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Award-winning Books  -  English Titles

Denotes an award-winning book which could be classified as humorous.

Denotes an award-winning book which could be classified as humorous.

AMELIA FRANCES HOWARD-GIBBON AWARD

(CANADIAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION)
FOR BEST ILLUSTRATIONS.

A CHILDíS TREASURY OF NURSERY RHYMES

A CHILDíS TREASURY OF NURSERY RHYMES

Denotes an award-winning book which could be classified as humorous.

KADY MACDONALD DENTON
ILLUSTRATIONS: KADY MACDONALD DENTON
TORONTO: KIDS CAN PRESS, 1998, 91 P.
ISBN 1550745549
AGES 3 TO 7

Kady MacDonald Dentonís charming watercolour illustrations are the highlight of this delightful collection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes and verses. There is something for everyone in this volume: Dentonís warm and expressive drawings have a magical quality that appeals to both babies and preschoolers alike.

Parents and infants will love the combination of lullabies and familiar rhymes. There are bouncing rhymes, playtime pat-a-cake rhymes, and lullabies to help wind down at the end of a busy day. Toddlers will enjoy the action rhymes and lively songs, as they learn about the events of their day. The great selection of playground chants, tongue twisters and limericks will keep preschoolers giggling. This will be a favourite book, to be shared by all, as children discover age-old nursery rhymes and parents rediscover old familiar favourites.

ANN CONNOR-BRIMER AWARD

(THE NOVA SCOTIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION)
FOR BEST BOOK BY AN ATLANTIC AUTHOR.

THE HOUSE OF WOODEN SANTAS

THE HOUSE OF WOODEN SANTAS

KEVIN MAJOR
ILLUSTRATIONS: IMELDA GEORGE (WOOD CARVINGS) AND
NED PRATT (PHOTOGRAPHY)
RED DEER, ALTA.: RED DEER COLLEGE PRESS, 1997, 95 P.
(NORTHERN LIGHTS BOOKS FOR CHILDREN)
ISBN 0889951667
AGES 6 AND UP

A year-end move to a small coastal village means a career change for Jesseís artistic mom and an unwanted lifestyle change for nine-year-old Jesse. It is December and Jesseís mom hopes to carve and sell 24 different Santas in the days leading up to Christmas. Jesse is not sure if he believes in Santa, but magic is in the air and, it seems, in the wooden Santas his mother carves. Jesse succumbs. In this special Christmas story, packaged with magnificent full-page illustrations of the wooden Santas, Jesse learns to value his family and friends and to trust in the goodness of others.

ARTHUR ELLIS AWARDS

CHILDRENíS FICTION
(THE CRIME WRITERS OF CANADA)
FOR BEST JUVENILE MYSTERY NOVEL.

SINS OF THE FATHER

SINS OF THE FATHER
NORAH MCCLINTOCK
TORONTO: SCHOLASTIC CANADA, 1998, 190 P.
ISBN 0590124889
AGES 11 TO 14

Mickís mother had always insisted his father was innocent. Some day, he would be released from prison and they would finally be a family. Then, three days after Danís parole, Mickís mother dies in an accident. Father and son, virtual strangers, are left to carry on. Mick tries to see the person his mother loved in Dan, this short-tempered man who drinks too much. But before he has the chance to get to know him, Dan takes Mick to his hometown, leaving him with relatives Mick didnít even know existed. Mickís mother used to say she would never return to Haverstock, and from the hostile welcome he receives from the townspeople and his relatives, Mick begins to understand why. No son of Dan Standish, the murderer, is welcome in Haverstock. Could his mother have been wrong? Was it really murder and not an accident as she always claimed? This man, this father of his, shunned and condemned by his own family, is he really a killer? Mick sets out to discover the truth and begins to unravel family lies, secrets and betrayal. Mystery fans will enjoy the many twists and turns that lead Mick to understand what really happened 15 years ago  -  what destroyed his family, before he was even born.

BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR CHILDREN AWARD

(CANADIAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION)
FOR BEST TEXT.

