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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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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? 

Recommended Reading

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!

Recommended Reading

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!

Recommended Reading

A to Z YA books.

I was pondering, trying to find a subject for a post. I looked at my lists of “already read books” and “books I want to read”. There was “The upside of unrequited by Becky Abertalli”. And “How to save a life by Sara Zarr”. A, B, Z… I decided I would go for and A to Z list of books. Here we go!

A – Abertalli, Becky, The upside of unrequited. Didn’t read it yet but it’s on my list and got really good reviews.

B – Bang, Barry Lyga. Two Bs! I loved I hunt killers, this one is on my “To read list”.

C- Calvin, Martine Leavitt. A dip in a schizophrenic mind, funny and serious at the same time.

D- D.J. MacHale, Bobby Pendragon. Still such a great fantasy read!

E- Eric Walters, Flyboy. Historical fiction about WWII from an awesome auth0r.

F-Fault in our stars, John Green. They made a movie out of it… means it’s an awesome story right?!

G- Gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue, Mackenzi Lee. An exciting adventure set in 1700s Europe featuring LGBTQ+ and POC characters!

H-Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling. I know that everyone knows about Harry Potter! It’s still a good reading suggestion.

I- Iturbe, Antonio, The librarian of Auschwitz. Based on a true story, great book about WWII prisoner camps.

J- John Flanagan, The Outcasts. First book of Brotherband chronicles, a tale of vikings that can become addictive.

K- Kid table, Andrea Seigel. Nice story about a crazy extended family. Nostalgia over your cousins guaranteed.

L-Long Walk to Valhalla, Adam Smith. This one is a Graphic Novel about facing your past. I loved it!

M- Murphy, Julie. Dumplin’. It’s a story about body image and dreams. A must read.

N- Nest (the), Kenneth Oppel. An horror story like no others!

O-Oppel, Kenneth. This Dark endeavor. Oppel again… well he’s a great author. This one is about Frankenstein.

P- Prudence Shen, Nothing can possibly go wrong. Really funny graphic novel about a bunch of teens competing against each others and then together against the world.

Q-Quinn, Kate Karyus, Another little piece. It was really hard to find a “Q” one… however it got 3.7 stars on Goodreads and a place in my “To read” list.

R – Ruby, Laura. Bone Gap. Good story that begins in our reality and slips a bit in a mysterious one.

S- Stiefvater, Maggie. Scorpio Races.

T- They both die at the end, Adam Silvera. “This is sooooo good. Just so good!” someone told me.

U- Under the never sky, Veronica Rossi. Post-apocalyptic romance that got good reviews.

V- Vikki Vansickle, Winnowing. Great sci-fi coming of age story.

W- OCDaniel, Wesley King. Such a good read! It gives a good insight at OCD, the author being OCD himself.

X- X, Ilyasah Shabazz. Vivid, fictionalized account of Malcolm X early life.

Y- Young, Moira. Blood read road. It seems like quite a travel in a post-apocalyptic world. On my “To read” list.

Z- Zarr, Sara, How to save a life. Peculiar tale about two teenage girls, a mom and a baby to be born. It’s not clear who saved who but it’s a happy ending.

What would your alphabet of books would be? Let us know!