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2018 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.

VanSickle, Vikki
The winnowing

In a world where the familiar has sinister undertones, two friends are torn apart just when they need one another most. Can they both survive?

Skuy, David

Terrified of being targeted by bullies for being overweight, Lionel tries to attract as little notice as possible at school. But then Lionel discovers he's fast. He takes up running, which leads to joining a running group, and being recruited for the school track team. But being on the track team has him gaining attention, which catches the attention of the bullies he's avoiding.

Dance, Jennifer.

When a First Nations teen rescues a fish-hawk from a tailings pond in Alberta's oil sands, he has no idea that soon they will both be fighting for their lives. As a cross-country runner, Adam aims to win gold in the upcoming provincial championship. But when he is diagnosed with leukemia, he finds himself in a different race, one that he can't afford to lose. He reclaims the name Hawk, given to him by his grandfather, and begins to fight, for his life and for the land of his ancestors and the creatures that inhabit it. With a little help from his grandfather and his friends, he might just succeed.

Stratton, Allan.
The way back home

One misunderstood teen. One eccentric granny. One missing uncle. A coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of one family's secrets.

Sutherland, Joel A.
Summer's end

As his final year of high school crawls to an end, Jacob receives a postcard with a picture of Tokyo's skyline on the front. On its flipside are two simple words, "I'm sorry." Although it's unsigned, Jacob immediately knows who sent it. There's no doubt it's from his best friend, Ichiro, who abruptly moved to Japan with his mother before they started high school. Jacob couldn't blame them for packing up and moving. He wished he could've done the same. The summer vacation before high school should have been filled with fun and relaxation, but instead it was plagued by tragedy. What follows is Jacob's account of that terrifying summer.

Grant, Vicki.
Short for chameleon

Cam and his father work as rent-a-relatives, and they are hired by Albertina and Raylene. Cam soon discovers that in order to discover the mysteries surrounding them, he will need to be himself.

Lemire, Jeff.
Secret path

In Secret Path, Gord Downie's lyrics and Jeff Lemire's illustrations tell the story of twelve-year-old Chanie "Charlie" Wenjack, who died on October 22, 1966, after running away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School and attempting to make his way back to his home, more than 600 km away.

King, Wesley.
Laura monster crusher

Laura, an overweight child who is used to being made fun of at school, moves a town over, where she makes friends for the first time, and discovers she has just been given the most important job in the world: Monster

Schultz Nicholson, Lorna.
Bent not broken

Before Madeline's bike accident left her with a traumatic brain injury, she and her twin sister were inseparable. So were her parents. But now, Madeline's parents are divorced and Becky has become rebellious, angry, and sneaky. At least Madeline knows she can always rely on the miniature therapy horses she visits every week. Justin is a senior and before his sister with autism died, he used to take her to the barn to visit her beloved therapy horses. Now, with Madeline, he goes there to escape the gloom of his mother's grief at home and the pressures of his final year in high school. Together, Justin and Madeline help each other to reconnect with the important people in their lives - and with the lives that they thought they'd lost.

Poulsen, David A.
And then the sky exploded

While attending the funeral of his great-grandfather, ninth-grader Christian Larkin learns that the man he loved and respected was a member of the Manhattan Project, the team that designed and created the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during the Second World War.