STEPHEN FAIR

STEPHEN FAIR
TIM WYNNE-JONES
TORONTO: A GROUNDWOOD BOOK, DOUGLAS & MCINTYRE, 1998, 218 P.
ISBN 0888992955
AGES 12 TO 15

Terrifying and mysterious dreams drove Stephen Fairís older brother Marcus to run away, and now, they have come to haunt Stephen as well. Both Stephenís father and Marcus have left "The Ark", the Fair familyís off-beat house at the edge of town. Something powerful is still present. Stephenís mother seeks out healers of all types to try to uncover what is troubling Stephen, although she seems to be running from something herself. Despite unusual and difficult circumstances, Stephen discovers the joys and excitement of friendship with his new-found friend Virginia and her outgoing but troubled father, and with Domingo, his best friend.

In this compelling young adult novel, Tim Wynne-Jones vividly portrays the challenges of self-discovery and growing up, and coming to grips with the past.

ELIZABETH MRAZIK-CLEAVER CANADIAN PICTURE BOOK AWARD

(INTERNATIONAL BOARD ON BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE  -  CANADA)
FOR BEST ILLUSTRATIONS.

RAINBOW BAY

RAINBOW BAY
STEPHEN EATON HUME
ILLUSTRATIONS: PASCAL MILELLI
VANCOUVER: RAINCOAST BOOKS, 1997, 26 P.
ISBN 1895714753
AGES 4 TO 8

The world is full of wonderful adventures for a young boy and his dog, especially when home is Rainbow Bay, situated on an island in the Pacific Northwest. This lavishly illustrated picture-book transports the reader to a marvelous world where seashells are the "color of sunrise", a stream wanders like "a slow silver flame" and "a thousand frogs in green tuxedos bang their drums along the banks". Bold colours and brushstrokes fill every page as we follow the boy and his dog Scout through a day of discovery, drama and dreams. Itís low tide in the bay and the perfect time for exploring. Jellyfish, sea urchins and a shipwreck are just a few of the many things that the sea has left behind for the curious to discover. A walk through the reeds becomes a confrontation with pre-historic creatures. Then itís time to rest under a shady maple and find cloud pictures in a bright blue sky. "Every day here is like a rainbow, changing and new" and this lovely book puts the magic of Rainbow Bay right at our fingertips!

GEOFFREY BILSON AWARD FOR HISTORICAL FICTION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

(CANADIAN CHILDRENíS BOOK CENTRE)
FOR BEST HISTORICAL FICTION BOOK.

GOOD-BYE MARIANNE

GOOD-BYE MARIANNE
IRENE N. WATTS
TORONTO: TUNDRA BOOKS, 1998, 105 P.
ISBN 0887764452
AGES 12 TO 16

Marianne Kohn can no longer attend classes at the school she loves, sit on a park bench and soak up the sunshine, or move freely about the streets of her neighborhood. Itís 1938 and Marianne is a young Jewish girl in Nazi Germany. Marianne shares an apartment with her mother in Berlin. Her father is in hiding from the Gestapo and returns only occasionally to visit his family. Marianneís mother helps at a local orphanage and is busy readying a group of 60 children who will be taken out of the country and sent to live with families in England. Although Good-bye Marianne is a fictitious work, these "Kindertransportes" actually existed prior to World War II and managed to save the lives of thousands of Jewish youngsters by safely transporting them out of Europe. When one of the children scheduled for the trip falls ill with measles, Mrs. Kohn insists that Marianne takes the childís place on the "Kindertransporte". This is a heart-wrenching story of love, sacrifice, and the strength of the human spirit set against a backdrop of terror and hatred in a world thatís ceased to make sense for Marianne.

GOVERNOR GENERALíS LITERARY AWARD/CHILDRENíS LITERATURE

(THE CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS)
FOR BEST TEXT.

THE HOLLOW TREE

THE HOLLOW TREE
JANET LUNN
TORONTO: ALFRED A. KNOPF CANADA, 1997, 208 P.
ISBN 0394280741
AGES 11 TO 16

Phoebe Olcottís heart is breaking and her loyalties are stretched two ways. Her quiet, scholarly father and her gentle cousin, Gideon chose opposite sides in the American Revolutionary War and now, in the fall of 1777, both are dead. In her grief, she returns to a childhood haunt (the hollow tree of the bookís title) and discovers a secret message which Gideon had hidden before his death. Deciding that she must deliver it for him, she sets out on a long and arduous journey (physically and emotionally) which takes her over 100 miles to Canada and a new life. History, adventure, romance, and interesting connections to Lunnís other novels await readers of this fast-moving and intriguing story.

GOVERNOR GENERALíS LITERARY AWARD/CHILDRENíS LITERATURE

(THE CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS)
FOR BEST ILLUSTRATIONS.

