|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.|
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.
For the full list of finalists and winners, please click here.