Six Incredible Canadian Authors to Check OutBy: Shanleigh Klassen
We just wanted to take a moment to appreciate these incredibly talented Canadian authors and their wonderful middle grade storytelling abilities. These authors write stories that come from the heart, and whether they’re high-flying adventures or down-to-earth contemporaries, we’re so excited to see more and more Canadian representation in the growing middle grade scene.
Take a look below to discover (or re-discover!) just a handful of the talented middle grade authors with Canadian roots. You’re sure to discover your next favourite read!
Michael Hutchinson is an award-winning author and citizen of the Misipawistik Cree Nation in Treaty 5 territory. Michael has spent much of his career telling the stories of Indigenous peoples and advocating for First Nation families and communities across Canada.
In The Case of Windy Lake, the first book in the Mighty Muskrats Mystery series, Sam, Otter, Atim, and Chickadee — four inseparable cousins nicknamed the Mighty Muskrats by their Windy Lake First Nation home — decide to solve the mysterious case of the missing visiting archeologist. In the midst of community conflict, family concerns, and environmental protests, the four get busy following every lead from their base of operations in a fort made out of an old school bus.
With three books already out and a fourth to come on September 20th, you are in for a delightful treat with the Mighty Muskrats Mystery series.
David A. Robertson is the two-time Governor General's Award-winning author of dozens of books, ranging from picture books to graphic novels to memoirs. David is a member of the Norway House Cree Nation and a highly sought-after speaker and educator, writing stories that are rich, evocative, and honest.
In David’s most recent books for middle grade readers, the Misewa Saga, we follow Morgan and Eli who discover a portal that opens to another reality. The world of Askī has suffered a hundred years of the White Time and Misewa is now the last surviving community of the North Country. In The Barren Grounds, Morgan and Eli join Ochek, the fisher, and the cheeky Arik on a dangerous mission to save Misewa before the icy grip of winter freezes everything.
Heather Fawcett is the author of numerous books for adults, kids, and teens. Heather has degrees in both English Literature and Archaeology and somehow, all of her stories have included dragons in one form or another.
Heather’s most recent middle grade book, The School Between Winter and Fairyland, is a fresh and exciting twist on magical boarding schools, the well-loved Chosen One trope, and the nature of true heroism. Autumn is a beastkeeper at the enchanting Inglenook School. When she isn’t tending to the menagerie of terrifying monsters, she searches for clues about her twin brother’s mysterious disappearance. When the prophesied “Chosen One” comes to Autumn for help, she agrees on the condition that they’ll uncover the dark truth of the school once and for all.
Check out her other middle grade books, all available now.
Angela Ahn was born in Seoul, but her family immigrated to Canada before she could walk. Angela writes engaging middle grade stories with humour, heart, and as she says “where her children can see faces just like theirs on the front covers.”
Angela’s forthcoming Double O Stephen and the Ghostly Realm explores ghosts, pirates, and family secrets. Stephen loves pirates and personally believes the definition is in need of an update, going so far as to coin the perfect new word: piventurate — a sailor who passionately seeks adventure. At a museum one day, everything changes and Stephen finds himself in a strange new place, face-to-face with a real pirate. A pirate ghost.
Double O Stephen comes out on August 30th, and be sure you check out Angela’s other books while you’re at it.
Zetta Elliott is a Black Canadian-American feminist writer of poetry, plays, essays, novels, and stories for children. An author and an educator, Zetta writes “to tell stories that give voice to the diverse realities of children” and to create the kinds of stories “I wish I had had as a child.”
Zetta’s most recent publication, Moonwalking, is a middle grade novel-in-verse co-written with Lyn Miller-Lachmann that follows two boys in 1980s Brooklyn. JJ doesn’t fit in at his new school as one of the only white kids, while Pie is a math and history geek by day and graffiti artist by night. The boys fall into an unlikely friendship, swapping notes on their love of music and art, which sees them through a difficult semester at school and at home. But then a run-in with the cops threatens to unravel it all.
Be sure you check out this incredible story, as well as Zetta’s middle grade fantasy series, Dragons in a Bag.
Faith Erin Hicks is a two-time Eisner Award-winning and bestselling writer and author of dozens of comics, ranging from original fantasy epics to Avatar the Last Airbender to YA novels. Faith’s stories are filled with humour, warmth, and adventure, suiting nearly every genre imaginable.
Faith’s upcoming publication, Ride On, is inspired by her own childhood love of horses. Victoria has always loved horses, but she’s burned out from the high-pressure world of riding competitions. Following a fight with her best friend, Victoria changes stables and though she initially gives the other riders the cold shoulder, Victoria slowly begins to discover new friends and interests in this graphic novel that explores passion, friendship, and finding balance.
Ride On will be available on August 16th, and be sure to also check out Faith’s award-winning The Nameless City series for an incredible high-paced adventure.