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Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Awards 2012 Shortlist

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This year's short list represents some of Canada's best-known children's book authors and some new names. The Children's Picture Book category showcases diverse illustration and story styles, ranging from stories of migration, adventures on two wheels, tales of mischievous animal characters, to picturesque evocations of Canadian flora and fauna. The Young Adult / Middle Reader category challenges its jury with historical novels and stories from abroad, as well as thrilling mysteries and a celebration of women authors.The 2012 winners will be announced at Toronto’s Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School, 78 Seaforth Ave. at 1:00 p.m. on May 31, 2012.
Along A Long Road

Along A Long Road

edition:Hardcover
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2011 Governor General’s Literary Awards Finalist - Children's Literature (Illustration)

Follow that road! Speed off on an eventful bicycle ridealong the bold yellow road that cuts through town, by thesea and through the country. Ride up and around, along andthrough, out and down. Frank’s striking graphic style is executedin just five joyous colours and his spare, rhythmic languageis infectious. Hit a bump? Get back on track! Reach the end?Start again.

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No Ordinary Day

No Ordinary Day

edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback

Shortlisted for the SYRCA 2013 Diamond Willow Award, selected as an American Library Association 2012 Notable Children's Book, a Booklist Editors’ Choice, nominated for the OLA Golden Oak Tree Award, and a finalist for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards: Young Adult/Middle Reader Award, the Governor General's Literary Awards: Children's Text and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award

There’s not much that upsets young Valli. Even though her day …

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The Vole Brothers

The Vole Brothers

illustrated by Roslyn Schwartz
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

From the creator of the beloved Mole Sisters series comes an irresistible tale about two ravenous rodents, wanted for snacking on too many strawberries, daisies, tulips, and other vegetation. And after these rodents chomp and chew all the plants they can find around their home — a drainpipe in an urban alley — they’re still hungry! So hungry, in fact, they could even eat a cat! Using an imaginative paper bag disguise and a natural talent for tunneling, this mischievous pair sets off in pur …

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"Scribbling Women"

"Scribbling Women"

True Tales from Astonishing Lives
edition:Hardcover

In 1855, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote to his publisher, complaining about the irritating fad of “scribbling women.” Whether they were written by professionals, by women who simply wanted to connect with others, or by those who wanted to leave a record of their lives, those “scribbles” are fascinating, informative, and instructive.

Margaret Catchpole was a transported prisoner whose eleven letters provide the earliest record of white settlement in Australia. Writing hundreds of years later, A …

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Picture a Tree

Picture a Tree

illustrated by Barbara Reid
edition:Hardcover
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Picture a tree - what do YOU see?

Picture a tree, from every season, and from every angle. These wondrous beings give shade and shelter. They protect, and bring beauty to, any landscape.

Now look again. Look closer.

A tree's colours both soothe and excite. Its shape can ignite the imagination and conjure a pirate ship, a bear cave, a clubhouse, a friend; an ocean, a tunnel, and a home sweet home. Its majestic presence evokes family, growth, changes, endings and new beginnings.

Picture a tree …

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Blink & Caution

Blink & Caution

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback

Two street kids get tangled in a plot over their heads — and risk an unexpected connection — in this heart-pounding thriller by Tim Wynne-Jones.

Boy, did Blink get off on the wrong floor. All he wanted was to steal some breakfast for his empty belly, but instead he stumbled upon a fake kidnapping and a cell phone dropped by an "abducted" CEO, giving Blink a link to his perfect blonde daughter. Now Blink is on the run, but it’s OK as long as he’s smart enough to stay in the game and keep C …

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Loon

Loon

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback

Winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Picture Book Award, the TD Norma Fleck Award, the Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable Information Book Award, and a USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor Book. Nominated for an OLA Silver Birch Express Tree Award and a Midwest Booksellers Choice Award.

The haunting call of a loon is quintessential summertime for many people. These majestically beautiful birds breed on northern lakes during the spring and summer, and when fall arrives, …

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Dear Canada: That Fatal Night

Dear Canada: That Fatal Night

The Titanic Diary of Dorothy Wilton, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1912
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

In the aftermath of the Titanic disaster, a young girl must come to terms with haunting memories from the voyage.

It is May 1912, one month after the horrific sinking of the Titanic, and twelve-year-old survivor Dorothy Wilton is sent home from school in disgrace when she strikes another student. Although she's expelled, her sympathetic teacher encourages Dorothy to write an account of her experience on the ship, with the hopes that it will help Dorothy come to terms with her trauma.

And so be …

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