John Spray Mystery Award


The John Spray Mystery Award (2011-2020) honoured excellence in the mystery book genre. The prize, sponsored by John Spray, President of Mantis Investigation Agency, was awarded annually with a cash prize of $5,000. To be eligible, the book must have been an original work in English, aimed at readers eight to 18 and written by a Canadian. A mystery book can be a thriller, a crime novel or a whodunit. The final award was presented in 2020.

Award Recipients

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Year Recipient
2020 Tim Wynne-Jones. The Starlight Claim. Sommerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2019.
2019 Courtney Summers. Sadie. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2018.
2018 Eileen Cook. The Hanging Girl. Boston: Houghlin Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
2017 Caroline Pignat. Shooter. Toronto: Razorbill Canada, 2016.
2016 Kevin Sands. The Blackthorn Key. New York: Aladdin, 2015.
2015 William Bell. Julian. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2014.
2014 Ted Staunton. Who I’m Not. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2013.
2013 Elizabeth Stewart. The Lynching of Louie Sam. Toronto: Annick Press, 2012.
2012 Rob Mills. Charlie’s Key. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2011.
2011 Y.S. Lee. A Spy in the House. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2010.