The bestselling Canadian books for the week of June 12-18, 2022

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

Here are the bestselling Canadian books for June 12-18, 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 by Michelle Good, championed by Christian Allaire, won Canada Reads 2022.

Five Little Indians also 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. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
  3. All the Seas of the World by Guy Gavriel Kay
  4. Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez
  5. The Maid by Nita Prose
  6. What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad
  7. The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki
  8. The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny
  9. Every Summer After by Carley Fortune
  10. This Place by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Mitchell, et al.

Canadian nonfiction

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph is a guide to understanding the Indian Act, created in 1876, and its ongoing impact on Indigenous people in Canada. (

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph is the #1 Canadian nonfiction book this week.

Based on a viral article, 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act is the essential guide to understanding the 1876 Indian Act and its repercussions on generations of Indigenous Peoples. It also explores how the legal document's legacy has shaped the lives of Indigenous people from 1876 until now.

 See the full Canadian nonfiction list below.

  1. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
  2. Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
  3. Son of Elsewhere by Elamin Abdelmahmoud
  4. Rehearsals for Living by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Robyn Maynard 
  5. The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell
  6. Run Towards the Danger by Sarah Polley
  7. Embers by Richard Wagamese
  8. Unreconciled by Jesse Wente
  9. How the World Really Works by Vaclav Smil
  10. The Little Book by Mykola Matwijczuk

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. Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline
  3. The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
  4. The Little Book by Mykola Matwijczuk
  5. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  6. Carson Crosses Canada by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Kass Reich
  7. Pink, Blue, And You! by Elise Gravel with Mykaell Blais
  8. Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel
  9. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw
  10. Lizzy and the Cloud by Eric Fan and Terry Fan

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