2010 White Pine Award Finalists
The White Pine Award is the YA category of the Forest of Reading program run by the Ontario Library Association. The program encourages teens to read for enjoyment and helps build awareness of quality Canadian young adult books. Ten titles are nominated each year, but participants only need to have read five from the list to be eligible to vote.
Votes from across the province are collected and counted, and the author of the most popular book is honoured with the White Pine Award at an awards ceremony in Toronto in May. Nominated titles must be written by a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, and commercially available in Canada. Publishers submit titles for consideration, and the list of finalists is selected by a committee of practicing librarians and teacher-librarians.
This finalists for the 2010 White Pine Award are:
- The Book of Michael by Lesley Choyce (Red Deer Press)
- Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers (St. Martin’s Griffin)
- Getting the Girl by Susan Juby (HarperCollinsCanada)
- HalfWorld by Hiromi Goto (Penguin Group Canada)
- The Landing by John Ibbitson (Kids Can Press)
- Mostly Happy by Pam Bustin (Thistledown Press)
- The Perfect Cut by Julie Bertinshaw (Raincoast Books)
- Sister Wife by Shelley Hrditschka (Orca)
- The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones (Candlewick Press)
- Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston (HarperCollinsCanada)
I’m really pleased with this year’s finalists. Since I’m involved with the program this year, I won’t share who I’m rooting for. Besides, it doesn’t matter what I think. I’m not an Ontario high school student! But if you’re looking for some Canadian-authored YA fiction, this is a great list.