CLA Book of the Year for Children Award

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CLA Book of the Year for Children Award includes The Root Cellar, Up to Low, Sweetgrass, Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird, Julie and other 56 books.

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The Root Cellar

The Root Cellar
Twelve-year-old orphan Rose, sent to live with unknown relatives on a farm in Canada, ventures into her aunt's root cellar and finds herself making friends with people who lived on the farm more than a century earlier.

Up to Low

Up to Low
In Up to Low Young Tommy and Baby Bridget, the girl with the trillium shaped eyes, discover that loving and healing and dying are not always what they seem. And they make that discovery with the help of a wonderful cast of characters including Crazy Mickey, drunken Frank, and the Hummer.

Brian Doyle, author of Hey, Dad! and You Can Pick Me Up at Peggy's Cove, spent the summers of his boyhood in the Gatineau Hills, where he has set Up to Low. It is one of his finest novels for young people.

Up to Low was the winner of the 1983 Canadian Literary Association Book of the Year Award.

Sweetgrass

Sweetgrass
Sweetgrass, a 15-year-old Blackfoot girl, longs to be married like the other girls her age, and she has a young warrior in mind, Eagle-Sun. Her father feels she is too young for marriage, but over a difficult year for their tribe, which include natural disasters, encounters with white settlers, fights with other tribes, and a smallpox epidemic, she proves her courage, intelligence, and maturity. "Vivid characters bring the culture of the Dakota Indians in the 1830s to life through this richly patterned historical novelAn unusually fine first novel." — Booklist (starred review) "A masterpiece combining elements of an historical novel, a native American, a survival, and a coming-of-age novel.Will invite re-reading." — School Library Journal (starred review)

Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird

Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird
A Jean Little Classic

Jeremy is not having a good summer. His best friends have moved away, and he has to stay at the cottage with only his little sister and Aunt Margery. His parents have remained in the city so his father can have an operation.

When Jeremy finally sees him again, he finds out that his father has cancer and isn't going to get better. Suddenly, everything is different. Then Jeremy finds an unlikely friend in Tess, who knows what it's like to lose someone. As his friendship with her grows, through good times and bad, Jeremy discovers that his father has left him something that will live forever...

Julie

Julie
Julie has the "second sight" and feels like an outsider...until her gift helps her save her own father's life. Julie is known as the odd child in the family, the sensitive one who sees or hears or smells what others do not. Usually this makes her feel like an outsider - to all but her Granny, who also has the Gift. But when her senses pick up that her father is in danger, Julie trusts her intuition enough to break the rules, take her father's horse and race to his rescue. Awards: Winner, CLA Book of the Year, 1986, Canada Council Children's Literature Prize, 1985 and Alberta Writers Guild R. Ross Annett Award for Excellence in Writting for Children, 1985.

Shadow in Hawthorn Bay

A Handful of Time

A Handful of Time
When Patricia's mother sends her to her cousins' cottage for the summer, Patricia doesn't want to go. She doesn't know her cousins at all, and she's never been good at camping or canoeing, let alone making new friends.

When she arrives at the cottage, her worst fears come true: her cousin Kelly teases her; Aunt Ginnie and Uncle Doug feel sorry for her. She doesn't fit in. Then Patricia discovers an old watch hidden under a floorboard. When she winds it, she finds herself taken back in time to the summer when her own mother was twelve ...

Easy Avenue

Easy Avenue
Hubbo O'Driscoll is torn between his poor but fun friends and family and the shallow but rich kids at his school.
Hubbo's first year in high school is off to a bad start as he veers wildly between the lovely Fleurette Featherstone Fitchell and the ever more enticing gang at the exclusive Hi-Y Club. Just then a mysterious benefactor appears and Hubbo gets a new job working for the elegant, elderly, and very rich Miss Collar-Cuff.
An improbable surprise ending completes this wonderfully comic novel, which won the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award.

The Sky Is Falling

The Sky Is Falling
It is the summer of 1940, and all of England fears an invasion by Hitler's army. Norah lies in bed listening to the anxious voices of her parents downstairs.

