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Awards: Bow, Oppel, Lawson, and Smith win 2016 Canadian Library Association Awards

Sidewalk Flowers, JonArno Lawson; Sydney Smith, illus.

Sidewalk Flowers, JonArno Lawson; Sydney Smith, illus.

The Canadian Library Association has announced the winners of its annual book awards, judged by a selection of librarians from across the country.

Kenneth Oppel won the Book of the Year for Children award for The Nest (HarperCollins Canada), illustrated by Jon Klassen. The short novel takes readers into the darkest nightmares and deepest fears of its young protagonist. Kevin Sylvester’s MiNRS (Margaret K. McElderry Books) and Emil Sher’s Young Man With Camera (Arthur A. Levine Books) were named Honour Books in the same category.

Kitchener, Ontario, author Erin Bow won in the young adult category for The Scorpion Rules (Simon & Schuster Canada), a dystopian adventure novel about truth and sacrifice in a future run by artificial intelligence. Susin Nielsen’s We Are All Made of Molecules (Tundra Books) was chosen as the category’s Honour Book.

The Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award went to JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith for Sidewalk Flowers (Groundwood Books), their lauded collaborative wordless picture book about finding beauty and colour in the mundane. Marianne Dubuc’s The Bus Ride (Kids Can Press) was selected as an Honour Book for its artwork.

Winners will be recognized at a luncheon during the CLA National Forum in Ottawa on June 2.