Monthly Archives: June, 2012

Best Canadian teen books for guys in 2012

I am at the CLA Conference this week listening to some really great talks. One of the sessions today was on the CLA Book Award Notables. It started me thinking what would be my picks (if I could choose) for the 2012 Canadian Book To Buy For Your Teen Guys Award (It’s a long title – give me a better name – I’ll run with it). As with CLA, I will choose from books published, in hard cover or paperback, in the previous year.

The nominees are (in no apparent order):

Dust City by Robert Paul Weston

Death Benefits by Sarah N. Harvey

Motorcycles and Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor

All Good Children by Catherine Austen

Fanatics by William Bell

This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel

Fly Boy by Eric Walters

Half Brother  by Kenneth Oppel

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Ashes, Ashes  by Jo Teggiari

And the winner is… I can’t decide. I have it down to my top 3. Think I’ll sleep on it.



 I downloaded Chime from my public library a few weeks ago. Now, I have to say that I am not usually an audiobook user because I get impatient with how long it takes to get through a book I have to listen to. I also get frustrated with the limited number of options some books provide in devices that can be used to listen. In this case, I had to download it to my computer, which is difficult to carry on a run. Enough of that rant.

I loved the flow of narrative in this interpretation of the book. The narrator, Susan Duerden, is perfect and the story is compelling. Briony’s first person narrative allows the reader to feel her confusion and pain while building suspense. A great addition to a great list. Strong characterization and a setting that becomes an integral part of the story, it’s well worth reading. Will not be a hit with my teen guys, unfortunately.