- compiled from suggestions by students, librarians, bookstore managers, and teachers
*Canadian (where known)
DO NOT CHOOSE BOOKS WITH YELLOW DOTS ON THEIR SPINES (not literary; high interest/low vocab.) or books labeled YA (young adult), or Children’s Literature. Check the title page’s publishing information for references to “young readers,” “children,” or “young adults.”
FICTION (imaginary writing)
Fiction books have letters on their spines (the first three letters of the author’s last name) and are found toward the back of the library. Look at the ends of the bookshelves for the letters stored in that row.
1 – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST/HOLD FAST TO DREAMS
Ammaniti, Niccolo. I’m Not Scared. Thriller; in rural Tuscany, nine-year-old boy discovers a horrifying secret in an
Byatt, A. S. The Children’s Book. Historical fiction (Edwardian period) about parents and children.
Brooks, Martha. Bone Dance. A teenage girl from Toronto travels west and meets a boy haunted by nightmares.*
Burnard, Bonnie. A Good House. Three generations in the life of an ordinary small-town family from the 1950s to
the 1990s. 1999 Winner of the Giller Prize.*
de Rosnay, Tatiana. Sarah’s Key. The round-up of Jews in Paris in 1942 for transportation to a concentration camp,
and the contemporary story of journalist researching this event.
Dick, Philip K. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Classic sci-fi; bounty hunter of androids in post-apocalyptic
future stirs up question of what it means to be human.
Doctorow, Cory. Little Brother. Struggling teen stages techno-revolution in futuristic San Francisco.
Doyle, Roddy. The Woman Who Walked Into Doors. Wife abuse.
Paula Spencer. Sequel to above–rediscovery of self.
Snapper. Teen pregnancy, Irish black humour.
The Commitments. Teen music band.
A Star Called Henry. Poverty and crime in Ireland.
The Van. Humorous story of the working-class Rabbitte family and their fish-and-chips van in Dublin, Ireland.
Fforde, Jasper. The Eyre Affair. Literary fantasy/sci-fi/alternate history. 1985 Britain, time travel, cloning.
Fugard, Athol. Tsotsi. Redemption of a South African teen thug.
Garland, Alex. The Beach. A version of Lord of the Flies for Generation X. Richard and his friends find a beach in Thailand where life seems ideal until conflicts with nature, armed guards, and each other create a nightmare.
Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. A group of boys stranded on an uninhabited island resort to primal behaviour.
Ihimaera, Witi. The Whale Rider. The only heir in line for tribal chief is female. Kahu struggles with tradition.
Lansens, Lori. The Girls. Story of twins joined at the head.
Laurence, Margaret. The Stone Angel. An old woman examines her relationships in life.*
Maugham, W. Somerset. The Moon and Sixpence. Based on the life of artist Paul Gauguin; the powerful forces behind creative genius and the sacrifices made.
Melling, O.R. Druid’s Tune. Fantasy. Teenagers travel to the time of the Celtic Druids.
Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. African American girl in 1941 whose life changes in devastating ways.
Morrisey, Donna. Kit’s Law. Coming-of-age story in isolated outport in 1950s Newfoundland; teen and her mentally handicapped mother are victimized by the community.*
Prose, Francine. A Changed Man. Story of a reformed young former Neo-Nazi.
Pullman, Philip. The Golden Compass. Fantasy; volume one of His Dark Materials trilogy; daemons are the animal-form of one’s soul
Pyper, Andrew. Wildfire Season. Mystery; rescue mission in the Yukon.
Quarrington, Paul. King Leary. Inspired by the career of hockey legend “King” Clancy.
Salinger, J.D. Catcher in the Rye. Teen boy, isolated from his peers, seeks meaning in the adult world.
Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club. Set in modern times in California, a group of Chinese women share their stories.
Bonesetter’s Daughter. Mother-daughter relationships, family secrets.
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Uchida, Yoshiko. Journey to Topaz. Multicultural, generational.
Vassanji, M.G. No New Land. An Asian family from Africa immigrate to Don Mills and find themselves caught between two worlds.*
Ye, Ting-Xing. Throwaway Daughter. Grace returns to her roots to seek out her birth mother in China.
NON-FICTION (true writing: narrative or informational)
Non-fiction books have numbers and letters (Dewey Decimal Classification System plus the first three letters of the author’s last name) on their spine and are shelved numerically starting with the lowest numbers nearest the library doors. You need to look up non-fiction books in the computer to find their numbers. Look at the ends of the bookshelves for the numbers stored in that row (e.g. 451.2-794.5). Ms. Whidden has created a new Creative Non-Fiction section near the back of the library especially for this ISU. For a list of some of the latest and greatest in our narrative non-fiction collection, go to Banting’s homepage, Library, LS2 Library Search, and type in “narrative non-fiction”; scroll down through the box of book covers on the right-hand side of the screen.
