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Celebrate more than 150 years of Canada with 150 books.

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Piece by Piece: Stories about Fitting into Canada edited by Teresa Toten

Piece by Piece: Stories about Fitting into Canada (2010)


This new anthology features stories by some of Canada's finest authors who were born in another country and who went through the experience of trying to "fit in." Exploring the time and incidents, dating from the shock of first impressions to the author's first stirrings of "becoming Canadian" and what that meant to them, the young adult audience is a perfectly tuned readership for this collection. Whether the teens were born in Canada or not, both the newly arrived and young adults share a powerful desire to fit in, to be accepted. Contributors include:

  • Linda Granfield (U.S)
  • Marina Nemat (Iran)
  • Richard Poplak (South Africa)
  • Eva Wiseman (Hungary)
  • and more ...

Edited by Teresa Toten


Teresa Toten is an award-winning writer who was born in Zagreb, Croatia, but left for Canada on that same day. Although she's lived in Toronto for most of her life, Teresa has also lived in Delhi (Ontario), Montreal, Ottawa, and New York. She developed her broad taste in reading as a result of her non-English-speaking mother's habit of filling shopping bags full of books from wildly different sections of the local library. Teresa has twice been shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award, for The Game in 2001 and Me and the Blondes in 2006. Her upcoming novel, Beyond Blonde, will be published by Puffin Canada.