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Books By Canadian Authors

Books by Canadian Authors

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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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2018 Novelties

Everyone likes to speculate about trends: fashion, sports, video games… But this is a library’s blog, so let’s concentrate on books. Here are a few Young Adult books announced for 2018 that: 1) Are/were impatiently awaited by all the bookish community 2) Belleville Public Library owns copies.

You may choose between: western with a kick-ass female protagonist (Gunslinger girl), historical thriller (Orphan Monster Spy), short romance stories (Meet Cute) or apocalyptic with a side of zombies novel (Dread nation). Maybe you would prefer murder mystery? (Truly devious, People like us, Murdertrending) This is like a literary buffet!

Click on the covers to get more info!

 

Tell us what is your favorite read of 2018!

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Historical fiction

The past is fascinating. I like to read about how humanity coped before computers. As a member of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) the events I like the most are the ones called “Arts & Science”. Basically, people research and try their hands at old techniques of weaving, cooking, woodworking… name it. I learn something new every time. It’s amazing how clever our ancestors were.

History is made of people who, knowingly or not, changed the course of event by their actions. What happened in the past can be interesting. There is so much people that didn’t make it into textbook… What their lives could have been like? That’s where historical fiction comes from.

Yes I did write that much just to get at: here is a list of historical fiction books. I tried to get a lot of different eras and genres here.

If you scroll all the way down, there is two of my favorite Manga series too: A Bride’s story that relates Amir’s life who lives in Turkic Central Asia during the 19th century and Vinland Saga, the story of a Viking named Thorfinn and his efforts to get to Vinland (which is Newfoundland by the way).

 

Recommended Reading

If you liked Turtle all the way down…

Are books with a main protagonist having a mental illness a trend? OCDaniel by Wesley King, Bent not broken by Lorna Schultz Nicholson, A tragic kind of wonderful by Eric Lindstrom… Turtles all the way down is a good example of this trend. The main character, Aza is anxious and has obsessive-compulsive behaviors that threaten her social life… well actually it threatens her actual life too. (DAM dam DAM… suspense!)

 

So, my opinion is: it’s a good book, but Paper towns and The fault in our stars are better. So whether you liked Turtles all the way down or not, read the two others they are worth it. Especially Paper towns, in my opinion.

 

 

This said, you may have liked Turtles all the way down so much you want a read-alike. Here are some for you if it is the case!

Enjoy the spring warmth by reading one of them outside!

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If you liked Maze Runner…

Maze Runner is a really popular series of YA dystopian fiction. Fast-paced, dark and mysterious, the first book begins as Thomas wakes up in the middle of a gigantic maze with no memories whatsoever. There is three books in the series: The maze runner, The scorch trials and The death cure. The kill order was published afterward but is actually a prequel. You may click on the covers here to get more information.

   

If you liked this excellent thrilling series, some of the titles below might appeal to you as well!

aconfusionofprincesgarthnix  darkestmindsalexndrabracken deliriumlaurenoliver enclaveannaguirre incarceroncatherinefisher jamesdashner lefthandofgodpaulhoffman legendmarielu matchedallysonbraithwaite partialsdanwells supernaturalisteioncolferthe5thwaverichardyancey ugliesscottwesterfeld unwindnealshusterman variantrobisonwells

Let us know which is your favorite fast-paced action book of all time!

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For guys by guys…

I did “Awesome books for teen girls” in October and got lists after lists of suggestions for girls. Let me just say… it wasn’t as easy for you boys. There was not as many lists out there. I really wanted to have a male perspective on the subject too, so it got drastically harder. I didn’t give up and here for you: 13 gems recommended by guys! There are sports, fantasy, mystery, real life and funny stories… a bit of everything, so assuredly something for you in there.

treasurehunterjamespatterson thebatboymikelupica ashfallmikemullin

  eragonchristopherpaolinilordoftheflieswilliamgolding

     wearetheshipkadirnelson

If you need more suggestions, here are some of the list I got inspiration from:

https://www.artofmanliness.com/2009/11/15/50-best-books-for-boys-and-young-men/ A list of older classics, great picks nonetheless.

https://happyhooligans.ca/best-books-for-boys-ages-8-16/

I know i’m not a guy myself, however I would like to add 2 books that thrilled me. They gave me the feeling it was more for a male audience.