Published on August 14th, 2014 | by Tara Harte0
6 Books on Our Must-Read Shelf
We love Canadian books! From Anne of Green Gables to Life of Pi – the multiculturalism of Canada is best reflected by our amazing writers!
Below are six books by award-winning Canadian authors featuring diverse characters and situations. You may see yourself reflected in them, or you may be exposed to a new kind of story. It’s awesome either way. Read these books along with us and tell us your thoughts in the comments. Or recommend some titles to us. We’d love to hear from you!
The Colour of Silence, by Liane Shaw
After her best friend dies in a car accident, 17-year-old Alex is grief-stricken and overcome with guilt. A judge orders her to do community service at a hospital where she meets Joanie, a girl who is physically disabled and cannot speak. The two form a powerful friendship.
The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel, by Drew Hayden Taylor
A sleepy native reservation. A troubled teen girl. A vampire returns home. Described as a Gothic thriller and a coming-of-age story, this book is also available as a graphic novel.
It’s Not All Black and White: Multiracial Youth Speak Out, by St. Stephen’s Community House
First-hand accounts of what it’s like to be biracial, multiracial, or of mixed race. The writers’ stories are told through interviews, poems, and short essays.
Stitches, by Glen Huser
Junior high student Travis knows he’s different from the other kids in his class. He likes to sew and play with puppets. Picked on by bullies, Travis finds joy through his art and his friendship with Chantelle, a disfigured girl with a debilitating disease.
Midnight at the Dragon Café, by Judy Fong Bates
Set in the 1960s, this book is the story of Su-Jen, the daughter of a small Ontario town’s only Chinese family. Her life is changed drastically during a summer of unspoken secrets.
War Brothers, The Graphic Novel, by Sharon E. McKay and Daniel Lafrance
Fourteen-year-old Jacob lives in Uganda. One night, he is abducted from school, marched into the jungle, and told by rebel soldiers that he must kill or be killed.
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