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2017 White Pine Nominees

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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?

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.

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.

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.