Young Adult Books – Canada

 

Penguin Group (Canada)
90 Eglinton Avenue East
Suite 700
Toronto, Ontario
M4P 2Y3
Tel: (416) 925-2249
Fax: (416) 925-0068
http://www.penguin.ca

The Druid’s Tune

Young Adult Canadian Book of the Year Award, 1984

“A crackling good story in the tradition of CS Lewis.”
Peter Carver, Quill & Quire

“There is a tradition of high fantasy to which OR Melling’s first novel belongs.”
Times Colonist

 The Hunter’s Moon 

“A modern fairy tale, magical and engrossing with fascinating characters.”
Toronto Star“

 A generous dash of fantasy, Irish folklore and even a touch of blarney to this delightful tale of suspense and mystery … great stuff, beautifully told.”
Toronto Sun

The Light-Bearer’s Daughter 

“Melling has a lightness of touch in her style and an expansive metaphysical theme to lure readers … Only the most skilful writers produce novels where morals and morality underlie the plot and enrich the story rather than strangle the life force from a good tale.”
National Post 

 

The Chronicles of Faerie: trade paperback edition of The Hunter’s Moon (winner of the Ruth Schwartz Award), The Summer King, and The Light-Bearer’s Daughter

“The Chronicles of Faerie offer a fresh take on some of the oldest themes in fairy-tale culture, and are wonderful stories that transport the reader.” 
The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax) 

The Singing Stone

“There is much to delight the armchair adventurer: a pace that rips right along, a sense of suspence that keeps us spellbound … and an assortment of wondrous, mystical, and occasionally terrifying characters.”
Vancouver Sun

The Summer King

“A beautifully written and finely paced novel. She is undoubtedly one of our finest explorers of fantasy and an accomplished and poetic story-teller.”
Peace Arch News 

“Justly renowned for her fantasy novels for young adults.”
Ottawa Citizen

The Book of Dreams (Fourth book of the Chronicles of Faerie)

“The magic is wild and unpredictable, full of wonder.”
Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine

“A magnificent romp through history, geography, lore, language, legend and literature … with prose and imagery that sparkles and dances to rhythms of Melling’s own making.”
Books in Canada

The Golden Book of Faerie Large format compendium of The Hunter’s Moon (revised edition), The Summer King, The Light-Bearer’s Daughter, The Book of Dreams, Penguin Books Canada, 2004

 

My Blue Country 

Viking (Penguin Canada) hardcover, 1996; Puffin Canada, paperback, 1997

Honourable Mention, CLA Young Adult Book Awards, 1997
Recommended reading, Craig Kielburger’s Free the Children & Leaders Today
Study Guide, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Course reading, Faculty of Education, McGill University, Montreal
‘Freedom to Read’ subject when banned from a Toronto high school 

Ontario teen Jesse McKinnock’s diary details her experience on a youth work programme in Malaysia and her love for a young Muslim man. 

“A world of believable teenagers caught up in the moment of an eye-opening experience that doesn’t steer clear of areas other young adult novels avoid.”
Betsey Powell, Calgary Herald