Finalists Announced for the 2014 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto (September 3, 2014) – The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce the finalists for its seven major children’s book awards:

  • TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award ($30,000)
  • Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000)
  • Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction ($10,000)
  • Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000)
  • John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000)
  • Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy ($5,000)

The winners will be announced at the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards and Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse – two invitation-only gala events in Toronto on November 6 and Montreal on October 28. Overall, $130,000 in prize monies will be awarded.

The nominated books exemplify some of the very best work by Canadian authors and illustrators. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is proud to share these titles and the juries’ notes with you.

This year, TD is once again partnering with CBC Books to present the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Fan Choice Award. Young people across Canada are encouraged to vote for their favourite book online at CBCBooks.ca, starting on September 18, 2014. One lucky voter will be selected to win a trip to Toronto to meet their favourite author/illustrator and to present the award at the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award gala event on November 6, 2014.

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award ($30,000)
Sponsored by TD Bank Group

Branded by the Pink Triangle
Branded by the Pink Triangle
Written by Ken Setterington (Toronto, ON)
Second Story Press
for ages 11 and up
“In Branded by the Pink Triangle, Ken Setterington brings a unique perspective to holocaust literature and history, and makes it accessible for young readers… These stories reveal the truth of the horrors inflicted on men because of their sexual orientation, and share moments of great human compassion, giving hope for a world of acceptance and inclusion… Ken is a true storyteller, able to seamlessly incorporate first hand narratives with points of crucial information, creating a book that is not only important, but necessary.”

In the Tree House
In the Tree House
Written by Andrew Larsen (Toronto, ON)
Illustrated by Dušan Petricic (Toronto, ON)
Kids Can Press
for ages 5-10
“An evocative and heartwarming picture book of the expanding gulf between two brothers as they grow up and one of them abandons the tree house they had previously cherished… In the Tree House explores the meaning of community, the intricacies of sibling relationships, and the connections that can be formed when everyday distractions fade away… Readers of all ages will find this stunning combination of Andrew Larsen’s prose and Dušan Petricic’s illustrations to be both comforting and enlightening.”

The Man with the Violin
The Man with the Violin
Written by Kathy Stinson (Rockwood, ON)
Illustrated by Dušan Petricic (Toronto, ON)
Annick Press
for ages 5 and up
“Text and illustration dance together in this beautiful story which celebrates the importance of seeing the wonder that surrounds us each day… In an age when people are bombarded with noise and distraction from every angle, one small child finds joy and inspiration in the music of a street corner violinist… Dušan Petricic’s stylish illustrations, highlighted with bursts of colour, are a perfect complement to Kathy Stinson’s narrative.”

Once Upon a Northern Night
Once Upon a Northern Night
Written by Jean E. Pendziwol (Thunder Bay, ON)
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (Montreal, QC)
Groundwood Books
for ages 4-7
“This elegant story by Jean E. Pendziwol is filled with muted and magical illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault, highlighting the soft and charming landscape of a quiet northern night. Snowfalls and playful animals populate the pages, giving young readers a visual feast to go along with the spare and poetic language describing each scene… Readers will feel the need to tip-toe through the book, afraid to break the peaceful spell of the north… This is a perfect nightly read-aloud that will comfort and delight children and adults alike.”

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
Written by Teresa Toten (Toronto, ON)
Doubleday Canada
for ages 11 and up
“When Adam joins a support group for kids with OCD he finds a community of friends who help him navigate his world… Author Teresa Toten has created a compelling and delightful cast of characters who provide the reader with a chance to experience the world through a different lens and shows us that we all experience the world in our own unique way… Toten’s solid and poignant writing keeps things from getting too dark, but also never shies away from the sometimes unsettling parts of growing up and moving forward.”

