Amy Mathers Teen Book Award


The Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, established in 2014, honours excellence in teen/young adult fiction. The prize is awarded annually with a cash prize of $5,000. To be eligible, the book must be an original work in English, aimed at readers aged 13-18 and written by a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

Sylvan-logo4C-2013The Amy Mathers Teen Book Award is generously sponsored by Sylvan Learning. With more than 35 years of experience and more than 650 locations throughout North America, Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of personal learning for students in Grades K-12.

About Amy and her Marathon of Books

Inspired by Terry Fox’s and Rick Hansen’s Canadian journeys, Amy Mathers decided to honour her passion for reading Canadian teen literature, while working around her physical limitations, by completing a Marathon of Books. Amy has been reading one Canadian teen fiction book a day for each day of 2014, in order to raise funds for this new award. She has read books from every province and territory, exploring Canada and promoting Canadian authors and books along the way. Visit for more information about Amy’s campaign, including her book list and book reviews.

Criteria and Submission Information

2020 details coming January 2020

Award Recipients

For the full list of finalists and winners, please click here.

Year Recipient
2019 Michelle Barker. The House of One Thousand Eyes. Toronto: Annick Press, 2018.
2018 Cherie Dimaline. The Marrow Thieves. Toronto: DCB, 2017.
2017 E.K. Johnston. Exit, Pursued by a Bear. New York: Dutton Books, 2016.
2016 Susan Juby. The Truth Commission. Toronto: Razorbill Canada, 2015.
2015 Marthe Jocelyn. What We Hide. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2014.