Then Norah is told that she and her brother, Gavin, are being sent to Canada. The voyage across the ocean is exciting, but at the end of it Norah is miserable. The rich woman who takes them in prefers Gavin to her, the children at school taunt her, and as the news from England becomes worse, she longs for home.

As Norah begins to make friends, she discovers a surprising responsibility that helps her to accept her new country.

Redwork

Redwork
Certain that the apartment he and his mother have rented is haunted, Cass discovers that Mr. Magnus, the landlord, who is the object of much fear in the neighborhood, is hiding a dark evil. Reprint. AB.

Eating Between the Lines

Ticket to Curlew

release date: Jan 01, 2001
Ticket to Curlew
It is 1915. Endless stretches of grassland against a boundless sky are all Sam Ferrier sees when he and his father arrive in Curlew, Alberta, to build a new house for their family. He wonders why his restless father would move them to this lonely, barren place, so different from Iowa. But after the house gets built and the family joins them, Sam gradually discovers that there is much more to the prairie than he realized. The tall grasses hide a mysterious collection of gleaming white skulls. Torrential thunderstorms appear with startling swiftness out of a clear-blue sky. And when one day he finds that his little brother has suddenly disappeared, Sam discovers that this new land can be both awesome and terrifying. Young readers join the Ferriers as they learn to survive the prairie's brutal winters and devastating isolation and as Sam makes new friends with a brave and resourceful horse named Prince.

Some of the Kinder Planets

Some of the Kinder Planets
Cluny wants to publish a magazine for people with funny names, while Fletcher pastes the names of all the places he wants to visit on his body, in this funny collection of nine wacky short stories. Reprint. SLJ. AB. H.

Summer of the Mad Monk

Summer of the Mad Monk
The new town blacksmith is hiding a mysterious stranger who Pip realizes could be the only survivor of the assassination of the Russian royal family.

The Tiny Kite of Eddie Wing

The Tiny Kite of Eddie Wing
Eddie has a passion for kite flying but cannot afford to buy a kite, and an old man he knows has a dream to write poetry but cannot find a way to do it, but together, with the help of Eddie's kind spirit and imagination, they are finally able to reach their unattainable goals.

Uncle Ronald

Uncle Ronald
Old Mickey is one hundred and twelve years old. He can't remember what he ate for lunch today, but he can remember every detail of what happened one hundred years ago, when he and his mother ran away from his violent father to take refuge in the hills north of Ottawa.

Brilliantly combining humor and tragedy, Uncle Ronald is one of Brian Doyle's most emotionally powerful novels.

Firewing

Firewing
The forest heaves and splits in a terrible quake, and Griffin, a newborn Silverwing bat, is sucked down a fissure deep into the earth. Shade, Griffin's father, soon realizes that his son has been drawn into the Underworld and embarks on the most dangerous of journeys to rescue him. Shade knows he must find Griffin quickly -- legend says that if the living stumble into the land of the dead, they have only a short time before death claims them, too. But something else is hunting Griffin -- a deadly foe Shade hoped he would never see again. Who will find Griffin first?

Stephen Fair

Stephen Fair
A dark family secret ...

Stephen is fifteen when the nightmares begin. The dream is always the same: a crying baby, a wooden ladder, a house built in the branches, fire everywhere. Night after night, the fantastic images haunt him. More chilling than the dream itself, though, is the fact that this is the very same nightmare that haunted Stephen's brother, Marcus--the dream that drove Marcus to run away. Now Stephen is the age his brother was when he left, and he wonders what it all means.

Determined not to run from the truth, Stephen steels himself for a journey of remarkable discovery that he hopes will eventually lead him to the truth about the past and, ultimately, about himself.

00-01 South Carolina Book Award Nomination Masterlist (Grds 6-9)

Silverwing

Silverwing
Shade, a young silverwing bat in search of his father, discovers a mysterious Human-made building containing a vast forest. Could his father be there? Home to thousands of bats, the indoor forest is warm as a summer night, teeming with insect food, and free from the tyranny of the deadly owls. But Shade and his friend Marina aren't so sure this is paradise. Shade has seen Humans enter the forest and take away hundreds of sleeping bats for an unknown purpose. And where is Shade's father?

