The National Chapter of Canada IODE (Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire), a women's charitable organization, has been offering the Violet Downey Book Award since 1985. This award of $5000 is offered annually for the best English language book for children up to age 13 containing at least 500 words of text published in Canada in the previous year and selected from submitted books.
In March, the short list of books nominated for the 2014 Violet Downey Book Award were announced. And on May 30, 2014 the winner was announced at IODE Canada’s 114th National Annual Meeting.
The 2014 Violet Downey Book Award winner is
An Infidel in Paradise
by S. J. Laidlaw