Previous Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People Winners and Finalists

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Jordyn Taylor. The Paper Girl of Paris. New York: HarperTeen, 2020.


Heather Smith. Barry Squires, Full Tilt. Toronto: Penguin Teen Canada, 2020.

Kathy Kacer. The Brushmaker’s Daughter. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2020.

Nadine Neema. Journal of a Travelling Girl. Illustrated by Archie Beaverho. Victoria: Wandering Fox Books, 2020.

Heather Stemp. Under Amelia’s Wing. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2020.



Tina Athaide. Orange for the Sunsets. New York: Katherine Tegen Books, 2019.


Virginia Frances Schwartz. Among the Fallen. New York: Holiday House, 2019.

Kit Pearson. Be My Love. Toronto: HarperTrophy Canada, 2019.

Lisa Harrington. The Big Dig. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2019.

Harriet Zaidman. City on Strike. Markham, ON: Red Deer Press, 2019.

Monique Polak. Room for One More. Minneapolis, MN: Kar-Ben Publishing, 2019.



Christopher Paul Curtis. The Journey of Little Charlie. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2018.


Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch. Don’t Tell the Enemy. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2018.

Beryl Young. Miles to Go. Victoria: Wandering Fox Books, 2018.

Jacqueline Halsey. Piper. Halifax:  Nimbus Publishing, 2018.

Kathy Kacer. The Sound of Freedom. Toronto: Annick Press, 2018.



Kevin Sands. The Assassin’s Curse. New York: Aladdin, 2017.


Heather Smith. The Agony of Bun O’Keefe. Toronto: Penguin Teen Canada, 2017.

Julie Lawson. A Blinding Light. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2017.

Heather Camlot. Clutch. Markham, ON: Red Deer Press, 2017.

Uma Krishnaswami. Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh. New York: Tu Books/Lee & Low, 2017.



Kevin Sands. The Mark of the Plague. New York: Aladdin, 2016.


Kenneth Oppel. Every Hidden Thing. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2016.

Caroline Stellings. Freedom’s Just Another Word. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2016.

Ellen Schwartz. Heart of a Champion. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2016.

Arushi Raina. When Morning Comes. Vancouver: Tradewind Books, 2016.



Karen Bass. Uncertain Soldier. Toronto: Pajama Press, 2015.


Frieda Wishinsky. Avis Dolphin. Illustrated by Willow Dawson. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2015.

Gisela Tobien Sherman. The Farmerettes. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2015.

Sarah Henstra. Mad Miss Mimic. Toronto: Razorbill Canada, 2015.

Kelley Armstrong. The Unquiet Past. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2015.



Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch. Dance of the Banished. Toronto: Pajama Press, 2014.


Patrick Bowman. Arrow Through the Axes. Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 2014.

Caroline Pignat. The Gospel Truth. Markham, ON: Red Deer Press, 2014.

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch. Underground Soldier. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2014.

Caroline Pignat. Unspeakable. Toronto: Razorbill Canada, 2014.



Karen Bass. Graffiti Knight. Toronto: Pajama Press, 2013.


Don Cummer. Brothers at War. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2013.

Julie Johnston. Little Red Lies. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2013.

Caroline Stellings. The Manager. Sydney, NS: Cape Breton University Press, 2013.

Philip Roy. Me & Mr. Bell. Sydney, NS: Cape Breton University Press, 2013.



Elizabeth Stewart. The Lynching of Louie Sam. Toronto: Annick Press, 2012.


Gillian Chan. A Call to Battle (I Am Canada). Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2012.

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch. Making Bombs for Hitler. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2012.

Amy McAuley. Violins of Autumn. New York: Walker Publishing Company, Inc., 2012.

Pat Bourke. Yesterday’s Dead. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2012.



Kate Cayley. The Hangman in the Mirror. Toronto: Annick Press, 2011.


Pamela Porter. I’ll Be Watching. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2011.

