Thursday, 4 July 2013

2014 Rocky Mountain Book Award Nominees

Although the start of the reading program for the Rocky Mountain Book Award does not begin officially until November, recently the University of Lethbridge bookstore posted the list of twenty nominated titles.  These books, for readers in Grades 4 through 7, are the basis for Alberta's readers' choice program.  The books, which must have been published in the last two years in Canada, include both fiction and non-fiction titles which "portray a broad range of family, social, and cultural backgrounds." (Retrieved from on March 27, 2012)

The time-line for this book award is as follows:
  • Shortlist of twenty titles: announced officially in November;
  • Reading: takes place from November to April;
  • Voting by young readers: takes place from mid-March to mid-April;
  • Winner: announced at the end of April.

The 2013-2014 nominees are:

Behind Enemy Lines: World War II, Sam Frederiksen, Nazi-Occupied Europe, 1944 
by Carol Matas
Scholastic Canada

Between Heaven and Earth
by Eric Walters
Orca Book Publishers

The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea
by Helaine Becker
Kids Can Press

Bodyguards! From Gladiators to Secret Service
by Ed Butts
Illustrated by Scott Plumbe
Annick Press

The Boy in the Box
by Cary Fagan
Puffin Canada

Cryptic Canada: Unsolved Mysteries from Coast to Coast
by Natalie Hyde
Illustrated by Matt Hammill

Eldritch Manor
by Kim Thompson

Friends with Boys
by Faith Erin Hicks
First Second

From Anna
by Jean Little
Scholastic Canada

The Golden Twine (Cat's Cradle, Book 1)
by Jo Rioux
Kids Can Press

Hey Canada!
by Vivien Bowers
Illustrated by Milan Pavlovic
Tundra Books

My Name is Parvana 
by Deborah Ellis
Groundwood Books

by Jamie Bastedo
Red Deer Press

Nobody's Dog
by Ria Voros
Scholastic Canada

People Who Said No: Courage Against Oppression
by Laura Scandiffio
Annick Press

Running to Extremes: Ray Zahab's Amazing Ultramarathon Journey
by Steve Pitt
Puffin Canada

Saving Lives and Changing Hearts: Animal Sanctuaries and Rescue Centers
by Rob Laidlaw
Red Deer Press

The Shadows That Rush Past
by Rachel Quitsualik
Illustrated by Emily Fiegenschuh and Larry MacDougall
Inhabit Media

Surviving the Hindenburg
by Larry Verstraete
Sleeping Bear Press

The World in Your Lunchbox
by Claire Eamer
Illustrated by Sa Boothroyd
Annick Press

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