Finalists for the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Awards Announced

This year, the titles shortlisted in the “Children’s Literature” category are all for young adults. I guess this is a testament to how much great writing for teens Canadian authors are producing these days! I can’t help but wonder if YA should have its own category…

The finalists are:

Children’s Literature — Text

Me, Myself and IkeMe, Myself and Ike by K.L. Denman (Orca Book Publishers)

What the committee said: “Me, Myself and Ike is a gripping novel full of surprises. K.L. Denman’s masterfully-crafted first-person narrative on schizophrenia sweeps the reader along as Kit Latimer descends into a terrifying world where the real and imagined have no discernible divide. Denman manages to portray Kit in a way that is both realistic and sympathetic.”

TyrannyTyranny by Lesley Fairfield (Tundra Books)

What the committee said:Tyranny is a powerful piece of writing crafted as a graphic novel. Lesley Fairfield convincingly delves deep into the psyche of a young woman suffering from anorexia. The strength of the book lies in its simplicity, which carries the reader along on Anna’s horrifying journey to wellness.”


Free as a Bird Free as a Bird by Gina McMurchy-Barber (Dundurn Press)

What the committee said: Free as a Bird is a poignant journey through the life of Ruby Jean Sharp, a child living with Down syndrome. In this compelling tale of perseverance, trust and hope, Gina McMurchy-Barber takes the reader from the isolation and abuse of an institution, to the warmth and opportunity of a home, to the danger and camaraderie of the streets.”

FishtailingFishtailing by Wendy Phillips (Coteau Books)

What the committee said: Fishtailing is the story of four teenagers, four lives intertwined in the complex world of relationships and power struggles. In passionate poetic language that both chills and caresses, Wendy Phillips breathes life into these unforgettable characters whose stories offer insight, warning and endless possibilities. This compellingly-crafted poem is impossible to put down.”

ScarsScars by Cheryl Rainfield (WestSide Books)

What the committee said: “Cheryl Rainfield’s Scars asks: When hurt is deeply buried, how do you bring it to the surface? For Kendra, the possibilities lie between self-destruction and the redemptive powers of creativity. Teetering between these polarities until the very end, she is a memorable character whose struggle captivates.”

The winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 16 in Montreal.

For information on the finalists in the other categories, read the Canada Council’s press release.


Posted on October 20, 2010, in YA News. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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