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2017 Forest of Reading Nominees

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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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That Lonely Section of Hell

The Botched investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away

by Lorimer Shenher
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
tagged: serial killers, law enforcement, post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)

One of the Globe and Mail 100 Best Books for 2015

 

“The most important book of the year.” — Stacey May Fowles, the Globe and Mail

 

An ex-police detective’s searing personal account of sexism, racism, and mishandling in the investigation of missing and murdered women.

 

In That Lonely Section of Hell, ex-police detective Lori Shenher (who tra …

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The Nest

by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Jon Klassen
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover Audiobook eBook
  • age: 10 to 100
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: horror & ghost stories

A New York Times Editor’s Choice and a Best Book of the Year in the Globe and Mail, Publishers Weekly, Horn Book, School Library Journal and The Wall Street Journal, called “a masterpiece” (Globe and Mail) and now in paperback

She was very blurry, not at all human looking. There were huge dark eyes, and a kind of mane made of light, and when s …

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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

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 and Toronto. Soccer became his refuge, and he learned two languages by play …

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Sea Change

by Frank Viva
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 100
  • Grade: 5 to 17
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 Dr. Dominic Walliman, illustrated by Ben Newman
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 11
  • Grade: 2 to 6
tagged: physics

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 …