NVCL Teens: Canadian Lit!

Find yourself in these Young Adult titles written by Canadians: from fantasy to realistic fiction.
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T-- lives in a precarious world with very few friends, abused by a trio of bullies he calls Joined at the Hip, and his main refuge is the camera which he uses to capture the unique way he sees the world--but when he photographs the boys attacking a homeless woman the images could lead to even more trouble, especially when the bullies threaten to hurt his only friend, Sean, if he trys to use the pictures against them.

Young Man With Camera by Emil Sher A picture is worth a thousand words - and with a unique photographic format, startlingly original voice, and provocative portrayal of bullying, Young Man With Camera is a debut to get people talking.

In February 2013, Shane Koyczan's passionate anti-bullying poem "To This Day" electrified the world. An animated video of the lyric narrative went viral, racking up over 12 million hits to date and inspiring an international movement against bullying in schools. Shane later performed the piece to sustained applause on the stage of the 2013 annual TED Conference.

Availability: To this day : for the bullied and beautiful / Shane Koyczan.

Kaya is adopted, multiracial, grieving the death of her father--and carrying a painful secret. Feeling ill at ease with her family and in her own skin, she runs away repeatedly, gradually disappearing into a life of addiction and sex work.

Kaya is adopted, multiracial, grieving the death of her father--and carrying a painful secret. Feeling ill at ease with her family and in her own skin, she runs away repeatedly, gradually disappearing into a life of addiction and sex work.

Teenagers in a Yorkshire, England boarding school in the 1970s tell their very different stories. What they hide is who they are, and who they hope to be. Deftly told from multiple points of view in various narrative styles, including letters and movie screenplays, What We Hide ia a provocative, honest, often funny and intriguing look at secrets.

Told from multiple viewpoints, high school Junior Jenny of Philadelphia spends a semester at a Quaker boarding school in Sheffield, England, near where her brother is avoiding the Vietnam draft, and where everyone carries close-held secrets.

Coltan, or "blue gold, " is a rare mineral used in making cell phones and computers. Across continents, the lives of three teen girls are affected by the "blue gold" trade. Sylvie's family had to flee the Democratic Republic of the Congo after her father was killed by a rogue militia gang in the conflict for control of coltan. The refugee camp where she now lives is deplorable, and Sylvie yearns for a way out -- to save not only herself, but her remaining family.

Across continents, the lives of three teen girls are affected by the "blue gold" trade.

School is just like a film set: there's The Crew, who make things happen, The Extras who fill the empty desks, and The Movie Stars, whom everyone wants tagged in their Facebook photos. But Jude doesn't fit in.

When Everything Feels like the Movies (Governor General's Literary Award winner, Children's Literature) by Raziel Reid

Award-winning author Caroline Pignat's new historical novel recreates the world of a Virginia tobacco plantation in 1858. Through the different points of view of slaves, their masters and a visiting bird-watcher the world of the plantation comes to live in this verse novel.

A novel in verse. Phoebe is a slave living on a Virginia plantation in the When the plantation is visited by an abolitionist who poses as a birdwatcher, Phoebe realizes that she has a chance to escape along the Underground Railroad.

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.

Aaron Paquette’s Lightfinder is a delightful Young Adult fantasy rooted in Cree worldview and taking place all over the province of Alberta.

Thirteen-year-old brilliant but socially-challenged Stewart and mean-girl Ashley must find common ground when, two years after Stewart's mother died, his father moves in with his new girlfriend -- Ashley's mother, whose gay ex-husband lives in their guest house.

We Are All Made of Molecules - Susin Nielsen. Stewart and Ashley alternate telling the story of how his dad and her mom fell in love and blended a new family.

Callie is shocked when her friend Ivy reappears after an unexplained three-year absence, but the girls pick up where they left off, and suddenly Callie's summer is full of parties, boys and fun. Beneath the surface, things aren't what they seem, however, and when a handsome boy with a dark past gets tangled up with Ivy, the girls' history threatens to destroy their future.

** Callie is shocked when her friend Ivy reappears after an unexplained three-year absence, but the girls pick up where they left off. Beneath the surface, things aren't what they seem, however .

A group of high school juniors are out to find the truth instead of listening to gossip. But will the truth hit too close to home?

Open secrets are the heart of gossip -- the obvious things that no one is brave or tactless enough to ask. Except for Normandy Pale and her friends. They are juniors at a high school for artistsl,.

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals.

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