John Wilson. Shot at Dawn (I Am Canada). Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2011.

Kenneth Oppel. This Dark Endeavour: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2011.

Kit Pearson. The Whole Truth. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2011.



Valerie Sherrard. The Glory Wind. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2010.


Jean Little. Exiles from the War: The War Guests Diary of Charlotte Mary Twiss (Dear Canada). Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2010.

Marthe Jocelyn. Folly. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2010.

Martha Brooks. Queen of Hearts. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2010.

Caroline Pignat. Wild Geese. Markham, ON: Red Deer Press, 2010.



Shane Peacock. Vanishing Girl: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Third Case. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2009.


Laura Best. Bitter, Sweet. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2009.

John Wilson. Crusade. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2009.

Barbara Haworth-Attard. Haunted. Toronto: HarperTrophyCanada, 2009.

Nancy Hartry. Watching Jimmy. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2009.



John Ibbitson. The Landing. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2008.


Jack Mitchell. The Ancient Ocean Blues. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2008.

Melanie Little. The Apprentice’s Masterpiece: A Story of Medieval Spain. Toronto: Annick Press, 2008.

Shenaaz Nanji. Child of Dandelions. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2008.

Caroline Pignat. Greener Grass: The Famine Years. Calgary: Red Deer Press, 2008.



Christopher Paul Curtis. Elijah of Buxton. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2007.


John Wilson. The Alchemist’s Dream. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2007.

Shane Peacock. Eye of the Crow: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His First Case. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2007.

Henry T. Aubin. Rise of the Golden Cobra. Toronto: Annick Press, 2007.

Shannon Cowan. Tin Angel. Montreal: Lobster Press, 2007.



Eva Wiseman. Kanada. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2006.


Connie Brummel Crook. Meyers’ Rebellion. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2006.

Janet Lunn. A Rebel’s Daughter: The 1837 Rebellion Diary of Arabella Stevenson. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2006.

Penny Draper. Terror at Turtle Mountain. Regina: Coteau Books, 2006.

John Wilson. Where Soldiers Lie. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2006.



Pamela Porter. The Crazy Man. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2005.


Maxine Trottier. The Death of My Country: The Plains of Abraham Diary of Geneviève Aubuchon. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2005.

Barbara Haworth-Attard. Forget-Me-Not. Toronto: HarperTrophyCanada, 2005.

John Wilson. Fours Steps to Death. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2005.

Carol Matas. Turned Away: The World War II Diary of Devorah Bernstein. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2005.



Michel Noël. Good for Nothing. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2004.


Karleen Bradford. Angeline. Toronto: HarperTrophyCanada, 2004.

Sharon E. McKay. Esther. Toronto: Penguin Group (Canada, 2004.

Anne Laurel Carter. Last Chance Bay. Toronto: Penguin Group (Canada, 2004.

Carol Matas. Play Ball! Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2004.



Brian Doyle. Boy O’Boy. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2003.

Kevin Major. Ann and Seamus. Art by David Blackwood. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2003.

Jean Little. Brothers Far From Home: The World War I Diary of Eliza Bates. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2003.

Priscilla Galloway. The Courtesan’s Daughter. Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2003.

Ted Stenhouse. A Dirty Deed. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2003.



Joan Clark. The Word for Home. Toronto: Penguin Books, 2002.


Deborah Ellis. A Company of Fools. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2002.

Irene N. Watts. Finding Sophie. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2002.

Barbara Haworth-Attard. Irish Chain. Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 2002.

Linda Holeman. Search of the Moon King’s Daughter. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2002.



Virginia Frances Schwartz. If I Just Had Two Wings. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 2001.


Brian Doyle. Mary Ann Alice. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2001.

Connie Colker Steiner. Shoes for Amélie. Montreal: Lobster Press, 2001.

Maxine Trottier. Under a Shooting Star. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 2001.

Carol Matas. The War Within. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2001.



