Shortlist Announced for the 2013 Violet Downey Book Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TORONTO (February 26, 2013) – The shortlist for The National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award, valued at $5,000, has been selected from among submitted books published in Canada in 2012. The Award is offered annually for the best young children’s English language book containing at least 500 words of text. The winner will be announced at IODE Canada’s 113th National Annual Meeting being held at the Carriage House Inn in Calgary, Alberta on May 31, 2013. The five Canadian authors shortlisted for this Award are:

Enemy Territory
Written by Sharon E. McKay
Annick Press

My Name Is Parvana
Written by Deborah Ellis
Groundwood Books

One Year in Coal Harbour
Written by Polly Horvath
Groundwood Books

The Green Man
Written by Michael Bedard
Tundra Books

Yesterday’s Dead
Written by Pat Bourke
Second Story Press

Violet Downey 2013

IODE Canada is a national women’s charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals through education support, community service and citizenship programs.For a list of past winners or for more information about IODE, please visit

For further information about The National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award, please contact Committee Chair Linda Dennis at 416-487-4416 or email at