Wednesday, August 26, 2009

History magazine rocks the prize lists

The Beaver is nominated for a National Newsstand Award for its February 2008 special issue Quebec at 400 -- which sold a ton, both in English and in French as Le Beaver. More detail here.

Speaking of prizes, the Geoffrey Bilson Prize for Historical Fiction for kids announced its shortlist recently. Full details here, but the nominated titles are:

The Ancient Ocean Blues by Jack Mitchell (Tundra Books)
The Apprentice’s Masterpiece: A Story of Medieval Spain by Melanie Little (Annick Press)
Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanjji (Second Story Press)
Greener Grass: The Famine Years by Caroline Pignat (Red Deer Press)
The Landing by John Ibbitson (Kids Can Press)

The jury members were Merle Harris, storyteller and author; Kimberly Sutherland-Mills, Children's and Teen Services Librarian, Kingston Frontenac Public Library; Gail de Vos (chair), storyteller and professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, and well, moi, Christopher Moore, author.

It's always impressive, the range and sophistication of historical fiction being written and published for young readers.
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