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Literary debates for students in grade 9 to 12

Frye Academy jury members read and debate four contemporary Canadian books, two in English and two in French, and vote for their favourite. The winning author is then invited to the Frye Festival to receive their prize and meet the jury.


The books are offered for free to all jury members, who must in turn read them and participate in the debates as well as the meet the author.

Participation guide:

  1. Fill out the form (linked below)

  2. Confirm your commitment to read the books and your availability to attend the debates

  3. Read the books and participate in the debates

  4. Vote for your favourite book!

Registration deadline : November 15, 2021

Books to read for Frye Academy's thirteen's series of debates:

Colibri, Natalia Hero

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Colibri raconte le quotidien d’une jeune femme dont la vie bascule à jamais quand, après avoir été violée, elle donne naissance à un colibri. Elle doit apprendre à faire face non seulement à ce qui lui est arrivé, mais aussi à la présence continuelle et perturbante de l’oiseau dans sa vie.

 

Ce premier livre de Natalia Hero s’inscrit dans le courant du réalisme magique ; c’est un court roman à la fois magnifique et tourmenté qui parle de survivre à un traumatisme, de reprendre possession de soi et de guérir.

Les Falaises, Virginie DeChamplain

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V. vient d’apprendre que l’on a retrouvé le corps sans vie de sa mère, rejeté par le Saint-Laurent sur une plage de la Gaspésie, l’équivalent « du bout du monde ». Elle regagne là-bas, brusquement, sa maison natale, et se confectionne une « île » au milieu du salon venteux, lieu désigné pour découvrir et mieux effacer – ou la ramener – l’histoire des femmes de sa lignée à travers les journaux manuscrits de sa grand-mère. V. se voit prise dans sa lecture, incapable de s’en détacher. Sa seule échappatoire réside derrière le comptoir d’un bar au village, dans une chevelure rousse aérienne, et s’appelle Chloé.

Bruised, Tanya Boteju

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To Daya Wijesinghe, a bruise is a mixture of comfort and control. Since her parents died in an accident she survived, bruises have become a way to keep her pain on the surface of her skin so she doesn’t need to deal with the ache deep in her heart.

 

So when chance and circumstances bring her to a roller derby bout, Daya is hooked. Yes, the rules are confusing and the sport seems to require the kind of teamwork and human interaction Daya generally avoids. But the opportunities to bruise are countless, and Daya realizes that if she’s going to keep her emotional pain at bay, she’ll need all the opportunities she can get.

Victoria Sees It, Carrie Jenkins

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Victoria is unraveling. Her best friend is missing, and she's the only one who seems to care: there are clues all over Cambridge, but Deb is nowhere to be found--and the harder Victoria looks, the less she sees.

 

Victoria is raised in a crumbling house in England by her working-class aunt and uncle, until her academic brilliance gains her entrance to Cambridge. There, she meets her first true friend, Deb, a spacey aristocrat, and the girls create their own tiny bubble within Cambridge's strict class system.

 

Until Deb disappears.