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Monday, July 1, 2013

Canada Day: Books by Canadians

It's Canada Day! Canada Day marks the day in 1867 when 3 British Colonies were united into Canada. It's their National Holiday! To celebrate, we bring you a list of books by Canadian authors.

   

Two Moons in August by Martha Brooks. One of my most favorite books of all time. After her mother died last summer, Sidonie's family fragmented--her sister went off to Uni and her father threw himself into his work. This summer, she tries to bring them back together, while also letting herself open up to the new boy across the street.

Money Boy by Paul Yee. Ray has many problems with his father, all stemming from not being the perfect Chinese son and struggling in school. But when his father discovers his son is gay, Ray is kicked out of the house with nowhere to turn except the streets and prostitution.

Getting the Girl: A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance, and Cookery by Susan Juby. Someone mandates which girls are blackballed and then ostracized by Sherman's high school, and he's had enough. The aspiring chef is spying on who he thinks is responsible in order to bring him down.

    

This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers. after suffering years of abuse at the hands of her father, Sloane is ready to end her life. Then the zombies come crashing through her kitchen window. Now Sloane is barricaded inside the high school with five other students, and they actually want to survive.

Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones. Blink and Caution are two runaways, but Blink's witnessed a fake-kidnapping that the media is obsessed with. They want to solve the mystery, but are soon in over their heads.

The Right and the Real by Joelle Anthony. Jamie wanted to join the church of the Right and the Real, until she realized it was a cult. But she realized it too late, and her father got sucked in. Now Jamie's on her own, trying to survive on her own and still get into drama school.

    

Plain Kate by Erin Bow. After her father dies, a witch-white man comes to town and blackmails Kate's into giving him her shadow. As her shadow grows weaker, Kate flees and joins with a band of Roamers. Meanwhile, times are getting harder, the rain won't stop, and a mysterious sickness is taking over the land. As events unfold, even Kate's new friends can't trust her and she's on her own again, needing to regain her shadow and the stop the witch-white man.

A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee. Sentenced to hang at the age of 12, Mary is rescued by Miss Scrimshaw's school for girls. Upon graduation, she's recruited into their secret-- a spy ring made of women, because in Victorian London, a woman who knows her place is in the perfect place to learn everything. Lee's a master at working in the details of daily life and the city, without it ever overwhelming the story. The first in a series, follow it with The Body at the Tower.

Folly by Marthe Jocelyn. This story alternates between two main voices, Mary, unwed and pregnant, and James, a young boy at the Foundling hospital. Mary's story tells us how James got there, James tells us what happens next as he uses his wits to survive in the brutal world of the Foundling Hospital.

Who are your favorite Canadian authors?

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