For Immediate Release
Canadian Library Association Announces 2010
Young Adult Book Award Winner and Honour Books
April 15, 2010) The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des
bibliothèques is pleased to announce the 2010 Young Adult Canadian
Book Award winner and Honour Books for books published in 2009. The
award is generously sponsored by Library Services Centre in
Wondrous Strange by
Lesley Livingston, published by HarperCollins, is the winner. The
Honour Books are The Gryphon Project by Carrie Mac, published
by Puffin, and The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade,
published by HarperCollins.
Strange, seventeen-year-old Kelley Winslow finally lands the lead
role of the fairy queen Titania in a community production of
Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, if only she could
stop messing up during rehearsals! While rehearsing her lines privately
at Central Park, she meets Sonny
Flannery, a guard of the Samhain Gate, the doorway between the mortal
world and the Faerie’s Otherworld. Sonny opens Kelley’s eyes
when he discovers that she is the target of the dark but powerful forces
from the Faerie realm.
In Carrie Mac’s
The Gryphon Project, Mac describes a place where death no
longer exists as long as you still have a recon left. But reconning can
only take place if the death is deemed an accident and approved by the
governing body, Chrysalis. When Phoenix’s
popular daredevil brother Gryphon dies in a horrifying incident that is
deemed a suicide, she must find a way to secure his recon.
Arthur Slade’s The
Hunchback Assignments tells the story of Modo, a hunchback who has
the ability to transform his appearance. He has been raised as a secret
agent by Mr. Socrates, his benefactor. Modo does not experience the
outside world until he turns 14, when Mr. Socrates leaves him at a
corner of London one afternoon. In order to survive, Modo applies the
skills he has learned and finds himself involved in uncovering a
monstrous plan like no other.
A complete list of the 2010
finalists, as well as information on past winners, is available on the
CLA web site here.
The Young Adult Book Award was
established by the Young Adult Caucus of the Saskatchewan Library
Association in 1980. 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 Horvath.
The award will be
presented at this year’s Book Awards reception, on
June 3, 2010, in Edmonton, Alberta, during the CLA 2010 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.
Respectfully submitted on
behalf of the 2010 CLA Young Adult Book Award Committee:
Elsa Ngan, Toronto Public
Lisa Doucet, Woozles Children’s Book Store, Halifax
Carol Rigby, Contract Cataloguer, Iqaluit, Nunavut
Barb Janicek, Cambridge Libraries
Kim Hebig, Wheatland Regional Library
Elsa Ngan, 416-395-5784