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2020 Shortlists: CCBC Book Awards

Created by 49thShelf
  • Age: 3 to 100
  • Grade: p to 17
tagged: canadian children's book centre awards
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce the finalists for the following eight major awards celebrating Canadian books for young people: - See more at: https://bookcentre.ca/news/2020-ccbc-book-awards-shortlists#sthash.lZeTBGBO.dpuf

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Be My Love

by Kit Pearson
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: lgbt, adolescence, depression & mental illness

One summer will change everything.

For as long as she can remember, Maisie has spent her summers on Kingfisher Island. She and her beloved cousin Una run wild, and Maisie feels the warm embrace of her big, extended family.

This summer Maisie needs that escape more than ever. But now everything on Kingfisher has changed: Una has returned from her mai …

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Songs from the Deep

by Kelly Powell
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 99
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: mermaids, historical, mysteries & detective stories

A girl searches for a killer on an island where deadly sirens lurk just beneath the waves in this “twisty, atmospheric story that grips readers like a siren song” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

The sea holds many secrets.
Moira Alexander has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even tho …

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Broken Strings

by Eric Walters & Kathy Kacer
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: holocaust, music, multigenerational

A violin and a middle-school musical unleash a dark family secret in this moving story by an award-winning author duo. For fans of The Devil's Arithmetic and Hana's Suitcase.

It's 2002. In the aftermath of the twin towers -- and the death of her beloved grandmother -- Shirli Berman is intent on moving forward. The best singer in her junior high, sh …

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Love from A to Z

by S. K. Ali
edition: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 99
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: contemporary, death & dying, prejudice & racism

“The bighearted, wildly charming, painfully real love story I’ve been waiting for.” —Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
“Heartfelt and powerful.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
From William C. Morris Award Finalist S.K. Ali comes an unforgettable romance that is The Sun Is Also a …

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The Candle and the Flame

by Nafiza Azad
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: epic, diversity & multicultural

 

Azad's sumptuous debut YA fantasy is set in a city along the Silk Road that is a refuge for those of all faiths, where a young woman is threatened by the war between two clans of powerful djinn.

 

Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave t …

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Cells

An Owner's Handbook

illustrated by Carolyn Fisher
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: body, biology, anatomy & physiology

Join Ellie, a skin cell who lives on the derrière of a Boston Terrier, as she tells readers all about the amazing cells that make up every living thing on Earth.

Did you know that every human is the proud owner of 37 trillion cells? (Give or take a few trillion.) They’re the itty-bitty building blocks that stack together to make you, you! Join a …

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Among the Fallen

by Virginia Frances Schwartz
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: sexual abuse, europe, girls & women

Imprisoned for crimes she didn't commit, sixteen-year-old Orpha accepts an unusual invitation to live in a Victorian home for fallen women-- and finds new hope.

Though haunted by nightmarish flashbacks and withering in the miserable conditions of Tothill prison, an infamous Victorian workhouse, Orpha perseveres, doing what she can to befriend and pr …

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Room for One More

by Monique Polak
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: jewish, military & wars, post-confederation (1867-)

For twelve-year-old Rosetta Wolfson, the war in Europe seems very far off from her home in Canada. Then Mr. Schwartzberg comes to tea and asks Rosetta's parents if they will take in a young war refugee. Isaac joins the family and becomes a ready-made brother to Rosetta and her two sisters.

Isaac's arrival brings change. Her best friend's handsome br …