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The Golden Oak Award, developed by librarians and literacy specialists, provides a unique opportunity for new adult readers to read books chosen specifically for them.

Each year the Golden Oak Award Selection Committee chooses a new list of books by Canadian writers. The Selection Committee looks for books that are easier to read, will appeal to adults, and include themes that work well for book discussions.

Adult learners are encouraged to read books on their own, with a tutor, with their class, or with a reading group. Literacy instructors are encouraged to read the books aloud, or have the whole class read the book together.

2017 Golden Oak Award Nominated Titles

Book cover of 10 Ships that Rocked the World

10 ships that rocked the world

Gillian Richardson

For centuries, ships have brought cultures together in peace or conflict, played a role in wars and revolutions, and transformed societies. This book looks at 10 ships that have done just that.

Book cover of Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War

Child soldier: when boys and girls are used in war

Michel Chikwanine and Jessica Dee Humphreys

Michel was five years old when he was taken from his school-yard and forced to become a child soldier. Against the odds, Michel escaped and found his way back to his family.

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Book cover of Epic Game

Epic game

William Kowalski

Kat is a tough, independent woman who makes her living as a poker player. She is single, childless and happy about it. But when her best friend commits suicide, Kat becomes the temporary guardian of her friend’s son.

Alternate format: ebook

Book cover of Exposed: Retribution

Exposed: retribution

Judith Graves

Raven is cunning, aggressive and whip-smart—she’s had to be to survive. At a young age, she was taken in by the boss of a car-theft ring. But when she finds out that he is a killer, she sets out to bring him down.

Book cover of Give Me Wings

Give me wings: how a choir of former slaves took on the world

Kathy Lowinger

The story of the Jubilee Singers, a choir of former slaves, who broke down barriers between blacks and whites with every performance.

Book cover of Missing Nimâmâ

Missing nimâmâ

Melanie Florence

A young mother, one of the many missing indigenous women, watches over her small daughter as she grows up without her nimâmâ. Together, but separated, they experience important milestones.

Book cover of Next Round: a Young Athlete's Journey to Gold

Next round: a young athlete's journey to gold

John Spray

Arthur’s journey to competitive boxing has not been easy. As a small child he fled Chechnya with his family. After coming to Toronto, he fell in love with boxing and went on to win gold for Canada at the 2015 Pan Am Games.

Book cover of A Year of Borrowed Men

A year of borrowed men

Michelle Barker

When World War II “borrows” the men in seven-year-old Gerda’s family, the German government sends them three prisoners of war who must sleep in an outbuilding and work the farm until the war is over.3