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2017 White Pine Nominees


The Forest of Reading is Canada's largest recreational reading program. The White Pine Award booklist is a list of great Canadian books written by Canadian authors for high-school aged readers.

Wynne-Jones, Tim
Emperor of Any Place

When Evan’s father dies, Evan finds a hand-bound book on his desk—the diary of a Japanese soldier stranded on a small Pacific island in WWII. Why was his father reading it? And what could this possibly mean for Evan?

Calame, Don
Dan Versus Nature

Dan’s mom has just one goal: to date every man in the state of California until she meets Prince Charming. But when she and her boyfriend get engaged, Dan finds himself on a survivalist camping trip in the wilds of Idaho to “bond” with his soon-to-be stepdad.

Tremblay, Larry
Orange Grove

In an unnamed and war-torn country, twin brothers Amed and Aziz live in the sanctuary of the family’s orange grove. But when a bomb comes from “the other side of the mountain” and kills their grandparents, their father must choose how best to avenge his parents’ death, with tragic and unforeseen consequences.

Coakley, Lena
Worlds of Ink and Shadow

The Brontë siblings have always been close. After all, nothing can unite four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict, spartan upbringing. But at what price?

Lawrence, Lisa J

Just when Isabelle thinks her life can't get any worse, something happens to her at school that makes her wonder how she can continue to look after her siblings, work, and deal with her alcoholic mother. When she punches a girl at school, only one teacher sees past Isabelle's aggressive behavior, and challenges her to participate in a group writing project.

Leavitt, Martine

As a child, Calvin felt an affinity with the comic book character from Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes. But over the years Calvin pretty much forgot about the comic strip—until now. Now he is seventeen years old and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Hobbes is back, as a delusion, and Calvin can’t control him.

Johnston, E. K.
A thousand nights

To save her sister from certain death, she is taken to a dangerous court. While she believes her death is inevitable, she spends night after night of telling stories only to find out that her ruler was not always cruel. When she continues to survive, she dreams of magic and power enough to save a king, if she can put to an end the rule of a monster.

Bow, Erin.
The scorpion rules

In order to keep the peace, an artificial intelligence called Talis takes the children of world leaders hostage because if any leader starts a war their child will be killed. Things get shaken up when a new hostage doesn't accept the system and shows Greta the truth about the world they live in.

Laidlaw, S. J.
Fifteen lanes

Noor dreams of escaping the brutality of the Mumbai brothel that has always been her home. Across the city, Grace lives a life of privilege. When their paths intersect, the girls' lives will be changed forever.

Johnston, E. K.
Exit, pursued by a bear

At cheerleading camp, Hermione is drugged and raped. In the aftermath she has to deal with the rumors, the rejection of her boyfriend, the discovery that her best friend is gay, and above all the need to remember what happened so the guilty boy can be brought to justice.