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Books By Canadian Authors

Books by Canadian Authors

Did you know?

A plethora of Canadian authors live among us. Greats such as L.M Montgomery, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Robert Munsch, Stephen Leacock, Yann Martel and Chris Hadfield to name a few. So, collecting the following Canadian young adult novelists from so many was no easy feat. You can enjoy them right from our shelves or give Hoopla/Overdrive a try. And in retrospect, I’ve included an interesting detail about our fellow Canadians. If there’s an author you would have included on this list please let me know about them in the comments below. Oh and see you at the next teen book club, ‘Science Fiction and Fantasy’ on May 16, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Child of Dandelions by Shenazz Nanjii

ALBERTA

Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanjii, July 25, 2008

Nanji was born on the ancient island of Mombasa, Kenya, one of the oldest settlements on the East African coast.

A Thousand Shades of Blue by Robin Stevenson

BRITISH COLOMBIA

A Thousand Shades of Blue by Robin Stevenson, October 1, 2008

Stevenson often visits schools to talk about books, writing and LGBTQ+ issues.

Bad Boy by Diana Wieler

MANITOBA

Bad Boy by Diana Wieler, March 1, 1990

“The Whole World is full of stories in motion.” – Diana Wieler

Black Water Rising by Robert Rayner

NEW BRUNSWICK

Black Water Rising by Robert Rayner,

Rayner likes to listen to music and plays keyboard and saxophone in a band.

Catching the Light by Susan Sinnott

NEWFOUNDLAND

Catching the Light by Susan Sinnott, April 28, 2018

Sinnott was born in the UK and now lives in St John’s, Newfoundland.

The Lesser Blessed by Richard van Camp

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp, February 27, 2016

Van Camp’s novel, The Lesser Blessed was adapted into critically acclaimed film by director Anita Doron in 2012.

Rat by Lesley Choyce

NOVA SCOTIA

Rat by Lesley Choyce, October 12. 2012

Choyce is a year-round surfer and founding member of the 1990s spoken word rock band, The SurfPoets.

Born with Erika and Gianni by Lorna Schultz

ONTARIO

Born With Erika and Gianni by Lorna Schultz Nicholson, January 27, 2016

Nicholson worked as a Fitness and Recreation Co-ordinator at the University of Victoria where she also coached rowing.

Kira's Quest by Orysia Dawydiak

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Kira’s Quest by Orysia Dawydiak, September 1, 2015

Dawydiak enjoys writing for young people about life on a an sland sheep farm to coastal fishing communities where the possibilities of alternate life forms become real.

Shattered Glass by Teresa Toten

QUEBEC

Shattered Glass by Teresa Toten, September 29, 2015

“When the sky is purple and the writing is going really well being a writer is almost as good as being a mermaid.” – Teresa Toten

SASKATCHEWAN

Yellow Dog: A Coming Of Age Novel by Miriam Körner, October 26, 2016

Körner ran her first thousand-mile dog team and canoe expedition along the ancient routes of the North.

YUKON

The Golden Trail: The Story of the Klondike Rush by Pierre Berton, December 4, 2004

In 1971, on the Pierre Berton Show, Berton interviewed famous martial artist Bruce Lee in what is his only surviving television interview.

Other notable Canadian Authors

Not Your Princess: Voices of Native American Women by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy, September 12, 2017

“I will not beat myself up for something someone else did to me – that poison is theirs.” – Lisa Charleyboy

Skating Over Thin Ice by Jean Mills, June 18, 2018

Mills received encouragement from the editors to continue writing even after her first book project about a young girl struggling to find acceptance as a goalie on her brother’s hockey team was never published.

