The bestselling Canadian books for the week of June 13-19, 2021

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

Here are the bestselling Canadian books for June 13-19, 2021.

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 Canada, Candice Camille)

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 are released and left to contend with the seedy world of eastside Vancouver. 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 won the 2020 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction, the 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award and the 2021 Kobo Emerging Writers Prize for fiction.

See the full Canadian fiction list below.

  1. Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
  2. Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
  3. Sufferance by Thomas King
  4. Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
  5. Not Dark Yet by Peter Robinson
  6. How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
  7. Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
  8. Find You First by Linwood Barclay
  9. Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi
  10. Return of the Trickster by Eden Robinson

Canadian nonfiction

The Menopause Manifesto is a book by Dr. Jen Gunter. (Random House Canada, Jason LeCras)

The Menopause Manifesto by Dr. Jen Gunter is the #1 Canadian nonfiction book this week.

Gunter, the ob-gyn who has gained a following thanks to her Twitter commentary on health issues, tackles menopause in her latest book. The Menopause Manifesto tackles menopause head on, explaining what happens to women's bodies, while debunking myths and misconceptions and offering women a frank and clear guide to this phase of their lives.

 See the full Canadian nonfiction list below.

  1. The Menopause Manifesto by Dr. Jen Gunter
  2. 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
  3. The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell
  4. The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
  5. Care Of by Ivan Coyote
  6. Yearbook by Seth Rogen
  7. Call Me Indian by Fred Sasakamoose
  8. Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
  9. From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle
  10. Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga

Canadian kids

In When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett, a young girl listens to her grandmother's stories about attending residential school. (TD Canadian Children's Literature Award)

In When We Were Alone, a girl asks her grandmother about why she wears her hair in a long braid and why she speaks in another language. Her grandmother responds by describing her childhood, growing up in a residential school.

When We Were Alone won the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature — illustrated books.

David A. Robertson is an author and graphic novelist based in Winnipeg. He has written several books in many genres, including the graphic novels Will I See? and Sugar Falls, the YA  series The Reckoner and the memoir Black Water.

Julie Flett has illustrated several picture books including Little YouMy Heart Fills with Happiness and We Sang You Home. 

See the full Canadian kids book list below.

  1. When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett
  2. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  3. On the Trapline by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett
  4. The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
  5. Phyllis's Orange Shirt by Phyllis Webstad, illustrated by Brock Nicol
  6. Treaty Words by Aimée Craft, illustrated by Luke Swinson
  7. The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen
  8. Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes
  9. I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis & Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Gillian Newland
  10. The Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad, illustrated by Brock Nicol

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