Annal: 2012 Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature – Text

Results of the Governor General's Literary Award in the year 2012.

Book:The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

Susin Nielsen

Darker than her previous novels, Susin peoples this novel about the ultimate cost of bullying with a cast of fabulous characters, dark humour, and a lovable, difficult protagonist struggling to come to terms with the horrible crime his brother has committed.

Book:The Grave Robber's Apprentice

The Grave Robber's Apprentice

Allan Stratton

Hans doesn’t know who he is or where he came from. When he was a baby, he washed ashore in a wooden box and was adopted by the conniving grave robber, Knobbe the Bent. Now fate has thrown him together with Angela von Schwanenberg, a young countess fleeing for her life from the evil Archduke Arnulf and his dreaded Necromancer. Together, these friends are on a daring quest to discover Hans’ true identity and to save Angela’s parents from the archduke.

Join Hans and Angela on their grand adventure as they ride through the depths of the great forest, sled down a mountain in a coffin, and sneak along the secret passageways of the archduke’s palace. The Grave Robber’s Apprentice is a world of highwaymen, hermits, and dancing bears; and of a boy separated from his family by the sea.

In this world anything is possible with luck and imagination—even for a grave robber’s apprentice.

Book:Seraphina (Rachel Hartman)

Seraphina

Rachel Hartman

The kingdom of Goredd is populated by humans and by dragons who fold themselves into a human form. Though they live alongside each other, the peace between them is uneasy.

But when a member of the royal family is murdered, and the crime appears to have been committed by a dragon the peace and treaty between both worlds is seriously threatened…

Into this comes Seraphina, a gifted musician who joins the royal court as the assistant to the court composer. She is soon drawn into the murder investigation and, as she uncovers hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace in Goredd for good, finds herself caught desperately in the middle of the tension.

For Seraphina hides a secret—the secret behind her musical gift—and if she is found out, her life is in serious danger…

Book:The Umbrella (Judd Palmer)

The Umbrella

Judd Palmer

The uplifting story of love between an umbrella and the human being who is its beneficiary.

Book:Under the Moon

Under the Moon

Deborah Kerbel

Lily MacArthur has never been much of a sleeper, but since the death of her Aunt Su, she’s lost the ability to sleep completely. Night after night she goes to bed and waits for the sun to rise, without catching a wink of sleep. As she pushes people away by day, her closest friend becomes the night-time moon. Looking for a way to spend her sleepless nights, she slips out of the house. She meets Ben, who works the night shift at the local drive-thru. A newcomer to town, Ben has a troubled past—and future—that he keeps from Lily.

As Lily’s sleeplessness begins to destroy her health, she has no idea that Ben holds the key to finding her sleep and saving her life. But first, she has to find a way to save his.

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