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2017 Forest of Reading Nominees

Created by 49thShelf
  • Age: 3 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
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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A Pocket Full of Murder

by R. J. Anderson
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: fantasy & magic, friendship, mysteries & detective stories

A determined young girl joins forces with an adventure-loving street boy to save her father’s life in this “thoroughly entertaining” (Kirkus Reviews) magical murder mystery.

In the spell-powered city of Tarreton, the wealthy have all the magic they desire while the working class can barely afford a simple spell to heat their homes. Twelve-yea …

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Haunted Canada 6

More Terrifying True Stories

by Joel A. Sutherland
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: curiosities & wonders

The sixth book in the bestselling series of hauntingly true Canadian stories - back, and scarier than ever!

For his brand-new story collection, author Joel A. Sutherland has scoured the country for more creepy and chilling tales. Get underneath the covers, because between these book covers are stories about . . .

? a supernatural sea hag that haunts …

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Next Round

A Young Athlete's Journey to Gold

by John Spray
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: sports & recreation, emigration & immigration, olympics, homelessness & poverty

An action-packed biography of the internationally gold-medal-winning boxer

Arthur Biyarslanov’s journey to competitive boxing has not been easy. As a small child he fled Chechnya with his family, dodging bullets and rocket fire and fording a freezing river. As a young Muslim refugee he faced hardships and hostility in his new homes in Azerbaijan a …

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Sea Change

by Frank Viva
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: friendship, new experience, adolescence

One summer can change your whole life. As soon as school lets out, Eliot's parents send him to the very edge of the world: a fishing village in a remote part of Nova Scotia. And what does the small town of Point Aconi have to offer? Bugs, bullies and grumpy old men. But along the way, Eliot discovers much more - a hidden library, starry nights and …

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Professor Astro Cat's Atomic Adventure

by Dominic Walliman, illustrated by Ben Newman
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: science & technology

Class is in session, and the subject is physics. Your teacher? Why, he’s the smartest cat in the galaxy!

In this brilliant follow up to Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, our trusty feline returns to take you on a journey through the incredible world of physics. Learn about energy, power and the building blocks of you, me and the universe …

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The Blackthorn Key

by Kevin Sands
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: europe, mysteries & detective stories

Following a series of murders, an apothecary’s apprentice must solve puzzles and decipher codes in pursuit of a secret that could destroy the world in this “spectacular debut” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

“Tell no one what I’ve given you.”
Until he got that cryptic warning, Christopher Rowe was happy, learning how to solve complex …

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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 …