100 Young Adult Books Every Canadian Should Read

Canada has a wealth of writers telling today’s tales, revisiting our past and imagining our future. Literary or mystery, comic or graphic, historical or out of this world, here are 100 young adult books that will make you proud to be Canadian. (You can check out last year's list, 100 novels that make you proud to be Canadian here!)


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40 Things I Want to Tell You

Alice Kuipers

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Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me

Julie Johnston

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Airborn

Kenneth Oppel

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Alice, I Think

Susan Juby

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Anne of Green Gables

L. M. Montgomery

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Arctic Thunder

Robert Feagan

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Ashes, Ashes

Jo Treggiari

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A Spy in the House

Y.S. Lee

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A Thousand Shades of Blue

Robin Stevenson

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At Risk

Jacqueline Guest

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Audacious

Gabrielle Prendergast

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Awake and Dreaming

Kit Pearson

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Bad Boy

Diana Wieler

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Baygirl

Heather T. Smith

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Between Sisters

Adwoa Badoe

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Chanda's Secrets

Allan Stratton

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Chasing Freedom

Gloria Ann Wesley

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Child of Dandelions

Shenaaz Nanji

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Darkest Light

Hiromi Goto, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

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Dust

Arthur Slade

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Elijah of Buxton

Christopher Paul Curtis

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Escape to Gold Mountain

David H.T. Wong

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Eye of the Crow

Shane Peacock

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Fishtailing

Wendy Phillips

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From Anna

Jean Little, illustrated by Joan Soldin

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Gemini Summer

Iain Lawrence

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God Loves Hair

Vivek Shraya, illustrated by Juliana Neufeld

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Good for Nothing

Michel Noël, translated by Shelley Tanaka

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Graffiti Knight

Karen Bass

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Greener Grass

Caroline Pignat

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Hana's Suitcase

Karen Levine

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Harriet's Daughter

M. NourbeSe Philip

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Held

Edeet Ravel

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Him Standing

Richard Wagamese

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Hold Fast

Kevin Major

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Hunger Journeys

Maggie de Vries

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Fiction
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I Am Algonquin

Rick Revelle

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Fiction
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Innercity Girl Like Me

Sabrina Bernardo

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In Search of April Raintree

Beatrice Culleton Mosionier

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Little Brother

Cory Doctorow

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Lost in the Barrens

Farley Mowat

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Paul Yee

Money Boy

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Murder on The Canadian

Eric Wilson

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Fiction
Mystery

My Book of Life by Angel

Martine Leavitt

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Night Runner

Max Turner

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Fiction
Mystery

Nix Minus One

Jill MacLean

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Nobody Cries at Bingo

Dawn Dumont

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Humour

Not Suitable for Family Viewing

Vicki Grant

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Fiction

Obasan

Joy Kogawa

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Odd Man Out

Sarah Ellis

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One in Every Crowd

Ivan E. Coyote

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Pirate's Passage

William Gilkerson

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Plain Kate

Erin Bow

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Prairie Ostrich

Tamai Kobayashi

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Fiction
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Run

Eric Walters

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Shadow in Hawthorn Bay

Janet Lunn

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Shadows Cast by Stars

Catherine Knutsson

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Shine, Coconut Moon

Neesha Meminger

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Skim

Mariko & Jillian Tamaki

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Skraelings

Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley

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Slash

Jeannette Armstrong

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Stitches

Glen Huser

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Stones for My Father

Trilby Kent

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Sugar Falls

David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson

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Susceptible

Geneviève Castrée

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Swimming in the Monsoon Sea

Shyam Selvadurai

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The Breadwinner

Deborah Ellis

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The Crazy Man

Pamela Porter

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Fiction
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The Dream Carvers

Joan Clark

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Fiction
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The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate

Marty Chan

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The Girls They Left Behind

Bernice Thurman Hunter

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The Gravesavers

Sheree Fitch

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The Hangman in the Mirror

Kate Cayley

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The Keeper of the Isis Light

Monica Hughes

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The Landing

John Ibbitson

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The Lynching of Louie Sam

Elizabeth Stewart

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The Maestro

Tim Wynne-Jones

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The Night Wanderer

Drew Hayden Taylor

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The Painted Boy

Charles de Lint

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The Prince of Neither Here Nor There

Seán Cullen

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The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

Susin Nielsen

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The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley

Jan Andrews

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The Summoning

Kelley Armstrong

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The Tiffin

Mahtab Narsimhan

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The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

Teresa Toten

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The Wondrous Woo

Carrianne K.Y. Leung

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This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall

Gordon Korman

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Humour
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Throwaway Daughter

Ting-Xing Ye, with William Bell

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Thunder Over Kandahar

Sharon E. McKay

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Tilt

Alan Cumyn

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To Dance at the Palais Royale

Janet McNaughton

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Fiction
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True Confessions of a Heartless Girl

Martha Brooks

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Underground to Canada

Barbara Smucker

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Wanting Mor

Rukhsana Khan

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What World Is Left

Monique Polak

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When Everything Feels like the Movies

Raziel Reid

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Who Has Seen the Wind

W.O. Mitchell

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Wild Orchid

Beverley Brenna

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Will's Garden

Lee Maracle

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Wondrous Strange

Lesley Livingston

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