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Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

Jacqueline Woodson the author of Brown Girl Dreaming, a former TRCA title, recently won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. This award honours an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made an important and enduring contribution to literature for children.



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.


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.

“Release” by Patrick Ness

From #1 New York Times bestselling author and former TRCA nominee Patrick Ness comes a new novel described by author Andrew Smith as “beautiful, enchanting, and exquisitely written.” Inspired by Judy Blume’s Forever and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, this novel tells the story of Adam Thorn a young man struggling with his family’s religious beliefs, an employer’s inappropriate advances, and his unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo.

“Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds

From Jason Reynolds, one of the co-authors of American Boys, comes a novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother. Told in free-verse poems, this story is about fifteen-year-old Will who sees his older brother, Shawn, gunned down on the streets, and sets out to do the expected: seek revenge for his brother’s death.

“The Pearl Thief” by Elizabeth Wein

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein

From #1 New York Times bestselling author and former 2015 TRCA nominee Elizabeth Wein comes an exquisitely woven novel. A prequel to Code Name Verity, Wein’s latest work tells the tale of fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart who wakes up in the hospital only later to realize her injury might not have been an accident. Strange things are happening at her family’s ancestral home in Perthshire. In addition to her “accident” a respected London archivist goes missing, presumed murdered, and her family’s treasure trove of pearls is missing. Julie must get to the bottom of the mystery, not only to satisfy her own curiosity, but to keep her friends from being framed for the crime.

“Invictus” by Ryan Graudin

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

From the award-winning author of Wolf by Wolf, which you may remember as last year’s TRCA winner, comes a novel about trust, romance, and duty.

“Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time traveler from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in ancient Rome, Far’s very existence defies the laws of nature. All he’s ever wanted was to explore history for himself, but after failing his entrance exam into the government program, Far will have to settle for a position on the black market-captaining a time-traveling crew to steal valuables from the past.

During a routine heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl named Eliot who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Eliot has secrets-big ones-that will affect Far’s life from beginning to end. Armed with the knowledge that history is not as steady as it seems, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to set things right before the clock runs out.” –Amazon.

“The Upside of Unrequited” by Becky Albertalli

From the award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which you may remember as a former TRCA nominee, comes a novel about relationships, sibling dynamics, and unrequited love.

“Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love–she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often but always in secret, because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful. Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness–except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny, flirtatious, and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss, and she’ll get her twin back. There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him–right?” –Amazon.

“Warcross” by Marie Lu

From #1 New York Times bestselling author and former TRCA nominee Marie Lu comes a sci-fi thriller described as “a vibrant, action-packed shot of adrenaline.”

“For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.” –Amazon

“Wolf by Wolf” sequel

From the author of the 2016-2017 TRCA winner Wolf by Wolf, comes its sequel – the action-packed Blood for Blood. Continuing the story of Yael—a shape-shifting assassin in an alternative 1950s Europe and Asia – Blood for Blood follows Yael as she encounters Soviet guerrillas, Resistance fighters, and ghosts from her past. Described as “gripping and intricately plotted” this sequel is one you should definitely read.