First Chapter Fridays
Find your next great Canadian YA read
Looking for your next great YA read? Manitoba educator Tanya Polasek has hand-picked a book straight off the shelf! Students, parents, and teachers can sit back and relax while she reads the first chapter of a Canadian Young Adult book each Friday. Call in with your questions during the LIVE radio show or search episodes for a specific title. Your next read starts with First Chapter Fridays.
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Stewart and Ashley could not be more different. Stewart is a certified genius at 13, but he has always struggled socially. Ashley sits on top of the class social ladder, but her marks are not pretty. When Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and…

Adventure and misadventure in Waterton Lakes National Park.

Vale and Ash get lost on an overnight hiking trip in the Rocky Mountains when they fall behind and take the wrong trail. Their PE class and their teachers don’t realize they’re missing until…

‘You may discover that going backward–discovering your past–will
be the best route to the next chapter in your life.’

When the only home Malou has ever known burns down, she finds herself
on her own. At sixteen, she is forced to leave the…

Winter
Crane can hardly wait to graduate from high school. She is desperate to escape her small town, Reeve’s End. Desperate to move out of her father’s trailer, away from his alcoholism and abuse. Desperate for a better life.
But
when she meets…

Follow 16 year-old Victor Frankenstein, his cousin Elizabeth, and their friend Henry on a quest to help save Konrad, Victor’s twin. This prequel to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein takes readers through secret passages into a forgotten library and beyond…

Set in Nanaimo B.C., our two grade 11 narrators enter a fashion competition trying to win a scholarship to attend an elite art school. For Charlie Dean, fashion is life and she uses it to escape her many troubles. For John Thomas-Smith, the only…

Today’s episode welcomed Canadian author Eric Walters to the show to share the first chapter of his apocalyptic tale. Eric shares his insights, answers questions from students, and discusses his exciting new projects.
We meet 16 year old Adam while…

Get to know Tia as she struggles to find her way with a new foster home in Gimli, Manitoba. Her younger brother is happy, but Tia feels torn between a fresh start and staying loyal to her mom. Can a new job caring for animals, and a special connection…

Looking for a book with action, adventure, and a gritty main character? Join Webb and his acoustic guitar as he travels to the Northwest Territories to complete a mission for his grandfather. It doesn’t take long for trouble to find him.

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