Congratulations to Caroline Pignat whose novel SHOOTER (Razorbill Canada) is the winner of the 2017 John Spray Mystery Award! This annual award recognizes excellence in the mystery genre. The winning book must be of high literary quality and written by a Canadian.
SHOOTER is “The Breakfast Club meets We Need to Talk About Kevin“. Told in five unique voices through prose, poetry, text messages, journals and homework assignments, things take a twist when Isabelle gets a text that changes everything: NOT A DRILL!! Shooter in the school! And one of them knows more about the shooter than they realized…
From the Jury:
“Pignat tells an incredible story through the eyes of five very different characters who have to face a situation no one could ever be prepared for…The entire story takes place over the course of one nail-biting hour, and a countdown timer at the beginning of each chapter ramps up the tension…The gripping storyline makes this impossible to put down.”
We are absolutely delighted to congratulate both Caroline Pignat and Kit Pearson on being shortlisted for the 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards! SHOOTER (Razorbill Canada) by Caroline Pignat is nominated for both the Amy Mather and John Spray Awards and A DAY OF SIGNS AND WONDERS (HarperCollins Canada) by Kit Pearson is among the finalists for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award! These awards honour some of the best work by Canadian authors and illustrators, and we are pleased that these two are among them. Congratulations to the authors and their fellow finalists.
From the Jury:
A DAY OF SIGNS AND WONDERS
“In this fictional story about two historical figures — the young Emily Carr and Victoria’s socialite, Kitty O’Reilly — Pearson delves with astute perception into the qualities and psyches of two very different personalities… Both characters are surprising and convincing, and Pearson’s respect for children’s emotions and intelligence — both her characters’ and her readers’ — is admirably apparent throughout.”
“Pignat tells an incredible story through the eyes of five very different characters who have to face a situation no one could ever be prepared for… The entire story takes place over the course of one nail-biting hour, and a countdown timer at the beginning of each chapter ramps up the tension… The gripping storyline makes this impossible to put down.”
The English-language awards will be presented at an invitation-only gala at The Carlu in Toronto on November 21, 2017. The Amy Mather and John Spray Awards each come with a prize of $5000 while the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award holds a prize of $30000.
Canadian Materials loves the new Kit Pearson novel! A DAY OF SIGNS AND WONDERS (HarperCollins Canada) received 4/4 stars from the prestigious journal, comparing the middle-grade historical novel about a fictional event in artist Emily Carr’s early life with L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. “Kit Pearson’s novel is outstanding on many levels.”
A double-hitter! The Whole Truth (HarperCollins Canada) by Kit Pearson wins the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, having already won the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year Award for 2012.
In 1932, after the drowning death of their father, nine-year-old Polly and her older sister Maud travel from Winnipeg to Kingfisher Island off the coast of British Columbia to begin a new life with their grandmother. After Maud leaves for boarding school, Polly is left on her own to adjust to island life, unknown relatives, and the burden of keeping a shocking family secret. When the secret is revealed, will it destroy their fragile happiness? Mystery, complex characters, and finely crafted prose conveying the rhythms of Depression-era island life make this intriguing novel one to remember!
The grade 8 Student Jurors for the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award said the following :
“The characters were so believable – it felt like you were stepping back in time. [I] fell in love with it within the first few pages.”
Here’s what the CLA had to say:
“Kit Pearson’s superbly crafted story introduces readers to a moral dilemma that has no easy answer… Kit Pearson convincingly explores the realities of life in the Depression era, complex family dynamics, and ultimately, the healing power of forgiveness.”