2010 Canadian Children’s Book Award Winners


The annual Canadian Children’s Book Awards celebration was probably my favourite event when I worked in publishing. I was thrilled when my former colleague, who now works at the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, invited me to this year’s gala. I really, really wanted to attend, but, *sigh* I wasn’t able to trade my Tuesday night shift at the library with any of my co-workers due to a host of scheduling complications.

By all accounts it was a fabulous evening and waaaaay better than that other Canlit fête happening that night.  You know, this one (or well, that one).  The following books and authors were announced as this year’s award winners:

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award:

The Hunchback AssignmentsThe Hunchback Assignments
by Arthur Slade
HarperCollins

What the jury said: “Arthur Slade’s foray into the steampunk genre is of world-class quality and makes The Hunchback Assignments a fresh and unexpected addition to Canadian children’s literature… A mystery thriller, the novel’s tone is grippingly suspenseful… Literary allusions to characters and plots, from the Hunchback of Notre Dame to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, enrich the subtext of reality and illusion.”

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award

Timmerman Was HereTimmerman Was Here
by Colleen Sydor; illustrated by Nicolas Debon
Tundra Books

What the jury said: “This is a sublimely humanistic and memorable story about the way we discover the difference between truth and appearances… Dramatic pictures equally involve the reader, while the artistic use of dark and light further affect our emotional response… This intriguing tale with a twist delves exceptionally well into values and perceptions, the rational and the irrational, achieving a conclusion that is profoundly self-affirming for the child… This emotionally rich and suspenseful story is capped by an uplifting ending that will stir hearts from 8 to 80… A perfect pairing of text and illustration.”

Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction

Adventures on the Ancient Silk RoadAdventures on the Ancient Silk Road
by Priscilla Galloway with Dawn Hunter
Annick Press

What the jury said: “A gripping account of three remarkable historic journeys; cultural, spiritual and commercial, enable the reader to imagine this fabled ancient route taken by the adventurous of long, long ago. Galloway’s excellent research, clear text, stunning photographs, art and maps updates this history for our times. A wonderful resource for research and reports.”

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

Vanishing GirlVanishing Girl
(The Boy Sherlock Holmes, Book 3)
by Shane Peacock
Tundra Books

What the jury said: “Peacock delves into the young mind of one of the best-known characters in literature, creating a story that is well-plotted, with plenty of action, adventure and plot twists… Beautifully written and fast-paced… Peacock’s writing has a distinctive voice and tone that is perfectly suited to the story being told.”

I happen to have a copy of The Hunchback Assignments sitting in my To-Be-Read pile right now. Hmmm, perhaps I should move it to the top of the heap in honour of its taking home the top prize?

I have my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to attend next year’s awards gala. And you can too, if you become a member of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre! Giller Schmiller. (Really, I have nothing against the Giller or the Giller Light.  I would have liked to be at the Giller Light party, too. Next year, let’s try not to hold all of the major Canadian Book Award ceremonies on the same night. Okay?)

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Posted on November 11, 2010, in YA News. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Great post. Loved hearing what the judges said. May I repost that part, crediting you and linking back to you, of course?

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