A CHILDíS TREASURY OF NURSERY RHYMES
A CHILDíS TREASURY OF NURSERY RHYMES Denotes an award-winning book which could be classified as humorous.

KADY MACDONALD DENTON
ILLUSTRATIONS: KADY MACDONALD DENTON
TORONTO: KIDS CAN PRESS, 1998, 91 P.
ISBN 1550745549
AGES 3 TO 7

Kady MacDonald Dentonís charming watercolour illustrations are the highlight of this delightful collection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes and verses. There is something for everyone in this volume: Dentonís warm and expressive drawings have a magical quality that appeals to both babies and preschoolers alike.

Parents and infants will love the combination of lullabies and familiar rhymes. There are bouncing rhymes, playtime pat-a-cake rhymes, and lullabies to help wind down at the end of a busy day. Toddlers will enjoy the action rhymes and lively songs, as they learn about the events of their day. The great selection of playground chants, tongue twisters and limericks will keep preschoolers giggling. This will be a favourite book, to be shared by all, as children discover age-old nursery rhymes and parents rediscover old familiar favourites.

INFORMATION BOOK AWARD

(THE CHILDRENíS LITERATURE ROUNDTABLES OF CANADA)
FOR BEST NON-FICTION BOOK.

THE BURIED CITY OF POMPEII: WHAT IT WAS LIKE WHEN VESUVIUS EXPLODED

THE BURIED CITY OF POMPEII: WHAT IT WAS LIKE WHEN VESUVIUS EXPLODED

SHELLEY TANAKA
ILLUSTRATIONS: GREG RUHL
TORONTO: SCHOLASTIC/MADISON PRESS, 1997, 48 P.
(I WAS THERE)
ISBN 0590123777 (BOUND)
ISBN 0590123769 (PAPERBACK)
AGES 8 AND UP

This is an incredible book that focuses on Eros, the steward of the House of the Menander, on the day that Vesuvius erupted near Pompeii. For younger children, the story of Eros and his young daughter Silvia, on an ordinary work-day, gives knowledge of Pompeii in a way both interesting and satisfying to them. The illustrations are informative, detailed and gripping. Curious children will have plenty of questions. There are maps to set the location and detailed plans of the forum baths and the House of the Menander. Numerous photographs taken from the air and the ground will expand visual understanding. The photographs range from excavations in the 1920s and 1930s to the present-day city and include many restored artifacts, buildings, murals and preserved victim casts. The book presents textual material in clear, succinct sections. Older children and adults will learn from the accurate scientific explanation of Vesuvius erupting. For those with an interest in slaves, freedmen, gladiators, Roman food, the forum, theatres, or even graffiti, this work will bring the ancient world of Pompeii to life. The excavation and restoration of Pompeii continues today.

MANITOBA YOUNG READERíS CHOICE AWARD

(MANITOBA SCHOOL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION)
FOR THE FAVOURITE CANADIAN BOOK OF MANITOBAíS YOUNG READERS.

AWAKE AND DREAMING

AWAKE AND DREAMING
KIT PEARSON
TORONTO: PUFFIN BOOKS, 1998, ©1996, 244 P.
ISBN 014038166X
AGES 10 TO 14

Theo is a nine-year-old dreamer and bookworm who reads about magic and families to escape the drudgery of the wretched, impoverished existence she shares with her inattentive and irresponsible mom. While she watches a "real" family with four children and two doting parents on the ferry to Victoria, it seems fitting that  -  poof  -  she magically becomes a part of their life. She canít believe her good fortune; everything seems perfect. Can it be real? Is she awake or dreaming? In the end, it is a ghost who, drifting quietly in and out of the story, helps Theo to accept reality and to make the most of her life.

MR. CHRISTIEíS BOOK AWARD

(CHRISTIE BROWN & CO.)
FOR THE BEST ENGLISH BOOK AGE 7 AND UNDER.

FOG CAT

FOG CAT
MARILYN HELMER
ILLUSTRATIONS: PAUL MOMBOURQUETTE
TORONTO: KIDS CAN PRESS, 1998, 32 P.
ISBN 1550744607
AGES 4 TO 9

Hannah first spies the silvery-grey cat out on the rocks one morning in August while beachcombing with her grandfather. The cat looks like a wisp of fog and proves to be as elusive as the mist. Hannah sets her heart on taming Fog Cat, although her grandfather cautions her that the cat might have other ideas. She begins leaving scraps of food for the animal in hopes of enticing it to come closer to the cottage shared by granddaughter and grandfather. Hannahís perseverance is finally rewarded and Fog Cat becomes a member of the cozy household just as winterís chill fills the air. This arrangement proves only temporary, however, as Hannah discovers the following spring. Fog Cat reasserts her independence and decides to go her own way, but not before leaving a delightful reminder of herself in Hannahís care. Flowing prose and charming watercolour illustrations make this book about the trust and love needed to nurture relationships truly special.