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Books That You Can’t Stop Thinking About









Books That You Can’t Stop
Thinking About

I can’t stop thinking about it – even after all these years. It’s a state of mind or so I’m told. By definition, a person’s state: mood. Give me a large oak tree trunk to prop against or a soft chair with pillows (arms a must!) and natural light and I could be reading comfortably in any state of mind. Oh, and not the song by the way. Albeit, Mr. Piano man himself could key up a few notes here to get us thinking about this next collection of, “Books That We Can’t Stop Thinking About”. Now humming, ‘… it comes down to reality and it’s fine with me cause I’ve let it slide, it’s a New York state of mind.’ Well, it’s a Belleville Library state of mind! The teenagers last month all filed in with books in hand along with the first promising signs of Spring. It’s the right set up for some new and some old reads. Certainly, a trip down memory lane for some of us and hopefully your next favourite read as well. Let me know what you think of the following nine book suggestions. Did you try any of the books from last month’s topic, “Books That Make Your Heart Pound”? Oh, and drop me a line or two. 😉

P.S. See you at the next one,
April 18th, April Teen Book Club – Books By Canadian Authors
May 16th, May Teen Book Club – Books on Science Fiction and Fantasy

And for your viewing and listening pleasure Mr. Piano Man himself. 😉

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, October 8, 1988

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic. Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Agevedo, March 6, 2018

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems. Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

The Love and Lies of Ruksana Ali by Sabina Khan, January 29, 2019

Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, but lately she’s finding that harder and harder to do. She rolls her eyes instead of screaming when they blatantly favor her brother and she dresses conservatively at home, saving her crop tops and makeup for parties her parents don’t know about. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life in Seattle and her new life at Caltech, where she can pursue her dream of becoming an engineer. But when her parents catch her kissing her girlfriend Ariana, all of Rukhsana’s plans fall apart. Her parents are devastated; being gay may as well be a death sentence in the Bengali community. They immediately whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh, where she is thrown headfirst into a world of arranged marriages and tradition. Only through reading her grandmother’s old diary is Rukhsana able to gain some much needed perspective. Rukhsana realizes she must find the courage to fight for her love, but can she do so without losing everyone and everything in her life? 

Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume, February 12, 2005

Davey has never felt so alone in her life. Her father is dead (shot in a holdup) and now her mother is moving the family to New Mexico to try to recover. Climbing in Los Alamos Canyons, Davey meets mysterous Wolf, who seems to understand the rage and fear she feels. Slowly, with Wolf’s help, Davey realizes that she must get on with her life. But when will she be ready to leave the past behind? Will she ever stop hurting?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, September 1, 2014

Harry Potter is leaving Privet Drive for the last time. But as he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorbike and they take to the skies, he knows Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters will not be far behind. The protective charm that has kept him safe until now is broken. But the Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything he loves. And he knows he can’t keep hiding. To stop Voldemort, Harry knows he must find the remaining Horcruxes and destroy them. He will have to face his enemy in one final battle.
–jkrowling.com

Go Ask Alice by Beatrix Sparks (as Anonymous), January 1, 2006

It started when she was served a soft drink laced with LSD in a dangerous party game. Within months, she was hooked, trapped in a downward spiral that took her from her comfortable home and loving family to the mean streets of an unforgiving city. It was a journey that would rob her of her innocence, her youth — and ultimately her life. Read her diary. Enter her world. You will never forget her.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, April 1, 2011

The first ten lies they tell you in high school. “Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication.
In Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.
Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.

Restart by Gordon Korman, May 30, 2017

Chase’s memory just went out the window. Chase doesn’t remember falling off the roof. He doesn’t remember hitting his head. He doesn’t, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name. He knows he’s Chase. But who is Chase? When he gets back to school, he sees that different kids have very different reactions to his return. Some kids treat him like a hero. Some kids are clearly afraid of him. One girl in particular is so angry with him that she pours her frozen yogurt on his head the first chance she gets. Pretty soon, it’s not only a question of who Chase is–it’s a question of who he was . . . and who he’s going to be.From the #1 bestselling author of Swindle and Slacker, Restart is the spectacular story of a kid with a messy past who has to figure out what it means to get a clean start.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, January 6, 2015

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better. Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

All book excerpts taken from www.goodreads.com

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Teen Book Club

Books That Make Your Heart Pound

There’s a lot to be said about the energy you come to find from a group of enthusiastic teenagers enjoying February’s teen book club topic, “books that make your heart pound”. The teens fueled their choices with cookies and tea. Some palpitating choices were made of books we read and books we want to read. Here’s our list. Let us know if we missed any. And don’t forget to join us on March 21st at 6:30 pm in the meeting room on the third floor. This month’s topic, ‘books that you can’t stop thinking about’. For ages 12+.

