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Finalists for the 2015 Kids' Book Centre Awards

Created by 49thShelf
  • Age: 3 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
tagged: kids' books, awards
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 18 and Montreal on November 10. Overall, $135,000 in prize monies will be awarded. 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 from October 1 to 30, 2015. This year, in partnership with Radio-Canada, the Fan Choice Award will also be presented to a French-language title — young readers can vote for their favourite book from September 28 to October 24, 2015 at ici.radio-canada.ca/coinlecture. Two lucky voters will be selected to attend the Montreal and Toronto galas to meet their favourite author/illustrator and present the award. 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. The finalists for each award are listed below.

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Starting from Scratch

What You Should Know about Food and Cooking

by Sarah Elton, illustrated by Jeff Kulak
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 4 to 6
tagged: cooking & food, diet & nutrition

Starting from Scratch is a manifesto on food that will help kids relate to what they eat, whether on special occasions or every day, inspiring both budding chefs and budding food lovers in the process. Beginning with an exploration of taste and the way it works, author and food activist Sarah Elton explains how ingredients have been on the move fo …

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What We Hide

by Marthe Jocelyn
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: short stories, general (see also headings under family)

Americans Jenny and her brother Tom are off to England. Tom to university to dodge the Vietnam draft, Jenny to be the new girl at Illington Hall, which the students call Ill Hall. This is Jenny's chance to finally be special and stand out, so when she arrives she tells everybody a lie. But in the small world of Ill Hall, everyone has secrets. Jenny …

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Most Magnificent Thing, The

illustrated by Ashley Spires
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: imagination & play

Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. "She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes …

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Arrow through the Axes

by Patrick Bowman
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: greek & roman, ancient civilizations

Arrow through the Axes concludes the “Odyssey of a Slave” trilogy that began with the Red Maple–nominated Torn from Troy, retelling Homer’s Odyssey. The slave Alexi, now free of his Greek captors, infiltrates the Greek strongholds of the Bronze Age in search of his sister. In so doing he participates in the stories of Orestes, son of Agamem …

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The Voice inside My Head

by S.J. Laidlaw
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, general (see also headings under family)

Seventeen-year-old Luke's older sister, Pat, has always been his moral compass, like a voice inside his head, every time he has a decision to make. So when Pat disappears on a tiny island off the coast of Honduras and the authorities claim she's drowned - despite the fact that they can't produce a body - Luke heads to Honduras to find her because h …

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The Show To End All Shows

Book 2 Of Master Melville's Medicine Show

by Cary Fagan
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
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Sullivan is still trapped with the Melville’s Medicine Show, along with Frederick, Esmeralda and Clarence, travelling around the country. But his family has not given up hope. His parents got in touch with the parents of the other children, and his sister, Jinny, is determined to get back on the road with Manny in order to pick up the trail of …

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Blues for Zoey

by Robert Paul Weston
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, parents, mysteries & detective stories

 

Kaz Barrett isn ’ t saving for college. Every penny he earns working at the sketchy Sit’N’Spin Laundromat is for his mother. He plans to send her to a top-notch (and very expensive) sleep clinic in New York. His mother suffers from an extremely rare neurological disorder that causes her to fall asleep for days at a time. Both he and his kid …

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Underground Soldier

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
edition: eBook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: military & wars, survival stories

A companion to the award-winning books Stolen Child and Making Bombs for Hitler.

Fourteen-year-old Luka works as an Ostarbeiter in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, alongside Lida from Making Bombs for Hitler. Desperate to escape the brutal conditions of the labour camp, he manages to get away by hiding in a truck under a pile of dead bodies.

Once free …