MR. CHRISTIEíS BOOK AWARD

(CHRISTIE BROWN & CO.)
FOR THE BEST ENGLISH BOOK AGE 8 TO 11.

THE NOSE FROM JUPITER
THE NOSE FROM JUPITER Denotes an award-winning book which could be classified as humorous.

RICHARD SCRIMGER
TORONTO: TUNDRA BOOKS, 1998, 156 P.
ISBN 0887764282
AGES 8 TO 11

It was a beautiful afternoon  -  late September, and the sun was shining hot. Alan was walking home from school with his best friend Victor. They were pondering another new school year and wishing they didnít have to spend it being intimidated by the Cougars  -  the school bullies. Oh well, it was just a wish, and when something suddenly flew up his nose, Alan soon forgot about it. He sneezed and sneezed. He blew hard and messy, but whatever was in his nose decided it wasnít leaving. It was a tiny alien from Jupiter named Norbert. This feisty little alien wasnít satisfied to be a quiet house guest, or should we say, nose guest. Much to Alanís dismay, Norbert insists on speaking his opinion at the most awkward moments. Alanís classmates, teachers and parents begin to wonder why he is constantly talking in that funny, squeaky voice. Through Norbertís hilarious interventions, Alan solves problems with his friends, parents and the Cougars.

MR. CHRISTIEíS BOOK AWARD

(CHRISTIE BROWN & CO.)
FOR THE BEST ENGLISH BOOK FOR AGES 12 AND OLDER.

ZACK

ZACK
WILLIAM BELL
TORONTO: DOUBLEDAY CANADA, 1998, 165 P.
ISBN 0385257112
AGES 10 TO 15

Zack had spent his first seventeen years in the cosmopolitan city of Toronto. Being the son of a Jewish father and a black mother wasnít much of an issue at his old high-school, where kids of every colour spoke various languages. Now, thanks to his parentsí dream of country living, here he is, stuck in a small town, at a new school, with no friends. Feeling resentful, Zack has difficulty concentrating on his studies. A curious discovery in his back yard motivates him to embark on a research project in an attempt to salvage his grades. He comes to learn about a former pioneer of the town, who was not only a farmer and veteran of both the American Revolution and the War of 1812, but was also a former African slave. With a new-found connection to his black roots, Zack secretly sets off to Mississippi to meet the grandfather his mother refuses to have contact with. Through his journey into the South and his meeting with his grandfather, Zack comes to a new understanding of the complexity of racism, and of how destructive it can be.

MUNICIPAL CHAPTER OF TORONTO IODE BOOK AWARD

(IMPERIAL ORDER OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE EMPIRE)
FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY A TORONTO-AREA AUTHOR AND/OR ILLUSTRATOR IN CHILDRENíS LITERATURE.

FOG CAT

FOG CAT
MARILYN HELMER
ILLUSTRATIONS: PAUL MOMBOURQUETTE
TORONTO: KIDS CAN PRESS, 1998, 32 P.
ISBN 1550744607
AGES 4 TO 9

Hannah first spies the silvery-grey cat out on the rocks one morning in August while beachcombing with her grandfather. The cat looks like a wisp of fog and proves to be as elusive as the mist. Hannah sets her heart on taming Fog Cat, although her grandfather cautions her that the cat might have other ideas. She begins leaving scraps of food for the animal in hopes of enticing it to come closer to the cottage shared by granddaughter and grandfather. Hannahís perseverance is finally rewarded and Fog Cat becomes a member of the cozy household just as winterís chill fills the air. This arrangement proves only temporary, however, as Hannah discovers the following spring. Fog Cat reasserts her independence and decides to go her own way, but not before leaving a delightful reminder of herself in Hannahís care. Flowing prose and charming watercolour illustrations make this book about the trust and love needed to nurture relationships truly special.

