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2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Awards Shortlists

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The shortlists for the 2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were announced today. The Schwartz Awards are the only Canadian literary award where student jurors work together to choose the winning books. - See more at: http://bookcentre.ca/shortlists-2018-ruth-sylvia-schwartz-childrens-book-awards-announced/?platform=hootsuite#sthash.vwRDSIBN.dpuf
Away

Away

by Emil Sher
illustrated by Qin Leng
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

Love shines through in the sticky notes shared between a mother and daughter in this picture book about making time for family in the midst of our busy lives.

Between work and school, homework and housework, a mother and daughter don’t always get to spend as much time together as they’d like. Add to that a little girl’s fears about leaving home for the first time, and the need to stay close through handwritten notes becomes even more important. As the camp departure date gets closer, Mom do …

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The Agony of Bun O'Keefe

The Agony of Bun O'Keefe

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback

Little Miss Sunshine meets Room in this quirky, heartwarming story of friendship, loyalty and discovery.

It's Newfoundland, 1986. Fourteen-year-old Bun O'Keefe has lived a solitary life in an unsafe, unsanitary house. Her mother is a compulsive hoarder, and Bun has had little contact with the outside world. What she's learned about life comes from the random books and old VHS tapes that she finds in the boxes and bags her mother brings home. Bun and her mother rarely talk, so when Bun's mother te …

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The Heart's Song

The Heart's Song

by Gilles Tibo
illustrated by Irene Luxbacher
edition:Hardcover

We cannot live without experiencing loss; but we gain much more from what we give each other.

Children flock to Miss Matilda at her bench in the park. She is the trusted fixer of broken toys and umbrellas. But she is also called on to help mend problems of the heart — a boy who misses his mom; a girl who wants her dad to come home; a child who longs for a friend or doesn’t want a new teacher.

After the loss of her beloved bird, when it’s her turn to need comfort, the children come together a …

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Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined

Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined

edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover

Like Wild for teens! In the tradition of Sara Zarr and A. S. King, a girl must survive an extreme wilderness experience to prove to her mother that she has the strength to pursue her dreams.

     When she was a little girl, Ingrid's entire world was her mother: Margot-Sophia, the brilliant and sophisticated opera star. So when Margot-Sophia loses her singing voice, Ingrid loses everything. The two of them move to a small, normal house in a normal town, where Ingrid tries to convince her mother th …

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My Beautiful Birds

My Beautiful Birds

illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo
edition:Hardcover

Behind Sami, the Syrian skyline is full of smoke. The boy follows his family and all his neighbours in a long line, as they trudge through the sands and hills to escape the bombs that have destroyed their homes. But all Sami can think of is his pet pigeons - will they escape too? When they reach a refugee camp and are safe at last, everyone settles into the tent city. But though the children start to play and go to school again, Sami can't join in. When he is given paper and paint, all he can do …

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Louis Undercover

Louis Undercover

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

In this powerful new graphic novel from Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault, we meet Louis, a young boy who shuttles between his alcoholic dad and his worried mom, and who, with the help of his best friend, tries to summon up the courage to speak to his true love, Billie.

Louis’s dad cries — Louis knows this because he spies on him. His dad misses the happy times when their family was together, just as Louis does. But as it is, he and his little brother, Truffle, have to travel back and forth …

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Stolen Words

Stolen Words

edition:Hardcover

The story of the beautiful relationship between a little girl and her grandfather. When she asks her grandfather how to say something in his language – Cree – he admits that his language was stolen from him when he was a boy. The little girl then sets out to help her grandfather find his language again. This sensitive and warmly illustrated picture book explores the intergenerational impact of the residential school system that separated young Indigenous children from their families. The sto …

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Marrow Thieves

Marrow Thieves

edition:Paperback

Shortlisted for 2018 CBC Canada Reads
Winner of 2017 Governor General's Literary Award (Young People's Literature - Text)
Winner of 2017 Kirkus Prize
Nominated for 2018 Forest of Reading - White Pine Awards
A Globe and Mail Best Book
Shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
Shortlisted for the Indigenous Literature Award
Longlisted for the Sunburst Award

 

Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The indigenous pe …

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