BC Books for Teens

In celebration of BC Book Day (April 23, 2024) we've chosen some of our favourite BC authors and illustrators.

Updated April 6, 2024
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Zara Hossain is here
Khan, Sabina
Zara's family has waited years for their visa process to be finalized so that they can officially become US citizens. But it only takes one moment for that dream to come crashing down around them. Seventeen-year-old Pakistani immigrant, Zara Hossain, has been leading a fairly typical life...

Also available as an ebook through Overdrive/Libby.

Iron Widow
Zhao, Xiran Jay.
An instant #1 New York Times bestseller! Pacific Rim meets The Handmaid's Tale in this blend of Chinese history and mecha science fiction for YA readers. The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming...

Also available as an ebook or e-audio through Overdrive/Libby.

The candle and the flame
Azad, Nafiza
Azad's debut YA fantasy is set in a city along the Silk Road that is a refuge for those of all faiths, where a young woman is threatened by the war between two clans of powerful djinn.Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the...

Also available as an ebook and e-audiobook through Overdrive/Libby.

Surviving the city. [Vol. 1]
Spillett, Tasha
Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Miikwan is Anishinaabe; Dez is Inninew. Together, the teens navigate the challenges of growing up in an urban landscape--they're so close, they even completed their Berry Fast together. However, when Dez's grandmother becomes too sick, Dez is told she can't stay...

Also available as an ebook through Overdrive/Libby.

You are the everything
Rivers, Karen
Can you want something--or someone--so badly that it changes your destiny? Elyse Schmidt never would have thought so, until it happened to her. When Elyse and her not-so-secret crush, Josh Harris, are the sole survivors of a plane crash, tragedy binds them together. It's...
When Everything Feels like the Movies (Governor General's Literary Award winner, Children's Literature)
Reid, Raziel.
Inspired by a true story, When Everything Feels like the Movies is an edgy, extravagant novel for young people and others, full of gender-bending teen glamour, dark mischief and enough melodrama to incite the paparazzi. A boy who smells like Chanel Mademoiselle, calls Blair Waldorf his biggest...
Mac, Carrie
Into the Wild meets The Serpent King in this story about Annie and Pete, two best friends on a dangerous and emotional trek through the woods. Annie and Pete have been best friends since they were little. They know each other better than anyone, and they've been on...
Facing the sun
Mather, Janice Lynn
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants meets The Education of Margot Sanchez in this Caribbean-set story about four friends who experience unexpected changes in their lives during the summer when a hotel developer purchases their community's beloved beach. Change...
The love & lies of Rukhsana Ali
Khan, Sabina
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Nielsen-Fernlund, Susin
For fans of Wendelin van Draanen and Cynthia Lord, a touching and funny middle-grade story about family, friendship, and growing up when you're one step away from homelessness. Twelve-and-three-quarter-year-old Felix Knutsson has a knack for trivia. His favorite game show is...

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