Before long Shade and Marina are on a perilous journey to the far southern jungle, where the vampire bat Goth rules as king of all the cannibal bats. Now Shade must use all his resourcefulness to find his father -- and stop Goth from creating eternal night.

Wild Girl and Gran

Wild Girl and Gran
I am a princess in the castle keep.

I am a pirate on the high seas.

I am a cowboy on the lone prairie.

I am a wild girl, alone in my stouthearted tree.

So begins the story of Wild Girl & Gran - a young girl and her grandmother who become companions in imagination, schemers in adventure and free-spirited in friendship. Together they create a whimsical world that is beautifully charmed and safe.

But a shadow falls over this special place when Gran falls ill and leaves the world. Wild Girl does not feel safe or adventurous anymore. One spring day, Wild Girl's mother begins to tell stories about Gran. Wild Girl sees how, together, their love for Gran, and each other, will survive.

Wild Girl & Gran is the hauntingly beautiful tale of how imagination renews the human spirit and how love passes across generations, from mother to daughter, to calm a wild girl's heart and make her adventurous again.

Orphan at My Door

Orphan at My Door
Through the diary of 10-year-old Victoria Cope, we learn about the arrival of ragged Mary Anna, one of the thousands of impoverished British children who were sent to Canada at the beginning of the century. Mary Anna joins the Cope family as a servant and is treated well, but she has to cope with the initial apprehension of the family members and the loss of her brother, Jasper, who was placed with another family. Victoria vows to help Mary Anna find her brother, so they can be a family once again.

Hana's Suitcase

Hana's Suitcase
In March 2000, a suitcase arrived at a children's Holocaust education center in Tokyo, Japan. Hana Brady was written on the outside. Children who saw the suitcase on display were full of questions and the director decided to find the answers.

Boy O'Boy

Boy O'Boy
Martin O'Boy's life is not easy. His beloved Granny just died, his pregnant mother and father fight all the time, and his twin, Phil, is completely incapacitated. Martin is the one his mother counts on. But life in Ottawa's Lowertown is not all bad. He has his best friend, Billy Batson, the movies, his cat Cheap and there's the glamorous Buz from next door, a soldier in the war. As the war comes to an end with the bombing of Hiroshima, Ottawa is in a state of turmoil. Returning soldiers, parties, and fights fill the streets. It would all be very exciting for Martin except for one thing. In their endless pursuit of more funds Martin and Billy have joined the church choir — as summer boys. And the organist, Mr. T.D.S. George, is awfully fond of Martin. As the reader knows, though Martin doesn't, this fondness is a dangerous thing.

But Martin, despite his hardships, has a pure soul, Billy's friendship, and even his mother's reliance on him, which help him to deliver a kind of justice to Mr. George, and to heal himself and others. Brave, loving, resourceful Martin O'Boy is another wonderful Brian Doyle creation.

Last Chance Bay

Last Chance Bay
Set in Cape Breton in the early stages of the Second World War, Last Chance Bay tells the story of Meg, a young girl who dreams of flying. Inspired by her heroines Amelia Earhart and Beryl Markham, Meg's dream is a lofty one and unlikely to ever come true. Meg's father, like most of the men in town, is employed in the coal mine, and life for all is a daily struggle for survival. When the bare essentials are all that's expected, how can anyone nourish hope?

The Crazy Man

release date: Jan 01, 2005
The Crazy Man
It is 1965, and 12-year-old Emaline, living on a wheat farm, must deal with a family that is falling apart. When her dog, Prince, chases a hare into the path of the tractor, she chases after him, and her father accidentally runs over her leg, leaving her with a long convalescence and a permanent disability. Even worse, from Emaline's point of view, is that in his grief and guilt, her father shoots Prince and leaves Emaline and her mother on their own.

