WINNER  

AWAKE AND DREAMING by Kit Pearson

Penguin Books  1996  0-14-038166-X RL: 6 IL: 5+

This is a ghost story with a difference. A heart pounding narrative about a girl coping with an unhappy life with her single mother, and her dreams of belonging to a real family.

 

NOMINEES

 

AFTER THE WAR by Carol Matas

S&S Childrens 1996  0-689-80722-8 RL: 5 IL: 5+

The unforgettable story of a Jewish teenager who survives World War II and embarks on a long and dangerous journey.

 

ANYWHERE BUT HERE by Axele Dueck

James Lorimer & Company  1996  088995-147-0 RL: 3 IL: 3-6

For 12-year-old Marjorie farm life in summer is not life at all. But things heat up when she and a neighbor make a startling discovery in an old barn.

 

BILLY AND THE BEARMAN by David A. Poulsen

Napoleon Publishing  1996  0-929141-48-2 RL: 6 IL: 6+

Two runaway boys, alone against nature, deal with the demons of their pasts when catastrophe in the woods nearby presents them with the greatest challenge of their lives.

 

BREATH OF A GHOST by Anita Horrocks

Stoddart Kids  1996  07736-7453-5 RL: 4 IL: 4+

The engrossing account of a young boy’s attempt to confront his fears and come to terms with the tragic loss of his brother.

 

TO DANCE AT THE PALAIS ROYALE by Janet McNaughton

St. John’s Tuckamore Books  1996  1-895387-70-1 RL: 7 IL: 7

In 1928, Agnes arrives in Canada to work as a servant. Through good fortune, she finds a position with a wealthy family, and even poses as a socialite for one glamourous night of dancing!

 

EAR WITNESS by Mary Ann Scott

Boardwalk Books  1996  1-895681-12-X RL: 6 IL: 6+

Jessica March lives with her mother in Toronto. Witnessing a murder is frightening, but when her mother’s boyfriend is arrested as the killer, she is terrified.

 

THE GOLDEN ROSE by Dayle Campbel Gaetz

Pacific Educational Press  1996  1-89576621-4 RL: 6 IL: 6+

An exciting novel about the adventures and tragedies 14-year-old Katherine and her family experience as they establish a new life on a homestead in Hope, BC during the 1860’s Gold Rush.

 

HOME CHILD by Barbara Howorth-Attard

Roussan Publishers Inc  1996  1-896184-18-9 RL: 6 IL: all ages

When 13-year-old Arthur arrives from England in 1914 to work on their farm, Sadie’s mother forbids her children to speak “with his kind”. A fire forces Sadie to choose between her family’s mistrust and her own belief in Arthur.

 

KERI by Jan Andres

Groundwood Books  1996  0-88899-240-8 RL: 5 IL: 6+

When a young girl and her brother discover a huge whale on the beach, they are desperate to try and save it.

 

THE PERFECT GYMNAST by Michele Martin Bossley

James Lorimer & Company  1996  1-55028-510-6 RL: 4 IL: 3-6

Abby makes a friend at gymnastics who’s everything she would like to be – then realizes that looks can be deceiving. Now she faces a difficult choice, which may mean risking the friendship.

 

A PLACE NOT HOME by Eva Wiseman

Stoddart Publishing  1996  1-7737-5834-8 RL: 5 IL: 4-8

Nelly’s life in Hungary crumbles during the Revolution. Danger convinces her parents to flee the country. Settling in Montreal, Nelly begins to understand home is not a place but a state of mind.

 

ROSEMARY FOR REMEMBRANCE by Sonia Craddock

(A Lorimer Blue Kite Adventure) James Lorimer & Company

1996  1-55028-528-9 RL: 5 IL: 3-6

Rosie’s grandmother vanishes for hours on end! Where does she go? Rosie sets out to solve granny’s secret.

 

THE TUESDAY CAFÉ by Don Trembath

Orca Book Publishers  1996  1-55143-074-6 RL: 6 IL: 6

After setting fire to a garbage can, Harper is ordered to write an essay on how he plans to turn his life around. His mother enrolls him in a writing class, but it’s not the kind of class he expected.

 

THUNDER ICE by Alison Acheson

Coteau Books  1996  1-55050-105-4 RL: 5 IL: 4-6

In the 1880’s Prince Arthur’s landing is a boisterous mining town. Fort William is quiet and almost forgotten by the Hudson’s Bay Company. Can anything bring the communities together?

 

STARS by Eric Walters

Stoddart Publishing  1996  0-7736-7447-0 RL: 6 IL: 7

Stuck in the wilderness, Joseph participates in a rehabilitation program for young offenders. All he wants is to escape, but it takes all his strength to face the truth.