf
tagged: ola, forest of reading
The Forest of Reading® is Canada's largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers eight reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library. All Ontarians/Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually.

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Shooter

by Caroline Pignat
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: violence, friendship, peer pressure

The Breakfast Club meets We Need to Talk About Kevin

A lockdown catches five grade 12 students by surprise and throws them together in the only unlocked room on that empty third floor wing: the boys' washroom. They sit in silence, judging each other by what they see, by the stories they've heard over the years. Stuck here with them--could anything …

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Pride

Celebrating Diversity & Community

by Robin Stevenson
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: other, non-religious, prejudice & racism, homosexuality

For LGBTQ people and their supporters, Pride events are an opportunity to honor the past, protest injustice, and celebrate a diverse and vibrant community. The high point of Pride, the Pride Parade, is spectacular and colorful. But there is a whole lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. How did Pride come to be? And what does Pri …

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The Artist and Me

by Shane Peacock, illustrated by Sophie Casson
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: bullying, art & architecture, peer pressure, european

Vincent van Gogh is now known as an acclaimed, incomparable Post-impressionist painter. But when he lived in Arles, France, in the 1880s, he was mocked for being different. Back then, van Gogh was an eccentric man with wild red hair who used clashing hues to paint unusual-looking people and strange starry skies. Children and adults alike called him …

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Half-Truths and Brazen Lies

An Honest Look at Lying

by Kira Vermond & Clayton Hanmer
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: values & virtues, manners & etiquette, sociology, media studies

Do you believe in telling the truth? Sure you do. But even that’s a lie — because we all lie. Whether to protect a friend, to make someone feel better, or to avoid telling even bigger lies later, lying is actually central to human nature. Usually we’re taught that lying is bad, and that’s that. But in reality, it’s rarely so black and whi …

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Worms for Breakfast

How to Feed a Zoo

by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Kathy Boake
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: zoos, cooking & food, diet & nutrition, zoology

Feeding time is one of the most popular events at zoos. It also prompts a smorgasbord of questions: what do different animals eat? How much food do they need to stay healthy? Where do zookeepers get all that chow? And what constitutes a special treat?

Worms for Breakfast: How to Feed a Zoo answers all these questions and more in a cookbook-style pr …

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Dan Versus Nature

by Don Calame
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: camping & outdoor activities, boys & men

From screenwriter Don Calame comes another outrageously funny and raunchy tale of teen boys whose plans go awry — this time, on a survivalist camping trip.

Shy and scrawny Dan Weekes spends his time creating graphic novels inspired by his dream girl and looking out for his mom as she dates every man in the state of California. Then his mom drops a …

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The Nameless City

by Faith Erin Hicks, contributions by Jordie Bellaire
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: fantasy

Every nation that invades the City gives it a new name. But before long, new invaders arrive and the City changes hands once again. The natives don't let themselves get caught up in the unending wars. To them, their home is the Nameless City, and those who try to name it are forever outsiders.

Kaidu is one such outsider. He's a Dao born and bred--a …

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Fifteen Lanes

by S.J. Laidlaw
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: sexual abuse), bullying, girls & women

Noor has lived all of her fourteen years in the fifteen lanes of Mumbai’s red light district. Born into a brothel, she is destined for the same fate as her mother: a desperate life trapped in the city’s sex trade. She must act soon to have any chance of escaping this grim future.
Across the sprawling city, fifteen-year-old Grace enjoys a life …