Wednesday 13 November 2013

2013 Governor General Literature Award winners announced!

Today, the Canada Council for the Arts announced the winners of the prestigious Governor General Literary Awards for 2013 including those in the two (English) Children's categories.

Congratulations to all the award winners and nominees for being recognized for their contributions to enriching our collection of phenomenal youngCanLit.

This year's winners in the two (English) Children's categories are: 

For Children’s Text:

The winner is 
Teresa Toten 
for her book  

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
Doubleday Canada/Random House of Canada
255 pp.
Ages 14+
August, 2013

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten is a transformative, high-energy novel that vibrates with the creativity of both the writer and main character. Adam struggles with OCD (obsessive‑compulsive disorder) and a troubled family life. His group therapy becomes an unlikely source of love and friendship. A powerful story with brilliant language and unexpected moments of humour. 
(Jury comments retrieved from

For Children’s Illustration:

The winner is
Matt James 

for his book  

Northwest Passage
Text by Stan Rogers
Illustrated by Matt James
Groundwood Books
56 pp.
All ages
September 2013

Matt James’s unique illustrations set our imaginations soaring as they steer us through Stan Rogers’ famous ballad, Northwest Passage. The ink and acrylic paintings explode with raw effects and vivid colour, sometimes settling to small ice-blue vignettes. Each page is descriptive of the search that obsessed much of the world for hundreds of years.
(Jury comments retrieved from

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