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2013 CCBC Awards Shortlists

Created by 49thShelf
tagged: kids' books, awards
The nominated books exemplify some of the best work by Canadian authors and illustrators. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is proud to share these titles and the juries’ notes with you. 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 on October 22 and Montreal on October 29. Overall, $130,000 in prize monies will be awarded.

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Seraphina

by Rachel Hartman
edition: Paperback
also available: Audiobook (CD) Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: medieval

Shortlisted for the 2012 Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Text, Seraphina is now available in paperback!
     Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematic …

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The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

by Susin Nielsen
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 100
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: emotions & feelings, bullying, new experience

Thirteen-year-old Henry's happy, ordinary life comes to an abrupt halt when his older brother, Jesse, picks up their father's hunting rifle and leaves the house one morning. What follows shatters Henry's family, who are forced to resume their lives in a new city, where no one knows their past. When Henry's therapist suggests he keeps a journal, at …

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Breakaway

by Michael Betcherman
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, hockey

 

Sixteen-year-old Nick Macklin’s life has been divided in two: before his father went to jail, and after.

Before, he was an A student and a talented hockey player with lots of friends, a girlfriend, and the greatest dad in the world—a man who not only was there for him after his mom died, but was also a star player for the Vancouver Canucks.

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Devil's Pass

by Sigmund Brouwer
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Audiobook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, music

Seventeen-year-old Webb's abusive stepfather has made it impossible for him to live at home, so Webb survives on the streets of Toronto by busking with his guitar and working as a dishwasher. When Webb's grandfather dies, his will stipulates that his grandsons fulfill specific requests. Webb's task takes him to the Canol Trail in Canada's Far Nort …

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Going Up!

Elisha Otis's Trip to the Top

by Monica Kulling, illustrated by David Parkins
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: historical, science & technology

This is the fourth book in Tundra's Great Idea Series of biographies for young readers. The story behind the invention of the elevator is one that all young children can relate to! The previous books in the series have been well reviewed, and this new book will be equally compelling.
 
A short, fully illustrated biography in the award-winning GREAT …

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Becoming Holmes

The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Final Case

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

The surprising and shocking conclusion to the unique BOY SHERLOCK HOLMES series.
 
Becoming Sherlock is the final book in Shane Peacock's award-winning Boy Sherlock Holmes series, combining brilliant storytelling with fascinating historical detail, and a mystery worthy of one of the greatest sleuths in English literature.

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Rescuing the Children

The Story of the Kindertransport

by Deborah Hodge
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 100
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: holocaust, europe

This important book tells the story of how ten thousand Jewish children were rescued out of Nazi Europe just before the outbreak of World War 2. They were saved by the Kindertransport — a rescue mission that transported the children (or Kinder) from Nazi-ruled countries to safety in Britain.

The book includes real-life accounts of the children and …

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The Stamp Collector

by Jennifer Lanthier, illustrated by François Thisdale
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 17
tagged: books & libraries, other, friendship

On the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour List 2014

2013 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Honor Book

2013 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award nominee

Forest of Reading's Golden Oak 2014 winner

2014 Silver Birch Express Award nominee

OLA 2012 Best Bet - Picture Books category

A city boy finds a stamp that unlocks his …