JURY MEMBERS: Shannon Babcock, Project Coordinator for Quebec Reading Connection, Quebec Chair for Best Books for Kids & Teens and President, IBBY Canada; Robert Bittner, PhD Candidate, Simon Fraser University, avid reader and advocate for gender and sexual diversity in books for teens and children, member of the 2016 Michael L. Printz Award jury; Dr. Gregory Bryan, children’s literature professor, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba and co-author of Children’s Literature, Briefly (Pearson, 2012); Maria Martella, owner of Tinlids Inc., a wholesaler of children’s and teen books for schools and libraries; Carol McDougall, writer, Director of Read to Me! Nova Scotia Early Literacy Program, former CCBC librarian and Regional Officer.

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Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse ($30,000)
Sponsored by TD Bank Group

Destins croisés
Destins croisés
Written by Élizabeth Turgeon (Outremont, QC)
Les Éditions du Boréal
for ages 10-12
“Le destin de Marilou Fortier, une jeune adolescente québécoise, viendra croiser celui de Juanita, une fillette sacrifiée au dieu Soleil durant l’empire inca et de Pablo Sanchez, engagé dans la préservation de la forêt amazonienne.

Le projet qui réunit Marilou et Pablo est la réalisation d’un guide de voyage à l’intention des jeunes. Toutefois, leur collaboration prendra un tournant inattendu quand Marilou s’impliquera dans la lutte environnementale de Pablo et que ce dernier s’engagera à aider Marilou à libérer la petite momie inca, exposée dans un musée.

Les informations sur la vie durant l’empire inca sont parfaitement insérées dans l’histoire et nourrissent la trame narrative des aventures pleines de rebondissements de Marilou et de Pablo.

Alternance bien menée entre l’ancien monde Inca et l’actualité. Histoire intelligemment construite car elle apporte une dimension policière tout en suivant un guide de voyage activiste en environnement, éveillant ainsi une prise de conscience de l’héroïne tout autant que celle du jeune lecteur sur son entourage environnemental.”

Le lion et l'oiseau
Le lion et l’oiseau
Written and illustrated by Marianne Dubuc (Montreal, QC)
Les Éditions de la Pastèque
for ages 6-8
“Encore une fois, Marianne Dubuc nous enchante avec une histoire d’amitié peu commune mais combien touchante. Son vocabulaire minimal, efficace et judicieux, renforcé par la pureté des illustrations nous enchante et nous suggère que la solitude et le froid se vivent mieux à deux. L’auteure a même eu l’audace d’insérer trois pages vierges tout à fait pertinente au milieu du récit. Une belle leçon de solidarité, d’amitié et de bonheur.

Les illustrations sont souvent sans texte mais elles sont efficaces car elles veulent tout dire. Un coté minimaliste qui exprime la vie sans être trop élaboré. Une belle complicité entre le lion et l’oiseau. Un livre qui s’adresse à l’intelligence des enfants. Belle leçon de vie sur l’amour qui se forme puis se défait selon les circonstances existentielles.”

Ma petite boule d'amour
Ma petite boule d’amour
Written by Jasmine Dubé (Montreal, QC)
Illustrated by Jean-Luc Trudel (Montreal, QC)
Les Éditions de la Bagnole
for ages 6-8
“Jasmine Dubé nous offre un récit à la fois tendre et puissant qui aborde, avec une prose remarquable, plusieurs thématiques auxquelles on se retrouve parfois, à un moment de nos vies. À travers l’histoire d’un ours grognon, d’une sympathique mouche tsé-tsé, et d’un ourson si précieux, je vous garantis que vous passerez par toute une myriade d’émotions.

Les illustrations de Jean-Luc Trudel rendent tout le ton à l’histoire, elles accompagnent merveilleusement bien le texte et font vivre les personnages. La persévérance de l’ours et l’adoption du petit emportent le lecteur dans l’amour qui rapproche les êtres. L’illustration donne un ton d’émotion au texte qui est simple mais qui dit tout sur l’amour.”

