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What is it? The White Pine Award™ reading program offers high school-aged teens at all grade levels the opportunity to read the best of Canada’s recent young adult fiction titles.
of the Program of the Program To promote reading for enjoyment among high school students To make students aware of quality Canadian young adult books To provide opportunities for students to discuss the nominated titles
What’s Involved? You will read 10 of the nominated books You must read a minimum of 5 books to vote! As a group we will meet to discuss the books (and enjoy some refreshments too) Along with students from across the province, you will vote on the most popular book at a regional conference in April.
to join the White Pine Award ™ Reading Club Some benefits include: Reading great new books Sharing your thoughts and ideas with others Sharing a love of reading Lunch time and after school gatherings (with refreshments) The opportunity to vote for your favorite novel A culminating celebration with participants across York Region
Borderline by Allan Stratton Life's not easy for Sami Sabiri since his dad stuck him in a private school where he is the only Muslim kid. But it's about to get a lot worse. When Sami catches his father in a lie, he gets suspicious...He's not the only one. In a whirlwind, the FBI descends on his home, and Sami's family becomes the center of an international terrorist investigation.
Fear the Worst Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay Seventeen-year-old Sydney Blake's summer is shaping up to be typical for a teenager: she's spending it with her father, and she has landed a part-time job at a local hotel. One night, Syd fails to come home from her shift, and her father Tim is a bit alarmed. However, that alarm turns to full-on panic after he visits the Just Inn Time hotel and the manager claims that Syd has never worked there.
When Natalie moves to a new high school she befriends three unwitting victims into her spider-web of manipulations, lies and deceit. Through the poetry and assignments of an English class we glimpse the world of the four teens. Natalie, whose alcoholic parents, years of neglect and ultimate rape by her father's friend has shaped her into a cruel and manipulative teen. Fishtailing by Wendy Phillips
Sioux Smith is sharp, funny, and wry, and is pretty certain that she sees the world of high school differently from everyone else - a belief that is cemented when she makes an uneasy discovery about one of her school's "popular" teachers. Gravity brings me down by Natale Ghent
Turning sixteen is exciting enough for anyone, but for Solange Drake it’s a little more eventful than just birthday cake and a driver’s license. In a world where most vampires are made by the usual methods, the Drake family is different – they are born as humans, but undergo the bloodchange on their sixteenth birthday. Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey
Monkeyface Chronicles by Richard Scarsbrook Philip’s aphorism-toting grandfather used to say “Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect,” and Philip is about to embark on a life journey of payback that has everything to do with cause in effect. Philip’s journey takes him through the most unusual family circumstances, where no one was really who they seemed to be, whether it was his reclusive scientist father, or his Citizen Kane-like grandfather.
The Second Trial by Rosemarie Boll What do you do when your father becomes the enemy of your family? A thirteen year-old boy must leave his home, his school, and everything he knows when he goes into hiding with his mother and sister to escape an abusive father. Thirteen-year-old Danny never knew that his father was abusing his mother, until the day his father almost killed her. Now he finds himself in court as his mother fights to have his father kept in jail to keep the family safe.
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard--falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around. Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge.
Swim the Fly by Don Calame Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year's? To see a real- live naked girl for the first time — quite a challenge, given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt's other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly.
All Sophie wants is to forget what happened last summer. But that’s not easy when people keep asking if she’s okay, and her mother locks herself behind closed doors for hours at a time. And now her best friend, Abigail, cares more about parties and boys than hanging out with Sophie. Lost in memories of the life she once had -- before that terrible day -- Sophie retreats into herself. But it’s only so long before she must confront the tragedy of her past so she can face the future. Worse thing she ever did by Alice Kupiers
Interested? Please see Mrs. Battilana in the Library Information Centre for details!