Annal: 2013 Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature – Text

Results of the Governor General's Literary Award in the year 2013.

Book:The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

Teresa Toten

When Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He’s determined to protect and defend her—to play Batman to her Robyn—whatever the cost. But when you’re fourteen and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it’s hard to imagine yourself falling in love. How can you have a “normal” relationship when your life is so fraught with problems? And that’s not even to mention the small matter of those threatening letters Adam’s mother has started to receive…

Teresa Toten sets some tough and topical issues against the backdrop of a traditional whodunit in this engaging new novel that readers will find hard to put down.

Book:Becoming Holmes: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Final Case

Becoming Holmes: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Final Case

Shane Peacock

With a young Sherlock Holmes immersed in despair, the only thing that can rouse him from this blackness comes when he uncovers a sinister plot unleashed by Malefactor.

The surprising and shocking conclusion to the unique Boy Sherlock Holmes series, Becoming Holmes combines brilliant storytelling with fascinating historical detail, and a mystery worthy of one of the greatest sleuths in English literature.

Book:Counting Back from Nine

Counting Back from Nine

Valerie Sherrard

“There are rules for what I’ve done.  Specific punishments for crimes against friendship.” 

Laren Olivier knows the rules, but her attraction to a friend’s ex-boyfriend is strong.  She tells herself that if she and Scott can keep their new romance a secret, no one will get hurt.  But Laren is not the only one with something to hide. Thus begins a year-long journey through secrets, lies, exposures and betrayals.  Somehow, Laren must find a way to reconcile who she is with what she’s done.  And when tragedy strikes, she finds herself struggling with a discovery so shocking it rocks the very foundation of her world. 

A novel in free verse by award-winning author Valerie Sherrard.

Book:Once Upon a Northern Night

Once Upon a Northern Night

Jean E. Pendziwol, Isabelle Arsenault

In this exquisite lullaby, a parent paints a picture of a northern winter night for their sleeping child, describing the beauty of a snowfall, the wild animals that appear in the garden, the twinkling stars, the gentle rhythm of the northern lights and the etchings of frost on the window pane.

As the young child sleeps, wrapped in a downy blanket, a snowflake falls, and then another and another. The parent describes the forest of snow-covered pines, seeing a deer and fawn nibbling a frozen apple, a great gray owl swooping down with its feathers trailing through the snow. Two snowshoe hare scamper and play under the watchful eyes of a little fox, and a tiny mouse scurries in search of a midnight feast. When the snow clouds disappear, stars light up the sky, followed by the magical shimmering of the northern lights—all framed by the frost on the window. …[more]

Book:The White Bicycle

The White Bicycle

Beverley Brenna

The White Bicycle is the third stand-alone title in the Wild Orchid series about a young woman with Asperger’s Syndrome. This installment chronicles Taylor Jane’s travels to the south of France where she spends a summer babysitting for the Phoenix family. Including flashbacks into Taylor’s earliest memories, along with immediate scenes in Lourmarin, a picturesque village in the Luberon Valley, The White Bicycle results in a journey for independence both personal and universal, told in Taylor’s honest first-person prose.

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