This section of the library's web site is all about reading, for the fun of it! Here you'll find lists of recommendations & read-alikes, book awards, and other sites/blogs about reading. We also now have OverDrive eBooks & audiobooks. Login with your student/staff ID and birthday as your password (MMDDYYYY).
Feel free to send Ms. Martin your suggestions of books - or lists - you'd like to see in the library!
Book Lists & Reading Recommendations
- Rez Recommends ~ these are the books that, over the years, Rez students have rated a perfect 5 out of 5. Categories include realistic fiction, literary fiction, fantasy/supernatural, dystopia/sci-fi, historical fiction, mystery/action/adventure, and non-fiction (some books will be listed in multiple categories). If you save a copy of the Rez Recommends master list spreadsheet, you can sort by genre - see Ms. Martin if you want a demo.
If you have a title you'd like to add to the list, fill out a book review form and submit to Ms. Martin! Take a look at the big binder in the library with all the forms that have been submitted
Rez Recommends scale (out of 5):
- ~ It was a waste of time...and trees!
- ~ Not horrible, but I would have rather been watching TV or having a nap!
- ~ Good. I've read better, but at least I didn't fall asleep reading it!
- ~ Great book! I would recommend it to my friends.
- ~ Amazing!! Life-altering! Everyone should read this book!
- SHSM Literary Fiction
list ~ looking for something a little more challenging...maybe to prepare to
head into Gr. 12? These titles, sorted by Specialist High Skills Major
categories, are ones to get you started (and most could be used for a 4U ISU
novel). Most are literary fiction, although there are some non-fiction listed as
- List of books that have have appeared on the AP Literature test, open-response questions, since 1976
- If You Like...
- Book recommendations by themes (lists created by Ms. Martin)
- NoveList ~ a great way to search for something new to read! Search by genre, recommended readalikes (type in the name of a book you've liked and it will give you suggestions of other similar titles!), and more. Note: if you're not at school, you'll need a username and password...see the handout in the library.
- Teen's Top Ten (YALSA)
- 2016 ~ #1 Alive by Chandler Baker (#2-10)
- 2015 ~ #1 The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen (#2-10)
- 2014 ~ #1 Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (#2-10)
- 2013 ~ #1 Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (#2-10)
- 2012 ~ #1 Divergent by Veronica Roth (#2-10)
- 2011 ~ #1 Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (#2-10)
- 2010 ~ #1 Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (#2-10)
- 2009 ~ #1 Paper Towns by John Green (#2-10)
- 2008 ~ #1 Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (#2-10)
- 2007 ~ #1 New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (#2-10)
- 2006 ~ #1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (#2-10)
- 2005 ~ #1 Girls In Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares (#2-10)
- Michael L. Printz
Award ~ for excellence in Young Adult Literature
- 2017 ~ March, Book 3 (graphic novel) by John Lewis
- 2016 ~ Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
- 2015 ~ I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
- 2014 ~ Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
- 2013 ~ In Darkness by Nick Lane
- 2012 ~ Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
- 2011 ~ Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
- 2010 ~ Going Bovine by Libba Bray
- 2009 ~ Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
- 2008 ~ The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
- 2007 ~ American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
- 2006 ~ Looking for Alaska by John Green
- 2005 ~ how i live now by Meg Rosoff
- Young Adult Canadian Book Award ~ from the Canadian Library
- 2016 ~ Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
- 2015 ~ This One Summer (graphic novel) by Mariko Tamaki
- 2014 ~ Graffiti Knight by Karen Bass
- 2013 ~ My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt
- 2012 ~ All Good Children by Catherine Austen
- 2011 ~ Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel
- 2010 ~ Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
- 2009 ~ Chanda's Wars by Allan Stratton
- 2008 ~ Mistik Lake by Martha Brooks
- 2007 ~ The Blue Helmet by William Bell
- 2006 ~ Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai
- 2005 ~ A Complicated Kindnes by Miriam Toews
- White Pine Award ~ compiled by the Ontario Library Association, includes books by Canadian authors, written for high school students. Each year, students from across Ontario can vote for their favourite. Winners include...
- 2016 ~ The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts
- 2015 ~ Rush by Eve Silver
- 2014 ~ Live To Tell by Lisa
Harrington (fiction ) & The Secret of
the Blue Trunk by Lise Dion and Liedewij Hawke (non-fiction)
- 2013 ~ Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
- 2012 ~ The Gathering by Kelly Armstrong (Fiction) and The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha (Non-fiction)
- 2011 ~ The Monkeyface Chronicles by Richard Scarsbrook
- 2010 ~ Mostly Happy by Pam Bustin
- 2009 ~ Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
- 2008 ~ Ketura and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
- 2007 ~ Shattered by Eric Walters
- 2006 ~ Blue Girl by Charles de Lint
- 2005 ~ More Than You Can Chew by Marnelle Tokio
- Margaret A. Edwards
award ~ for lifetime achievement in YA literature
- 2015 ~ Sharon Draper for Tears of a Tiger, The Battle of Jericho, November Blues, Copper Sun
- 2014 ~ Markus Zusack for The Book Thief, I am the Messenger, Getting the Girl
- 2013 ~ Tamora Pierce for Song of the Lioness series and The Protector of the Small quartet
- 2012 ~ Susan Cooper for The Dark Is Rising sequence
- 2011 ~ Terry Pratchett
- 2010 ~ Jim Murphy
- 2009 ~ Laurie Halse Anderson
- 2008 ~ Orson Scott Card
- 2007 ~ Lois Lowry
- 2006 ~ Jacqueline Woodson
- 2005 ~ Francesca Lia Block
- YALSA Morris Award ~ honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.
- 2015 ~ Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
- 2014 ~ Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
- 2013 ~ Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
- 2012 ~ Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
- 2011 ~ The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston
- 2010 ~ Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan
- 2009 ~ A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
- CBC's Canada Reads ~ CBC's annual battle of the books, where five Canadian personalities each select a book they want Canadians to read. They defend their chosen title in a series of debates, and the books are eliminated one by one until a winner is declared.
- 2014 ~ The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
- 2013 ~ February by Lisa Moore
- 2012 ~ Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre
- 2011 ~ Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis
- 2010 ~ Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner
- 2009 ~ The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
- 2008 ~ King Leary by Paul Quarrington
- 2007 ~ Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill
- 2006 ~ A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
- 2005 ~ Rockbound by Frank Parker Day
- Governor General Awards ~ for Canadian Literature, Fiction category
- Giller Prize ~ best in Canadian adult fiction
- 2014 ~ Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
- 2013 ~ Hellgoing by Lynn Coady
- 2012 ~ 419 by Will Ferguson
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Recommended Blogs & Book Web Sites
- Reading Rants! ~ an awesome collection of book reviews, sorted into categories like Reality Bites, Riot Grrrl, Dead Heads and Most Pits, Historical Fiction for Hipsters, Nail Biters, Teen Tearjerkers, and more. One of Ms. Martin's all-time favourite book review sites!
- KPL's Teen Bookslists web site ~ booklists by category, as well as teen book reviews!
- One Book One Community ~ encourages people in Waterloo Region to read the same book, discuss it, attend an event, and meet the author. The book and author are announced annually in April and the author visits for a reading tour in late September.
- YALSA's Teen Book Finder app ~ this free app gives you access to the past three years' of award-winning books; search for books by author, title, award/list year, genre, by award, and by booklist
- Teens Talk About Books ~ Teens talk about the latest books for teens. Members of the Bistro Book Clubs include any teen who wants to read and talk about new books.
- GuysRead ~ a collection of book titles that guys have said they like
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