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Forest of Reading 2020

Created by 49thShelf
  • Age: 3 to 100
  • Grade: p to 17
tagged: ola, kids books, award nominees
Congratulations to all the nominees for this program, administered by the Ontario Library Association.

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Inkling

by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Sydney Smith
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: science fiction, environment

Get ready—a little ink blot is about to become your new best friend

The Rylance family is stuck. Dad’s got writer’s block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group project at school—even though he can’t draw. Sarah’s still pining for a puppy. And they all miss Mom so much more than they can say.

Enter Inkling. Inkling begins life in Mr. Rylan …

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We Contain Multitudes

by Sarah Henstra
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: lgbt, epistolary (letters & diaries), boys & men

An exhilarating and emotional LGBTQ story about the growing relationship between two teen boys, told through the letters written to one another. For fans of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and I’ll Give You the Sun.

Thrown together by a zealous English teacher's classroom-mailbox assignment, notorious scrapper, Adam "Kur …

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A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying

by Kelley Armstrong
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: fantasy & magic, monsters, self-esteem & self-reliance

Monster hunting isn't for the faint of heart -- the first in a brand-new middle-grade series by NYT bestselling author, Kelley Armstrong.

Twelve-year-old Rowan is destined to be Queen; her twin brother, Rhydd, to be Royal Monster Hunter. Rowan would give anything to switch places, but the oldest child is always next in line, even if she is only old …

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Megabat

by Anna Humphrey, illustrated by Kass Reich
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: chapter books, friendship, nocturnal

A sweet and hilarious chapter book about a boy and a bat, two unlikely friends who bond over loneliness, jellyrolls and Darth Vader.

Daniel Misumi has just moved to a new house. It's big and old and far away from his friends and his life before. AND it's haunted . . . or is it?

Megabat was just napping on a papaya one day when he was stuffed in a box …

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No Fixed Address

by Susin Nielsen
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 100
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: homelessness & poverty, humorous stories

From beloved Governor General Literary Award--winning author Susin Nielsen comes a touching and funny middle-grade story about family, friendship and growing up when you're one step away from homelessness.

Felix Knuttson, twelve, is an endearing kid with an incredible brain for trivia. His mom Astrid is loving but unreliable; she can't hold onto a j …

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Wings of Olympus

by Kallie George, illustrated by Fiona Hsieh
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: greek & roman, mythical, fantasy & magic

Take flight with Pippa and her winged horse in this heartfelt two-book series about a young girl who must win the hardest race in ancient Greece in order to stay with her closest friend.

This new series from acclaimed author Kallie George is perfect for horse lovers and fans of Greek myths alike!

High on the slopes of mighty Mount Olympus, among the …

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Comics Will Break Your Heart

A Novel

by Faith Erin Hicks
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 13
tagged: contemporary

Comics Will Break Your Heart is a sweet, funny contemporary teen romance for the inner geek in all of us from graphic novelist Faith Erin Hicks.

Miriam's family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically …

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The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane

by Julia Nobel
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 14
  • Grade: 3 to 9
tagged: mysteries & detective stories

With a dad who disappeared years ago, and a mother who's a bit too busy to parent, Emmy has always felt a little out of place. So when her mother announces she's being shipped off to Wellsworth, a prestigious boarding school in England, Emmy's positive this will be the same.

Until she finds a box of mysterious medallions in the attic of her home. Me …