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For Immediate Release
June 9, 2004


The Canadian Library Association Announces the 2004 Winner of the Book of the Year for Children Award


Ottawa, Ontario ~ The Canadian Library Association is pleased to announce the winner and honour titles for the 2004 Book of the Year for Children Award. This annual award was inaugurated in 1947 and recognizes excellence in children's books written and published in Canada. Selected by a jury of five committee members, the 2004 winner is Boy O'Boy by Brian Doyle, published by Groundwood Press.

Brian Doyle, now a four-time winner of the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, states "I write not to proselytize, instruct, inform, moralize or convert. Neither do I (to paraphrase John Updike) write to render verdicts or effect justice. I write rather to present evidence and bear witness; evidence witnessed through youthful eyes - eyes clearsighted albeit inexperienced. The eyes of the kid who saw the emperor's stark nakedness." At the heart of his latest award winning book lies just such a character, the precocious and innocent Martin O'Boy, who narrates his own coming of age story set in Ottawa during the late 1940s. A strong sense of place, moments of levity and well-drawn characters bring the period to life and convey a sensitively told story about sexual abuse. It is a story that will resonate with readers long after the last page is finished.

A leather-bound copy of the winning book along with a $750 cash prize will be presented at the Canadian Library Association Book Awards Banquet being held on June 17th. This special event is one of several taking place during the Canadian Library Association/British Columbia Library Association Joint Annual Conference in Victoria, British Columbia June, 16-19, 2004.

Two books written by Jean Little, I Gave My Mom a Castle published by Orca, and Brothers Far From Home published by Scholastic, were also accorded honourable recognition by this year's committee.

The Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award is administered by the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians, a section of the Canadian Association of Public Libraries.

CLA is the national English language association representing the interests of all types of libraries and library workers. It was founded in 1946 and is made up of 2,500 members. Comprehensive information about the Canadian Library Association and its programs and services, is available on the CLA web site: www.cla.ca.

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For more information, contact: Michelle Preston, Library Director, Canmore Public Library, Tel.: (403) 678-2468, Fax: (403) 678-2165, mpreston@canmorelibrary.ab.ca