In honour of Canada Day today, I thought it would be fun to come up with a collection of books that are set in each of Canada’s provinces and territories. This task was not as easy as it sounds. While there are many incredible stories written by Canadians and books that are set in various places in Canada, there aren’t nearly enough stories that represent the northern territories of the country. This list is definitely one that will be recognizable to many Canadians.
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susan Nielsen is a beautifully written story that is set in Vancouver, BC. This book deals with the important theme of bullying. The elements of humour and the alternating perspectives give an amazing flavour to the book.
This is one book that I have not yet had the pleasure of reading. Uncertain Soldier by Karen Bass is set in the WWII era and it seems like it touches on many interesting aspects of the time period.
There are so many books set in Saskatchewan that it was hard to narrow it down to just one. However, I am really excited for Erin Bow’s The Swan Riders as it is the sequel to her amazing novel, The Scorpion Rules. When I read that it is set in post-apocalyptic Saskatchewan, I knew that it is one that needs to be on my fall TBR!
The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence is one of those required reading novels for many Canadian students. Written by an iconic Canadian writer, this book set in rural Manitoba tells the tale of an elderly woman and her remembering of her past and how it has shaped her.
As you can imagine, there are quite a few novels set in the province of Ontario. Kelly Armstrong is one of Canada’s favourite YA writers. Her Age of Legends Series is one that has been on my TBR for a while now. Her book, Broken, is set in the city of Toronto and sounds like an incredible thriller.
A list of Canadian books is not complete without Roch Carrier’s, The Hockey Sweater. While this is a children’s story, it is one that is loved by many and definitely tells the way Canadians feel about their love for hockey and their affection for their favourite teams.
This book set in the small town of Haverton, New Brunswick is one that is new to me. It sounds like a really interesting coming of age novel. Also, the time period is the 1960s, which makes me excited to find out how this story plays out.
I cannot believe that I still haven’t read The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill. It is one that is on my shelf and ever since the mini-series came out I have been really excited about this one. It tells the story of an African girl who is kidnapped and ends up migrating to Nova Scotia.
Prince Edward Island:
I didn’t even have to research this one! Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery is one of my all time favourite stories. Anne is such a plucky and wonderful character that is absolutely timeless. The depiction of PEI in this series has made me lust for a trip to see this beautiful province for myself.
Newfoundland and Labrador:
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham is another book that is on the required reading list for many Canadian high schoolers. It is a science fiction novel that really makes the reader think.
Jack London is an American author who wrote many books set in Northern Canada in the early 1900s. This sequel to Call of the Wild is about the domestication of a dog during the Klondike Goldrush. There is also a movie that was adapted from this story that starred Ethan Hawke.
Spider’s Song by Anita Daher is a YA novel that is set in Yellowknife. This one is new to me and I am intrigued by the fact that it sounds like a very thought provoking and chilling story.
Farley Mowat is definitely a Canadian icon who has written many novels that depict various aspects of life in Canada. His book, Never Cry Wolf, is one of his most popular novels. When the story was written, Nunavut was not a territory of Canada at that time. However, the land where some of this story takes place is in what is now considered Nunavut. This compelling book is a true story that tells of life among the wolves.
Is there a Canadian book that you have enjoyed in the past?