Sharon E. McKay. Charlie Wilcox. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 2000.


Troon Harrison. A Bushel of Light. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 2000.

James Heneghan. The Grave. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2000.

Carol Matas. In My Enemy’s House. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1999.

Barbara Haworth-Attard. Love-Lies-Bleeding. Montreal: Roussan Publishers, 1999.

2000 – Award Deferred



Iain Lawrence. The Wreckers. New York: Delacorte Press, 1998.


Joan Weir. The Brideship. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 1998.

Ann Walsh. The Doctor’s Apprentice. Vancouver: Beach Holme Publishing, 1998.

Susan Vande Griek. A Gift for Ampato with illustrations by Mary Jane Gerber. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1999.

Carol Matas. Greater Than Angels. Markham,ON: Scholastic Canada, 1998.

Eric Walters. The Hydrofoil Mystery. Toronto: Pengion Books Canada, 1999.

Bernice Thurman Hunter. Janey’s Choice. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1998.

Julie Johnston. The Only Outcast. Toronto: Tundra Books, 1998.

Kathy Kacer. The Secret of Gabi’s Dresser. Toronto: Second Story Press, 1999.

Judy Coburn. The Shacklands. Toronto: Second Story Press, 1998.



Irene N. Watts. Good-Bye Marianne. Toronto: Tundra Books, 1998.


John Wilson. Across Frozen Seas. Vancouver: Beach Holme Publishing, 1997.

Elaine Breault Hammond. Beyond the Waterfall. Charlottetown: Ragweed Press, 1997.

Sharon Stewart. The Dark Tower. Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1998.

Carol Matas. The Garden. Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1997.

Dayle Campbell Gaetz. Living Freight. Montreal: Roussan Publishers, 1998.

Janet McNaughton. Make or Break Spring. St. John’s: Tuckamore Books, 1998.

Connie Brummel Crook. Nellie’s Quest. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 1998.

Bill Freeman. Prairie Fire! Toronto: James Lorimer, 1998.

Eric Walters. War of the Eagles. Vitoria: Orca Book Publishers, 1998.

James Heneghan. Wish Me Luck. New York: Frances Foster Books, 1997.



Janet McNaughton. To Dance at the Palais Royale. St. John’s: Tuckamore Books, 1996.


Carol Matas. After the War. Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1996.

Jean Little. The Belonging Place. Toronto: Viking, 1997.

Dayle Campbell Gaetz. The Golden Rose. Vancouver: Pacific Educational Press, 1996.

Janet Lunn. The Hollow Tree. Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 1997.

Barbara Haworth-Attard. Home Child. Montreal: Roussan, 1996.

Linda Holeman. Promise Song. Toronto: Tundra Books, 1997.

Monica Hughes. The Seven Magpies. HarperCollins Publishers, 1996.

Karleen Bradford. Shadows On a Sword. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 1996.

Susan E. Merritt. The Stone Orchard. St. Catharines, ON: Vanwell Publishing, 1996.

Alison Acheson. Thunder Ice. Regina: Coteau Books, 1996.

Celia Barker Lottridge. Wings to Fly. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1997.



Marianne Brandis. Rebellion: A Novel of Upper Canada with illustrations by Gerard Brender à Brandis. Erin, ON: Porcupine’s Quill, 1996.


Bernice Thurman Hunter. Amy’s Promise. Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1995.

Eva Wiseman. A Place Not Home. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing, 1996.

Judith Silverthorne. The Secret of Sentinel Rock. Toronto: Second Story Press, 1996.

Barbara K. Nickel. The Secret Wish of Nannerl Mozart. Toronto: Second Story Press, 1996.

Martha Attema. A Time to Choose. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 1995.

Constance Horne. Trapped by Coal. Illustrated by Linda Heslop. Vancouver: Pacific Educational Press, 1994.



Joan Clark. The Dream Carvers. Toronto: Viking 1995.


