CLA’s 2016 Book of the Year for Children Award Shortlist

The Canadian Library Association is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2016 Book of the Year for Children Award. This respected award honours a book published in Canada in 2015 by a Canadian author that appeals to readers aged 12 and younger. The award is generously sponsored by Library Services Centre. Tundra would like to congratulate Linda Bailey!

Seven Dead PiratesSeven Dead Pirates
Written by Linda Bailey
Hardcover | 304 Pages | Ages 8-12
ISBN: 978-1-77049-815-0
Lewis Dearborn is a lonely, anxious, “terminally shy” boy of eleven when his great-grandfather passes away and leaves Lewis’s family with his decaying seaside mansion. Lewis is initially delighted with his new bedroom, a secluded tower in a remote part of the house. Then he discovers that it’s already occupied – by the ghosts of seven dead pirates. Worse, the ghosts expect him to help them re-take their ship, now restored and on display in a local museum, so they can make their way to Libertalia, a legendary pirate utopia. The only problem is that this motley crew hasn’t left the house in almost two hundred years and is terrified of going outside. As Lewis warily sets out to assist his new roommates – a raucous, unruly bunch who exhibit a strange delight in thrift-store fashions and a thirst for storybooks – he begins to open himself to the possibilities of friendship, passion and joie de vivre and finds the courage to speak up.

Congratulations to the other shortlisted authors:
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are used in War by Jessica Humphreys and Michael Chikwanine
The Choice by Kathy Clarke
The First Flute by David Bouchard
Minrs by Kevin Sylvester
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
A Pocket Full of Murder by R.J. Anderson
Trash Talk by Michelle Mulder
Young Man With Camera by Emil Sher

Thank you to the jury members for their dedication and hard work! They had to read and review 230 titles, after which 48 were long-listed before narrowing it down to the 10 finalists.

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CLA’s 2016 Young Adult Book Award Shortlist

The Canadian Library Association is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2016 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 2015 that appeals to young adults. Tundra would like to congratulate Susin Nielsen!

We Are All Made of MoleculesWe are All Made of Molecules
Written by Susin Nielsen
Hardcover | 256 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-779-5
eBook: 978-1-77049-781-8
Thirteen-year-old Stewart Inkster is academically brilliant but “ungifted” socially. Fourteen-year-old Ashley Anderson is the undisputed “It” girl of grade nine, but her marks stink. Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. “The Brady Bunch” it isn’t. Stewart is trying to be 89.9% happy about it, but Ashley is 110% horrified. She already has to hide the truth behind her parents’ divorce; “Spewart” could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder. They are complete opposites. And yet, no matter their differences, they share one thing in common: they–like the rest of us–are all made of molecules.

Congratulations to the other shortlisted authors:
Delusion Road by Don Aker
The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong
An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet
Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra
The Truth Commission by Susan Juby
The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson
Calvin by Martine Leavitt
Boo by Neil Smith

Thank you to the jury members for their dedication and hard work! The winner of the award, and the Honour Books, will be announced prior to the National Canadian Library Association Conference. The award will be presented at the conference in Ottawa, ON in June at the annual awards reception.

Canadian Library Association Honours List

We are happy to announce that the Canadian Library Association has included two of our titles as honour books during this year’s award. Congratulations to Charis and Susan!

CLA Book of the Year for Children Honour Book:

The SwallowThe Swallow
A Ghost Story

Written by Charis Cotter
Hardcover | 320 Pages | Ages 9-12
ISBN: 978-1-77049-591-3
eBook: 978-1-77049-593-7
“The novel alternates between Polly’s and Rose’s first-person points of view, and Cotter ably creates their two distinct voices, each of which is appealing in its own way. This is a novel about loneliness and friendship, feeling invisible, finding your voice, and long-buried secrets. But The Swallow is never heavy-handed, and, best of all, it’s genuinely spooky. Cotter builds suspense without artificially withholding information from the reader. And for bibliophiles, the author’s subtle hat tips to favourite books are a joy. Like all the best ghost stories, The Swallow tells us more about the living than the dead. It is a fantastic addition to Toronto literature, with all the makings of a classic.” – Starred Review, Quill & Quire

