Canadian YA/MG Authors

As part of the Canadian YA blog event that occurred in May 2012, I thought I'd have a list of all the YA (and some MG) authors I could think of from Canada. Then other people named some I'd missed, and that's what this list is. Suggestions are always welcome, this list is always growing. As long as the author has some connection to Canada, like they were born in Canada or now live in Canada or lived here for a good chunk of time and still consider themselves Canadian, they're welcome to be on the list. Upcoming debut authors are in bold. :) (If I've missed you and/or your book, please feel free to let me know.) Also, I recommend the lists that Helen at CanLit for LittleCanadians puts out (ex. Fall 2015). :)

Don Aker (The First Stone, The Space Between)
Amy Alward/Amy McCulloch (The Oathbreaker's Shadow (June 2013), The Shadow's Curse (July 2014), Madly (September 2015, UK title: The Potion Diaries))
R.J. Anderson (Spell Hunter, Swift, Ultraviolet, Quicksilver, Nomad (January 2014), A Pocket Full of Murder (MG, September 2015))
Joelle Anthony (Restoring Harmony, The Right and the Real)
Kelley Armstrong (The Gathering, The Calling, The Rising (April 2013), Sea of Shadows (April 2014), Empire of Night (April 2015), The Unquiet Past (September 2015), The Masked Truth (October 2015))
Luanne Armstrong (Morven and the Horse Clan (September 2013))
Catherine Austen (Walking Backwards)
Jonathan Auxier (Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, The Night Gardener (May 2014))
Brenda Baker (Camp Outlook (February 2014))
Jeanne Bannon (Invisible)
Michelle Barker (The Beggar King (March 2013))
Karen Bass (Drummer Girl, Graffiti Knight (2013))
S.M. Beiko (The Lake and the Library (May 2013))
Holly Bennett (The Bonemender, Shapeshifter, Redwing)
Michael Betcherman (Breakaway, Face Off (February 2014))
Holly Bodger (5 to 1 (May 2015))
Hélène Boudreau (Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings, Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath, Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels (February 2013), Real Mermaids Don't Sell Sea Shells (February 2014))
Leah Bobet (Above, An Inheritance of Ashes (October 2015))
Kate A. Boorman (Winterkill (September 2014), Darkthaw (2015))
Erin Bow (Plain Kate, Sorrow's Knot (October 2013), The Scorpion Rules (September 2015))
James Bow (The Unwritten Girl, Fathom Five, The Young City)
Martha Brooks (Mistik Lake, Queen of Hearts)
Kristin Butcher (Truths I Learned from Sam (March 2013))
Don Calame (Swim the Fly, Beat the Band, Call the Shots)
Cecil Castellucci (Rose Sees RedThe Year of the Beasts, Tin Star (February 2014), Stone in the Sky (February 2015))
Jason Chabot (Below, Above (September 2015))
Wynne Channing (I Am Forever (December 2013))
Elsie Chapman (Dualed (February 2013), Divided (May 2014))
Lesley Choyce (Jeremy Stone (September 2013), Crash (October 2013))
Becky Citra (If Only (October 2013))
Lena Coakley (Witchlanders)
Tish Cohen (Switch, The Truth about Delilah Blue)
Eileen Cook (Unraveling Isobel, The Education of Hailey Kendrick, The Almost Truth, Year of Mistaken Discoveries (February 2014), Remember (February 2015))
Natalie Corbett Sampson (Game Plan (November 2013), Aptitude (September 2015))
Megan Crewe (Give Up the Ghost, The Way We Fall, The Lives We Lost, The Worlds We Make (February 2014), Earth & Sky (October 2014), The Clouded Sky (May 2015), A Sky Unbroken (October 2015))
Anita Daher (Two Foot Punch, Spider's Song)
Sheila Dalton (Trial by Fire)
