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2020 White Pine Books


A list of the 2020 English White Pine Award Nominees for Teen Fiction.

Crichton, L. D.
All our broken pieces

Musically gifted seventeen-year-old Kyler and his new neighbor Lennon, who is crippled by her OCD, discover that the strength to survive, live, and love can be found in unexpected places.

Phillips, Wendy

When a trafficked refugee is abandoned at Vancouver International Airport, a kindly teacher, her student and others attempt to help him. But those who paid for Thabo to come to Canada want him back and will stop at nothing to get him.

Bhathena, Tanaz.
The beauty of the moment

Seventeen-year-old Susan Thomas' parents are on the verge of a divorce in Canada after years of a happy marriage in Saudi Arabia. Susan wants to be an artist and not a doctor or engineer, but she has no intention of letting them know. Malcolm Vakil was a troublemaker after his mother died of cancer, and two years later he's still known as the boy with a Bad Reputation and No Future. Malcolm's goal is to move out of his father's house to make a better future for he and his younger sister, Mahtab. When the two meet at Arthur Eldridge High School in Mississauga, attraction grows along with distrust. Eventually they both realize that they must be honest with their families, and about their feelings for each other.

Hicks, Faith Erin.
Comics will break your heart

Miriam's grandfather sold his rights to the comic book series TomorrowMen back in the 1960's, and Miriam's family has struggled financially ever since. When the heir to the fortune of the TomorrowMen series shows up in town, Miriam finds herself in a Romeo and Juliet story of her own as she begins falling for him.

Pau Preto, Nicki.
Crown of feathers

Veronyka, sixteen, leaves her controlling sister and disguises herself as a boy to join a secret group of warriors who ride phoenixes into battle.

Philippe, Ben.
The field guide to the North American teenager

When Norris, a Black French Canadian, starts his junior year at an Austin, Texas, high school, he views his fellow students as clichés from "a bad 90s teen movie."

Khan, Sabina
The love and lies of Rukhsana Ali

Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali is looking forward to going to Caltech and getting away from her conservative Muslim parents' expectation that she will marry, especially since she is in love with her girlfriend Ariana--but when her parents catch her kissing Ariana, they whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh and a world of tradition and arranged marriages, and she must find the courage to fight for the right to choose her own path.

Summers, Courtney.

Told from the alternating perspectives of nineteen-year-old Sadie who runs away from her isolated small Colorado town to find her younger sister's killer, and a true crime podcast exploring Sadie's disappearance.

McFerran, Shannon
Synchro boy

When sixteen-year-old Bart Lively joins the synchro team, he must deal with unexpected problems both in and out of the pool.

Henstra, Sarah
We contain multitudes

Walt Whitman fan Jonathan Hopkirk and football player Adam Kurlansky are partnered in a weekly pen pal assignment. With each letter, the two begin to develop a friendship that eventually grows into love.