Shortlists announced for the 2014 CLA Book Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OTTAWA (March 1, 2014) – The Canadian Library Association has announced the shortlists for its three Canadian children’s book awards — the CLA Book of the Year Award for Children, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award and the CLA Young Adult Book Award. All three awards are generously sponsored by Library Services Centre. The shortlisted titles are listed below.

CLA Book of the Year for Children Award

This respected award honours a book published in Canada in 2013 by a Canadian author that appeals to readers aged 12 and younger. On behalf of the children of Canada, we salute the efforts and accomplishments of these writers, and thank them and their publishers for providing our children with an inspired collection of new titles. The award is generously sponsored by Library Services Centre.

We are lucky to celebrate the wealth of extraordinary children’s writers in Canada with this award, and were provided with 194 titles to consider this year. After thorough reading and review, 45 were longlisted, and today we announce the 10 finalists for the 2014 CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, in alphabetical order by title.

Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries
Written by Elizabeth MacLeod
Annick Press

Curse of the Dream Witch
Written by Allan Stratton
Scholastic Canada

Driftwood
Written by Valerie Sherrard
Fitzhenry & Whiteside

How to Curse in Hieroglyphics
Written by Lesley Livingston and Jonathan Llyr
Puffin Canada

The Legend of Lightning & Thunder
Written by Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt
Illustrated by Jo Rioux
Inhabit Media Inc.

Me and Mr. Bell
Written by Philip Roy
Cape Breton University Press

The Metro Dogs of Moscow
Written by Rachelle Delaney
Puffin Canada

Prince Pugley of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff
Written by Robert Paul Weston
Illustrated by Victor Rivas Villa
Puffin Canada

The Spotted Dog Last Seen
Written by Jessica Scott Kerrin
Groundwood Books

The Stowaways
Written by Meghan Marentette
Illustrated by Dean Griffiths
Pajama Press

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the 2013‐2014 CLA Book of the Year for Children Award Jury: Megan Clare, Librarian, Waterloo Public Library, Waterloo, ON; Jaclyn McLean, Librarian, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK; Rachel Seigel, Sales & Selection Strategist, Edu Reference Publisher’s Direct, Toronto, ON; Marilyn Willis, Retired Library Coordinator, Georgetown, ON; Reta Pyke, Librarian, Port Moody Public Library, Vancouver, BC

For more information, please contact Jaclyn McLean at mclean.jaclyn@gmail.com.

Amelia Frances Howard‐Gibbon Illustrator’s Award

This award, establisghed in 1971, recognizes an illustrator of a noteworthy Canadian book, published in 2013, that appeals to children up to the age of 12 years. The finalists are listed below, alphabetically by title.

A Long Way Away
Illustrated and written by Frank Viva
HarperCollins Publishers

The Dark
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Written by Lemony Snicket
HarperCollins Publishers

Francis the Little Fox
Illustrated by Katty Maurey
Written by Véronique Boisjoly
Kids Can Press

Jane, the Fox and Me
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Written by Fanny Britt
Groundwood Books

The Legend of Lightning & Thunder
Illustrated by Jo Rioux
Written by Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt
Inhabit Media Inc.

Little You
Illustrated by Julie Flett
Written by Richard Van Camp
Orca Book Publishers

Loula is Leaving for Africa
Illustrated and written by Anne Villeneuve
Kids Can Press

The Man With the Violin
Illustrated by Dušan Petričić
Written by Kathy Stinson
Annick Press

Northwest Passage
Illustrated by Matt James
Written by Stan Rogers
Groundwood Books

Once Upon a Northern Night
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Written by Jean E. Pendziwol
Groundwood Books

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award Jury: Lynne Thorimbert, Acting Assistant Director, Marigold Library System, Alberta; Stirling Prentice, Systems Librarian, Ottawa Public Library; Diana Gauthier, retired teacher-librarian, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board; Zoe Pappas-Acreman, Children’s Librarian, Ottawa Public Library; Randi Robin, Children’s Librarian, Burnaby Public Library

For more information, please contact Lynne Thorimbert at 1-855-934-5334 ext. 248 and lynne@marigold.ab.ca.

CLA Young Adult Book Award

This award recognizes an author of an outstanding English‐language Canadian work of fiction (novel, collection of short stories or graphic novel), published in 2013, that appeals to young adults between the ages of 13 and 18. The finalists are listed below, alphabetically by title.

Audacious
Written by Gabrielle Prendergast
Orca Book Publishers

The Color of Silence
Written by Liane Shaw
Second Story Press

Graffiti Knight
Written by Karen Bass
Pajama Press

The Gypsy King
Written by Maureen Fergus
Razorbill

Little Red Lies
Written by Julie Johnston
Tundra Books

Nix Minus One
Written by Jill MacLean
Pajama Press

Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl
Written by Emily Pohl-Weary
Razorbill

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow
Written by Amy McCulloch
Doubleday Canada

The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley
Written by Jan Andrews
Great Plains Teen Fiction

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
Written by Teresa Toten
Doubleday Canada

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the 2013-2014 CLA Young Adult Book Award Jury: Kim Hebig, Wheatland Regional Library; Stephanie Vollick, Okanagan Regional Library; Carmelita Cechetto-Shea, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board; Allison Hall-Murphy, Ottawa Public Library; Elizabeth Coates, Calgary Public Library

For more information, please contact Kim Hebig at khebig@wheatland.sk.ca.

The winner of the award, and the Honour Books, will be announced the week of April 14th. The award will be presented at the Canadian Library Association 2014 National Conference and Trade Show in Victoria, BC on May 29 at the annual awards reception.

The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques is Canada’s largest national and broad‐based library association, representing the interests of public, academic, school and special libraries, professional librarians and library workers, and all those concerned about enhancing the quality of life of Canadians through information and literacy.