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Favourite Canadian books

June 30, 2010 | Alan H.

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Canadaflag Tomorrow is Canada Day, so let's talk about Canadian books!  They don't have to be young adult (I'm assuming since most of the people talking about them will be teens or youth services librarians that they'll end up being of teen interest even if they're not technically "young adult").

So, some of my favourite Canadian books:

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler: funny, heartbreaking novel of a young man's rise from poverty to fortune in 1950s Montreal, by not-always-ethical means.  Maybe it's a bit of reach to say this shares affinity with more modern urban fiction about young hustlers--but I don't think it's much of one.

Rooms for Rent in the Outher Planets by Al Purdy: the best selected poetry collection by my favourite Canadian poet.  Here's Trees at the Arctic Circle, in my opinion one of the best poems about the natural world in existence.

The Wizzle War by Gordon Korman: I will always think of this as "The War With Mr. Wizzle", the title under which I read it roughly 3000 times when I was thirteen.  I feel less old to know a lot of teens are still reading Gordon Korman today.

What are some of your favourite Canadian books?

P.S. Indigo is running a Teen Read Awards vote right now that includes a Best Canadian Read category.