The Ontario Library Association Announces the Forest of Reading Shortlists!

Transatlantic Agency congratulates agency clients and Orca authors who are finalists on the 2017 Forest of Reading Awards shortlists! These awards recognize the best work by Canadian authors and illustrators. Over a quarter of a million readers participate in the program through schools, public libraries, literacy centres and within their homes. These awards encourage a love of reading through programs aimed at children and adults who vote for the winning books. 


fminvisibillcovINVISIBILL (Tundra Books) by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Dušan Petričić (Blue Spruce)

EVERYDAY HERO (Orca Book Publishers) by Kathleen Cherry (Silver Birch Fiction)

DEEP ROOTS: How Trees Sustain Our Planet (Orca Book Publishers) by Nikki Tate (Silver Birch Non-Fiction)

TANK & FIZZ: The Case of the Battling Bots (Orca Book Publishers) by Liam O’Donnell and Mike Deas (Silver Birch Express)PCShooter72Banner

SHOOTER (Razorbill) by Caroline Pignat (Red Maple Fiction)

SHATTERED (Orca Book Publishers) by Teresa Toten (Red Maple Fiction)

THE UNQUIET PAST (Orca Book Publishers) by Kelley Armstrong (Red Maple Fiction)

DNA DETECTIVE (Annick Press), by Tanya Kyi, illustrated by Lil Crump (epicgameRed Maple Non-Fiction)

PRIDE (Orca Book Publishers) by Robin Stevenson (Red Maple Non-Fiction)

RODENT (Orca Book Publishers) by Lisa J. Lawrence (White Pine)

EPIC GAME (Orca Book Publishers) by William Kowalski (Golden Oak)


THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING (Penguin Canada) by Plum Johnson (Evergreen)

PUNISHMENT (Vintage Canada) by Linden MacIntyre (Evergreen)

Transatlantic would also like to congratulate all of the other authors who are finalists for this year’s Forest of Reading Awards.

For a full list of the nominees, please see the Ontario Library Association’s announcement at the following link

Delusion Road by Don Aker and InvisiBill by Maureen Fergus Finalists for the 2016 CCBC Awards!

37194We are delighted to announce that DELUSION ROAD by Don Aker and INVISIBILL, written by Maureen Fergus and illustrated by Dušan Petričić, are finalists for the 2016 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards (CCBC)! DELUSION ROAD is shortlisted for the John Spray Mystery Award while INVISIBILL is nominated for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award.

The John Spray Mystery Award awards a prize of $5,000 and the Marillyn Baillie Picture Book Award offers a prize of $20,000 to the winning book. The winners of these English-language awards will be announced at an invitation-only gala event at The Carlu in Toronto on November 17, 2016.

Here’s w9781770496132hat the jury says of the books:

DELUSION ROAD: “Aker’s excellent storytelling abilities shine through in this thrilling mystery novel… Filled with action, tension and suspense, Aker keeps us on the edge of our seats as the story unfolds and reaches its terrifying climax… Edgy and raw in both its narrative style and word choice, Delusion Road is perfect for older readers seeking an authenticity to their reading experience… This is just the type of novel young mystery enthusiasts will clamour to read!”

INVISIBILL: “Readers of all ages will relate to this hilarious story about a family dinner where everyone is too busy to pass the potatoes…Petričić’s marvellous illustrations move us along and perfectly complement Fergus’s narrative…Both laugh-out-loud funny and touching, this is a gem of a book…A great read aloud and reminder to pay attention to each other.”

We are pleased to offer a huge congratulations to Don Aker and Maureen Fergus, as well as to all the other authors and illustrators who are shortlisted!

To view the full list of finalists, please visit:

Maureen Fergus’s INVISIBILL makes OLA “Best Bets” Top Ten List for Picture Books

mfergusCongratulations to Maureen Fergus for her book INVISIBILL making the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) “Best Bets” top ten list of picture books for 2015. When making their selection, the committee considers the literary and artistic merit of the book along with the book’s appeal to children.

To learn more about the OLA and their picks for 2015, please visit their website: