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October 6, 2015

Canadian books for high school readers


This summer, I got one of the coolest gigs I’ve ever had, the opportunity to write a list of suggested Canadian  fiction titles with which high school English teachers can freshen up their syllabus. As I write in the piece, I was inspired by Natalee Caple’s “Why I Teach Brand New CanLit,”  which was about university classes, but her points were just as relevant for high school teachers as well. And it was no challenge to come up with the 25 titles I ultimately included in the list—I do suspect that teachers are actually spoiled for choice in this context, should they choose to be.

My list appears at Education Forum, which is the magazine of the Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation. You can read it here.

4 thoughts on “Canadian books for high school readers”

  1. Susan Fish says:

    Great list, many of which I have not read. I completely agree about Lynn Coady’s the Antagonist–and thought exactly that it should be on high school curriculum as soon as I read it.

  2. Alexis Kienlen says:

    Love this list! I’ve read a lot of these. Very happy to see Prairie Ostrich on here. I wish it had received more attention.

  3. This was a great article and I was so glad that we could kick off our new online version of our magazine with it. We received fantastic feedback on the piece!

    1. Kerry says:

      Yay! Glad to hear it.

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