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The bestselling Canadian books for the week of Feb. 13-19, 2022

Bestseller lists are compiled by Bookmanager using weekly sales stats from over 260 Canadian independent stores.

Here are the bestselling Canadian books for Feb. 13-19, 2022.

Bestseller lists are compiled by Bookmanager using weekly sales stats from over 260 Canadian independent stores.

Canadian fiction | Canadian nonfiction | Canadian kids

Canadian fiction

Five Little Indians is a novel by Michelle Good. (HarperCollins, Silken Sellinger Photography)

Five Little Indians by Michelle Good is the #1 Canadian fiction book this week.

In Five Little Indians, Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie were taken from their families and sent to a residential school when they were very small. Barely out of childhood, they leave school with nothing and are dropped into eastside Vancouver to start their adult lives. Fuelled by the trauma of their childhood, the five friends cross paths over the decades and struggle with the weight of their shared past. 

Five Little Indians is on the Canada Reads 2022 longlist.

Five Little Indians won the 2020 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction and the 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award.

See the full Canadian fiction list below.

  1. Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
  2. When We Lost Our Heads by Heather O'Neill
  3. Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez
  4. The Maid by Nita Prose
  5. Pure Colour by Sheila Heti
  6. What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad
  7. State of Terror by Louise Penny & Hillary Rodham Clinton
  8. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
  9. Deep House by Thomas King
  10. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Canadian nonfiction

Finding the Mother Tree is a memoir by Suzanne Simard. (Bill Heath, Allen Lane)

Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard is the #1 Canadian nonfiction book this week.

Biologist Suzanne Simard discovered the reality of the interconnection and intelligence of the forest. She's been able to find out that the trees are indeed whispering to each other — communicating not through the wind, but through the soil. Her scientific memoir, Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, describes her life and research. 

 See the full Canadian nonfiction list below.

  1. Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
  2. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
  3. Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller
  4. Indian in the Cabinet by Jody Wilson-Raybould
  5. Cobalt by Charlie Angus
  6. Embers by Richard Wagamese
  7. The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
  8. Talking to Canadians by Rick Mercer
  9. Unreconciled by Jesse Wente
  10. Out of the Sun by Esi Edguyan

Canadian kids

Cherie Dimaline is the author of The Marrow Thieves. (Peter Power/CBC, Dancing Cat Books)

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline is the #1 Canadian kids book this week.

In the dystopian world of The Marrow Thieves, climate change has ravaged the Earth and a continent-wide hunt and slaughter of Indigenous people is underway. Wanted for their bone marrow, which contains the lost ability to dream, a group of Indigenous people seek refuge in the old lands. 

See the full Canadian kids book list below.

  1. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  2. Beatrice and Croc Harry by Lawrence Hill
  3. The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
  4. Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
  5. Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline
  6. I Love You More by Emil Sher, illustrated by Barbara Reid
  7. It Fell from the Sky by the Fan Brothers
  8. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  9. The Great Bear by David A. Robertson
  10. My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett

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