Friday 29 September 2017

2017 MYRCA winner and honour books announced

Last March and April, young Manitoba readers ages 10-14 voted for their favourite book from eighteen nominated titles for the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards (MYRCA)  The results announced in April were just given out today at the 27th Annual MYRCA ceremony.  Though there can only be one winner and two honour books selected, I believe all nominees are winners and should be acknowledged as so.  So congratulations everyone!

The 2017 winning title, as voted by young Manitoba readers of ages 10 to 14, is

The Dogs
by Allan Stratton


Congratulations to the readers' two  Honour Books:

The Blackthorn Key
by Kevin Sands

by Kevin Sylvester

 to all Winners 
of this literacy awards program:
 authors, illustrators, publishers and readers!  

2017 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic

In July, the Sunburst Award Society announced the shortlists for its three categories of Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, also known as the Copper Cylinder award.

These awards, presented annually in the categories of Adult and Young Adult speculative fiction, plus a category of Short Story, aim to recognize the speculative fiction of Canadian writers (citizens or landed immigrants), with a cash award and a Sunburst medallion. Winners were just announced this week.

Here were this year's nominees in the

Young Adult category

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard
by Jonathan Auxier
Puffin Canada

Worlds of Ink and Shadow
by Lena Coakley

The Inn Between
by Marina Cohen
Roaring Brook Press

Reviewed here

Julia Vanishes
by Catherine Egan
Doubleday Canada

Reviewed here
The Skids
by Ian Donald Keeling

This year's 
in the Young Adult category 

The Skids
by Ian Donald Keeling
287 pp.
Ages 12-15