1 – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST/HOLD FAST TO DREAMS (autobiography, biography)
Armstrong, Lance. It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life.
Every Second Counts.
Ball, Heather. Astonishing Women Artists. Female artist role models.
Great Women Leaders.
Remarkable Women Writers.
Barlow, Maude. Global Showdown. How the new activists are fighting global corporate rule.*
Batten, Jack. The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone: The Story of Tom Longboat. The amazing distance runner.
Benjamin, Michelle and Mooney, Maggie. Nobel’s Women of Peace. Female winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Bidini, Dave. Tropic of Hockey : My search for the game in unlikely places
Bodanis, David. E=MC2. History of where the equation E=MC2 came from and how it changed the world.
Caron, Roger. Go-Boy! Memories of a Life Behind Bars. Prison memoir of a Canadian bank robber, born to wealthy
Campbell, Maria. Half-Breed.* Author’s life spirals downwards with drug abuse, alcoholism, prostitution.
Christopher, Matt. On the Course with Tiger Woods.
Conover, Ted. Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing.
Dallaire, Romeo. They Fight Like Soldiers; They Die Like Children. Author’s quest to put an end to child soldiers.
DeSoto, Lewis. Emily Carr. The life of the famous Canadian artist.
Di Domenico, Kelly. Super Women in Science. Great female role models in science.
Dunkelman, Ben. Dual Allegiance: An Autobiography. Gripping true-life heroic adventures of a rebellious young
man from Toronto, kicked out of schools, who enlisted in WWII and then fought in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
Dryden, Ken. The Game. A hockey classic, and a Canada Reads pick. About being great at anything, not just hockey.
Epstein, Edward. Michelle Kwan - Born to Skate.
Freedland, Michael. The Secret Life of Danny Kaye. How the famous comedian made his dream come true.
Gilmour, David. The Film Club. A father lets his 15-year-old son drop out of school on the condition that they watch 3 films a week together and discuss them.
Gladwell, Malcolm. The Outliers. Why do some people succeed while others never reach their potential?
Gueldenpfennig, Sonia. Spectacular Women in Space. Female role models in aeronautics.
Hahn Beer, Edith. The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust.
Kennedy, Pagan. Black Livingstone: a true tale of adventure in the nineteenth-century Congo
Kielburger, Craig and Marc Kielburger. Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World. Imagine waking up every morning, believing that your actions can make a significant change in the world. As teens, the Kielburgers did.
Kingwell, Mark. Better Living: In the Pursuit of Happiness From Plato to Prozac. A modern philosopher’s exploration of what happiness is and how we can achieve it.
Dreams of Millennium: Report from a Culture on the Brink. An analysis of our culture’s preoccupation with the new millennium, with comparisons between past and present.*
Kirsh, Sharon and Kirsh, Florence. Fabulous Female Physicians.
Klein, Naomi. No Logo. An analysis of our world of brand names where beauty for some, causes nightmarish
conditions for others.*
Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. A young man’s wilderness adventures in Alaska.
MacGregor, Jeff. Sunday money : speed! lust! madness! death! A hot lap around America with NASCAR
McFarlane, Brian. Stanley Cup Fever.*
Malarek, Victor. Hey Malarek! Canada’s top investigative journalist details his youthful trials of abuse and street
life, leading ultimately to his inspirational success.
Merritt, Susan. Her Story: Women from Canada’s Past.* (also books II, and III)
Mezrich, Ben. The Accidental Billionaires--The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal
Michaelides, Marina. Renegade Women of Canada: The Wild, Outrageous, Daring and Bold.
Novogratz, Jacqueline. The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World.
Imagine giving clothing away to Goodwill and then seeing it years later on an African boy.
Owens, Mark James and Cordelia Dykes Owens. Secrets of the Savanna. The authors’ travels in Zambia,
Africa, and their discovery of an elephant version of Lord of the Flies.
Pipher, Mary. Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls. A clinical psychologist sheds light on the world of teenage girls from her therapy sessions with adolescents.
Rooney, Frances. Extraordinary Women Explorers.
Exceptional Women Environmentalists.
Sheridan, Sam. A Fighter’s Heart: One Man’s Journey Through the World of Fighting.
The Fighter’s Mind: Inside the Mental Game.
Stout, Glen, ed. Chasing Tiger: the Tiger Woods Reader.
Van Emden, Richard. Boy Soldiers of the Great War.
Walls, Jeanette. The Glass Castle. Inspirational story of young girl overcoming upbringing in dysfunctional family.
Wojna, Lisa. Great Canadian Women: 19 Portraits of Extraordinary Women.
Wolf, Naomi. The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women. A critique of the ways
the media prey upon women’s insecurities and a celebration of feminine uniqueness.
Wolfe, Tom. The Right Stuff. The pilots who became the first American astronauts.