Diversify your summer reading with this supercharged list of our five favourite reads for August (oh, wait, there’s a bonus #6 at the end!).
One of the best ways to expand our horizons is to get inside the mind and experiences of other cultures through their own storytelling. This list takes us on a tour of the Middle East, Africa, Central America, and right back home to Canada. In honour of International Youth Day (August 12), we’ve also included two autobiographical novels where the authors tell the complex tales of their childhoods.
So, grab your library card, e-reader, or favourite online ordering app and get these titles right away!
1. Everything Sad Is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri
Everything Sad is Untrue was first published in 2020 and won the Michael L. Printz Award, the Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature, and the Middle East Book Award for Literature. Watch a video intro to the book or listen to this 8-minute NPR interview with the author to get a feel for what you’re getting into!
2. The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
3. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Listen to Trevor’s interview with Oprah to learn more about the book and hear the voice telling the heartfelt story of Born a Crime.
4. Escaping the Fire by Tomás Guzaro
5. The Trickster Trilogy by Eden Robinson
Watch an interview with Eden Robinson, the 2017 Writers Trust Fellowship winner, in which she shares about her books and growing up in Kitimat, BC. Check out this in-depth review and, if you’re brave enough, watch the trailer of the CBC original series based on Son of a Trickster.
BONUS! Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe