Vanishing Girl wins 2010 National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (May 28, 2010): Vanishing Girl is the winner of The National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award for Canadian children’s books published in 2009. The $3,000 prize was presented to Shane Peacock, the 2008 winner of this award for Eye of the Crow, at the 110th National Annual Meeting of IODE Canada on 28 May 2010. This is the 26th year that the award has been made available to Canadian authors.

In Vanishing Girl, published by Tundra Books, Shane Peacock creates a background story for Sherlock Holmes, the world’s greatest detective, revealing his early detective skills. The third case in the compelling Boy Sherlock Holmes series is full of as many twists and turns as the backstreets of Victorian London.

When a wealthy young girl vanishes as if by magic in Hyde Park, Sherlock is once again driven to prove himself. In a heart-stopping race against time, an innocent boy’s survival depends on Sherlock’s ability to solve the mysterious puzzle of the Vanishing Girl. As complex as the maze that protects the missing girl’s hiding place, this case takes Sherlock racing to the countryside, the coast, and into the lair of a menagerie of exotic, dangerous creatures.

Haunted by memories of his shattered family, goaded by his enemies, driven to heal the fragile relationship between him and the beautiful Irene Doyle, Sherlock makes an almost fatal mistake. In the end, his brilliant powers of deduction and the steadfast eccentric Sigerson Bell save the day. Soon, very soon, the world will come to know him as the master detective of all time.

Runners-up for the 2010 award included:

  • Charlie: A Home Child’s Life in Canada written by Beryl Young, published by Key Porter Books
  • The Hunchback Assignments written by Arthur Slade, published by HarperCollins Publishers
  • Wanting Mor written by Rukhsana Khan, published by Groundwood Books

IODE Canada is celebrating it’s 110th Anniversary as Canada’s premiere 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 or contact Anne Mason, Chair of The National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award Committee at 416-487-4416 or