The Canadian Library Association is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2015 Young Adult Book Award. The award is generously sponsored by Library Services Centre and recognizes an author of an outstanding English-language Canadian work of fiction (novel, collection of short stories or graphic novel), published in 2014 that appeals to young adults. Tundra would like to congratulate S.J. Laidlaw and Marthe Jocelyn!
The Voice inside My Head
Written by S.J. Laidlaw
Hardcover | 256 Pages | Ages 14+
“With so much choice available on the Young Adult market, it’s refreshing to come across an engaging, authentic, and compelling first-person protagonist—and a male one at that. S.J. Laidlaw lays out a crisp, enticing, and realistic fictional piece of work with a grippingly vivid, unexpected ending. The beauty of the story here is one of the unfaltering friendship that can be found in siblings … the believable dialogue and dialect shines in The Voice inside My Head. This is quite simply a page-turner, and one that will leave voices inside your head for days after. Add it to your summer reading list, Central American island optional.” – Children’s Book Review
What We Hide
Written by Marthe Jocelyn
Hardcover | 288 Pages | Ages 14+
“Jocelyn moves from one character’s voice to the next, each with its own sharp perspective, style, and emergent self- (and often sexual) knowledge. Warm-hearted, clever, funny and moving, this keeps readers thinking all the way to its end. Immensely satisfying for its interwoven stories and fully realized characters.” – The Toronto Star
Congratulations to the other shortlisted authors!
- The Art of Getting Stared At by Laura Langston
- The Death of Us by Alice Kuipers
- The Gospel Truth by Caroline Pignat
- Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis
- Rabbit Ears by Maggie DeVries
- This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki
- Twisted by Lisa Harrington
- Unspeakable by Caroline Pignat
Thank you to the jury members for their dedication and hard work! The winner of the award, and the Honour Books, will be announced during the week of April 20th. The award will be presented during the CLA National Conference and Trade Show at the Shaw Centre, Ottawa on June 4th, 2015 at the Book Awards reception.