Last month I asked for Canadians, be they bloggers or authors, to send me their suggestions for which Canadian YA novels they would recommend to those looking to read more Canadian-authored YA and the reason why. I wanted others to suggest books because I knew that they would have different reading tastes than me.
And so here's the list I have with some of my picks thrown in (because while people did respond with their picks, it wasn't as many as I'd hoped).
- Above by Leah Bobet
- Half World by Hiromi Goto (suggested by the awesome Yash from The Book Wars)
- Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson
- Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson
- Sorrow's Knot by Erin Bow (suggested by Kate)
- Witchlanders by Lena Coakley (suggested by Kate)
- Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen (suggested by Kate)
- The Story of Owen by E.K. Johnston (suggested by Kate)
- Prairie Fire by E.K. Johnston
- Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (suggested by Kate)
- For the Win by Cory Doctorow (suggested by Kate)
- All the Rage by Courtney Summers
- Live to Tell by Lisa Harrington (suggested by Cormorant Books)
- The Beckoners by Carrie Mac
- Winterkill by Kate Boorman (suggested by Salom)
- The Never series (Once Every Never, Every Never After, and Now and For Never) by Lesley Livingston
- Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
- The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
- Audacious by Gabrielle Prendergast
- The Darkest Powers trilogy (The Summoning, The Awakening, and The Reckoning) by Kelley Armstrong (suggested by Roxanne)
- Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls by Tellulah Darling (suggested by Roxanne)
- Alice, I Think by Susan Juby (suggested by Roxanne)
- Drummer Girl by Karen Bass
- How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler
- The Knots Sequence duology (The Oathbreaker's Shadow and The Shadow's Curse) by Amy McCulloch
And here are two suggestions from the wonderful Robin Stevenson (Hummingbird Heart, Record Breaker, The World Without Us) complete with reasons why.
- Alice, I Think by Susan Juby. Set in the small northern town of Smithers, BC, this is Susan Juby's first novel, and the first of three books about the wonderfully unique Alice McLeod. Alice is a brilliant mixture of naivete, endearingly tangential thinking and razor sharp observations. A witty, satirical and often moving novel-- I rarely laugh out loud when I read, but I did when I read this, many times. Read in public at your own risk.
- The Droughtlanders by Carrie Mac. This is the first book in the dystopian Triskelia trilogy, and it is epic. Secrets, complex characters and even more complex family relationships, dangerous journeys, and a vivid, disturbing and utterly believable futuristic world- plus beautifully handled issues of power and oppression. I found it impossible to put down. Fans of Patrick Ness should absolutely check this one out.
Thanks so much to everyone who recommended books. There are lots more Canadian-authored YA novels that weren't mentioned and that doesn't mean you should just read these. Read whatever you're interested in. But perhaps these will be the jumping off point for discovering more Canadian YA.
Is there a book missing that you thought would be on here? What would you suggest?