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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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Julian

by William Bell
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: orphans & foster homes, mysteries & detective stories, coming of age

An unusual mystery, a heartrending love story, this is an exciting plot-driven new book from leading Canadian YA author William Bell.
     Fifteen-year-old Aidan has had more foster parents than he cares to remember. Careful to always keep his distance from those around him, and aided by a deep well of self-reliance and tenacity, he longs for the …

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From Vimy to Victory

Canada's Fight to the Finish in World War I

by Hugh Brewster
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: post-confederation (1867-), military & wars

Hugh Brewster captures the remarkable heroism, sacrifice, and victories of Canadian soldiers during the Great War.

All was not quiet on the Western Front during the last years of WWI. Soldiers faced mud, trench foot, bombardments, barbed wire, snipers, and poison gas. Despite dreadful odds, the Canadian Corps moved forward, reaching deep inside enem …

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About That Night

by Norah McClintock
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, death & dying, dating & sex

In the depths of winter, a popular former teacher wanders off into the snow—but she's not the only one to go missing that night.

When Jodie's ex-boyfriend, school bad boy Ronan, shows up, Jordie decides that maybe Derek isn’t the one after all. But before she can end it with him, Derek disappears. Did he run away? Or did something happen to him? …

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Dance of the Banished

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 11
tagged: prejudice & racism, military & wars, emigration & immigration

Winner of the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

Ali and his fiancée Zeynep dream about leaving their home in Anatolia and building a new life together in Canada. But their homeland is controlled by the Turkish government, which is on the brink of war with Britain and Russia. And although Ali finds passage to Canada to w …

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Any Questions?

illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: books & libraries, imagination & play, art & architecture

Where does the story start? Marie-Louise Gay explains the creative process with typical fun and whimsy.

Many children want to know where stories come from and how a book is made. Marie-Louise Gay’s new picture book provides them with some delightfully inspiring answers in a fictional encounter between an author and some very curious children, who …

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Nancy Knows

by Cybele Young
edition: Hardcover
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: elephants, size & shape

Nancy knows she's forgotten something. Something important. When she tries to remember, she thinks of all kinds of other things instead. She remembers things she knows and things she doesn't quite know. She remembers things one way, then another. Sometimes she remembers with her ears or her stomach or even her heart. But Nancy knows she's still for …

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If

A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers

by David J. Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
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“Some things are so huge or so old that it's hard to wrap your mind around them. But what if we took these big, hard-to-imagine objects and events and compared them to things we can see, feel and touch? Instantly, we'd see our world in a whole new way.” So begins this endlessly intriguing guide to better understanding all those really big ideas …

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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

by Christine Baldacchino, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, friendship, clothing & dress

Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. But most of all, Morris loves his classroom’s dress-up center and its tangerine dress.

Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. He dreams about having space adventures, paints beautiful pictures and sings the loudest during circle time. But most of all, Morris loves his classro …