December 03, 2015

Dearest readers...: A Letters in youngCanLit book list


December 7 marks Letter-Writing Day.  And, in each of the following titles, one significant letter or many letters or emails are the basis for the book's plot.  Letters, missives, epistles, memos, post-its, emails, texts and such are communications that figure prominently in each of these tomes, whether the  very essence of the book's format or the impetus by which the story is told.  So, whether you are a teacher wanting to introduce young students to writing letters, or you enjoy the snappiness of short texts, or just love the personal nature of letter communications, these books of youngCanLit have something for everyone.


PICTURE BOOKS
The Gardener
by Sarah Stewart
Illustrated by David Small
Farrar, Straus, Giroux
32 pp.
Ages 5–11
1997

The Stamp Collector
by Jennifer Lanthier
Illustrations by François Thisdale
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
32 pp.
Ages 8+
2012

Reviewed here

Wolf Wanted
by Ana Maria Machado
Illustrated by Laurent Cardon
Translated by Elisa Amado
Groundwood Books
40 pp.
Ages 8-9
2010





FICTION
Dear Sylvia
by Alan Cumyn
Groundwood Books
181 pp.
Ages 8-12
2008

Dear Toni
by Cyndi Sand-Eveland
Tundra Books
112 pp.
Ages 8-12
2008

Finding Grace (A Gutsy Girl Book)
by Becky Citra
Second Story Press
195 pp.
Ages 9-12
2014

Finding Ruby Starling
by Karen Rivers
Alfred A. Levine Books/Scholastic
304 pp.
Ages 10-14
2014

Reviewed here
Fred and the Mysterious Letter
by Marie-Danielle Croteau
Illustrated by Bruno St-Aubin
Translated by Sarah Cummins
Formac
61 pp.
Ages 6-8
2005

A Hole in My Heart
by Rie Charles
Dundurn
155 pp.
Ages 11-12
2014

Jakeman
by Deborah Ellis
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
201 pp.
Ages 8-13
2007


Peggy’s Letters
by Jacqueline halsey
Orca Book Publishers
116 pp.
Ages 6-11
2005

The Whole Truth
by Kit Pearson
HarperCollins Canada
261 pp.
Ages 9+
2011

Reviewed here




YOUNG ADULT
Apart
by R. P. MacIntyre & Wendy MacIntyre
Groundwood
176 pp.
Ages 13-16
2007

Calvin
by Martine Leavitt
Groundwood Books
192 pp.
Ages 12+
2015

Creeps
by Darren Hynes
Razorbill/Penguin Canada
309 pp.
Age 13+
2013

Reviewed here

Dance of the Banished
by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Pajama Press
288 pp.
Ages 12+
2014

Reviewed here

Dear Bruce Springstreen
by Kevin Major
Doubleday
144 pp.
Ages 10-14
1987

Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom
by Susin Nielsen
Tundra Books
240 pp.
Ages 11-14
2010
Dear Jo: The Story of Losing Leah
by Christina Kilbourne
Lobster Press
190 pp.
Ages 10-15
2007


The Farmerettes
by Gisela Tobien Sherman
Second Story Press
348 pp.
Ages 13-18
2015





A Foreign Field
by Gillian Chan
Kids Can Press
192 pp.
Ages 10-14
2002

The Girls They Left Behind
by Bernice Thurman Hunter
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
191 pp.
Ages 13-15
2005

I’ll be Watching
by Pamela Porter
Groundwood Books
280 pp.
Ages 12+
2011

Reviewed here

Last December
by Matt Beam
Puffin
161 pp.
Ages 12+
2009

Letters to Julia
by Barbara Ware Holmes
HarperCollins Canada
234 pp.
Ages 11-14
1997

Letters to my Mother
by Teresa Cardenas
Translated by David Ungar
Groundwood Books
104 pp.
Ages 11-14
2006

Life on the Refrigerator Door: Notes Between a Mother and Daughter
by Alice Kuipers
HarperCollins Canada
240 pp.
Ages 12+
2007

Little Red Lies
by Julie Johnston
Tundra Books
352 pp.
Ages 10+
2013
An Order of Amelie, Hold the Fries
by Nina Schindler
Annick Press
112 pp.
Ages 13+
2004

Rebel’s Tag
by K. L. Danman
Orca Book Publishers
128 pp.
Ages 10-14
2007

Slick
by Sara Cassidy
Orca Book Publishers
116 pp.
Ages 10-14
2010

The Way We Fall
by Megan Crewe
Hyperion Disney Group
308 pp.
Ages 12+
2011

Reviewed here


When Kacey Left
by Dawn Green
Red Deer Press
228 pp.
Ages 12+
April 2015

Reviewed here





NON-FICTION
Anastasia's Album
by Hugh Brewster
Madison Press Books
63 pp.
Ages 10+
1996

Camp Fossil Eyes: Digging for the Origins of Words
by Mark Abley
Annick Press
131 pp.
Ages 9-13
2009

Hold the Oxo!: A Teenage Soldier Writes Home
by Marion Fargey Brooker
Dundurn
141 pp.
Ages 12-15
2011

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