Tuesday 19 May 2015

2015 Forest of Reading winners and honour books announced!

On Tuesday, May 12 and Wednesday, May 13, 2015, the Festival of Trees was held at Toronto's Harbourfront.  Over 8000 readers participated in the events at the Festival, which focused on the awards ceremonies for the different Forest of Reading programs of the Ontario Library Association.

Here are this year's readers' choice selections for each reading program:

Blue Spruce

The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten
by Maureen Fergus
Illustrated by Mike Lowery
Kids Can Press

          Honour Books         

The Highest Number In the World
by Roy MacGregor
Illustrated by Geneviève Després
Tundra Books

Young Frank, Architect
by Frank Viva
Harry N. Abrahams

Oddrey and the New Kid
by Dave Whamond


Silver Birch EXPRESS


Let's Get Cracking: Kung Pow Chicken #1
by Cyndi Marko
Scholastic Canada

Reviewed here

          Honour Books        

The Fly
by Elisa Gravel
Tundra Books

My Name is Blessing
by Eric Walters
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Tundra Books

by Sylvia Taekema
Orca Book Publishers

Silver Birch FICTION

The Night Gardener
by Jonathan Auxier

          Honour Books      

by David Skuy

September 17 
by Amanda West Lewis
Red Deer Press 

The Creature Department
by Robert Paul Weston 

Silver Birch NON-FICTION 


Annaleise Carr: How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer
by Annaleise Carr, as told to Deborah Ellis

          Honour Books     

Zoobots: Wild Robots Inspired by Real Animals
by Helaine Becker & Alex Ries
Kids Can Press

Cat Champions: Caring For Our Feline Friends
by Rob Laidlaw 
Pajama Press

Le Prix Peuplier

Le voleur de couche 
by Nadia Sévigny, AnneMarie Bourgeois 
Éditions de la Smala

          Honour Books     

La limace
by Elise Gravel
La Courte Échelle

Rocheux anniversaire Léopold!
by Isabelle Gaul 
Éditions de la Smala

Le cadeau des frères Bravo
by Caroline Merola
Éditions de la Bagnole

Le Prix Tamarac 


La plus grosse poutine du monde
par Andrée Poulin
Bayard Canada

          Honour Books     

La fabuleuse histoire de Jérémy Leloup
par Gilles Tibo & Jean-Luc Trudel
Éditions Québec Amérique

Le journal de guerre d’Émilio
par André Jacob & Christine Delezenne
Éditions De L'Isatis

Le Prix Tamarac EXPRESS


Guiby - Une odeur de soufre 
par Sampar (Samuel Parent)
Éditions Michel Quintin

          Honour Books     

Moi, zèbre bouchard
par Myriam De Repentigny & Yvan Deschamps
Soulières éditeur

Il m’énerve, ce William Parker!
par Alain M. Bergeron 
Soulières éditeur

Tsuki, princesse de la Lune
par Suzanne de Serres & Virginie Rapiat 
Éditions Planète Rebelle

Red Maple Fiction


The Rule of Three
by Eric Walters 

          Honour Books      

The Boundless
by Kenneth Oppel
HarperCollins Canada

by Caroline Pignat
Puffin Canada

Red Maple Non-Fiction


The Last Train: A Holocaust Story
by Rona Arato

          Honour Books      

Sentenced to Life at Seventeen: The Story of David Milgaard
by Cynthia J. Faryon

We Are Canada
by Rikia Saddy & Cameron McLellan
Simply Read Books

White Pine FICTION

by Eve Silver
Katherine Teegen Books/HarperCollins

          Honour Books     

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
by Teresa Toten
Doubleday Canada

by Heather Smith 
Orca Book Publishers

Thrilling news for all authors, illustrators and publishers!

Enjoyed all the more for being selected 
by young Canadian readers!

Congratulations to everyone!

Sunday 10 May 2015

2015 Arthur Ellis Awards for Canadian Crime Writing: Shortlists announced

The shortlists of nominees for the Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing were announced almost two weeks ago but, with a less than cooperative computer, I've just been allowed to post them now! Awarded annually by the Crime Writers of Canada since 1984, the Arthur Ellis Awards are given in the following categories:

For Published Works:
• Best Novel 
• Best First Novel 
• Best Novella
• Best Short Story
• Best Book in French
• Best Juvenile/Young Adult Book
• Best Nonfiction Book
For Unpublished Work:
• The Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel 

Here are the nominees for the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book:

by Michael Betcherman
Penguin Canada

Dead Man's Switch
by Sigmund Brouwer
Harvest House

The Voice inside My Head
by S. J. Laidlaw

About That Night
by Norah McClintock
Orca Book Publishers

The Bodies We Wear
by Jeyn Roberts
Knopf Books for Young Readers

The 2015 winners will be announced at the Arthur Ellis Awards gala dinner on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at the Arts & Letters Club in downtown Toronto.