Canadian Award Winners

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Apparition by Gail Gallant
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The last time seventeen-year-old Amelia Mackenzie saw her best friend Matthew alive, he broke her heart. When he is found the next day in an abandoned barn at the edge of town, an apparent suicide, Amelia’s whole world comes crashing down.      And then she sees him again. Because Amelia has a secret that even Matthew didn’t know: sometimes, she sees ghosts. Winner of the Crime Writer’s of Canada – Best Juvenile/Young Adult, 2014
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 Haunted by  Barbara Haworth Attard
cover imageDee is feeding the chickens the morning that bones are discovered on the mountain. Something doesn’t feel right — and her feeling is confirmed when local police show her a ring that they found with the bones, a ring belonging to Mary Ann Simpson, who disappeared four years earlier. Other girls, Dee learns, have disappeared too, unusual for a small town nestled in the shadow of the Bruce Peninsula’s rugged escarpment, the “mountain” that Dee loves.

Like her Gran, Dee has “the sight,” an ability not only to see spirits from the afterlife but also to experience their deaths — a quality that becomes more horrifying as the story takes darker turns. Dee is drawn into a deepening mystery that soon strikes terrifyingly close to home. Winner of the Arthur Ellis Crime Award for Best Juvenile.
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Who I’m Not by Ted Stauntoncover image
Danny has survived everything life has thrown at him: being abandoned at birth, multiple abusive foster homes, life as a con man in training. But when his latest “protector” dies suddenly, Danny has to think fast or he’ll be back in foster care again. He decides to assume the identity of a boy who disappeared three years before. Winner of the Crime Writer’s of Canada – Best Juvenile/Young Adult, 2014 Interested? Request it here!

Not Suitable for Family Viewing by Vicki Grant
Thanks to her mother—the internationally beloved talk show host Mimi Schwartz—Robin’s got the money, the means and the connections to make even her wildest dreams come true. so why, then, does she choose to sit alone in a dark room watching endless reruns? Winner of the Ontario Library Association Red Maple Award. Solve the mystery by requesting this item here.


A Spy in the House by Y.S Lee
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Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there? Packed with action and suspense, banter and romance, and evoking the gritty backstreets of Victorian London, this breezy mystery debuts a daring young detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past. Winner of the John Spray Mystery Award. We’ve got it here!

The Lynching of Louie Sam by Geoffrey Bilson

Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, 2012   Fifteen-year-old George Gillies lives in the Washington Territory in the late 1800s, where white settlers have an uneasy relationship with the indigenous people living there. When a local man is found murdered, suspicion falls on Louie Sam, a young member of the Stó:lo tribe. George and his best friend, Pete, follow a lynch mob north into Canada, where the terrified boy is seized and hung. Racked with doubts, George begins to ask questions. Was Louie Sam really a murderer? As George uncovers the truth, tensions in the town rise, and he must face his own part in the tragedy. Winner of the Award for Historical Fiction for Young People.
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Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

 In the kingdom of Goredd, dragons and humans live and work side by side – while below the surface, tensions and hostility simmer. The newest member of the royal court, a uniquely gifted musician named Seraphina, holds a deep secret of her own. One that she guards with all of her being.
When a member of the royal family is brutally murdered, Seraphina is drawn into the investigation alongside the dangerously perceptive—and dashing—Prince Lucien. But as the two uncover a sinister plot to destroy the wavering peace of the kingdom, Seraphina’s struggle to protect her secret becomes increasingly difficult… while its discovery could mean her very life.
Winner of the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Take part in the adventure here!

Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science by Susan Hughes – Winner of the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction
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Egypt’s first female pharaoh disappears around 1457 BCE — was she murdered? Find out how DNA closes the case. The ancient Arabian Peninsula city of Ubar vanishes, seemingly without trace. Find out how old maps and modern space shuttles help solve the mystery. Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition to find the Northwest Passage is never heard from again. Find out how spectroscopy points to some probable explanations.
Case Closed? examines these and six other mysteries from ancient and modern times. Accompanied by photos, maps, diagrams and illustrations, this book reveals how modern science sheds new light on people, vessels and entire civilizations throughout history that simply vanished. In some cases, the mystery has been solved. Examine the latest evidence and decide for yourself!

In Your Face: The Culture of Beauty and You by Shari Graydon
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With In Your Face, Shari Graydon encourages readers to look critically at the culture of beauty both past and present. Whether it’s the different standards for guys versus girls, the assumptions we all have about models and celebrities, or the message that “the right makeup” can make you a better person, Graydon’s look into the realities of our ideals will help teens face up to the culture of beauty and the beauty-industry hype. Winner of the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction.
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