Praise for “Barry Squires, Full Tilt”

One of the Globe and Mail’s Globe 100 Favorite Books of 2020
One of CBC Books’ Best Middle-Grade and Young Adult Books of 2020
One of Canadian Children’s Book News’ Best Books of 2020
One of the Ontario Library Association’s 2020 Best Bets selection, Young Adult Fiction category

PRAISE FOR Barry Squires, Full Tilt:

“Barry’s quest for footloose fame instead takes him on a grand tour of humanity. . . . Offbeat, quirky, and full of heart.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[T]his is one foot-stompingly enjoyable, while also heart-rending, read.” —Quill & Quire

Meet the TRCA 2022 Contenders

CCRCE’s TRCA Committee has shortlisted five books for the 2022 Teen Reader’s Choice Award. The winner will be announced 17 May 2022. The 2022 finalists are:

Barry Squires, Full Tilt by Heather Smith
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood by Gary Paulsen
Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang; illustrations by Gurihiru
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

The 2022 TRCA Committee selected the finalists from a list of seventy titles. After months spent reading and discussing these suggestions, a selection was made. The selected titles include a quirky romp through the streets of St. John’s; a trip to Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give; a riveting survival memoir from literary legend Gary Paulsen; a clever graphic novel addressing issues of race and identity; and a deliciously dark twist on Romeo and Juliet promising glitter, suspense, gore, and more.

Heather Smith author of Barry Squires, Full Tilt

Heather Smith is a Canadian author. Originally from Newfoundland, Heather now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Heather is the author of several books for children and young adults including her YA novel, The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, which won the 2019 White Pine Award, and this year’s TRCA nominee, Barry Squires, Full Tilt.

According to Smith, once a reluctant reader, she draws on her own experiences while writing. This is evident as Barry Squires, Full Tilt is speckled with details that convey the uniqueness of Newfoundland.

Angie Thomas author of Concrete Rose

Angie Thomas, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, was encouraged to take up writing after a trip with her mother to the local library. Initially intending to write fantasy and middle grade novels, Angie came to realize that she wanted her work to show truth and tear down stereotypes. The Hate U Give, her New York Times bestselling novel, was written to draw attention to the controversial issue of police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement. Concrete Rose, her third novel, revisits the character of Maverick, first introduced in The Hate U Give.

Gary Paulsen author of Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Gary James Paulsen (May 17, 1939 – October 13, 2021) was an American writer of children’s and young adult fiction. According to Paulsen, best known for wilderness stories, he developed his love for reading at a young age.

During his lifetime Paulsen wrote more than 175 books and 200 articles. In 1997 he won the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the American Library Association for his lifetime achievement in young adult literature. Prior to his passing, Paulsen spent time between his home in Alaska, his ranch in New Mexico, and his sailboat on the Pacific Ocean.

Gene Luen Yang author of Superman Smashes the Klan

Gene Luen Yang is an American graphic novelist. As the Library of Congress’ fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, he advocates for the importance of reading, especially reading diversely.

A native of California, Yang attended the University of California, Berkeley for his undergraduate degree. He wanted to major in art but his father encouraged him to pursue a more “practical” field so Yang majored in computer science with a minor in creative writing. Since graduating, Yang has worked as a computer engineer, high school teacher, and cartoonist.

Gurihiru illustrator of Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel Superman Smashes the Klan

Gurihiru is a Japanese illustration team, consisting of Chifuyu Sasaki, who does penciling and inking, and Naoko Kawano, who does coloring. Both originating from Sapporo, Japan, they are currently based in Saitama, mainly working as artists for American comics.

The two women are art school graduates who worked as web designers and art museum receptionists prior to their work in comics. After entering a manga competition, they were advised to contact U.S. comics publishers, and they have since illustrated many American comics and graphic novels.

Chloe Gong author of These Violent Delights

Chloe Gong is the New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights and its sequel Our Violent Ends. She is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she double-majored in English and International Relations. Born in Shanghai and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Chloe is now located in New York.

Members of the 2022 TRCA Committee are: Eve Trainer, Jan Matthews, Matt Cole, Myrna Allen, and Susan Cochrane.

Accolades: “I Killed Zoe Spanos”

Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Pick July 2020
A People magazine Best Books Summer 2020 selection
A Parade magazine Best Summer Books 2020 selection
A Popsugar Top 25 Best YA Murder Mysteries of All ime selection
A Buzzfeed, United by Pop, and Suspense Magazine Best YA Book of 2020
An Amazon Best Books of July 2020 Editor’s Pick
An Amazon Teacher’s Pick and Amazon Best Books of July 2020 Editor’s Pick
A YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults 2021 selection
A BookPage Most Anticipated YA Book of Summer 2020
A School Library Journal Summer Series 2020 Best Reads Selection
BCCB, starred review