Le Noël de Marguerite
Le Noël de Marguerite
Written by India Desjardins (Montreal, QC)
Illustrated by Pascal Blanchet (Trois-Rivières, QC)
Les Éditions de la Pastèque
for ages 8-10
“Marguerite est une grand-mère qui passe seule le temps des Fêtes car elle a peur de tout. Elle s’est isolée des siens et de la vie tout court en prétextant ne pas vouloir être dérangée. Une visite inopinée le soir de Noël va tout changer…

C’est un conte de Noël délicieusement rétro qui aborde de façon touchante mais sans mélodrame le problème de la solitude chez les personnes âgées. India Desjardins sait doser son récit en présentant la subtile transformation de Marguerite.

L’illustrateur Pascal Blanchet utilise des coloris délavés pour suggérer une atmosphère empreinte d’un soupçon de nostalgie. Il meuble la belle grande maison de Marguerite d’objets riches de souvenirs. Les illustrations regorgent de détails précieux comme les pages de garde rayées qui évoquent les cannes de Noël.

Le Noël de Marguerite est une lecture à partager avec des enfants ou à lire sous la couette dès que le frimas arrive.”

La plus grosse poutine du monde
La plus grosse poutine du monde
Written by Andrée Poulin (Aylmer, QC)
Bayard Canada
for ages 10-12
“Thomas a peu de souvenirs de sa mère. Il se rappelle seulement que pour ses cinq ans, elle lui a fait la meilleure poutine au monde. Le lendemain, elle n’était plus là. Elle n’est jamais revenue. Pour souligner ses quatorze ans, Thomas décide de soumettre une idée au livre Guinness des records. Aidé de son meilleur ami Samuel et de son équipe de soccer, il va cuisiner la plus grosse poutine au monde. Si son record fait le tour de la planète, sa mère le saura et elle reviendra. Il se met alors en quête de commanditaires. La fromagère accepte de l’aider, à condition qu’il prenne sa fille Élie à bord du projet. Il tente ensuite de convaincre la mairesse que l’aréna est l’endroit idéal pour préparer les 600 kilos de poutine et servir les consommateurs. Mme Tartatcheff n’est pas enchantée à l’idée d’y faire entrer de la malbouffe. Thomas et ses amis échafaudent les plans les plus fous pour surmonter ces obstacles, mais des révélations viennent remettre en question le projet « Prodigieuse Poutine ».

Une histoire pleine de qualité, la résilience et la bonne volonté du héros sont un enchantement. Ce n’est pas une histoire fataliste. Au contraire, elle démontre comment un jeune garçon arrive à s’en sortir malgré une mère absente et un père indifférent. Réussite due à une volonté infaillible.”

JURY MEMBERS: Nicholas Aumais, Literary Consultant, Bayard Canada; Susane Duchesne, bookseller and Past President of IBBY Canada; Jean Fugère, journalist, columnist and presenter, Radio-Canada; France Lapierre, Educational Consultant; Josiane Polidori, former Head of Children’s Literature, Library and Archives Canada.

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Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000)
Sponsored by A. Charles Baillie

Fox and Squirrel
Fox and Squirrel
Written and illustrated by Ruth Ohi (Toronto, ON)
North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada
for ages 3-7
“Ruth Ohi has created a supremely delightful and animated dialogue starring two unique and very different friends, a story that is effortlessly fun and profound at once… The captivating images flow seamlessly with the perfectly understated text… Readers will rejoice in the ways these two cleverly outwit those who would divide them.”

How To
How To
Written and illustrated by Julie Morstad (Vancouver, BC)
Simply Read Books
for ages 4-8
“With grace and true genius, this book offers children gemlike insights into themselves and into their world at each turn of the page… The illustrations are stylized and simple yet convey a complex sense of childlike playfulness… A brilliantly conceptual series of plays on words that is carried flawlessly to its perfect conclusion… The elegant and warmly expressive art and simple yet powerful text come together to celebrate childhood itself.”

The Man with the Violin
The Man with the Violin
Written by Kathy Stinson (Rockwood, ON)
Illustrated by Dušan Petricic (Toronto, ON)
Annick Press
for ages 5 and up
“Rightly told and illustrated from a child’s vantage point, this real-life story contrasts the narrowness of the adult’s busy world with the wide-eyed openness of the child’s… Pitch perfect language and miraculously rhythmic art together dance the reader through this story filled with music both heard and deeply felt by its young protagonist… With superb skill, Kathy Stinson and Dušan Petricic take a true story from the newswires, and with mastery of their crafts, elevate it to a work of art.”