Despite the neighbors' disapproval, Emaline's mother hires Angus, a patient from the local mental hospital, to work their fields. Angus is a red-haired giant whom the local children tease and call "the gorilla." Though the small town's prejudice creates a cloud of suspicion around Angus that nearly results in tragedy, he just may hold the key to Emaline's coming to grips with her injury and the loss of her father.

Johnny Kellock Died Today

Johnny Kellock Died Today
It's a long, hot Halifax summer in 1959 and twelve-year-old R osalie N orman has aguilty secret. Her no-nonsense, authoritarian mother has broken her ankle—and it'sall R osalie's fault. But news that Johnny, her teenaged cousin, has vanished pushesthe accident from everyone's minds. As R osalie and David—her strange new neighbour—search the city for Johnny, R osalie discovers something about the love and thesecrets that bind her family.

A refreshing and talented new voice in young adult fiction, Hadley Dyer hasreceived rave reviews, two awards and several nominations, as well as great sales forJohnny Kellock Died Today, her debut novel.

Elijah of Buxton

Elijah of Buxton
Master storyteller Christopher Paul Curtis's Newbery Honor novel, featuring his trademark humor, unique narrative voice, and new cover art--now in paperback!

Eleven-year-old Elijah lives in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves near the American border. He's the first child in town to be born free, and he ought to be famous just for that. Unfortunately, all that most people see is a "fra-gile" boy who's scared of snakes and talks too much. But everything changes when a former slave steals money from Elijah's friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Now it's up to Elijah to track down the thief--and his dangerous journey just might make a hero out of him, if only he can find the courage to get back home.

The Shepherd's Granddaughter

The Shepherd's Granddaughter
Ever since she was a little girl, Amani has wanted to be a shepherd, just like her beloved grandfather, Sido. For generations her family has grazed sheep above the olive groves of the family homestead near Hebron. But now Amani's family home is being threatened by encroaching Jewish settlements. As Amani struggles to find increasingly rare grazing land for her starving sheep, her uncle and brother are tempted to take a more militant stance against the settlers. Then she meets Jonathan, an American boy visiting his father. Away from the pressures of their families, and despite their differences, the two young people discover a secret meadow where Amani can graze her sheep. A moving novel about one of the most hotly disputed pieces of land on earth.

Watching Jimmy

Watching Jimmy
Watching Jimmy is impossible-to-put-down; full of danger, warmth, and dark humor. With shocking candor, Carolyn relates what really happened to her best friend, Jimmy, when his uncle chose the perfect time to teach him a lesson he would never forget. The truth is Jimmy didn't fall from a swing like Uncle Ted claims. Carolyn knows - she saw everything.

With the dreadful secret locked away, Carolyn walks an emotional tightrope. No matter what else is happening in this post-war era, she must keep an eye on her now poor, braindamaged Jimmy. But when Uncle Ted threatens his beleaguered family with even more abuse and the loss of their home, Carolyn must find the courage to match wits with him and to speak out, using the truth as her only weapon.

Set in 1958, Watching Jimmy is a brilliant portrait of the post-war era, a family of strong women, and a resourceful heroine who exudes character, resilience, and most of all, love.

Half Brother

Half Brother
From a Printz-Honor-winning author, an absorbing novel about a teen boy whose scientist parents take in a chimpanzee.

All happy families are alike. Ben Tomlin's unhappy family is unhappy in a very different way.

For thirteen years, Ben Tomlin was an only child. But all that changes when his mother brings home Zan--an eight-day-old chimpanzee. Ben's father, a renowned behavioral scientist, has uprooted the family to pursue his latest research project: a high-profile experiment to determine whether chimps can acquire advanced language skills. Ben's parents tell him to treat Zan like a little brother. Ben reluctantly agrees. At least now he's not the only one his father's going to scrutinize.
It isn't long before Ben is Zan's favorite, and Ben starts to see Zan as more than just an experiment. His father disagrees. Soon Ben is forced to make a critical choice between what he is told to believe and what he knows to be true--between obeying his father or protecting his brother from an unimaginable fate.
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