White Pine Award

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White Pine Award
White Pine Award logo.jpg
Awarded forAwarded to various outstanding works of Canadian young adult literature (Grades 9-12)
Presented byOntario Library Association
First awarded2002

The White Pine Award is one of the annual literature Forest of Reading awards sponsored by the Ontario Library Association (OLA).[1]

Its goals are:

  • to promote reading for enjoyment among high school students
  • to make students aware of quality Canadian young adult books
  • to provide opportunities for students to discuss the nominated titles in an authentic manner

Every year, award winners are chosen through the votes of students across Ontario.

The White Pine Nonfiction Award was discontinued after 2014.[2]


In order to vote for the winner, one must register at the local branch library and read a minimum of 5 of the 10 nominated books. The program ends in April (of that year), with the voting day usually on April 18. Based on student voting across the province, the most popular book is then selected and author is honored with the White Pine Award. There are usually about 10 different nominees for the award every year.

Winners (Fiction)[edit]

2002: Dancing Naked, written by Shelley Hrdlitschka. Published by Orca Book Publishers.

2003: A Foreign Field, written by Gillian Chan. Published by Kids Can Press.

2004: The First Stone, written by Don Aker. Published by HarperCollins.

2005: More Than You Can Chew, written by Marnelle Tokio. Published by Tundra Books.

2006: The Blue Girl, written by Charles De Lint. Published by Viking.

2007: Shattered, written by Eric Walters. Published by Viking/Penguin.

2008: Keturah & Lord Death, written by Martine Leavitt. Published by Red Deer Press.

2009: Little Brother, written by Cory Doctorow. Published by Tor Books/H.B. Fenn and Company

2010: Mostly Happy, written by Pam Bustin. Published by Thistledown Press.

2011: The Monkeyface Chronicles, written by Richard Scarsbrook. Published by Thistledown Press.

2012: "The Gathering", written by Kelley Armstrong. Published by Random House Canada/Doubleday Canada.

2013: "Dark Inside", written by Jeyn Roberts Published by Simon & Schuster.

2014: "Live to Tell", written by Lisa Harrington. Published by Dancing Cat Books.

2015: "Rush", written by Eve Silver. Published by HarperCollins Canada.

2016: "The Bodies We Wear", written by Jeyn Roberts. Published by Knopf Books and Penguin Random House Canada.

2017: "Fifteen Lanes", written by S.J. Laidlaw. Published by Tundra Books.

2018: "Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined", written by Danielle Younge-Ullman. Published by Razorbill Canada.

Winners (Non-fiction)[edit]

2012: "The Book of Awesome", written by Neil Pasricha. Published by Penguin Group U.S.A./Amy Einhorn Books.

2014: "The Secret of the Blue Trunk", written by Lise Dion and Liedewij Hawke. Published by Dundurn.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nominated Lists". Ontario Library Association. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Archive of Nominees and Winners (PDF)". Ontario Library Association (OLA). Retrieved 24 December 2018.