My Name Is Blessing
My Name Is Blessing
Written by Eric Walters (Mississauga, ON)
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Lakehurst, ON)
Tundra Books
for ages 7 and up
“This story of an African boy plagued by disability, poverty and prejudice, and ultimately saved by love, is unfailingly respectful… Every child can be enriched by the unsentimental, honest and enlightening text and be carried away by the beautifully realized art suffused with the burnt orange tones of the African Savannah… The turn of phrase reflected in the title is highly poignant.”

Where Do You Look
Where Do You Look?
Written and illustrated by Marthe Jocelyn (Stratford, ON) and Nell Jocelyn (Philadelphia, PA)
Tundra Books
for ages 3-6
“A series of wonderful double-entendres that introduce language concepts in a playful way, this book contains few words but hours of fun… The playful joys and puzzles of language are presented with exuberant high spirits, in cleverly chosen words and brilliantly patterned collage illustrations reminiscent of folk art… This mother-daughter team brings artful layers to a seemingly simple concept.”

JURY MEMBERS: Todd Kyle, CEO, Newmarket Public Library and Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Children’s Book Centre;Sheba Meland, Children’s Publishing and Editorial Consultant; Sara Spencer, Junior School Librarian, The York School.

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Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction ($10,000)
Sponsored by the Fleck Family Foundation

Branded by the Pink Triangle
Branded by the Pink Triangle
Written by Ken Setterington (Toronto, ON)
Second Story Press
for ages 11 and up
“A brave book tackling a little known aspect of gay life in Germany before, during and after World War II… With remarkable research, Ken Setterington conveys the little-known history of a time when gay people were abused and murdered simply for being who they were. The individual stories he has uncovered reveal astonishing resilience and inspiring bravery in the face of appalling persecution… Ultimately, it is the reverent tone of the text that helps to guide the reader gently through this dark chapter of the world’s history.”

A History of Just About Everything
A History of Just About Everything: 180 Events, People and Inventions That Changed the World
Written by Elizabeth MacLeod (Toronto, ON)
and Frieda Wishinsky (Toronto, ON)
Illustrated by Qin Leng (Toronto, ON)
Kids Can Press
for ages 8-12
“This is an ambitious attempt to chronologically present 180 different key historical events in the world. Elizabeth MacLeod and Frieda Wishinsky manage to competently distill the details of each event and present the information in accessible language… Fascinating ‘ripple’ features add depth by putting the subject into context and modern perspective. This volume is a fantastic resource for seeing the bigger picture of highlights in human history.”

The Last Train
The Last Train: A Holocaust Story
Written by Rona Arato (Toronto, ON)
Owlkids Books
for ages 9 and up
“This elegantly written account of how one family survived the horrors of the Holocaust is both gripping and authentic… Rona Arato tells the tale of her husband’s Holocaust story with the deft style of the seasoned author that she is… A haunting, unforgettable book that shines a light on one of history’s darkest chapters.”

Looks Like Daylight
Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids
Written by Deborah Ellis (Simcoe, ON)
Groundwood Books
for ages 11 and up
“Deborah Ellis once again weaves her magic to bring out the stories of young indigenous people in Looks Like Daylight… The reader is drawn to explore the diversity and commonalities amongst the youth… The stories range from funny to poignant… All of the young people draw on the ancient cultures of their ancestors to help establish their own identities in a high-tech 21st century world… A revealing and insightful book that will appeal to readers of all ages.”

My Name Is Blessing
My Name Is Blessing
Written by Eric Walters (Mississauga, ON)
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Lakehurst, ON)
Tundra Books
for ages 7 and up
“This picture book explores the universal feelings of fear of rejection and joy of acceptance… Based upon a true story, My Name Is Blessing details the plight of a young boy in Kenya living with a physical disability and challenging living circumstances… Eugenie Fernandes’ colourful renditions of the young boy’s family and changing circumstances compliment Eric Walters’ direct narrative with an understated grace.”