NATIONAL CHAPTER OF CANADA IODE VIOLET DOWNEY BOOK AWARD

(IMPERIAL ORDER OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE EMPIRE)
FOR BEST TEXT.

JANEYíS GIRL

JANEYíS GIRL
GAYLE FRIESEN
TORONTO: KIDS CAN PRESS, 1998, 222 P.
ISBN 1550744615 (BOUND)
ISBN 1550744631 (PAPERBACK)
AGES 11 AND UP

Fourteen-year-old Claire is full of questions when she and her mother Jane return to the little town of Smallwood, B.C., the place where her mother grew up yet hasnít revisited in years. What was her mother like as a girl? What caused such a rift between her mother and Claireís recently deceased grandfather? Whatever became of Claireís father, a man whom her mother barely acknowledges exists and refuses to talk about? What begins as a summer vacation in the country away from the pressures of big-city life becomes a soul-searching journey for both mother and daughter. Secrets kept for too long are finally revealed and emotions run high. Claire begins to assert her independence and claim the family sheís always dreamed of, while Jane realizes that hiding from the past is impossible, though learning from it is imperative. This is a thoroughly enjoyable novel. Complex issues are presented, but not without an ample dose of humour, resulting in a well-written and intelligent story.

R. ROSS ANNETT JUVENILE FICTION AWARD

(WRITERS GUILD OF ALBERTA)
FOR THE BEST CHILDRENíS BOOK BY AN ALBERTA AUTHOR.

WHAT THEY DONíT KNOW

WHAT THEY DONíT KNOW
ANITA HORROCKS
TORONTO: STODDART KIDS, 1998, 240 P.
ISBN 0773760016
AGES 12 AND UP

This is both a tender novel and a suspenseful mystery story. Anita Horrocks has successfully woven common teenage problems  -  and some not so common ones  -  into an intriguing and heartwarming tale.

Fourteen-year-old Hannah was a typical teenager until the day of her school science fair. It seems as though a science project is the cause of Hannahís suddenly destructive behavior and terrible anger. To older sister Kelly, Hannahís unusual behavior is a mystery, one that she is determined to solve. Kelly must find out Hannahís secret before itís too late, even if it means snooping in her secret box!

This is an insightful look at the challenges facing modern-day teenagers and their families.

RED CEDAR BOOK AWARD

FICTION
(YOUNG READERSí CHOICE AWARDS SOCIETY OF B.C.)
FOR THE FAVOURITE BOOK OF BRITISH COLUMBIA SCHOOL CHILDREN.

AWAKE AND DREAMING

AWAKE AND DREAMING
KIT PEARSON
TORONTO: PUFFIN BOOKS, 1998, ©1996, 244 P.
ISBN 014038166X
AGES 10 TO 14

Theo is a nine-year-old dreamer and bookworm who reads about magic and families to escape the drudgery of the wretched, impoverished existence she shares with her inattentive and irresponsible mom. While she watches a "real" family with four children and two doting parents on the ferry to Victoria, it seems fitting that  -  poof  -  she magically becomes a part of their life. She canít believe her good fortune; everything seems perfect. Can it be real? Is she awake or dreaming? In the end, it is a ghost who, drifting quietly in and out of the story, helps Theo to accept reality and to make the most of her life.

RED CEDAR BOOK AWARD

NON-FICTION
(YOUNG READERSí CHOICE AWARDS SOCIETY OF B.C.)
FOR THE FAVOURITE BOOK OF BRITISH COLUMBIA SCHOOL CHILDREN.

ANASTASIAíS ALBUM

ANASTASIAíS ALBUM
HUGH BREWSTER
TORONTO: MADISON PRESS BOOKS, 1996, 64 P.
ISBN 067087163X
AGES 10 AND UP

History comes alive in this keepsake album about Anastasia, the family clown and fourth daughter of Russiaís last Tsar. The book begins with her birth on June 18, 1901, and, through the judicious use of family photos, letters and other memorabilia, follows her life to its untimely and violent end on July 16, 1918. The story of a happy-go-lucky childhood, presented against a backdrop of growing political unrest, from which the Tsarís children seem surprisingly immune, will entrance readers of all ages. A beautifully designed book, Anastasiaís Album will be at home on the coffee table, in the classroom, or in a childís hands.

RED MAPLE AWARD

(ONTARIO LIBRARY ASSOCIATION)
FOR THE BEST CANADIAN CHILDRENíS BOOK OF FICTION, AS CHOSEN BY ONTARIO STUDENTS, GRADES 7 AND 8.