March book club theme, ‘books you can’t stop thinking about’.
April book club theme, ‘books by Canadian authors’.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli, April 24, 2018 (Creekwood #2)

#1 New York Times bestseller! Goodreads Choice Award for the best young adult novel of the year!

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst. When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon. So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, February 28, 2017

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus, July 25, 2017

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, January 10, 2012

Amazon.ca Editors’ Pick: Best Books of 2012
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Worlds of Ink and Shadow, January 5, 2016

Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to descend into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters-the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna-refuse to let them go. Gorgeously written and based on the Brontës’ own juvenilia, Worlds of Ink & Shadow brings to life one of history’s most celebrated literary families in a thrilling, suspenseful fantasy.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, October 31, 2006

My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise, I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cup mushroom. Everyone else in my family is dead.

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling, September 1, 2014

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin! These new editions of the classic and internationally bestselling, multi-award-winning series feature instantly pick-up-able new jackets by Jonny Duddle, with huge child appeal, to bring Harry Potter to the next generation of readers. It’s time to PASS THE MAGIC ON…

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, January 30, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.” Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour, April 18, 2013

From the award-winning, bestselling author of Hold Still and We Are Okay.
Colby and Bev have a long-standing pact: graduate, hit the road with Bev’s band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: she’s abandoning their plans – and Colby – to start college in the fall. But the show must go on and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while roadie- Colby struggles to deal with Bev’s already-growing distance and the most important question of all: what’s next? 

Library Programs, Library services

Teen Connection new schedule

Maybe you already figured this out, but the Teen Connection program schedule changed. From now on, it will be 3rd Thursday of the month at 6 PM. Hopefully it’s a best time frame for you and you will show up as a huge enthusiastic crowd.

 

 

Next event will be Spoopy Halloween Workshop ! 

Join us for a craft party revolving around Halloween. Snacks will be

provided. Create Halloween themed masterpieces!

Come! Eat! Have fun!

Contests, Library Programs

Teens Summer Reading Challenge 2017

From the library to you, people of 12 to 18 years! A way of having more fun. A way of being less bored. Challenges to take. And the best part: rewards along the way. We offer the Teens Summer Reading Challenge to you!

            **Round of applause**              

It’s actually reallllly simple. Visit the library between June 17 and August 17 to sign up. From the following day, tell us about what you are reading to get a ballot for our prize basket.

You’ll get a flyer with special challenges. Complete them and tell us about it. When you complete 5 challenges, you get to play Plinko for a chance to win instant prizes. Plinko can be played once a week only.

Contests, Library Programs

May filled with Mystery… and prizes!

Try to guess who is our weekly featured detective to win an awesome basket! The contest runs through May 1st to 31st, with a new character every week. We have a bulletin board just for teens, in front of the Reader’s advisory desk, with four clues to help you find out who is our mysterious character. You could also fill an electronic ballot on the library website, here.

We will also have a Mystery night on May 17th for ages 14 and up. Come and try to figure out which suspect stole the painting! You could win 2 tickets for a fun Escape Room experience at Breakout Belleville!

 

You can also get ballots by checking out Mystery books. There is reading suggestions here.

Library Programs, Recommended Reading

March Break reading suggestions

Horror: Nine days without school. Worse: in a row! What are you going to do with all this free time? It’s actually 216 hours to kill. 😮

Reading would be a nice way to spend a few of those hours, isn’t it? Here are a few wonderful books that could fill your March Break with shivers, tears or laughter, whatever you like.

fallofbutterflies  fragilebones ihuntkillers  ladymidnight  swimthefly  thefirsttimeshedrowned  thirdtwin  dumplin  burningglass

You need another suggestion ? Don’t forget our Green Screen Fun program on Friday March 17th, here at the library. The green screen allows us to use any images you want as a background. We will provide costumes or bring your own and take awesome pictures!