JURY MEMBERS: Hugh Brewster, editor, publisher and author of 16 books for children and adults, including At Vimy Ridge, winner of the 2008 Norma Fleck Award; Nancy Rawlinson, teacher, Toronto District School Board and recipient of the 2014 OTIP Award for Provincial Teaching Excellence; Tara Stadius, Services Specialist, Children & Youth, Toronto Public Library.

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Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000)
Sponsored by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Bilson Endowment Fund

Brothers at War
Brothers at War
Written by Don Cummer (Ottawa, ON)
Scholastic Canada
for ages 9-12
“Don Cummer offers a rich story that takes place in Upper Canada. A well written and engaging historical fiction account that raises questions about loyalty to friends, differences and tensions between families — issues with which young adolescents will relate… While relationships and politics can be cumbersome and confusing, the honest dialogue between young boys, both friends and foes, expose the raw truths in the pre-War period of 1812 Upper Canada.”

Graffiti Knight
Graffiti Knight
Written by Karen Bass (Hythe, AB)
Pajama Press
for ages 12 and up
“The clash between the Soviet victors and the German people after World War II is masterfully captured in this exciting story of a teen in Berlin who deals with uncertainty at home and school by challenging his city’s new social order… Bass has created a character that engages readers with his anger, compassion and remorse… A well written and intriguing book possessing strong plot, characters and themes within a historical context.”

Little Red Lies
Little Red Lies
Written by Julie Johnston (Peterborough, ON)
Tundra Books
for ages 12 and up
“Set in the aftermath of World War II, Little Red Lies includes many elements that contribute to the theme of hiding secrets… Unflinchingly honest, Julie Johnston’s story of a 13-year-old girl living in post-World War II Canada will resonate with young adult readers… On the surface, the novel is about a soldier’s return from war, but under the layers of work, school and relationships linger the extraordinary truths held by Johnston’s characters…”

The Manager
The Manager
Written by Caroline Stellings (Waterdown, ON)
Cape Breton University Press
for ages 14 and up
“A road trip tale that takes the reader from Sydney, Nova Scotia to Boston featuring boxing, sisters and an unforgettable pit stop with a Johnny Carson-obsessed matriarch… The Manager presents a unique plot about boxing and perseverance in the face of adversity… This novel may read like a boxing story but it is more an exploration into society’s predilection for disregarding others because of perceived flaws… This is a story of resiliency and acceptance and how to stay true to your roots.”

Me & Mr. Bell
Me & Mr. Bell
Written by Philip Roy (St. Marys, ON)
Cape Breton University Press
for ages 10-12
“While a simple story, embedded with important historical characters like Mr. Bell and Helen Keller, Me & Mr. Bell shares an important message about recognizing personal strengths and weaknesses… Author Philip Roy intertwines the lives of the great Alexander Graham Bell with an unassuming boy with reading difficulties, emphasizing their common bonds and the opportunities that can be lost when judgments override all else.”

JURY MEMBERS: Janet Clarke, teacher-librarian, Vanier Catholic Secondary School; Helen Kubiw, teacher-librarian and blogger atCanLit for LittleCanadians; Jo-Anne Naslund, Instructional Programs Librarian, Education Library, University of British Columbia;Gail de Vos (chair), storyteller and Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta.

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John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000)
Sponsored by John Spray

The Further Adventures of Jack Lime
The Further Adventures of Jack Lime
Written by James Leck (Dartmouth, NS)
Kids Can Press
for ages 10-12
“This delightful send-up of the hardboiled crime genre presents a series of intriguing high school mysteries while having fun with all the classic tropes of vintage crime fiction… The Further Adventures of Jack Lime is as hard-hitting and witty as the classic noir pulp fiction of yesterday, and the PI at the story’s center is tough as nails, unflinching and utterly likable. For Lime, getting punched in the nose is all in a day’s work, while for James Leck, the same can be said for writing classic mystery fiction with a modern twist.”