JANEYíS GIRL

JANEYíS GIRL
GAYLE FRIESEN
TORONTO: KIDS CAN PRESS, 1998, 222 P.
ISBN 1550744615 (BOUND)
ISBN 1550744631 (PAPERBACK)
AGES 11 AND UP

Fourteen-year-old Claire is full of questions when she and her mother Jane return to the little town of Smallwood, B.C., the place where her mother grew up yet hasnít revisited in years. What was her mother like as a girl? What caused such a rift between her mother and Claireís recently deceased grandfather? Whatever became of Claireís father, a man whom her mother barely acknowledges exists and refuses to talk about? What begins as a summer vacation in the country away from the pressures of big-city life becomes a soul-searching journey for both mother and daughter. Secrets kept for too long are finally revealed and emotions run high. Claire begins to assert her independence and claim the family sheís always dreamed of, while Jane realizes that hiding from the past is impossible, though learning from it is imperative. This is a thoroughly enjoyable novel. Complex issues are presented, but not without an ample dose of humour, resulting in a well-written and intelligent story.

RUTH SCHWARTZ CHILDRENíS BOOK AWARD

PICTURE BOOK CATEGORY
(CANADIAN BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION)
FOR BEST TEXT.

MUSIC FOR THE TSAR OF THE SEA: A RUSSIAN WONDER TALE

MUSIC FOR THE TSAR OF THE SEA: A RUSSIAN WONDER TALE
CELIA BARKER LOTTRIDGE
ILLUSTRATIONS: HARVEY CHAN
TORONTO: GROUNDWOOD BOOKS, 1998, 31 P.
ISBN 0888993285
AGES 4 TO 7

This is a traditional Russian folk tale beautifully told by Celia Barker Lottridge. "Long ago in the city of Novgorod there lived a young man called Sadko who was poor in everything but music." The story begins with Sadko playing his harp at weddings and feasts and singing of the forests and lakes that surround his village. Then one day when Sadko is playing his music on the shore of a beautiful lake, the waters begin to gush and swirl. Before Sadkoís eyes a giant man arises from the waters. It is the Tsar of the Sea, the ruler of the oceans and the seas. He is very pleased with Sadkoís music and wants to thank him by giving him a great treasure. Dumbfounded, Sadko takes the treasure and makes the promise to return to the water to entertain the Tsar in his palace under the sea. However, as the years pass Sadko fails to keep his promise. Then, one stormy night when Sadko is traveling by ship, the time comes for him to fulfill the promise he made years before. Harvey Chanís dark and mysterious illustrations are the perfect complement to this mystical folk-tale. His swirling use of colour and artistic style make readers feel as if they are under the seas, swirling with the mermaids!

RUTH SCHWARTZ CHILDRENíS BOOK AWARD

YOUNG ADULT/MIDDLE READER CATEGORY
(CANADIAN BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION)
FOR BEST TEXT.

WAR OF THE EAGLES

WAR OF THE EAGLES
ERIC WALTERS
VICTORIA, B.C.: ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS, 1998, 224 P.
ISBN 1551431181 (BOUND)
ISBN 1551430991 (PAPERBACK)
AGES 12 TO 16

Jedidiah and his best friend, Tadashi live in neighboring villages on the coast of British Columbia, near Prince Rupert. The Second World War has started and Jedís British-born father is fighting in England, and his Tsimshian mother is working and living as a cook at the new army camp.

Jed is visiting his mother at the camp when some of the men bring in an injured eagle. The Tsmishian people believe that after death people can become eagles, and Naani believes that the spirit of her husband, Jedís grandfather, is in the eagle. The boys who help to care for the bird, hate to see the proud eagle in captivity. Numerous incidents happen to show the changes the war, and the army camp have brought to Jed and Tadashiís world. Tadashiís job working in the army kitchen becomes his familyís only source of income after his father and the other fishermen of his village are prohibited from fishing because they are of Japanese origin. Tadashi, though only fourteen, quickly becomes knowledgeable about discrimination and governmental power over people. Jed encounters discrimination as well, but has trouble believing and comprehending all that is happening. Rich in symbolism, this thought-provoking book expands young adultsí knowledge of history within a gripping story.

THE SHEILA A. EGOFF CHILDRENíS PRIZE

(THE WEST COAST BOOK PRIZE SOCIETY)
FOR THE BEST BOOK BY A BRITISH COLUMBIA AUTHOR.

