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Canadian YA for the Twitteratti

Created by SuziScreendoor
  • Age: 9 to 100
  • Grade: 4 to 17
tagged: young adult, teen, fiction
"Wouldn't it be awesome if a Canadian librarian made a list of YA books to read that were all by Canadian authors?" -Marty Chan on Twitter

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Break in Case of Emergency

A Novel

by Brian Francis
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: mental illness, general (see also headings under social themes), lgbt

Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature–Text

Dads can be such a drag

Life has been a struggle for Toby Goodman. Her mother died by suicide five years ago, and her father left their small town before Toby was born. Now a teenager living on her grandparents’ dairy farm, Toby has trouble letting people i …

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Little Brother & Homeland

by Cory Doctorow
edition: Paperback
tagged: cyberpunk

Cory Doctorow’s twoNew York Times-bestselling novels of youthful rebellion against the torture-and-surveillance state – now available in a softcover omnibus
“A wonderful, important book ... I’d recommendLittle Brother over pretty much
any book I’ve read this year.” –Neil Gaiman
Little Brother
Marcus Yallow is seventeen years old when …

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Love from A to Z

by S. K. Ali
edition: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 99
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: contemporary, death & dying, prejudice & racism

“The bighearted, wildly charming, painfully real love story I’ve been waiting for.” —Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
“Heartfelt and powerful.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
From William C. Morris Award Finalist S.K. Ali comes an unforgettable romance that is The Sun Is Also a …

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The Hill

by Karen Bass
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: thrillers & suspense, survival stories, diversity & multicultural, horror

Seeking cell phone reception after a remote plane crash, city kid Jared and local Kyle scale a hill that Kyle’s Cree grandmother has forbidden him to climb. Coming down the next day, the boys find that the plane has disappeared, the forest has changed, and something is hunting them. A modern imagining of the Cree Wîhtiko legend.

Jared’s plane h …

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Cold White Sun

by Sue Farrell Holler
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: orphans & foster homes, non-classifiable, africa, emigration & immigration

Tesfaye lives behind the safe walls of his family’s compound in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His father is an important man, Tesfaye goes to one of the best schools in the city, his mother and older sisters keep him fed and cared for. He and his beloved brother, Ishi, can spend their time playing soccer, racing chickens and spying on the guests — as …

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Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined

by Danielle Younge-Ullman
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: parents, survival stories, theater & musicals

Like Wild for teens! In the tradition of Sara Zarr and A. S. King, a girl must survive an extreme wilderness experience to prove to her mother that she has the strength to pursue her dreams.

     When she was a little girl, Ingrid's entire world was her mother: Margot-Sophia, the brilliant and sophisticated opera star. So when Margot-Sophia loses he …

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Homes

A Refugee Story

by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung
edition: Paperback
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Finalist for the 2018 Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Politcal Writing. Audience choice winner of Canada Reads

In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They moved to Homs, in Syria — just before the Syrian civil war broke out.

Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was te …

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Son of a Trickster

by Eden Robinson
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover Audiobook (CD)
tagged: coming of age, native american & aboriginal, contemporary

CANADA READS 2020 FINALIST
NATIONAL BESTSELLER
More than ten years after her Giller-shortlisted title Monkey Beach, Eden Robinson returns with a striking and precise coming-of-age novel, in which everyday teen existence meets Indigenous beliefs, crazy family dynamics and cannibalistic river otters.

Meet Jared Martin: sixteen-year-old pot cookie deal …