Monthly Archives: January 2018

“Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetus

Salt to the Sea, a historical fiction novel by former TRCA nominee Ruta Sepetys, tells the story of Joana, Emilia, and Florian. In 1945, as World War II draws to a close, these three are among thousands of other refugees seeking freedom as Russian forces close in on their homes in East Prussia. Meeting aboard the doomed Wilhelm Gustloff the three are forced to trust each other in order to survive a tragedy that befalls the ship.

Malala Yousafzai

Did you know that Malala Yousafzai has become an honorary Canadian citizen? Malala is the author of the 2014 TRCA wining book I am Malala. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau presented Malala with a certificate documenting her as an honorary Canadian, only the sixth person to receive the honour and the youngest ever. Click here to view Malala’s speech to the Canadian Parliament after receiving honorary Canadian citizenship.

“A Face Like Glass” by Frances Hardinge

From the award-winning author of The Lie Tree, a 2017 TRCA nominee, comes a novel described as having a “wily storyline and gorgeous writing.”

“In the underground city of Caverna, the world’s most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare—wines that remove memories, cheeses that make you hallucinate, and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. On the surface, the people of Caverna seem ordinary, except for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to express (or fake) joy, despair, or fear—at a steep price. Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. Neverfell’s expressions are as varied and dynamic as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, except hers are entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed….” –Amazon.

“The You I’ve Never Known” by Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins, author of the 2012 TRCA nominee Crank visited A Great Good Place for Books to support her latest book The You I’ve Never Known. A new novel in both verse and prose The You I’ve Never Known tells the story of Ariel and Maya and how their lives unexpectedly collide. Check out her interview with Nancy and be sure to read Hopkins’ latest novel.



The Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader today announced the appointment of Jacqueline Woodson, whose book Brown Girl Dreaming was a 2015 TRCA Top Ten title, as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. To read about the position and Woodson’s platform “READING = HOPE x CHANGE” please visit the Library of Congress site.