Quill and Quire

Children and YA Fiction

By Arthur Slade

The first thing that strikes you about Arthur Slade’s writing is that the Saskatchewan author doesn’t “write down” to children. Flickers, Slade’s latest middle-grade novel, treats readers as intelligent beings, capable of complex thought and ... Read More »

May 17, 2016 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction

By Wesley King

A sensitive, occasionally painful story about troubled teens, and a cross-dimensional adventure featuring aerial battles between fire-breathing dragons and drones armed with machine guns – at first, there seems to be very little in common ... Read More »

May 3, 2016 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction

By Kathleen Cherry

Everyday Hero and Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell both feature main characters who are identified as having Asperger’s, and explore the complex behavioural and communication aspects that can accompany the syndrome. Kathleen Cherry’s middle-grade ... Read More »

May 2, 2016 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction

By Caroline Pignat

Fresh off her second Governor General’s Literary Award win, Caroline Pignat delivers a YA novel that echoes the beloved 1985 movie The Breakfast Club, but set against the very modern, much more serious backdrop of ... Read More »

April 28, 2016 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction

By Gordon Korman

Cameron Boxer has built a lifestyle around playing video games. He’s got a sweet setup in the basement, flies completely under the radar at school, and his biggest problem is deciding which of his friends, ... Read More »

April 18, 2016 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction

By Karen Bass

Alberta-based Geoffrey Bilson Award–winning author Karen Bass draws on the Cree legend of the Wîhtiko for her latest YA novel, which blends adventure, horror, and some good old-fashioned coming-of-age wisdom. En route to spend the ... Read More »

February 17, 2016 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction

By Colleen Nelson

Cerebral, straight-laced 15-year-old Hope Randall is eager to leave her small town of Lumsville and escape her apathetic parents and 18-year-old meth-addicted brother, Eric. Once the town’s star hockey player and bound for the NHL, ... Read More »

February 8, 2016 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction