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Ontario Library Association announces Forest of Reading shortlists

The Ontario Library Association has announced the shortlists for its 2013 Forest of Reading program, as selected by committees of library practioners. The winners, voted on by readers, will be announced during the Forest of Reading Festival in May.

Here are the English-language nominees:

Blue Spruce (Grades K“2)


Silver Birch Fiction (Grades 3“6)


Silver Birch Non-fiction (Grades 3“6)


Silver Birch Express (Grades 3“6)

  • Ankylosaur Attack: Tales of Prehistoric Life, Daniel Loxton; Jim W.W. Smith, illus. (Inhabit)
  • Dalen & Gole: Scandal in Port Angus, Mike Deas (Orca)
  • Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World’s Greatest Escape Artist, Janice Weaver; Chris Lane, illus. (Abrams/Canadian Manda Group)
  • In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up, Monica Killing; David Parkins, illus. (Tundra)
  • I Owe You One, Natalie Hyde (Orca)
  • Loon, Susan Vande Griek; Karen Reczuch, illus. (Groundwood Books)
  • Margaret and the Moth Tree, Brit Trogen and Kari Trogen (Kids Can)
  • Matatu, Eric Walters; Eva Campbell, illus. (Orca)
  • The Paper House, Lois Peterson (Orca)
  • Who Needs a Swamp? Karen Patkau (Tundra)

Red Maple Fiction (Grades 7“8)

Red Maple Non-fiction (Grades 7“8)

  • The Adventures of Medical Man: Kids Illnesses and Injuries Explained, Dr. Michael Evans and David Wichman; Gareth William, illus. (Annick)
  • Beyond Bullets: A Photo Journal of Afghanistan, Rafal Gerszak with Dawn Hunter (Annick)
  • Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (Pajama)
  • Lizards in the Sky: Animals Where You Least Expect Them, Claire Eamer (Annick)
  • The Lowdown on Denim, Tanya Lloyd Kyi; Clayton Hanmer, illus. (Annick)
  • Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced To Death: The Story of Steven Truscott, Bill Swan (Lorimer)
  • Running to Extremes: Ray Zahab’s Amazing Ultramarathon Journey, Steve Pitt with Ray Zahab (Puffin Canada)
  • The Sea Wolves: Living Wild in the Great Bear Rainforest, Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read (Orca)
  • The Secret Life of Money: A Kid’s Guide to Cash, Kira Vermond; Clayton Hanmer, illus. (Owlkids)
  • You Just Can’t Help It!: Your Guide to the Wild and Wacky World of Human Behavior, Jeff Szpirglas; Josh Holinaty, illus. (Maple Tree Press)

White Pine (Grades 9“12)

Evergreen (Adult)

Golden Oak (Adult)

  • A Stranger at Home, Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton; Liz Amini-Holmes, illus. (Annick)
  • Behind Enemy Lines: World War II, Sam Frederiksen, Nazi-Occupied Europe, 1944, Carol Matas (Scholastic Canada)
  • Remembering the Titanic, Frieda Wishinsky (Scholastic Canada)
  • Home Invasion, Joy Fielding (Grass Roots/HarperCollins)
  • In the bag! Margaret Knight Wraps it Up, Monica Kulling; David Parkins, illus. (Tundra)
  • Matatu, Eric Walters; Eva Campbell, illus. (Orca)
  • No Ordinary Day, Deborah Ellis (Groundwood)
  • Sable Island: The Wandering Sandbar, Wendy Kitts (Nimbus)