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2018 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.

Nesbitt, Karen
Subject to change

Declan's life in small-town Quebec is defined by his parents' divorce, his older brother's delinquency and his own lackluster performance at school, which lands him with a tutor he calls Little Miss Perfect. He likes his job at the local ice rink, and he has a couple of good buddies, but his father's five-year absence is a constant source of pain and anger. When he finds out the truth about his parents' divorce, he is forced to reconsider everything he has believed about his family and himself.

Dimaline, Cherie
The marrow thieves

In a futuristic world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream, and the dreamlessness has led to widespread madness. The only people still able to dream are North America's Indigenous people, and it is their marrow that holds the cure for the rest of the world. But getting the marrow, and dreams, means death for the unwilling donors. Driven to flight, a fifteen-year-old and his companions struggle for survival, attempt to reunite with loved ones and take refuge from the "recruiters" who seek them out to bring them to the marrow-stealing "factories."

Girard, M-E.
Girl mans up

All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she's always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she's trying to be a boy-that she should quit trying to be something she's not. If she dresses like a girl, and does what her folks want, it will show respect. If she takes orders and does what her friend Colby wants, it will show her loyalty. But respect and loyalty, Pen discovers, are empty words. Old-world parents, disintegrating friendships, and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth-that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she'll have to man up.

Juby, Susan
The fashion committee

Charlie and John are both gunning for the same scholarship to a private arts high school. For this coveted spot, they must compete in a fashion competition--and only one can win

Kelly, J. M.
Speed of life

Crystal must choose between her dream of becoming the first college student in her family, or keeping a promise to her twin sister, Amber, to raise together the baby one had in high school.

Goobie, Beth
The pain eater

Maddy Malone tries to mask the pain of memory of being attacked by boys at her school by burning herself with cigarettes, but when a new school year starts and one of the boys share a class with her she decides to take control by revealing the truth through a group novel-writing assignment.

Younge-Ullman, Danielle.
Everything beautiful is not ruined

A novel about mothers and daughters, a compelling story about love, loss and self-discovery.

Nielsen, Susin
Optimists die first

When Petula de Wilde, who is anything but wild, meets Jacob in their school's dorky art therapy program, his friendship (and something more) helps her overcome intense fears since her sister died. And he has a secret of his own.

Lee, Fonda.

For a century now, Earth has been a peaceful colony of an alien race, and Donovan Reyes is a loyal member of the security forces, while his father is the Prime Liaison--but when a routine search and seizure goes bad Donovan finds himself a captive of the human revolutionary group, Sapience, terrorists who seem to prefer war to alien rule, and killing Donovan just might be the incident they are looking for.

Oppel, Kenneth.
Every hidden thing

Seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt and and his paleontologist father search the Badlands for the skeleton of the rex, a massive dinosaur. But Samuel and his father aren't the only ones after the rex--so are Rachel Cartland and her professor father. As their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense, Samuel and Rachel must make a decision. Can they join forces to find their quarry, and with it a new life together, or will old enmities and prejudices keep them from both the rex and each other?