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2012 Children's Book Centre Awards Shortlists

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The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is pleased to announce the finalists for its seven major children’s book awards – the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, John Spray Mystery Award and the inaugural Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy. The winners will be announced at The TD Canadian Children`s Literature Awards and Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse, two invitation-only gala events in Toronto and Montreal later this Fall. Overall, $120,000 in prize monies will be awarded.

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If This Is Freedom

A Novel

by Gloria Ann Wesley
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 19
  • Grade: 7 to 12

If This Is Freedom continues the story of struggle for Loyalist settlers in Nova Scotia after the American Revolutionary War. In the black settlement of Birchtown, times are especially hard for the former slaves. They face the difficulties of a hardscrabble existence and continued discrimination from their white counterparts.

Like many desperate Bir …


The Dragon Turn

The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Fifth Case

by Shane Peacock
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, law & crime

Sherlock Holmes and Irene Doyle are as riveted as the rest of the audience. They are celebrating Irene's sixteenth birthday at the Egyptian Hall as Alistair Hemsworth produces a real and very deadly dragon before their eyes. This single, fantastic illusion elevates the previously unheralded magician to star status, making him the talk of London. He …



by Lesley Livingston
  • age: 13 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 17
tagged: fantasy & magic, love & romance

In the days after Darklight, the Avalon Theatre has burned to the ground. The shadowy figure poisoning King Auberon is still at large, and Kelley and Sonny are torn apart—because of the lie Kelley told that changed everything.

Now Kelley tries to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, while Sonny takes refuge with a band of Lost Fae in an aband …


Picture a Tree

illustrated by Barbara Reid
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: 2

Picture a tree — what do YOU see?

Picture a tree, from every season, and from every angle. These wondrous beings give shade and shelter. They protect, and bring beauty to, any landscape.

Now look again. Look closer.

A tree's colours both soothe and excite. Its shape can ignite the imagination and conjure a pirate ship, a bear cave, a clubhouse, a fr …


Charlie's Key

by Rob Mills
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: orphans & foster homes, mysteries & detective stories

When Charlie Sykes wakes up in hospital in St. John's, he learns that he and his father have been in a car accident and that his father is dying. Charlie inherits little more than the brass key that his father pressed into his hand before he passed away. As far as Charlie knows, he has no family in Newfoundland. But then Uncle Nick shows up and is …


Seal Song

by Andrea Spalding, illustrated by Pascal Milelli
edition: Hardcover
also available: Audiobook eBook
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: marine life, friendship, adaptations

Finn loves to swim with the seals in a secret cove. He arrives at the cove one day and rescues a young seal tangled in netting. Finn wishes the seal could live on land. That night the seals sing. "No good comes from seal songs," says Finn's father. When Sheila, a mysterious girl no one has ever seen before, appears on the cannery docks, the fisher …


True Blue

by Deborah Ellis
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: friendship, peer pressure, mysteries & detective stories

The darker side of a friendship is portrayed by Jess, a seventeen-year-old who struggles to find the moral courage to remain loyal to her best friend Casey who has been accused of murdering an eight year old girl at summer camp. The town becomes a media circus and the pressure's far too great for Jess to cope.

A person doesn't have to do anything im …

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