About Amy’s 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 will be reading and reviewing one Canadian teen fiction book a day for each day of 2014, in order to raise $100,000 for a new teen book award. She will read books from every province and territory, exploring Canada and promoting Canadian teen authors and books.


About Amy

Amy Mathers has been passionate about reading from a very young age. Born with a type of glycogen storage disease, Amy received a liver transplant at the age of five and a heart transplant when she was 27. Despite her physical challenges she has volunteered in various libraries, worked as a bibliotherapist, taken part in a high school reading selection committee and co-written and co-taught a college course called “Assisting Families Dealing with Chronic Illness & Disability.” Amy is looking forward to beginning her reading journey across Canada, and hopes others will share her enthusiasm for funding a teen book award.


Information Sheet

Click here to download a flyer with information about the campaign and the 13 Book Challenge.


Recent media interviews:

CBC’s Here and Now
The Waterloo Region Record
Halifax Chronicle Herald
CCBC’s January Newsletter



A video about Amy made by Deb Mathers and Noah Suh:

Amy has also been filming weekly Video Blogs to go over her favourite reads. Watch the videos here.


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