Jennifer Dance (Red Wolf (December 2013))
Tellulah Darling (Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls, My Ex From Hell (April 2013), My Date From Hell (October 2013), My Life from Hell (March 2014))
Natasha Deen (Guardian)
Rachelle Delaney (The Ship of Lost Souls, The Metro Dogs of Moscow (January 2013))
K.L. Denman (Destination Human (September 2013))
Maggie de Vries (Rabbit Ears (March 2014))
Philippa Dowding (The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden (January 2014))
k.c. dyer (Facing Fire, A Walk Through a Window)
Tom Earle (The Hat Trick (September 2013))
Catherine Egan (Shade & Sorceress, The Unmaking (September 2013), Bone, Fog, Ash & Star (September 2014))
Deborah Ellis (Moon at Nine (April 2014))
Sarah Ellis (Ouside In (May 2014))
Maureen Fergus (The Gypsy KingA Fool's Errand (October 2013), Tomorrow's Kingdom (July 2014))
Rita Feutl (Bike Thief (March 2014))
Kim Firmston (Schizo, Hook Up, Touch (March 2013), Stupid (March 2014))
Sheree Fitch (The Gravesavers)
R.S. Fleming (Kate Tattersall Adventures in China (September 2013))
Pam Fluttert (Until Today (September 2013))
Joan Marie Galat (Dark Matters (May 2014))
Natalie Ghent (No Small Thing, Gravity Brings Me Down)
Joan Givner (The Hills are Shadows (March 2014))
Jennifer Gold (Soldier Doll (February 2014))
Beth Goobie (Something Girl, Sticks and Stones, Jason's Why, The Throne (May 2013))
Silvana Goldemberg (Victoria (October 2013))
Hiromi Goto (Half World, Darkest Light)
Vicki Grant (Not Suitable for Family Viewing, Betsy Wickwire's Dirty Secret, Triggered (October 2013), Small Bones (September 2015))
Judith Graves (Under My Skin, Second Skin, Skin of My Teeth, Exposed (October 2015))
Darren Groth (Are You Seeing Me? (August 2015))
Chantel Guertin (The Rule of Thirds (October 2013), Leading Lines (September 2015))
Janet Gurtler (I'm Not Her, If I Tell, Who I Kissed, How I Lost You (May 2013), 16 Things I Thought Were True (March 2014))
Jacqueline Guest (At Risk, Wild Ride, The Comic Book War (May 2014))
Melissa Hardy (The Geomancer's Compass)
Lisa Harrington (Rattled)
Rachel Hartman (Seraphina, Shadow Scale (March 2015))
Alyxandra Harvey (Hearts at Stake, Blood Feud, Stolen Away, A Breath of Frost (January 2014), Whisper the Dead (October 2014), Red (July 2015))
Sarah N. Harvey (Shattered, Plastic, Death Benefits)
Sarah Henstra (Mad Miss Mimic (May 2015))
Faith Erin Hicks (Friends with Boys, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (May 2013), The Nameless City (April 2016))
Shelley Hrdlitschka (Sister Wife, Sun Signs, Allegra (April 2013))
Dawn Ius (Anne & Henry (Fall 2015))
Denise Jaden (Losing Faith, Never Enough, Foreign Exchange)
Danielle L. Jensen (Stolen Songbird (April 2014), Hidden Huntress (June 2015), Warrior Witch (2016))
Marthe Jocelyn (Would You?, What We Hide (April 2014), A Big Dose of Lucky (September 2015))
E.K. Johnston (The Story of Owen (March 2014), Prarie Fire (March 2015), A Thousand Nights (2015))
Julie Johnston (Little Red Lies (September 2013))
Susan Juby (Alice, I Think, Miss Smithers, The Truth Commission (April 2015))
Kathy Kacer (Stones on a Grave (September 2015))
Deborah Kerbel (Girl on the Other SideLureUnder the Moon)
Catherine Knutsson (Shadows Cast By Stars)
Adrienne Kress (The Friday Society, Outcast)
Karen Krossing (The Yo-Yo Prophet, Pure, Cut the Lights (October 2013), Punch Like a Girl (April 2015))
Kat Kruger (The Night Has Teeth, The Night Has Claws (September 2013), The Night is Found (July 2014))
Alice Kuipers (Lost For Words, 40 Things I Want To Tell You, The Death of Us (September 2014))
