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Posted by Mary on June 22, 2020
Readers across the country voted for their favourite Canadian titles. The Forest of Reading consists of ten programs distinguished by age group and reading level. Out of 100 nominated titles, these are the winners!
Blue Spruce Award Winner: That's Not Hockey by Andree Poulin and illustrated by Felix Girard
A clever children's picture book about the game-changing career of professional hockey goalie Jacques Plante. Young Jacques's way of playing hockey may look different from everyone else's, but he'll revolutionize the sport! Instead of a puck, he uses a tennis ball, and his shin pads are made out of potato sacks and wooden slats. But that's not going to stop him. He loves the game!
Silver Birch Express Award Winner: Megabat by Anna Humphrey and illustrated by Kass Reich
This great kids chapter book is about a boy who discovers the best cure for loneliness: a friendship with a bat. Reich’s expressive black-and-white illustrations are filled with detail and texture, especially with Megabat’s delightful facial expressions, and help guide the story along.
Silver Birch Fiction Award Winner: The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel
The first in an exciting new series, this suspenseful debut brings readers on a journey filled with secrets, mystery, and unforgettable characters. Twelve-year-old Emmy investigates the connection between her father's disappearance and a secret society at her prestigious English boarding school. An exciting and suspenseful read for grades 4-6.
Yellow Cedar Award: Too Young to Escape: A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family by Van Ho and Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Skrypuch retells the true events of a family fleeing the new communist regime in Vietnam. The family must leave behind their daughter Van Ho, who is too young to travel with them. When her parents settle in North America, they will send for her, but in the meantime she is forced to work for her aunt and uncle who treat her like a servant. This illuminating and moving chapter book recounts life during wartime, providing transitioning readers a truthful yet age-appropriate introduction to big issues that still affect people to this day.
Red Maple Award Winner: No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
Twelve-year-old Felix's appearance on a television game show reveals that he and his mother have been homeless for a while, but also restores some of his faith in other people. Though Felix’s wry observations keep things from getting too dark, this is also a straightforward look at the circumstances that can lead to homelessness. Readers will be cheering for Felix as he learns to finally let others help him.
White Pine Award Winner: Sadie by Courtney Summers
Told from the alternating perspectives of nineteen-year-old Sadie who runs away from her isolated small Colorado town to find her younger sister's killer, and a true crime podcast exploring Sadie's disappearance. Sadie is smart, observant, tough, and at times heartbreakingly vulnerable, her interactions mediated by a profound stutter. In the podcast, characters first seen through Sadie's ruthless eyes further reveal (or conceal) their interactions and motives. This book deals with themes of intense trauma and is written for Young Adults.
Le prix Peuplier: La corde à linge, Orbie
Living in an apartment above a convenience store, a little boy sneaks out to buy candy before finding himself stuck in the air on a high clothesline, where he has to choose between saving himself or losing his candy money. You'll love hanging around with this great picture book.
Le prix Mélèze : Aventurosaure 01: Le réveil de Rex, Julien Paré-Sorel
Rex, a young blue dinosaur, dreams of becoming the greatest adventurer of all time! In the meantime, he accumulates odd jobs in the village of Crétincia while taking care of his father, suffering from a mysterious illness. Then comes a tragic event that precipitates Rex on an epic quest. With his friends Patchy and Gogo, he will travel to the four corners of the great kingdom of Mézoïk. Let the adventure begin!
Le prix Tamarac : Vingt-cinq moins un, Geneviève Piché
Between her secret love for the beautiful Thomas and the sticky friendship of Emeline, Ève is looking for a way to exist. But when illness and then death suddenly burst into the classroom, it is the whole of life that must be reinvented.
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