September 2015

Shattered Glass:The Secrets Are Out!!

Teresa’s latest book, Shattered Glass, will be released in September 2015 as part of the “Secrets Series” published by Orca Books.

Visit the Secrets Website for complete information about the series:

January 2015

In Support of Unlikely Hero…

Teresa and Dr. Peggy Richter delivered a workshop at the Ontario Librarian Super Conference called: Shelving Mental Illness.

March 16-20, 2015

In Support of Unlikely Hero…

Teresa will be on tour in Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco.

Unlikely Hero – Audio Book

An audio and digital version of Unlikely Hero is now available and it is narrated by the brilliant actor Jonathan McClain!!
Click here for more information ›

Unlikely Hero of…

  • Winner of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature
  • Winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award
  • Winner of the CBC Bookie Award, YA Category
  • Finalist, TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award
  • A Canadian Librarian’s Association Honour Book Award
  • A March 2015 Amazon Editor’s Pick
  • Finalist, Libris Awards, Young Readers Book of the Year
  • Finalist, OLA White Pine Award
  • Finalist Willow Award
  • Finalist, The Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Awards

October 2015

Coming Soon… The Secret’s Series: Seven Stories

The Secret’s Series: Seven Stories by Seven fabulous authors all coming out at once! It’s 1964 and an orphanage burns down. Seven young girls have to fight and find their true identity.

The book will be published by Orca Books in October 2015.
Click here for more information ›

January 2014

Governor General Literary Award for Unlikely Hero

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B has been awarded the Governor General Literary Award for Literature, Children’s Text.

“The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten is a transformative, high-energy novel that vibrates with the creativity of both the writer and main character. Adam struggles with OCD (obsessive‑compulsive disorder) and a troubled family life. His group therapy becomes an unlikely source of love and friendship. A powerful story with brilliant language and unexpected moments of humour.” – Awards Jury

The Walrus & The CBC on Unlikely Hero

The current books section of Walrus Magazine online features an interview with Teresa on the heels of her Governor General’s Award…
Read the complete interview ›

Teresa also spoke recently to CBC Radio regarding the Governor General’s Award.
Listen to the complete interview ›

Unlikely Hero of… the Best Books lists

From the literary press to bookstores to bloggers, The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B has been selected for a wide variety of best book lists…

Quill Quires Best Books 2013
Winnipeg Public Library Best of the Best Canadian Bookstores Top YA Fiction 2013
The Dewey Divas and Dudes Top 5 Books
Toronto Mom Now 2013 Holiday Reading Suggestions
Quill and Quire Readers Poll

Unlikely Hero has also been nominated for a CBC Bookie Award for Best Canadian Young Adult Book. To vote and see the results visit the CBC website.

June 2013

New Novel: The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

Teresa’s latest novel will be released August 27…

Teresa will be participating in WORD ON THE STREET, Toronto, Sunday September 22nd, 2013. Look for her in the Random House Remarkable Reads Tent and the This is Not the Shakespeare Stage Tent.

Teresa will also be participating in WORDFEST, Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival, October 14-20, 2013, and THE VANCOUVER WRITERS FEST, Vancouver B.C., October 22-27, 2013

Teresa will also be appearing at the TEEN AUTHOR FEST presented by the Ottawa Public Library on November 12 & 13, 2013.

For more information…

Word on The Street Toronto
Wordfest Banff
Vancouver Writers Festival
Teen Author Festival Ottawa

April 2012

The Taming – Reading at Harbourfront

Eric Walters and Teresa Toten will be appearing together at theForest of Reading Festival in Toronto, Tuesday, May 15, 1:00 pm.

Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™, the Ontario-wide Children’s Choice Award programme, returns to Harbourfront Centre for a two-day dose of award ceremonies, fun workshops, author signings, and other exciting activities.
Visit the Harbourfront website for more information ›

January 2012

The Taming

Teresa’s novel The Taming, co-written with Eric Walters will be published in late January by Doubleday. Watch the trailer for a preview or visit the book page for complete details.

February 2012

Ontario Library Association Conference

February 2nd and 3rd, 2012- Teresa will be signing, and presenting at the OLA Super Conference. For more information visit the OLA website.

November 2011

The Writers Reading Series

Teresa participated in the Writers Reading Series in Peterborough, sponsored by Trent University.

April 2011

Author Q & A

Teresa will be participating in an author Q & A session in Toronto atThe World’s Biggest Bookstore May 1, 2011, at 2pm.

Writer’s Workshop

Teresa will be presenting and conducting a workshop at the Barrie L3 Writer’s Conference on April 14, 2011! Here’s the link for more info: See you there!

February 2011

The Blonde Series Continues!!

Beyond Blonde, the third book in Teresa Toten’s highly popular series, will be published February 2011 by Penguin Books. Stayed tuned for news about the book and an excerpt online. More…

March 2010

The Piece By Piece Mash-Up!!

Sunday March 28, 2:00 pm
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom
1214 Queen Street West, Toronto
FREE ADMISSION (doors open 1:30pm)

Featuring original literary mash-ups by teens, created with the award winning contributors of Piece By Piece.

Mahtab Narsimhan, Richard Poplek, Linda Granfield, Rui Umezawa, and Teresa Toten. Hosted by Joseph Kertes with special guest and a soundclash by Toronto DJs. Sponsored by Penguin Books and Small Print Toronto.

The Canadian immigrant experience, in short

Vit Wagner, Toronto Star

“The story of the immigrant kid struggling to fit into strange, new surroundings is familiar enough. But the pushback encountered by Nithya Garg when she arrived in Toronto a year ago had less to do with the country of her birth, India, than the place where she grew up, the U.S.”
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Teresa Toten Talks Growing Up and Fitting In, Piece by Piece

Erin Balser,

“Teresa Toten is a YA author best known for her Blonde books—Better than Blonde, Me and the Blondes, and the upcoming Beyond Blonde. Her books may be about those who win the inclusion jackpot—ah, to be young, blonde, and beautiful—but she was surprised to discover that it wasn’t those girls coming to her book launches, reading her books, and being touched by her stories. It was girls who felt like outsiders, who felt like they never belonged. Girls, like Teresa, who weren’t born in Canada.”
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