Read on, Grizzlies!
Have you finished with the first episode of Canada Day Reading Recommendations? Well, here’s the second part for older students in Grade 7-12. Our second series features 8 books (or series) that will open doors to imaginative stories and the fascinating history of Canada. Keep on reading, Grizzlies!
Grades 7 to 9
Anne of Green Gables
By L.M. Montgomery
L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables is a children’s classic that has been read by many Canadians and people all over the world! There are parts of this story that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
The story takes place in the province of Prince Edward Island in Canada. Follow the imaginative Anne (with an E) as she grows up in the rural community of Avonlea.
By Stuart Moore/Marie Lu/Chris Wildgoose
Mr. Dean really enjoyed Batman growing up and loved to make comparisons between what he had read, watched on TV and seen in the movies, as they are always finding creative ways to keep the story relevant.
In this story, Bruce Wayne is now 18 years old, and about to inherit the family fortune and Wayne Enterprises. However, the city’s elite are being trapped in their homes by their security systems. Will Bruce Wayne survive or will the Nightwalkers win?
Harry Potter Series
By J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter was wildly popular when Mr. Dean was growing up, and he and his brother were obsessed with the characters and their escapades. The books always came out at the beginning of summer, which meant Mr. Dean’s older brother would stay up late for the midnight release and be one of the first to get the book. He was a fast reader so Mr. Dean would expect to get the book in a couple of days and enjoy it for the rest of the summer.
With seven books in the main series, countless adapted works and a near infinite amount of fan fictions, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is worth checking out!
One Punch Man
Manga has been a hit with our readers in the library but this style of book has proven difficult to get in. This is a parody of the superhero genre. with the main character Saitama defeating opponents with one punch. Besides the Caped Baldy, the web comic also contains many funny, memorable and creatively named heroes and villains. One Punch Man is one of the rising stars of the Manga world and many of its chapters can be found for free online.
Grades 10 to 12
The Stone Angel
By Margaret Laurence
Author Margaret Laurence tells the story of 90-year-old Hagar Currie Shipley who does not want to be put in a nursing home and her life before this point.
The story is based in the province of Manitoba, Canada and recounts how Hagar buries her emotion to become a stone angel. This is part of the Alberta Recommended Reading List for our Grade 12s, and it is recommended to be enjoyed by an older and more mature audience.
Into Thin Air
This was one of Mr. Dean’s most memorable university reads that he did for his first English class and is also part of the Alberta Recommendation Reading List for Grade 12s. In this story, Jon Krakauer shares his personal story of one of the worst disasters to ever take place on Mount Everest!
By Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton’s book kicked off a dinosaur movie craze in the 1990s, and it is still going strong today with Jurassic World Dominion! This is the original Isla Nublar adventure and serves as a cautionary tale for genetic engineering!
O, Canada! 150 Unforgetable Stories from 1867 to 2017
By Karen Smith
This book celebrates stories from 1867 to 2017 to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada being its own country! Learn about the battles, the culture and the country's immigrants, including Chinese, that make Canada what it is today. This book is easy to read and has many fascinating stories about Canada and its history.