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Winners announced for student-voted Forest of Reading, MYRCA awards

Susin Nielsen


The Young Readers’ Choice Awards Society of B.C. named the Red Cedar Award winners:  Too Young to Escape: A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family by Van Ho and Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (for non-fiction) and Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier (for fiction).

Associations in Ontario and Manitoba have announced the winners of their annual children’s literature awards, as voted on by young people.

The Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading Awards were presented on June 16 in a one-day digital festival, streamed in partnership with CBC Books. This year’s awards received 120,000 votes across six categories.

The winning titles follow. The winners of the French-language awards will be announced on June 18 on Curio.ca.

Blue Spruce Award (kindergarten to Grade 2)
That’s Not Hockey, Andrée Poulin and Félix Girard (ill.) (Annick Press)

Silver Birch Express Award (Grades 3 to 4)
Megabat, Anna Humphrey and Kass Reich (ill.) (Tundra Books)

Silver Birch Fiction Award (Grades 3 to 6)
The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane, Julia Nobel (Sourcebooks)

Yellow Cedar Award (Grades 4 to 8)
Too Young to Escape: A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family, Van Ho and Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (Pajama Press)

Red Maple Award (Grades 7 and 8)
No Fixed Address, Susin Nielsen (Tundra Books)

White Pine Award Winner (high school)
Sadie, Courtney Summers (St. Martin’s Press)

The winners of the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards, an organization composed of teachers, teacher-librarians, and library staff, were announced on June 15. Students who voted had each read at least three of the eligible titles, which are made up of Canadian middle-grade novels. Students who read more than six titles could vote twice.

The average number of votes cast is 1,400 to 1,500. Winners each receive $1,000. The winning titles follow.

Sundogs (Grades 4 to 6)
Crush, Svetlana Chmakova (JY for Kids)
Runner-up: Coop the Great, Larry Verstraete (Yellow Dog)

Northern Lights (Grades 7 to 9)
No Fixed Address, Susin Nielsen (Tundra Books)
Runner-up: Fake Blood, Whitney Gardner (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)