The Metro Dogs of Moscow
The Metro Dogs of Moscow
Written by Rachelle Delaney (Vancouver, BC)
Puffin Canada
for ages 8-11
“In The Metro Dogs of Moscow, Rachelle Delaney adds genuine humour to the adventures of an embassy dog named JR, a hero who is impossible not to love. But it’s when the mystery begins that this book takes off at an unleashed pace… This canine crime caper will particularly appeal to young readers just coming alive to the joys of armchair travel… Once you pick up this book all you’ll want to do is sit. Stay. Read.”

The Spotted Dog Last Seen
The Spotted Dog Last Seen
Written by Jessica Scott Kerrin (Halifax, NS)
Groundwood Books
for ages 8-11
“In The Spotted Dog Last Seen, author Jessica Scott Kerrin has created a uniquely touching and informative book. A mysterious locker, a cast of endearing characters and fascinating tidbits about the ancient art of gravestone carving make this sensitive work about the grieving process more approachable… Each laugh and every tear is earned in this tale filled with twists, turns, growth and self-forgiveness.”

Whatever Doesn’t Kill You
Whatever Doesn’t Kill You
Written by Elizabeth Wennick (Brantford, ON)
Orca Book Publishers
for ages 12 and up
“Jenna Cooper is a high school girl who sets out to unravel the dark secrets in her family’s past… Readers will enjoy following Jenna’s journey as she discovers the opportunities for starting over that can only come from an encounter with the cold, hard truth… The characters are edgy, the dialogue rings true, the prose flows smoothly and the tension is tight in Elizabeth Wennick’s strong addition to the mystery genre.”

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Who I’m Not
Written by Ted Staunton (Port Hope, ON)
Orca Book Publishers
for ages 12 and up
“This riveting tale of a boy who assumes a missing teen’s identity and the family that welcomes him back could have been too far-fetched to believe, but instead it is written with authority, heart and a great deal of psychological tension… This dark thriller is elevated from simplistic crime fiction by its nuanced portrait of a young man who turns to crime… A suspenseful story of secrets and lies, Ted Staunton’s multi-layered page-turner grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go.”

JURY MEMBERS: Mary Anne Cree, Junior School Librarian, The Bishop Strachan School; Peggy Perdue, curator of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Toronto Public Library; Joel Sutherland, author of Be a Writing Superstar and Haunted Canada 4: More True Tales of Terror, Information Assistant, Ajax Public Library (MLIS, Aberystwyth University), and ‘The Barbarian Librarian’ on TV’sWipeout Canada.

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Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy ($5,000)
Sponsored by HarperCollins Canada

Curse of the Dream Witch
Curse of the Dream Witch
Written by Allan Stratton (Toronto, ON)
Scholastic Canada
for ages 9-12
“Allan Stratton’s Curse of the Dream Witch is an absorbing and perceptive story about friendship, family, and growing up. The Dream Witch is a splendidly wicked and shrewd villain, while Milo and Princess Olivia are courageous and truly likeable protagonists… The fast-pace and fairy tale atmosphere will appeal to any reader who enjoys a deliciously dark fantasy… Readers will relish the bravery, friendship and imaginative details found in this irreverent story.”

Rush
Rush
(The Game, Book 1)
Written by Eve Silver (Thornhill, ON)
Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
for ages 14 and up
“Captivating and at times harrowing, Rush grabs hold of the reader right away and doesn’t let go until its final word. Silver’s prose is dynamic and sharp; her use of video games is inventive; and her protagonist, Miki Jones, is engaging and admirable… Readers must give themselves over to the strange world until it reveals itself through each twist and turn of the plot… Rush is what science fiction does best — insightful, relevant, and challenging.”

