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2014 Children's Book Centre Awards Finalists

Created by 49thShelf
tagged: kids' books, awards, ccbc
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 November 6 and Montreal on October 28. Overall, $130,000 in prize monies will be awarded. The nominated books exemplify some of the very 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. This year, TD is once again partnering with CBC Books to present the TD Canadian Children's Literature Fan Choice Award. Young people across Canada are encouraged to vote for their favourite book online at CBCBooks.ca, starting on September 18, 2014. One lucky voter will be selected to win a trip to Toronto to meet their favourite author/illustrator and to present the award at the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award gala event on November 6, 2014.

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The Last Train

A Holocaust Story

by Rona Arato
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 100
  • Grade: 6 to 17
tagged: holocaust, judaism, siblings, historical

The Last Train is the harrowing true story about young brothers Paul and Oscar Arato and their mother, Lenke, surviving the Nazi occupation during the final years of World War II.  Living in the town of Karcag, Hungary, the Aratos felt insulated from the war — even as it raged all around them. Hungary is allied with Germany to protect its citizen …

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Sorrow's Knot

by Erin Bow
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: fantasy & magic, girls & women, death & dying

Winner of the 2014 Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, from the author of Plain Kate.

 

At the very edge of the world live the Shadowed People. And with them live the dead.There, in the village of Westmost, Otter is born to power. She is the proud daughter of Willow, the greatest binder of the dead in generations. It will be Otter’ …

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The Stowaways

by Meghan Marentette, illustrated by Dean Griffiths
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: fantasy & magic, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc.

Unlike the other Weedle mice, The Stowaways love to go on adventures - even when it means getting close to humans! But when Rory and his Gran plan to rescue Grampa Stowaway, whom everyone else thinks is dead, the adventure may be far more dangerous than he has bargained for.

The Stowaways aren't like the other Weedle mice. They are inventive and cur …

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Brothers at War

by Don Cummer
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: military & wars, pre-confederation (to 1867)

Friend or villain? Brother or traitor? This compelling story of wartime friendship brings the looming War of 1812 to dramatic life.

Jacob is a steadfast Loyalist. Eli is a newcomer to Upper Canada, whose family has just moved from the American South. The two boys become fast friends, but their friendship is tested when Eli's father refuses to pledge …

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Who I'm Not

by Ted Staunton
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: orphans & foster homes, law & crime, general (see also headings under social themes)

Danny has survived everything life has thrown at him: being abandoned at birth, multiple abusive foster homes, life as a con man in training. But when his latest "protector" dies suddenly, Danny has to think fast or he'll be back in foster care again. He decides to assume the identity of a boy who disappeared three years before. If nothing else, he …

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The Manager

A Novel

by Caroline Stellings
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 16
  • Grade: 9 to 11
tagged: girls & women, values & virtues

Tina is short, but she packs a wallop. And she knows every move a boxer needs to get to the top. It’s 1979, and the glory days of the sport are over. With the family gym about to fold, and her father unwilling to listen to a word she says, Tina explodes and takes off, leaving Sydney’s Whitney Pier behind her for good. But it isn’t her temper …

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Looks Like Daylight

Voices of Indigenous Kids

by Deborah Ellis, foreword by Loriene Roy
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: native american, cultural heritage, canada

After her critically acclaimed books of interviews with Afghan, Iraqi, Israeli and Palestinian children, Deborah Ellis turns her attention closer to home. For two years she traveled across the United States and Canada interviewing Native children. The result is a compelling collection of interviews with children aged nine to eighteen. They come fro …

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My Name Is Blessing

by Eric Walters, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: africa, orphans & foster homes, homelessness & poverty

 Based on the life of a real boy, this warm-hearted, beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Baraka, a young Kenyan boy with a physical disability. Baraka and eight cousins live with their grandmother. She gives them boundless love, but there is never enough money or food, and life is hard --love doesn't feed hungry stomachs or clothe growi …