Winners of the 2012 Hackmatack Awards announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (April 27, 2012) – The winners of the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award 2012 were announced at a ceremony on Friday, April 27 at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton, New Brunswick. Hugh Brewster, author of Prisoner of Dieppe: World War II, was the winner in the English fiction category. Catherine Rondina, received the English non-fiction award for her book Don’t Touch That Toad & Other Strange Things Adults Tell You. The winner of the French fiction category (for the second year in a row!) was Richard Petit for Ton journal intime Zone Frousse. Stéphanie C. Dubois received the award in French non-fiction for her book Le petit livre des affaires dégueulasses.

Prisoner of Dieppe is part of Scholastic Canada’s exciting new series about Canadian history. Author Hugh Brewster draws on his extensive background in writing non-fiction for children to create an engaging and touching piece of fiction based on the true-to-life stories of veterans.

Don’t Touch That Toad & Other Strange Things Adults Tell You gives children the chance to arm themselves with facts in the face of odd advice…advice that’s often based on myths and wives’ tales. Catherine Rondina has been writing for over 22 years and has more than 1,700 articles and eight books published.

Ton journal intime Zone Frousse sets a trap for the reader. It’s written as a journal that includes everything from misfortunes to disasters. At the end of the book, the reader has a choice between two endings: a good one and a very bad one. Not to read before bedtime!

Le petit livre des affaires dégueulasses is a book about every kind of disgusting thing you can think of whether animal or human. The reader learns about strange customs, strange biological facts as well as some of the strange habits of some animals. This is the author’s first book and it’s a lot of fun.

The Hackmatack Award ceremony was the culmination of this year’s award week during which 18 of the nominated Canadian authors visited participating schools and libraries in New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and the Prince Edward Island. Thousands of children from grades 4 to 6 participated this year by reading the forty nominated books and voting for their favourites.

To see the new nominated books for the 2012/2013 Hackmatack Award and to get more information about the award program, check out our website at

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Kate Watson | Project Coordinator | T: 902 424-3774