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 an annual literature award sponsored by the Ontario Library Association (OLA) that has awarded Canadian young adult books since 2002. 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.


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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2012: " The Gathering", written by Kelley Armstrong. Harper Teen.

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

2014: "Live to Tell", written by Lisa Harrington. Cormorant Books.

2016: "The Bodies We Wear", written by Jeyn Roberts Knopf Books.


The winners and nominees of the White Pine Award are used as studying material for high schools in the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) in York Region, Ontario.

See also[edit]

Ontario Library Association

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