20 books every Canadian should read before high school

Get ready for the next chapter of your life by reading one of these Canadian titles.

Entering high school can bring about nerves, excitement and growing pains. What better way to get ready for the next big chapter of your life than with a great book?

Jillian Tamaki won the Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature (illustrated books) for This One Summer. (House of Anansi Press/Tundra Books/Arsenal Pulp Press)
What World Is Left by Monique Polak won the 2009 Quebec Writers’ Federation Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. (Theytus Books/Drawn & Quarterly/Orca Books)
L.M. Montgomery was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by King George in 1935. (Inhabit Media/Theytus Books/Pan Macmillan)
An animated film adaptation of The Breadwinner, co-produced by Angelina Jolie, is slated for release in 2017. (Penguin Canada/Groundwood Books/Groundwood Books.)
Obasan won the Books in Canada First Novel Award (now known as the First Novel Award) in 1982. (Thistledown Press/Penguin Canada/Scholastic Canada)
Elijah of Buxton won the 2008 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. (HarperCollins Canada/Scholastic Canada/Tor Books)
Plain Kate won the 2011 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. (Scholastic Canada/HarperCollins)


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