Back to School: YA Reads for Every Subject
Parents rejoice! Kids are headed back to school everywhere in Canada next week. To soften the blow for your young bookworm, here are six YA titles that span Arithmetic to Zoology (but curiously leave out Arithmetic and Zoology).See more details below
Parents rejoice! Kids are headed back to school everywhere in Canada next week. To soften the blow for your young bookworm, here are six YA titles that span Arithmetic to Zoology (but curiously leave out Arithmetic and Zoology).
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The Forbidden Phoenix
By Marty Chan, Illustrated by Derek Mah, Lyrics by Robert Walsh (Playwrights Canada Press)
A musical that blends ancient parables, martial arts, and the gruelling history of the Chinese immigrants who built the Canadian Pacific Railway, The Forbidden Phoenix is a children’s play that resonates with everyone.
The Lake and the Library
By S.M. Beiko (ECW Press)
Sixteen year-old Ash is disenchanted with her small, Prairie hometown; that is, until she discovers a secret library on the fringes of town, with its equally secret inhabitant.
By Wendy Phillips (Coteau Books)
Told entirely in freeverse, Fishtailing details the lives of four troubled teens through glimpses in the poetry they write in English class. Fishtailing won the 2010 Governor General's Award for Children's Literature.
By Craig Spence (Thistledown Press)
After Bertrand Smith’s father creates a highly intelligent super-breed of dogs, they’re “dognapped” by a worldwide arms dealer threatening to use them for ill. Can Bertrand save the world – and the dogs – in time?
The Birchy Maid
By Robin McGrath, Illustrated by Rochelle Baker (Creative Book Publishing)
The Birchy Maid is no ordinary fairy tale heroine: instead of swooning into her merchant prince’s arms, she hands him a list of rather unusual marriage stipulations.
Torn from Troy: Odyssey of a Slave
By Patrick Bowman (Ronsdale Press)
This novel reframes the adventures of Homer’s Odyssey through the eyes of Alexi: a fifteen-year-old slave captured into servitude by Odysseus.
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