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Red Maple Award 2020

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 9 to 100
  • Grade: 4 to 17
tagged: forest of reading, award nominees
The Red Maple Award™ reading program is offered for the enjoyment of students ages 12 to 13, in Grades 7 and 8. This program includes a Fiction list every year. This program aims to get readers engaging in conversation around the books and encourages them to use critical thinking while reading. The Forest of Reading® is Canada's largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers ten reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages.

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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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The Unteachables

by Gordon Korman
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: school & education, friendship, humorous stories

 

Is this classroom of outcasts really incorrigible, or just misunderstood?

 

In the multiple-narrator format that Gordon perfected in Ungifted and Supergifted, this book tells the story the story of Greenwich Middle School’s class SCS-8, a.k.a The Self-Contained Special Eighth Grade Class, a.ka. the Unteachables!

The Unteachables are a medley of …

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Call of the Wraith

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

Christopher Rowe is back and there are more puzzles, riddles, and secrets to uncover in this fourth novel of the award-winning Blackthorn Key series.

Christopher Rowe has no idea who he is. After being shipwrecked in Devonshire, he wakes up alone, his memories gone. Villagers tell him he was possessed by an unseen evil, and only became conscious af …

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Operatic

by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: bullying, emotions & feelings, music

Somewhere in the universe, there is the perfect tune for you.

It’s almost the end of middle school, and Charlie has to find her perfect song for a music class assignment. The class learns about a different style of music each day, from hip-hop to metal to disco, but it’s hard for Charlie to concentrate when she can’t stop noticing her classmat …

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Surviving the City

by Tasha Spillett-Sumner, illustrated by Natasha Donovan
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: canada, aboriginal & indigenous, girls & women

Winner of the Indigenous Voices Award, alternate format and an In the Margins Top Fiction Novel for 2020

Tasha Spillett’s graphic novel debut, Surviving the City, is a story about womanhood, friendship, colonialism, and the anguish of a missing loved one. Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Miikwan is Anishinaabe; Dez is Inninew. Together, the teens …

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A Grain of Rice

by Nhung Tran-Davies
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
tagged: asia, prejudice & racism, general (see also headings under social themes)

Thirteen—year—old Yen and her family have survived a war, famine and persecution. When a flood ruins their village in rural Vietnam, they take the ultimate risk on a chance for a better life.

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Stowaway

by Pam Withers
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: survival stories, water sports, runaways

2020 Red Maple Fiction Award — Shortlisted
“The fast-paced and suspenseful plot will keep readers rooting for Owen, Arturo, and the others.” —School Library Journal
Owen’s plan to sail away on an adventure puts him on a collision course with some very dangerous people.

When Owen’s parents leave him on his own for a week, the sixteen-ye …