Michelle Krys (Hexed (June 2014) Charmed (May 2015), Dead Girls Society (2016))
Laura Langston (The Trouble with Cupid, Exit Point, Hannah's Touch, Last Ride, Hot New Thing (March 2014))
Veronique Launier (Redemption, Deliverance (October 2013))
Sara Leach (Warm Up (March 2014))
Y.S. Lee (A Spy in the House, The Body at the Tower, The Traitor in the Tunnel, Rivals in the City (February 2015))
Lucy Leiderman (Lives of Magic (December 2013))
John Lekich (The Prisoner of Snowflake Falls)
Joanne Levy (Small Medium at Large)
Leanne Lieberman (The Book of Trees)
Charles de Lint (Under My Skin, Over My Head (April 2013))
Jean Little (His Banner Over Me)
Lesley Livingston (Wondrous Strange, Once Every Never, Starling, Every Never After (March 2013), Descendant (August 2013), How to Curse in Hieroglyphics (October 2013), Now and For Never (May 2014), Transcendent (December 2014))
Tanya Lloyd Kyi (Anywhere But Here (October 2013))
David Lomax (Backward Glass (October 2013))
Deb Loughead (Caught in the Act (October 2013))
Nicole Luiken (Dreamfire, Dreamline)
Jodi Lundgren (Leap, Blow (March 2014), Gone Wild (September 2015))
Carrie Mac (The Opposite of Tidy, The Beckoners, The Gryphon Project)
Charis Marsh (Love You, Hate You, You're So Sweet, I Forgot to Tell You (January 2013))
C.K. Kelly Martin (My Beating Teenage Heart, Yesterday, Tomorrow (October 2013), Delicate (September 2015))
Michele Martin Bossley (Tampered (September 2013))
Jessica Martinez (Virtuosity, The Space Between Us, The Vow, Kiss Kill Vanish (October 2014))
Jenny Manzer (Save Me, Kurt Cobain (March 2016))
Meghan McIsaac (Urgle (September 2013))
James McCann (Rancour, Pyre, Flying Feet)
Norah McClintock (Guilty, Masked, Down, My Side (September 2013), My Life Before Me (September 2015))
B.R. Meyers (Asp of Ascension (July 2015))
Angela Misri (Jewel of the Thames (March 2014), Thrice Burned (March 2015), No Matter How Improbable (2016))
Sarah Mlynowski (Don't Even Think About It (March 2014))
Patricia Morrison (Shadow Girl (February 2013))
Elise Moser (Lily and Taylor (October 2013))
Lindsay Moynihan (The Waiting Tree (May 2013))
Michelle Mulder (Out of the Box, Not a Chance (March 2013))
Jill Murray (Rhythm and Blues, Break On Through)
Colleen Nelson (Tori by Design, The Fall (March 2013))
Susin Nielsen (Word Nerd, Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, We Are All Made of Molecules (May 2015))
Jeff Norton (MetaWars, Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie (August 2014))
Kenneth Oppel (This Dark Endeavour, Such Wicked Intent, Half-Brother, The Boundless (April 2014))
Cathy Ostlere (Karma)
Kathleen Peacock (Hemlock, Thornhill (September 2013), Willowgrove (January 2015))
Kit Pearson (The Whole Truth, The Sky is Falling)
Caroline Pignat (Greener Grass, Wild Geese, Unspeakable (May 2014))
Gabrielle Prendergast (Wicket Season, Audacious (Fall 2013), Capricious (April 2014))
Emily Pohl-Weary (Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl (September 2013))
Monique Polak (Miracleville, What World is Left, So Much It Hurts (September 2013), Straight Punch (March 2014))
Yvonne Prinz (The Vinyl Princess, All You Get Is Me)
Cheryl Rainfield (Hunted, Scars, Stained (September 2013))
Morgan Rhodes (aka Michelle Rowen) (Falling Kingdoms, Rebel Spring (December 2013), Gathering Darkness (December 2014), A Book of Spirits and Thieves (June 2015), Frozen Tides (December 2015))
Karen Rivers (The Healing Time of Hickeys, X in Flight, The Encyclopedia of Me)
