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2017 Red Maple Nominees


The Forest of Reading is Canada's largest recreational reading program. The Red Maple Award booklist is a list of great Canadian books written by Canadian authors for readers in grades 7 and 8. This list includes both fiction and non-fiction titles.

Scrimger, Richard
Lucky Jonah

Bullied by his brother and living in the shadow of his athletic best friend, Jonah is crippled by self-loathing and insecurity. Then a mysterious stranger hands him a disposable camera with the power to transport him into someone else’s body—and someone else’s life.

Armstrong, Kelley.
The unquiet past

Tess has always been tormented by waking visions that make her question her sanity. When the orphanage she lives in burns down, she decides to face her fears and find out once and for all what is wrong with her. Armed with only an address and phone number, Tess travels to a crumbling mansion in rural Quebec, where she gradually unearths her family’s sad history—and finally accepts the truth about her paranormal powers.

Pignat, Caroline.

A lockdown catches five grade 12 students by surprise and throws them together in the only unlocked room on that empty third floor wing: the boys' washroom. They sit in silence, judging each other by what they see, by the stories they've heard over the years. Stuck here with them--could anything be worse?

Toten, Teresa
Shattered glass

Toni has always had nightmares about fire, and she also has burn scars but no idea how she got them. So when fire destroys the orphanage she has grown up in, she is ready to make her way to Toronto, where she hopes to discover the truth about the mother she believes hurt and then abandoned her.

Viva, Frank.
Sea change

One summer can change your whole life. As soon as school lets out, Eliot's parents send him to the very edge of the world: a fishing village in a remote part of Nova Scotia. And what does the small town of Point Aconi have to offer? Maggots, bullies and grumpy old men. But along the way, Eliot discovers much more—a hidden library, starry nights and a mysterious girl named Mary Beth.

Sylvester, Kevin.

Christopher Nichols, his family and friends are relocated to the space colony Perses where minerals and metal ore are mined. After a blackout occurs and connection to the earth is lost, their space colony is attacked and Christopher and a group of survivors are forced into the mining tunnels below the surface of Perses.

Bass, Karen
The hill

Following a plane crash, two teens spend the night on a forbidden hill and in the morning find the forest around them subtly changed. The plane is missing, and they must work together to outwit a creature from the spirit world that should only exist in legend.

Slade, Arthur G.

Far from the isolated prairie ranch where they were born, orphaned twins Isabelle and Beatrice Thorn are living a glamorous 1920s Hollywood life as wards of Mr. Cecil, a mysterious and influential director. Isabelle is a silent film starlet, destined for greatness in the very first talking picture—a horror flick that will showcase her famous scream, often seen but never before heard by audiences.

Stevenson, Robin

Examines the importance of embracing diversity and fighting for freedom and equality for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people around the world.

Winters, Kari-Lynn
Bite into bloodsuckers

Blood-thirsty creatures are real but not in the ways you might be imagining them! In fact, there are trillions of vampires creeping, crawling, swimming, buzzing and even flying among us.

Burakowski, Ella
Hidden gold

A biography of David Gold, who, as a twelve-year-old, fled with his family his hometown of Pińczów, Poland to escape being sent to the Treblinka death camp.

Birmingham, Maria.
A beginner's guide to immortality

Examines the ways people have tried to achieve immortality throughout history.

Humphreys, Jessica Dee.
Child soldier

A memoir of Michel Chikwanine's forced service as a child soldier in a rebel militia, and his escape to a better life in Canada.

Kyi, Tanya Lloyd
DNA detective

Explains the basics of genetics and reveals the stories of the researchers who discovered pieces of the DNA puzzle.

MacLeod, Elizabeth.

Six compelling stories behind some of the world's most bewildering disappearances.

Urban tribes

Over 30 young urban Natives share stories, poems, and art chronicling how they connect to their culture, break down stereotypes, and use their indigenous world views to create a better future for all.

Shapiro, Simon.
Faster, higher, smarter

It takes a lot of talent, skill, and hard work to become a world-class athlete. But it takes even more to make a sport better: it takes smarts!