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2012 Governor General’s Literary Awards

WINNER in Children’s Text

coverThe Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Written by Susin Nielsen
Hardcover | 256 pages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-372-8
eBook: 978-1-77049-373-5

“Thirteen-year-old Henry’s life changes forever when his older brother leaves one morning with their father’s hunting rifle. At his therapist’s suggestion, Henry confides in a journal all his thoughts and his love of the wrestling show Saturday Night Smash-Up.”

FINALIST in Children’s Illustration

coverIn the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up
Written by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by David Parkins
Hardcover | 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-239-4

“Margaret (Mattie) is different from most American girls living in 1850. She loves to build and invent! Best known for inventing the paper bag, Mattie would go on to have 90 inventions to her name and over 20 patents.


2012 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards


WINNER of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

coverStones for My Father
Written by Trilby Kent
Hardcover | 176 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-252-3
eBook: 978-1-77049-260-8

“In her powerful and compelling novel set during the Boer War, Kent explores friendship, loss, and the resilience of the human spirit…. Corlie Roux is a fascinating, complex heroine, and Kent’s willingness to present her and her situation unblinkingly is a gift to us all…. At times raw, but always gripping, this novel packs an emotional punch.” – Jury Comments

FINALIST of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

The Dragon Turn:The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Fifth Case
Written by Shane Peacock
Hardcover | 240 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-231-8
eBook: 978-1-77049-273-8

“With a trail of clues, a cast of shady characters, and even a hint of romance, The Dragon Turn has more twists and turns than a carnival ride and will keep readers guessing until its satisfying conclusion…. Peacock is a master storyteller, and his richly imagined details of murder, revenge, betrayal, theatre, magic and exotic dragons combine to create an absolute page-turner of a book.” – Jury Comments

FINALIST of the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction

cover“Scribbling Women” True Tales from Astonishing Lives
Written by Marthe Jocelyn
Hardcover | 208 Pages
ISBN: 978-0-88776-952-8
eBook: 978-1-77049-230-1

“This beautifully written text evokes women’s private lives down through history as revealed in their own, often astonishing, words…. Well researched, informative and engaging…. Jocelyn engages the reader’s imagination through her accessible language, attention to historical detail, creative description and narrative skill.” – Jury Comments

FINALISTS of the John Spray Mystery Award

coverThe Case of the Missing Deed
Written by Ellen Schwartz
Hardcover | 200 Pages
ISBN: 978-0-88776-959-7
eBook: 978-1-77049-267-7

“A delightful mystery for children ten and up…. Schwartz mixes tricky codes, ciphers with facts and interesting characters…. The theme of environmental protection is well explained and the clues to the mystery are ingeniously sprinkled throughout a packet of recipes…. Good dialogue, well-differentiated characters and a wholesome setting complete this old-fashioned mystery.” – Jury Comments

coverThe Dragon Turn: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Fifth Case
Written by Shane Peacock
Hardcover | 240 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-231-8
eBook: 978-1-77049-273-8

“Peacock flawlessly recreates the London of the Victorian era…. Readers feel as if they are walking along with the young Sherlock Holmes as he begins to awaken to his prodigious skills and fights to figure out how a magician can make a dragon appear … and disappear…. Beautifully written with whip-smart dialogue.” – Jury Comments

2013 OLA Forest of Reading® Nominees

Blue Spruce™ Award

coverElla May and the Wishing Stone
Written by Cary Fagan
Illustrated by Geneviève Côte
Hardcover | 32 Pages
ISBN 978-1-77049-225-7

“Cary Fagan’s witty and sharply observed story will delight young readers who are beginning to explore the pleasures and challenges of sharing and friendship.”

coverHere Comes Hortense!
Written by Heather Hartt-Sussman
Illustrated by Georgia Graham
Hardcover | 32 Pages
ISBN 978-1-77049-221-9

“A perceptive and hilarious exploration of rivalry, there’s a gentle lesson within this story, for readers, young and old alike.”

JoJo the Giant
Written by Jane Barclay
Illustrated by Esperança Melo
Hardcover | 32 Pages
ISBN 978-0-88776-976-4

“Jane Barclay’s heart-warming story explores a theme that speaks to every child. Esperança Melo’s wonderful art complements the text to create a charming book that’s bound to become a favourite.”

Written and illustrated by Kevin Sylvester
Hardcover | 40 Pages
ISBN 978-0-88776-944-3

“With its great humour and hilarious illustrations, Kevin Sylvester's Splinters is bound to become a favourite.”

Silver Birch® Fiction Award

coverA Tinfoil Sky
Written by Cyndi Sand-Eveland
Hardcover | 224 Pages
ISBN 978-1-77049-277-6

“Cyndi Sand-Eveland’s work with homeless youth gives her characters an authenticity no reader will forget. Ultimately, a story of hope and acceptance, A Tinfoil Sky is a powerful and captivating novel.”

Silver Birch® Express Award

coverIn the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up
Written by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by David Parkins
Hardcover | 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-239-4

“Monica Kulling’s easy-to-read text, peppered with lots of dialogue, brings an amazing, inspiring woman to life.”

coverWho Needs a Swamp?
Written and illustrated by Karen Patkau
Hardcover | 32 Pages
ISBN 978-0-88776-991-7

“Not only is each book informative and beautiful, but it is a call to action for everybody who cares about the world in which we live.”

Red Maple™ Fiction Award

coverThe Dragon Turn: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Fifth Case
Written by Shane Peacock
Hardcover | 240 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-231-8
eBook: 978-1-77049-273-8

“With humor and plot turns as dizzying as a narrow London lane, Shane Peacock invites his readers into a fascinating world, and a fresh adventure with one of literature’s favorite characters.”

coverFirst Descent
Written by Pam Withers
Hardcover | 272 Pages
ISBN 978-1-77049-257-8

“Pam Withers’ skill at writing about extreme adventures combines with a compelling story about an endangered world and a people struggling for their very right to exist.”


Golden Oak™ Award

coverIn the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up
Written by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by David Parkins
Hardcover | 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-239-4

“Margaret Knight devoted her life to inventing, and is best known for the clever, practical, paper bag. When she died in 1914, she had ninety inventions to her name and over twenty patents, astounding accomplishments for a woman of her day.”

50th Anniversary of the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature

Canadian writers Marthe Jocelyn, Julie Johnston, and Kenneth Oppel help mark the 50th anniversary of the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature.

The goal of the Metcalf Foundation is to enhance the effectiveness of people and organizations working together to help Canadians imagine and build a just, healthy and creative society. Vicky Metcalf created this award in 1963 to stimulate the writing of literature for Canadian children. She held a passion for storytelling and published several children’s books. The prize has been administered by the Writers’ Trust since 2002.



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