CLA Young Adult Book Award Honour Book:

The Voice Inside My HeadThe Voice inside My Head
Written by S.J. Laidlaw
Hardcover | 256 Pages | Ages 14+
ISBN: 978-1-77049-565-4
eBook: 978-1-77049-566-1
“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

We are very excited for our colleagues at Penguin whose The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier won the Book of the Year for Children award. Congratulations to our honorees and all the other nominees!

The award will be presented during the CLA National Conference and Trade Show at the Shaw Conference Centre, Ottawa on Thursday, June 4th 2015 at the Book Awards Reception.

CLA’s 2015 Book of the Year for Children Award Shortlist

The Canadian Library Association is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2015 Book of the Year for Children Award. This respected award honours a book published in Canada in 2014 by a Canadian author that appeals to readers aged 12 and younger. The award is generously sponsored by Library Services Centre. Congratulations to Charis Cotter!

2015 Book of the Year for Children Award Shortlist

The SwallowThe Swallow
A Ghost Story

Written by Charis Cotter
Hardcover | 320 Pages | Ages 9-12
ISBN: 978-1-77049-591-3
eBook: 978-1-77049-593-7
“The novel alternates between Polly’s and Rose’s first-person points of view, and Cotter ably creates their two distinct voices, each of which is appealing in its own way. This is a novel about loneliness and friendship, feeling invisible, finding your voice, and long-buried secrets. But The Swallow is never heavy-handed, and, best of all, it’s genuinely spooky. Cotter builds suspense without artificially withholding information from the reader. And for bibliophiles, the author’s subtle hat tips to favourite books are a joy. Like all the best ghost stories, The Swallow tells us more about the living than the dead. It is a fantastic addition to Toronto literature, with all the makings of a classic.” – Starred Review, Quill & Quire

Congratulations to the other shortlisted authors!

  • Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
  • The Night Gardner by Jonathan Auxier
  • Walking Home by Eric Walters
  • The End of the Line by Sharon McKay
  • Lord and Lady Bunny Almost Royalty by Polly Horvath
  • Circus Dogs of Prague by Rachelle Delaney
  • It’s Catching: The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes by Jennifer Gardey
  • The Elevator Ghost by Glen Huser
  • Rain Shadow by Valerie Sherrard

Thank you to the jury members for their dedication and hard work! The winner of the award will be announced during the week of April 20th, 2015. The award will be presented during the CLA National Conference and Trade Show at the Shaw Conference Centre, Ottawa on Thursday, June 4th 2015 at the Book Awards Reception.

CLA’s 2015 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award Shortlist

The Canadian Library Association is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2015 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. This award is generously sponsored by Library Services Centre and recognizes an illustrator of a noteworthy Canadian book, published in 2014. The Amelia Frances Howard‐Gibbon Illustrator’s Award was established in 1971 and is presented annually to the illustrator of an outstanding children’s book published during the previous calendar year. Tundra would like to congratulate Geneviève Côté, Julie Morstad, Kyo Maclear, and Cybèle Young!

2015 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award Shortlist

Bob's Hungry GhostBob’s Hungry Ghost
Written by Geneviève Côté
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 3-7
ISBN: 978-1-77049-713-9
“Côté sets the tone right from the beginning of her tongue-in-cheek story…. The varied use of page layouts, text placement, and white space render page turns pleasantly unpredictable, and the artist’s signature use of crayon line with full palette watercolor adds to the ghostly yet playful atmosphere. Don’t mistake this for a Halloween story. Kids will want to revisit Bob and Fluffy all year long.” – School Library Journal

