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Canadian Library Association Announces 2010 Young Adult Book Award Shortlist

(Ottawa, March 2, 2010) The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2010 Young Adult Book Award.

This award recognizes an author of an outstanding English-language Canadian work of fiction (novel, collection of short stories or graphic novel), published in 2009, that appeals to young adults between the ages of 13 and 18.

The winner of the award, and the Honour Books, will be announced prior to the Canadian Library Association National Conference and Trade Show.  The award will be presented at the conference in Edmonton, Alberta on June 3, 2010.

The finalists for the 2010 CLA Young Adult Book Award, in alphabetical order by author, are:

  • Poster Boy by Dede Crane (Groundwood)
  • Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Not Suitable for Family Viewing by Vicki Grant (HarperCollins)
  • Haunted by Barbara Haworth-Attard (HarperCollins)
  • Girl on the Other Side by Deborah Kerbel (Dundurn)
  • Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston (HarperCollins)
  • The Gryphon Project by Carrie Mac (Puffin)
  • Dragon Seer by Janet McNaughton (HarperCollins)
  • Vanishing Girl by Shane Peacock (Tundra)
  • The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade (HarperCollins)

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the 2009-2010 CLA Young Adult Book Award Committee:

Elsa Ngan, Toronto Public Library, Chair
Lisa Doucet, Woozles Children’s Book Store, Halifax
Carol Rigby, Contract Cataloguer, Iqaluit, Nunavut
Barb Janicek, Cambridge Libraries
Kim Hebig, Wheatland Regional Library

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. 

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