DRIFTWOOD COVE

DRIFTWOOD COVE
SANDRA LIGHTBURN
ILLUSTRATIONS: RON LIGHTBURN
TORONTO: DOUBLEDAY CANADA, 1998, 31 P.
ISBN 0385256264
AGES 6 TO 10

Katelyn and Matthew are visiting their grandparents on the West Coast. One day, while exploring the beach, they become lost in the fog  -  until they are rescued by a family of squatters who make their home on the beach. The family generously welcomes the children into their home and explains how they live off the land and the sea and rely on each other for love and support. This is a touching story about the importance of family life and one that is both beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully written. Ron Lightburnís realistic drawings show an amazing attention to detail, while his expressive style successfully captures the sense of warmth and family love felt amongst the characters. Sandra Lightburn chooses her words carefully as she tenderly describes the squatter familiesí unusual lifestyle and their homes on the West Coast beach.

TINY TORGI AWARD WINNER (1998)

(CANADIAN NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND)
FOR THE BEST PRINT/BRAILLE BOOK PUBLISHED IN CANADA

JEREMIAH LEARNS TO READ

JEREMIAH LEARNS TO READ
JO ELLEN BOGART
TORONTO: CNIB. (RICHMOND HILL, ONT.: NORTH WINDS PRESS, ©1997)
GRADES K TO 3 (AGES 5 TO 8)

It will be a surprise to young children who are just learning to read that there are adults who do not know how. In this story, Jeremiah is a man of many accomplishments. Dignified and elderly, he is a farmer with children and grandchildren of his own. He can build a split-rail fence, make maple syrup, whistle through his teeth  -  but he canít read and he wants to learn! Young children and the young at heart will enjoy this enchanting celebration of reading, life-long learning, friendship and family values.

Available in grade 2 print/braille from the CNIB Library in Toronto.

VICKY METCALF AWARD

(CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION)
FOR AN AUTHORíS BODY OF WORK (WITH APPEAL TO CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS, 7 TO 17 YEARS OF AGE).

Photo of Joan Clark

JOAN CLARK

Having lived in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Alberta and, most recently, Newfoundland, Joan Clark brings an intimate knowledge of many parts of Canada to her writing. Her writing is also influenced by wide and varied interests, both in life and in her choice of reading material. Even as a child her tastes were diverse; she enjoyed Dickens, Alcott, and Mark Twain as well as The Book of Knowledge and Nancy Drew. She has written several novels for children, young adults and adults. Many of her poems and short stories have been published in literary and popular magazines. In 1974 she co-founded the Calgary-based literary magazine Dandelion. She is past president of the Writersí Guild of Alberta and the Writersí Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador and has been a member of CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Childrenís Authors, Illustrators and Performers) and the Writersí Union of Canada. In 1991-92 she was part of the Canada-Scotland Writers-in-Residence Exchange. In 1995 she was a juror for the Governor Generalís Literary Awards for English fiction. Even with all these activities, her writing is a full-time occupation. She writes every day, without interruption, preparing several drafts of works-in-progress and sometimes takes several years to bring a novel to completion. She is constantly revising her texts  -  even after publication!

YOUNG ADULT CANADIAN BOOK AWARD

(CANADIAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION)
FOR BEST BOOK.

JANEYíS GIRL

JANEYíS GIRL
GAYLE FRIESEN
TORONTO: KIDS CAN PRESS, 1998, 222 P.
ISBN 1550744615 (BOUND)
ISBN 1550744631 (PAPERBACK)
AGES 11 AND UP

Fourteen-year-old Claire is full of questions when she and her mother Jane return to the little town of Smallwood, B.C., the place where her mother grew up yet hasnít revisited in years. What was her mother like as a girl? What caused such a rift between her mother and Claireís recently deceased grandfather? Whatever became of Claireís father, a man whom her mother barely acknowledges exists and refuses to talk about? What begins as a summer vacation in the country away from the pressures of big-city life becomes a soul-searching journey for both mother and daughter. Secrets kept for too long are finally revealed and emotions run high. Claire begins to assert her independence and claim the family sheís always dreamed of, while Jane realizes that hiding from the past is impossible, though learning from it is imperative. This is a thoroughly enjoyable novel. Complex issues are presented, but not without an ample dose of humour, resulting in a well-written and intelligent story.


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Date Created: 2001-05-29
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