Carol Matas. The Burning Time. Toronto: HarperCollins, 1994.

Jean Booker. Ellen’s Secret. Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1994.

Jean Little. His Banner Over Me. Toronto, Viking, 1995.

Sharon Gibson Palmero. The Lie That Had To Be. Saskatoon, SK: Thistledown Press, 1995.

Connie Brummel Crook. Nellie L. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing, 1994.

Lillian Boraks-Nemetz. The Old Brown Suitcase: A Teenager’s Story of War and Peace. Brentwood Bay, BC: Ben-Simon Publications, 1994.

Dorothy Perkyns. Signal Across the Sea. Hantsport, NS: Lancelot Press, 1994.

Hazel Hutchins. Within a Painted Past. Toronto: Annick Press, 1994.



Kit Pearson. The Lights Go On Again. Toronto: Viking Kestrel, 1993.


Carol Matas. Daniel’s Story. Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1993.

John Ibbitson. The Night Hazel Come To Town. Don Mills, ON: Maxwell Macmillan Canada, 1993.

Margaret Bunel Edwards. The Ocean Between. Illustrated by Linda Potts. North York, ON: Napoleon Publishing, 1993.

David Richards. Soldier Boys. Saskatoon, SK: Thistledown Press, 1993.



Celia Barker Lottridge. Ticket to Curlew. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1992.


John Ibbitson. 1812: Jeremy and the General. Don Mills, ON: Maxwell Macmillan Canada, 1991.

Ainslie Manson. A Dog Came Too. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1992.

Joyce Barkhouse. Yesterday’s Children. Hantsport, NS: Lancelot Press, 1994.

1992 – No Award



Marianne Brandis. The Sign of the Scales with original wood engravings by G. Brender à Brandis. Erin, ON: Porcupine’s Quill, 1990.


Jan Hudson. Dawn Rider. Toronto: HarperCollins, 1990.

Catherine Lalonde and Louise Burchell. Eliza’s Best Wednesday. Illustrated by Carol Sargent. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1990.

Lyn Cook. The Hiding Place. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1990.

Barbara Smucker. Incredible Jumbo. Markham, ON: Viking Kestrel, 1990.

Elona Malterre. The Last Wolf of Ireland. New York: Clarion Books, 1990.

Joyce Barkhouse. Pit Pony. Illustrated by Henry Van der Linde. Toronto: Gage Educational Publishing Company, 1990.

Barbara Greenwood. Spy in the Shadows. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1990.



Kit Pearson. The Sky is Falling. Markham, ON: Viking Kestrel, 1989.


Kevin Major. Blood Red Ochre. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 1989.

Carol Matas. Jesper. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1989.

Peter Cumming. Mogul and Me. Illustrated by P. John Burden. Charlottetown: Ragweed Press, 1989.

Constance Horne. Nykola and Granny. Toronto: Gage Educational Publishing Company, 1989.

Paul Yee. Tales From Gold Mountain. Illustrated by Simon Ng. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1989.



Martyn Godfrey. Mystery in the Frozen Lands. Toronto: James Lorimer, 1988.


Ann Blades. Moses, Me and Murder. Vancouver: Pacific Educational Press, 1988.

Dorothy Perkyns. Rachel’s Revolution. Hantsport, NS: Lancelot Press, 1988.

Robert Sutherland. Son of the Hounds. Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic -TAB Publications, 1988.



Carol Matas. Lisa. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1987.


Bill Freeman. Danger on the Tracks. Toronto: James Lorimer, 1987.

Margaret Maloney. The Goodman of Ballengeich. Illustrated by Lazlo Gal. Toronto: Methuen, 1987.

Bernice Thurman Hunter. Lamplighter. Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic-TAB, 1987.

Mary Razzell. Salmonberry Wine. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1987.

Myra Paperny. Take A Giant Step. Toronto: Overlea House, 1987.