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The Forest of Reading 2021

Created by 49thShelf
  • Age: 3 to 100
  • Grade: p to 17
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Congratulations to the 2021 School-Aged Forest of Reading Award Nominees! Missing from our list is BE YOU, by Peter H, Reynolds, and THE PROUDEST BLUE, by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali, Illustrated by Hatem Aly (Blue Spruce); Ember and the Ice Dragons, Written by Heather Fawcett; Shirley & Jamila Save Their Summer, Written and Illustrated by Gillian Goerz (Silver Birch); A Treason of Thorns, Written by Laura E. Weymouth (Red Maple); Charming As A Verb, Written by Ben Philippe; Fan the Fame, Written by Anna Priemaza; Like a Love Story, Written by Abdi Nazemian;

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All the Ways Home

by Elsie Chapman
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 11
  • Grade: 3 to 6
tagged: death & dying

"InAll the Ways Home, Elsie Chapman gracefully explores the complexities of family and loss. The specificity in which Chapman narrates Kaede's journey in Japan is particularly satisfying.An insightful, compassionate, and honest look at a young boy's search for identity and home after the death of his mother."—Veera Hiranandani, author of Newbery …

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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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Yara's Spring

by Jamal Saeed & Sharon E. McKay
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 6 to 9
tagged: middle east, violence, emigration & immigration

Coming of age against all odds in the midst of the Arab Spring.

Growing up in Aleppo, Yara’s childhood has long been shadowed by the coming revolution. But when the Arab Spring finally arrives at Yara’s doorstep, it is worse than even her Nana imagined: sudden, violent, and deadly. When rescuers dig Yara out from under the rubble that was once h …

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Planet Hockey: First Star of the Game

by J. Torres, illustrated by Tim Levins
edition: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 6
tagged: hockey, action & adventure, humorous

 

Canada’s favourite sport gets out-of-this world treatment in this action-packed, laugh-out-loud graphic novel!

 

Isaac may be the G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time) in his hockey video game, but after a championship game-losing accident, he’s an epic fail on actual ice.

Unfortunately, the Pods’ robot scout from Planet Galaxia doesn’t know this, a …

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My Day with Gong Gong

by Sennah Yee, illustrated by Elaine Chen
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: multigenerational, city & town life, emotions & feelings

A day in Chinatown takes an unexpected turn when a bored little girl makes a connection with her grandpa.
 

May isn't having fun on her trip through Chinatown with her grandfather. Gong Gong doesn't speak much English, and May can't understand Chinese. She's hungry, and bored with Gong Gong's errands. Plus, it seems like Gong Gong's friends are mak …

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The Barren Grounds

The Misewa Saga, Book 1

by David A. Robertson
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 100
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: fantasy & magic, native american, orphans & foster homes

Narnia meets traditional Indigenous stories of the sky and constellations in an epic middle grade fantasy series from award-winning author David Robertson.

Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families and communities, are brought together in a foster home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They each feel disconnected, from their cultu …

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Broken Strings

by Eric Walters & Kathy Kacer
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: holocaust, music, multigenerational

A violin and a middle-school musical unleash a dark family secret in this moving story by an award-winning author duo. For fans of The Devil's Arithmetic and Hana's Suitcase.

It's 2002. In the aftermath of the twin towers -- and the death of her beloved grandmother -- Shirli Berman is intent on moving forward. The best singer in her junior high, sh …

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Terry Fox and Me

by Mary Beth Leatherdale, illustrated by Milan Pavlovic
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: sports & recreation, special needs, friendship

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope, this picture book biography tells the story of a friendship defined by strength and love.

Before Terry Fox become a national hero and icon, he was just a regular kid. But even then, his characteristic strength, determination and loyalty were apparent and were the foundation for his …