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.
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.
In 2014, Amy read one Canadian teen fiction book a day throughout the entire year in an effort to raise funds for this award. She read books from every province and territory, exploring Canada and promoting Canadian authors and books along the way.
Visit amysmarathonofbooks.ca for more information about Amy’s campaign, including her book list and book reviews.