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Finalists announced for Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards

The finalists for the 2013 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were revealed today. Celebrating “artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children’s literature,” the annual awards for best picture book and for best young adult or middle-grade title are each worth $6,000.

This year’s jurors ” always a group of young readers ” are from North Kipling Junior Middle School in Etobicoke, Ontario. The prizes will be given out May 23 at the school.

Children’s Picture Book Award

  • A Few Bites, Cybèle Young (Groundwood Books)
  • A Hen for Izzy Pippik, Aubrey Davis; Marie Lafrance, illus. (Kids Can Press)
  • Larf, Ashley Spires (Kids Can)
  • Virginia Wolf, Kyo Maclear; Isabelle Arsenault, illus. (Kids Can)
  • Wishes, Jean Little; Geneviève Côté, illus. (Scholastic Canada)

Young Adult/Middle Reader Award

  • A Tinfoil Sky, Cyndi Sand-Eveland (Tundra Books)
  • Hunted, Cheryl Rainfield (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • Seraphina, Rachel Hartman (Doubleday Canada)
  • The Grave Robber’s Apprentice, Allan Stratton (HarperCollins Canada)
  • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, Susin Nielsen (Tundra)