Slated
Slated
(Slated Trilogy, Book 1)
Written by Teri Terry (Buckinghamshire, UK)
Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Young Readers Group
for ages 12 and up
“Searing and urgent, Slated is science fiction of rare power and significance… It is a provocative, haunting vision of a world in which the government wields power over personal identity… This thought provoking dystopian thriller presents a world where no one is who they seem, maybe not even one’s self… The author creates an Orwellian-like future that feels eerily possible, and the multiple twists and turns will keep readers guessing until the end.”

Sorrow's Knot
Sorrow’s Knot
Written by Erin Bow (Kitchener, ON)
Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Inc.
for ages 12 and up
“In Sorrow’s Knot, Erin Bow crafts a powerful story about loss, change and love… The languid pace and high stakes of a village trapped by evil are enthralling…. Drawing from Native North American culture and mythology, the language is lyrical and atmospheric… Erin Bow weaves highly evocative descriptions and gorgeous emotional depth through this magical Native inspired fable.”

The Stowaways
The Stowaways
Written by Meghan Marentette (Halifax, NS)
Illustrated by Dean Griffiths (Duncan, BC)
Pajama Press
for ages 8-12
“Meghan Marentette has written a book ripe for reading aloud and sharing with the family… The Stowaways most importantly reminds us of the thrill and joy — and even the necessity — of adventure… Endearing characters, themes of innovation, adventure and courage, and a beautiful package combine to destine this charming animal fantasy to become a Canadian classic.”

JURY MEMBERS: Michael Johnstone, Lecturer, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Department of English, University of Toronto; Kate Newman, Category Manager for Kids & Teen Books, Indigo Books; Rachel Seigel, Sales & Selection Strategist, EduCan Media.

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ABOUT THE CCBC BOOK AWARDS:

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award
The TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award was established in 2005 to honour the most distinguished book of the year for children aged one to 12. Entries are judged on the quality of the text and illustrations and the book’s overall contribution to literature. All books for children, in any genre, written by a Canadian, are eligible for the award. The winning book receives $30,000 and an additional $10,000 is divided amongst the honour books. The publisher of the winning book receives $2,500 for promotional purposes.

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
The Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award honours excellence in the illustrated picture book format, for children aged 3 to 8. Charles Baillie, retired Chairman and CEO of TD Bank Group, is delighted to give the prize in his wife Marilyn’s name. As an award-winning children’s book author and an early learning specialist, Marilyn is involved in and passionate about children’s literature. The winning book receives $20,000.

Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction
The Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction was established by the Fleck Family Foundation in 1999 to recognize Canada’s exceptional non-fiction books for young people. The award honours Norma Fleck (1906-1998), who inspired a deep love of reading in her children and grandchildren. Dr. James Fleck, who initiated the award, is the son of Norma Fleck. The winning book receives $10,000.

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
The Geoffrey Bilson Award was established in 1988 in memory of the respected historian and children’s author, Geoffrey Bilson. The $5,000 prize is awarded annually to the Canadian author of an outstanding work of historical fiction for young people. In 2005, the Bilson Endowment Fund was created to support this award. If you wish to contribute to this fund, please contact the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

John Spray Mystery Award
The John Spray Mystery Award was established in 2011 to honour excellence in the mystery book genre. John Spray, President of the Mantis Investigation Agency, is delighted to sponsor the prize, noting that mystery books made him a passionate reader at an early age and helped him find his chosen career. The $5,000 prize is awarded annually to a Canadian author of an outstanding work of mystery writing for young people.

Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy
Established in 2011, the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy honours excellence in the science fiction and fantasy genre. Sponsored by HarperCollins Canada, in memory of the late Monica Hughes, the $5,000 prize is awarded annually to a Canadian author of an outstanding work of speculative fiction for young people.

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not-for-profit organization and registered charity founded in 1976 to promote, support and encourage the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for children and teens. With book collections and extensive resources in five cities across Canada, the CCBC is a treasure-trove for anyone interested in Canadian books for young readers. For more information, please visit www.bookcentre.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Camilia Kahrizi
Marketing and Website Coordinator
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Tel: 416.975.0010 ext. 221
camilia@bookcentre.ca