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Awards: Kelley Armstrong‚ Willow Dawson‚ Ken Oppel among CCBC finalists

Kelley Armstrong nominated in two categories (Photo: Kathryn Hollinrake)

Kelley Armstrong‚ nominated in two categories (Photo: Kathryn Hollinrake)

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has announced the shortlists for its annual awards for kidlit in eight categories‚ seven English-language and one French.

The awards for the English-language titles will be given out at the Carlu in Toronto on November 17, with thePrix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse being awarded November 1 at Le Windsor in Montreal. With prize money totalling $135,000, the CCBCs are the most lucrative awards for children’s literature in Canada.

The English-language finalists are:

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award ($30,000 prize)
  • Michelle Barker; Renné Benoit‚ ill.‚ A Year of Borrowed Men (Pajama Press)
  • Carolyn Beck; François Thisdale‚ ill.‚ That Squeak (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • Willow Dawson‚ The Wolf-Birds (Owlkids Books)
  • Melanie Florence; François Thisdale‚ ill.‚ Missing Nimama (Clockwise Press)
  • Kenneth Oppel; Jon Klassen‚ ill.‚ The Nest (HarperCollins Canada)
Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000 prize)
Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-fiction ($10,000 prize)
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000 prize)
John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000) 
  • Don Aker‚ Delusion Road (HarperTrophy)
  • Kelley Armstrong‚ The Masked Truth (Doubleday Canada)
  • Gordon Korman‚ Masterminds (HarperCollins)
  • Kevin Sands‚ The Blackthorn Key (Aladdin)
  • Jordan Stratford‚ The Case of the Missing Moonstone (Alfred A. Knopf)
Monica Hughes Award for Science-fiction and Fantasy ($5,000 prize)

Amy Mathers Teen Book Award ($5,000 prize)

*This story has been updated and corrected. We regret any errors in the original post.