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This summer’s Battle of the Books has begun!

04/07/2017

The Battle of the Books has officially begun. In celebration of Canada's 150th, there are 8 Canadian YA books that are battling it out for top spot.

Vote every week for your favourite book that is remaining in the competition. There’s a chance to win a $25 Chapters gift card each week! Keep following the Teen blog for details. Don’t forget to check out the French YA titles that are in competition this summer in Combat des livres.

All of the details are up on the Battle of the Books page.

Here are the 8 Canadian YA books that are in competition this summer!

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

This science fiction novel was published in 2015 and is the first book in the Prisoner’s of Peace series. Erin Bow explores price and power in future-world Canada, where the UN has brought back an ancient way to keep the peace. The children of world leaders are held hostage—if a war begins, they pay with their lives. Greta, the Crown Princess of the Pan Polar Confederacy will be free if she can make it to her eighteenth birthday. Until then she is prepared to die with dignity, if necessary. But everything changes when Elian arrives at the Precepture School. His rebellion opens her eyes to the brutality they live under. Elian’s country declares war on Greta’s and invades the state, taking the hostages hostage. Now the great Talis is furious, and coming himself to mete out punishment. This surely means that Greta and Elian will be killed...unless Greta can think of a way to save them.

 

 

 

 

 

Dan vs. Nature by Don Calame

Shy and scrawny, Dan Weekes a budding graphic novelist, and his geeky, germophobic best friend, Charlie, are just trying to survive high school, with their main goal being not getting beat up by the jocks. Then his mom drops a bomb: she and her latest beau, Hank, are engaged, and she’s sending her "two favourite men" on a survivalist camping trip to "bond." Dan is determined to trick Hank into showing his true — flawed — colors on the trip. Dan convinces Charlie to come on the trip and they prepare a series of increasingly gross and embarrassing pranks. But the boys hadn’t counted on a hot girl joining their trip or on getting separated from their wilderness guide—not to mention the humiliating injuries Dan suffers in the course of terrorizing his stepdad-to-be. With a man-hungry bear on their trail, no supplies, and a lot of unpleasant itching going on, can Dan see his plan through now that his very survival depends on Hank?

 

 

 

 

 

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

This is the first title in the Delilah Dirk historical fantasy graphic novel series. Think a little bit of Tintin, and a little bit of Indiana Jones. Delilah Dirk has abandoned conventional court life and become a globe-trotting soldier of fortune. She is captured and held prisoner in 1800s Constantinople. Eventually she escapes, taking along the astonished Turkish Lieutenant Erdemogul Selim, whose quiet life centers around a proper cup of tea. This unlikely pair embarks on a wild journey that includes flying a ship, outwitting the Evil Pirate Captain Zakul, and escaping burning buildings. Delilah Dirk is a great pick for any reader looking for a smart and foolhardy heroine with globetrotting adventures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn

When Pyke, the school's first interspecies transfer student, walks through the doors of Vista View High, student-body chair Shiels, who normally has it all together, goes bonkers (a mild understatement). Pyke, the pterodactyl boy who barely speaks, has exotic charisma and animal sex appeal which give him a bad-boy, rock-star image throughout the local high school and town. The boys want to be like him, the girls want to cuddle him, and their parents are horrified. Like Edward Scissorhands, Pyke possesses a dangerous combination of unfamiliarity about human social conventions and a sharp weapon—in Pyke’s case, his beak. Inevitably, someone gets hurt, Pyke becomes a wanted criminal, and some of his smitten admirers, including both Shiels and her mother, break a lot of rules trying to save him. With hilarious one-liners, and relatable situations (despite the dinosaur part), this book will appeal to teens who must come to terms with not being in control of all things at all times, break free of her mundane life, and discover who her true self is.

 

 

 

 

Good Girls by Shalta Dicaire Fardin and Sarah Sahagian

Good Girls is the story of Allie and Octavia, two young women trying to figure out who they want to be. Octavia Irving starts at Anne Bradstreet College at the beginning of her sophomore year of high school after getting into trouble when a party goes wrong. With the encouragement of her guidance counselor, Octavia joins the ABC debate team and is partnered with overachieving Allie Denning. Allie, a self-proclaimed "good girl" who never breaks the rules, is less than excited about this new arrangement. As they prepare for their first debate competition, free-spirited Octavia must adjust to the structure and demands of her new environment, while Allie learns that life exists outside academia. The main themes of this contemporary novel center on friendship, family conflict, and self-discovery. By getting to know each other, both girls influence and change one another. This coming of age story ultimately reveals how each girl must decide whether to embrace the life she's been living, or rebel against her current reality.

 

 

 

 

 

Exit, Pursued by A Bear by E.K. Johnston

Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team in tiny Palermo Heights. When Hermione arrives at Camp Manitouwabing for the final pre-season cheer camp of her high school career, she's prepared for intense competition and exhausting practices. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black. After the sexual assault that took occurred at the camp party, Hermione becomes pregnant. While Hermione is a victim, author E.K. Johnson never portrays her as victimized, instead focusing on how Hermione reasserts control over her life with help from family, friends, and therapy, using her own decisions to push back against something in which she had no choice in. The friendship between the main character and her fierce best friend and co-captain Polly, is a constant source of strength and humor. An empowering and skilfully written portrait of a young woman facing the unthinkable.

 

 

 

 

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

Three words that describe this book perfectly... Princess. Captive. Gladiator.

This historical fantasy book is the first of a new trilogy series. Fallon, daughter of a proud Celtic King, is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators (called a ludus). Ludus is owned by none other than Julius Caesar, the tyrant who killed her beloved sister in battle. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival. While falling for a young Roman soldier, Cai, Fallon ultimately discovers that the greatest threat to her safety is not in the stadium at all but rather the school itself, where jealousy and politics flourish. A dash of romance and historical fantasy will bring forth a lot of interest by numerous teen readers.

 

 

 

 

 

Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki

Montgomery Sole is the older daughter of two moms, a member of her high school's Mystery Club, and a confused, sweet, sometimes moody, relatively innocent teenage girl in the small town of Aunty, California. When Montgomery buys a $5.99 possibly powerful crystal amulet called the Eye of Know online, strange things happen, all targeted at the people she loathes. The novel is ultimately an exploration of Montgomery's struggles with religion and her parents' sexuality—and the question of whether the two are at odds. Maybe her Eye of Know pendant will help Monty take down her newest enemy, a preacher who has come to save her town from so-called sinners—sinners like Monty’s moms. Or will its mysterious powers mean the end of the friendships Monty cherishes most?

 

Comments

j aime ce livre car il nous fais découvrir Québec dans tous c'est bien fais , c'est comme si on vivait l'aventure avec elle. Grace à ce livre si un jour je vais à Québec j'aurai des idée de lieu à aller voir.