Jeyn Roberts (Dark Inside, Rage Within, The Bodies We Wear (September 2014))
Michelle Rowen (Dark KissWicked Kiss (February 2013), Countdown (September 2013))
Tom Ryan (Way To Go, Tag Along (October 2013), Totally Unrelated (October 2013), Big Time (March 2014))
Michelle Sagara (Silence)
Carol Anne Shaw (Hannah and the Spindle Whorl, Hannah and the Salish Sea (February 2013))
Kevin Sands (The Blackthorn Key (September 2015))
Liane Shaw (Fostergirls, The Color of Silence (February 2013))
Jocelyn Shipley (How to Tend a Grave)
Eve Silver (Rush (June 2013), Push (June 2014), Crash (2015))
Arthur Slade (The Hunchback Assignments)
Heather Smith (Baygirl (September 2013))
Trina St. Jean (Blank (April 2015))
Ted Staunton (Ace's Basement (October 2013), Who I'm Not (October 2013))
Robin Stevenson (Hummingbird Heart, Record Breaker (March 2013), Attitude (October 2014))
Elizabeth Stewart (Blue Gold (February 2014))
Juliana Stone (Boys Like You (May 2014), Some Kind of Normal (May 2015))
Courtney Summers (This Is Not a Test, Fall for Anything, All the Rage (April 2015))
Amanda Sun (Ink (June 2013), Rain (June 2014), Storm (June 2015))
Suzanne Sutherland (When We Were Good (February 2013), Something Wiki (January 2015))
Mariko Tamaki ((You) Set Me on Fire, This One Summer (with Jillian Tamaki, May 2014))
Nikki Tate (Fallout, Tarragon Island, Venom)
Cora Taylor (Finding Melissa (October 2013))
Meg Tilly (Gemma, Porcupine, First Time, A Taste of Heaven, Behind the Scenes (May 2014))
Teresa Toten (The Taming, The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, Shattered Glass (September 2015))
Jo Treggiari (Ashes, Ashes)
Stephanie Tromly (Trouble is a Friend of Mine (August 2015))
Max Turner (Night Runner)
Maureen Ulrich (Power Plays, Face Off, Breakaway)
Allison Van Diepen (Raven, The Oracle of Dating, Takedown (September 2013))
Vikki VanSickle (Words that Start with B, Love is a Four Letter Word, Days that End in Y (February 2013), Summer Days, Starry Nights (June 2013))
Lisa Voisin (The Watcher (March 2013), The Angel Killer (January 2015))
Ria Voros (The Opposite of Geek (September 2013))
Ann Walsh (Whatever (September 2013))
Eric Walters (The Taming, Wave, Power Play, The Rule of Three (January 2014), Fight for Power (January 2015), Innocent (September 2015))
Irene N. Watts (Touched by Fire (September 2013))
Amanda West Lewis (September 17 (October 2013))
Robert Paul Weston (Dust City, The Creature Department (November 2013), Blues for Zoey (January 2014))
Thomas Wharton (The Tree of Story (September 2013))
Tim Wynne-Jones (Blink & Caution, The Uninvited, The Emperor of Any Place (October 2015))
Moira Young (Blood Red Road, Rebel Heart, Raging Star (May 2014))
Danielle Younge-Ullman (Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance (May 2015))


  1. I'm a Canadian YA author of multiple books. You can check them out at I'd love to be added to your list, Lindsay.



  2. Great list, Lindsay! There are a lot more Canadian YA authors than I thought...and a few of them I actually didn't know were Canadian.

    If you're willing to include indie authors on your list, I'm a Canadian indie author. I've published 3 novels so far, and they're all set in Canada. You can check them out here if you like:

  3. Great list! Thank you for including me, Lindsay. :)

  4. Just found you now on Facebook. I love what you're up to, Lindsay. Tnx for including me on your list. And I've got an update to add -- my next YA title, Straight Punch, will be out in March 2014. And I take boxing lessons!!