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CBC Books The Forest of Reading 2021: White Pine Award

The Forest of Reading's White Pine Award offers teens of all ages the opportunity to read the best of Canada's recent young adult fiction titles. This program promotes reading for enjoyment and familiarizes teenagers with great Canadian books. The 2021 nominees include: – Break in Case of Emergency by Brian Francis – Charming As A Verb by Ben Philippe– Fan the Fame by ...
  • 2021
  • 00:21:21
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/17/2021

CBC Books Canada Reads 2021: Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi

Francesca Ekwuyasi's debut novel, Butter Honey Pig Bread, is a literary feast for the mind, the soul and the senses. Butter Honey Pig Bread is a novel about twin sisters, Kehinde and Taiye, and their mother, Kambirinachi. Kambirinachi believes she was a spirit who was supposed to die as a small child. By staying alive, she is cursing her family ...
  • 2021
  • 00:14:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/03/2021

CBC Books Canada Reads 2021: Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

Natalie Zina Walschots is a writer and journalist from Toronto. She is also the author of the poetry collections DOOM: Love Poems for Supervillains and Thumbscrews. Hench is her first novel. Hench is a novel about Anna, a woman who pays the bills by doing administrative work for villains. But when an incident involving the world's most popular superhero leaves ...
  • 2021
  • 00:13:51
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2021

CBC Books Canada Reads 2021: The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk

Set in a fantasy land named Chasland that feels like the Regency era in England, The Midnight Bargain is a fantasy about a woman named Beatrice Clayborn who makes her debut at "bargaining season" — an annual event where wealthy young men and women gather from all over the world to make advantageous marriages. But Beatrice dreams of becoming a ...
  • 2021
  • 00:13:12
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2021

CBC Books Canada Reads 2021: Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

Jonny Appleseed, Joshua Whitehead's debut novel, is the first book by an Indigenous author to win Canada Reads. The novel centres on the life of a two-spirit Indigiqueer young man who leaves the reserve and becomes a cybersex worker in the big city to make ends meet. But he must reckon with his past when he returns home to attend ...
  • 2021
  • 00:15:45
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 03/02/2021

CBC Books Canada Reads 2021: Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee

Scott Helman is championing Two Trees Make a Forest by writer and environmental historian Jessica J. Lee on Canada Reads 2021. In her memoir, Lee returns to her mother's homeland of Taiwan to understand the landscape that shaped her family — and in turn, shapes her. The book intertwines her grandparents' histories, the political history of Taiwan and the island's ...
  • 2021
  • 00:14:06
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/23/2021

CBC Books The First Page: Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow, best known for science fiction writing, talks about the importance of cutting the sentences you don't need when writing a story and how sci-fi writers drop clues for their readers about the kind of world they're living in. He reads the first page from Radicalized, his collection of four novellas that explore ethical questions surrounding how technology is abused ...
  • 2020
  • 00:03:35
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 11/06/2020

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CBC Books The Forest of Reading 2020: White Pine Award

The Forest of Reading's White Pine Award offers teens of all ages the opportunity to read the best of Canada's recent young adult fiction titles. This program promotes reading for enjoyment and familiarizes teenagers with great Canadian books.The 2020 nominees include:- Sadie (winner)- All Our Broken Pieces - Baggage - Beauty of the Moment - Comics Will Break Your Heart - Crown of Feathers - Field ...
  • 2020
  • 00:16:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/16/2020

CBC Books The Forest of Reading 2020: Red Maple Award

The Forest of Reading's Red Maple Award offered for the enjoyment of students ages 12 to 13, in Grades 7 and 8, aims to get readers engaging in conversation around fiction books and encourages them to use critical thinking while reading.The 2020 nominees include:- No Fixed Address (winner)- Call of the Wraith - Crush - A Grain of Rice - In the Key of ...
  • 2020
  • 00:17:35
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/16/2020

CBC Books The Forest of Reading 2020: Yellow Cedar Award

Ten Canadian books are finalists for the 2020 Yellow Cedar Award, which celebrates nonfiction books for readers in Grades 4-8, ages 9-14.The 2020 nominees include:– Too Young to Escape (winner)– Hubots– My River– Highrise– Be Prepared! – Killer Style– Beavers– Amazing Hockey Stories: Hayley Wickenheiser– Follow Your Stuff– Extreme Abilities
  • 2020
  • 00:21:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/16/2020

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