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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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Optimists Die First

by Susin Nielsen
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: diseases, illnesses & injuries, general (see also headings under social themes)

This touching, hilarious tragi-comedy by award-winning author Susin Nielsen proves: Life is out to get you. But so is love. A quirky alternative to the "sick lit" genre for YA readers.

     Petula's funny, and a crafting genius, but no social star at high school, and it doesn't help that she's isolated herself after her adored toddler sister died. P …

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Marrow Thieves

by Cherie Dimaline
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 25
  • Grade: 8 to 17
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, environment, dystopian

P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 10pt">Shortlisted for 2018 CBC Canada Reads

Winner of 2017 Governor General's Literary Award (Young People's Literature - Text)
Winner of 2017 Kirkus Prize
Nominated for 2018 Forest of Reading - White Pine Awards
A Globe and Mail Best Book

Shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
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The Nameless City: The Stone Heart

The Nameless City

by Faith Erin Hicks, contributions by Jordie Bellaire
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: fantasy

The Stone Heartis the second book in the Nameless City trilogy from Faith Erin Hicks.
Kaidu and Rat have only just recovered from the assassination attempt on the General of All Blades when more chaos breaks loose in the Nameless City: deep conflicts within the Dao nation are making it impossible to find a political solution for the disputed terri …

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The Break

by Katherena Vermette
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: literary, native american & aboriginal

2017 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Literature Finalist

Winner, Amazon.ca First Novel Award

Winner, Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction

Winner, Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award

Winner, McNally Robinson Book of the Year

A Canada Reads 2017 finalist

National Bestseller

2016 Governor General’s Literary Award Finalist

2016 Rogers Writers’ …

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Shooter

by Caroline Pignat
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: violence, friendship, peer pressure

The Breakfast Club meets We Need to Talk About Kevin

A lockdown catches five grade 12 students by surprise and throws them together in the only unlocked room on that empty third floor wing: the boys' washroom. They sit in silence, judging each other by what they see, by the stories they've heard over the years. Stuck here with them--could anything …

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Lightfinder

illustrated by Aaron Paquette
edition: Paperback
  • age: 11 to 18
  • Grade: 6 to 13
tagged: native canadian, native american & aboriginal

Lightfinder is a YA fantasy novel about Aisling, a young Cree woman who sets out into the wilderness with her Kokum (grandmother), Aunty and two young men she barely knows. They have to find and rescue her runaway younger brother, Eric. Along the way she learns that the legends of her people might be real and that she has a growing power of her own …

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This One Summer

created by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 17
tagged: friendship, girls & women

Winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration

Rose and Windy are summer friends whose families have visited Awago Beach for as long as they can remember. But this year is different, and they soon find themselves tangled in teen love and family crisis. From the creators of Skim comes an investigation into the mysterious world of …

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The Boundless

by Kenneth Oppel
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook Audiobook (CD)
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 4 to 6
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All aboard for a non-stop fantasy adventure on the Titanic of trains!

"Will stares up, too. The locomotive steams, her hot breath curling from the smokestacks atop the three-storey boiler. He can feel the tremor of her expectant power through the station platform, through the very air. Massive and black, she’s like something forged with lightning …