WINNER    

WE ALL FALL DOWN by Eric Walters

Doubleday  2006  0385661924  IL: 5+         

Will’s Dad works in the World Trade Centre in New York City. The date is Sept. 11/2001 and it’s “bring your child to work day.” Will thinks the day will be boring and that his Dad won’t make time for him, as usual. As catastrophe

ensues, Will and his Dad are thrown together in a fight for their lives. Will is shown a whole new side to his “borin” Dad in this tense, action packed story.

 

HONOUR BOOKS  

 THE DEVIL, THE BANSHEE, AND ME by L. M. Falcone

Kids Can Press  2006  978-1-55337-894-5  IL: 5+

Will thinks it’s creepy enough to live across from a cemetery but things get even creepier when new neighbours move in. If being chased by an egg=juggling sumo wrestler and making friends with the devil’s nephew isn’t weird enough, Will has to figure out the identity of the crying, screaming woman who floats above the cemetery gates.

 

GEMINI SUMMER by Iain Lawrence

Delacorte Press  2006  0-385-73089-6  IL: 5+

Welcome to the family life in the 1960’s. Mum is a housewife with dreams, young Danny desperately wants a dog, older brother Beau is obsessed with the NASA space program and Ad is the protector of his family. But after tragedy hits, life in the River’s household and neighbourhood is anything but ordinary.

 

NOMINEES

 

ALMOST EDEN by Anita Horrocks

Tundra Books  2006  0887767427  IL: 5+                  

Life in a small, prairie Mennonite community in the 1960’s is anything but simple for twelve-year-old Else. When her mom is hospitalized for depression, Else blames herself. Despite her own guilt about her mom, her fights with her family, and her terrible behaviour with her best friends.

 

THE BLUE HELMET by William Bell

Doubleday  2006  0-385-66246-7  IL: 5+

While in high school, Lee finds himself in trouble with the law and is sent to live with his aunt. Through his experiences and the friendships that he makes, including the one with Cutter, a peacekeeper in Bosnia, Lee is transformed from an angry man to one with compassion for others.

 

DOMENIC’S WAR by Curtis Parkinson

Tundra Books  2006  0-88776-751-6  IL: 5+

Through the eyes of two young Italians, Domenic and Antonio, we see how brave the people of war torn Monte Cassino had to be to survive living in constant fear and without the necessities of life in 1944. Based on a true story.

HAMISH X AND THE CHEESE PIRATES by Sean Cullen

Puffin Canada  2006  0670-06502-1  IL:5+

Under the oppressive rule of Viggo Schmatz and his staff at the Windcity orphanage and Cheese Factory, children donated from the Orphan Disposal Agency toil for long hours to manufacture the famed Caribou Blue Cheese. However, with the arrival of Hamish X, a ten-year-old orphan of unknown origin, things change. Hamish X and his newfound friends Parveen and Mimi set out to escape only to have things complicated by the arrival of the Cheese Pirates.

 

I AM A TAXI by Deborah Ellis

Groundwood  2006  0-88899-736-1  IL: 5+

Twelve-year-old Diego lives in his mother’s prison cell in Bolivia. He works as a “taxi” running errands for prisoners. A friend persuades him that they can make easier money by working for a local drug dealer. When this leads to virtual slavery deep in the jungle Diego struggles to survive and return to his family.

 

KETURAH AND LORD DEATH by Martine Leavitt

Red Deer Press  2006  978-0-88995-370-8  IL: 7+

Keturah, a beautiful sixteen-year-old girl, gets lost in the forest and is forced to bargain with Lord Death for her life. Keturah is given the task of finding her true love before the sun sets. Failing will mean death for her and the ones she loves.

 

MAGNIFICO by Victoria Miles

Fitzhenry & Whiteside  2006  978-0-88899-703-6  IL: 5+

As eleven-year-old Mariangela struggles to learn to play her grandfather’s accordion, not only does she discover her own unique musical talent but also secrets from her family’s past in Italy.

 

THE MYSTERY OF THE GRAFFITI GHOUL by Marty Chan

Thistledown Press  2006  1-897235-00-3  IL: 5+

Marty’s life consists of events and people he’d rather avoid – the outlandish clothes his mother insists he wears; the school bullies; teen gangs; mean, slushie drinking Trina and now graffiti painting ghouls. In trying to discover who vandalized and sprayed graffiti on a school building Marty and his best friend Remi get themselves into humourous situations that lead to interesting discoveries. Marty, the self-described brain and Remi, the brawn of the duo, use their detective skills to solve the mystery of the Graffiti Ghoul while discovering friends in unexpected places.

 

ODD MAN OUT by Sarah Ellis

Groundwood Books  2006  978-0-88899-703-6  IL: 5+

Twelve-year-old Jim and his mother are struggling to keep their Inn out of the hands of the town bullies when help mysteriously appears out of the fog. But who is this Captain Johnson and how can a man in 1952 know so much about life long ago on the high seas?

 

READY TO RUN by Beverly Scudomore

Lorimer  2006  1550289144  IL: 5+

When thirteen-year-old Remy O’Sullivan takes up running, she thinks she’s training to race. But when her close friend gets involved with an Internet chat-room pal who isn’t all that he seems, Remy’s running skills are put to another kind of test

 

SKINNYBONES AND THE WRINKLE QUEEN by Glen Huser

Groundwood Books  2006  978-0-88899-732-6  IL: 7+

Ms Barclay, an 89-year-old woman living alone, need Tamara to help her get to Seattle. Tamara needs Ms Barclay to help her get into modeling school. The two strike a bargain and set out on a road trip of a lifetime, both learning about themselves and each other in the process.

 

STEALING HOME by Ellen Schwartz

Tundra Books  2006  0887767656  IL: 5+

As a recently orphaned nine-year-old boy of mixed African American and Jewish descent Joey Sexton is familiar with the harsh realities of racism and loneliness. Amidst the background of Jackie Rovinson’s controversial entrance into major league baseball we witness Joe’s further struggles as he is sent to live with the Jewish relatives who have never acknowledged him. Can they work through the pain and betrayal and become the family Joey so desperately needs?

 

STRANGE TIMES AT WESTERN HIGH by Emily Pohl-Weary

Annick Press  2006  13-978-1-55451-039-9  IL: 6+

On her first day at Western High in Toronto, sixteen-year-old Natalie Fuentes witnesses an assault on the school’s custodian and becomes determined to discover the identity of his attackers. This is a mystery brimming with true-to-life teenage characters and a fast-paced plot filled with twists and dangers. There is also a fun web site about Natalie.

 

THE UNCLE DUNCLE CHRONICLES: ESCAPE FROM TREASURE ISLAND by Darren Krill

Lobster Press  2006  978-1-897073-31-5  IL: 5+

Twelve-year-old Sage Smiley knew that a summer vacation with Uncle Duncle, a world famous explorer, would be an adventure to remember, but he had no idea it would include traveling to Treasure Island on a World War II spitfire with a magical talisman, battling pirates and avoiding man-eating sharks.

 

 

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