Canadian Library Association Announces 2009 Young
Adult Book Award Winner and Honour Books
April 8, 2009) - The Young
Adult Services Interest Group of the Canadian Library
Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques is pleased to
announce the 2009 Young Adult Canadian Book Award winner and Honour
Books for books published in 2008. The award is generously sponsored by Tutor.com.
Chanda’s Wars by Allan Stratton, published by HarperCollins, is the
winner. The Honour Books are Would
You by Marthe Jocelyn, published by Tundra
Books, and The Apprentice’s
Masterpiece by Melanie Little, published by
Chanda struggles to raise younger siblings in the shadow of her
mother’s death from AIDS. Looking to heal old wounds, Chanda
reaches out to her estranged relatives, only to find their willingness
to reconcile comes at a high cost. Set against the backdrop of this
unfolding drama, a civil war is threatening to tear her family apart in
ways Chanda could never have imagined. Allan Stratton has created an
epic sequel to Chanda’s Secrets (2004).
Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You, Natalie and her older
sister Claire have one last summer together before Claire heads off to
college. But one night changes everything, and Natalie is left with the
realization that things will never be the same. Would You is a
moving portrait of coping with grief.
Melanie Little’s The Apprentice’s Masterpiece takes place in Medieval Spain during the Spanish Inquisition.
Ramon is a converted Jew, and Amir, a Muslim slave to Ramon's family.
Both can feel the forces of oppression closing in and must take action.
Written in verse, The
Apprentice’s Masterpiece is a
fascinating story of survival.
A complete list
of the 2009 finalists, as well as information on past winners, is
available on the CLA web site, http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Young_Adult_Canadian_Book_Award
The Young Adult
Book Award was established by the Young Adult Caucus of the Saskatchewan
Library Association in 1980 and was subsequently transferred to the
Young Adult Services Interest Group (YASIG) of the CLA/ACB. The award
recognizes an author of an outstanding Canadian English-language work of
fiction (novel or collection of short stories) that appeals to young
adults between the ages of 13 and 18. Previous winners include Martha
Brooks, William Bell, Shyam Selvadurai, Miriam Toews, and Polly
The award will
be presented at this year’s Book Awards reception, on
May 30, 2009, in
Montréal, Québec, during the CLA/ACB 2009 National Conference
& Trade Show.
The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne
des bibliothèques is Canada’s largest national and broad-based library association,
representing the interests of public, academic, school and special
libraries, professional librarians and library workers, and all those
concerned about enhancing the quality of life of Canadians through
information and literacy.
submitted on behalf of the 2009 CLA/ACB Young Adult Book Award
Vancouver Public Library, Chair
Elsa Ngan, Toronto Public Library
Lisa Doucet, Woozles Children’s Book Store, Halifax
Carol Rigby, Contract Cataloguer, Iqaluit, Nunavut
Barb Janicek, Cambridge Libraries
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