Julia ChildJulia, Child
Written by Kyo Maclear
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
Hardcover | 32 Pages | All Ages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-449-7
Julia, Child is not only a book about the joy of cooking, but the wonder of childhood, and, like the best cooking, is meant to be savored. Maclear, who began her career writing for adults, has turned in to one of the country’s best children’s authors, but it’s Morstad’s stellar illustrations that are the main course. I guarantee it’ll leave you hungry.” – The National Post

Nancy KnowsNancy Knows
Written by Cybèle Young
Hardcover | 40 Pages | Ages 3-7
ISBN: 978-1-77049-482-4
Nancy Knows is a great example of the power and charm of simple storytelling. Young’s prose is clear; each brief sentence is composed of carefully chosen words that inspire readers to take their time and savour the story (a fitting approach for a book about memory). But it is Young’s artwork that elevates the narrative to extraordinary heights…. Young once again works her magic, combining intricately detailed miniature paper sculptures (which represent memories) with soft, pencil-sketched outlines of Nancy and her surroundings. The effect is utterly mesmerizing.” – Starred Review, Quill & Quire

Congratulations to the other shortlisted authors and illustrators!

  • Any Questions? written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
  • Dolphin SOS illustrated by Julie Flett and written by Roy Miki & Slavia Miki
  • Gustave illustrated by Pierre Pratt and written by Rémy Simard
  • If… illustrated by Steve Adams and written by David J. Smith
  • The Most Magnificent Thing written and illustrated Ashley Spires
  • Pirates of the Silver Coast written and illustrated by Scott Chantler
  • The Tweedles Go Electric illustrated by Marie Lafrance and written by Monica Kulling

Thank you to the jury members for their dedication and hard work! The winner of the award will be announced during the week of April 20th, 2015. The award will be presented during the CLA National Conference and Trade Show at the Shaw Conference Centre, Ottawa on Thursday, June 4th 2015 at the Book Awards Reception.

CLA’s 2015 Young Adult Book Award Shortlist

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!

2015 Young Adult Book Award Shortlist

The Voice Inside My HeadThe Voice inside My Head
Written by S.J. Laidlaw
Hardcover | 256 Pages | Ages 14+
ISBN: 978-1-77049-565-4
eBook: 978-1-77049-566-1
“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 HideWhat We Hide
Written by Marthe Jocelyn
Hardcover | 288 Pages | Ages 14+
ISBN: 978-1-77049-642-2
eBook: 978-1-77049-644-6
“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.

CLA Announces 2014 Award Shortlists

The Canadian Library Association announced the shortlist for the Young Adult Book Award. This award recognizes an author of an outstanding English-language Canadian work of fiction that appeals to young adults between the ages of 13 and 18. Congratulations to Julie Johnston!

Little Red LiesLittle Red Lies
Written by Julie Johnston
Hardcover | 352 Pages | Ages 10+
ISBN: 978-1-77049-313-1
eBook: 978-1-77049-314-8

“Johnston has crafted a beautifully written, low-key, yet emotional story of a family dealing with the return of a son at the close of war. Jamie is wracked with survivor’s guilt…. His letters to Rachel … are painfully realistic, the antithesis of the glamour that teens too often assign to war….” — Starred Review, Booklist

“Filled with bumbling characters who achingly love each other, this coming-of-age tale rises above a crowded field to take readers on a moving journey of discovery.” — Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

Congratulations to the other shortlisted authors:

  • The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley by Jan Andrews
  • Graffiti Knight by Karen Bass
  • The Gypsy King by Maureen Fergus
  • Nix Minus One by Jill MacLean
  • The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch
  • Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-Weary
  • Audacious by Gabrielle Prendergast
  • The Color of Silence by Liane Shaw
  • The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

Thank you to the Jury Members who took the time to read, discuss, and narrow the list down – not an easy task! The winner of the award, and the Honour Books, will be announced the week of April 14th. The award will be presented at the Canadian Library Association 2014 National Conference and Trade Show in Victoria, BC on May 29 at the annual awards reception.