WINNER   

TAKEN by Norah McClintock

Orca,  2009  978-1-55469-152-4  IL: 6+

The town is beginning to panic after two young girls mysteriously disappear. Sixteen-year-old Stephanie lives with her mom and step dad, Greg, and though she matches the description of the girls who have been taken, she doesn’t believe it could happen to her. When she vanishes and wakes up in a cabin deep in the woods, she will need to try to escape and make her way back to safety before her kidnapper returns.

 

 

HONOUR BOOKS   

NOT SUITABLE FOR FAMILY VIEWING by Vicki Grant

HarperCollins  2009  978-1-555468-180-8  IL:  7+         

With a musician father, famous mother, and all the money a kid could want seventeen-year-old Robin’s life seems perfect. But when she accidentally discovers information that makes her question her mother’s identity, her life is turned upside down. On a journey that takes her all the way to Nova Scotia, this once-lonely rich girl makes new friendships and finds love but can she piece together the mystery that has brought her here?

Orca  2009  978-1-55143-855-9  IL: 5+

Thirteen-year-old Nell knows that stealing is wrong but when she and her foster brothers find out about their foster parents’ financial problems, they hatch a desperate plan to rob a bank and thus keep their family together. But when their initial success leads her foster brother Billy further into a life of crime, Nell realizes that it will take more than money to save their family.

 

NOMINEES

                                                                                                                               

DUNCES ANONYMOUS by Kate Jaimet

Orca  2009  978-1-55469-097-8  IL: 5+

Have your parents ever wanted you to be something that you’re not? Eleven-year-old Josh Johnson’s mother wants him to be class president, but Josh just wants to be left alone. When he forms a club for kids like him with his new friends Wang and Magnolia, the three friends realize that getting out of a school play, and ditching the chess club, while trying to lose an election, is not as easy as they think. Will their crazy plans help them outsmart their parents, or just make their lives worse?

 

FAERY REBELS: SPELL HUNTER by R. J. Anderson

HarperCollins  2009  978-00615-5474-2  IL: 5+

Knife has grown up in the great Oak, the last refuge of a dying faery realm. A chance encounter with a young human sparks her life-long curiosity with the forbidden human race. When a journal hinting at past relationships with humans is found, Knife realizes that humans hold the key that will either destroy or save her people; but does she have the courage to find out which?

 

FASTER THAN WIND by Steve Pitt

Dundurn  2009  978-1-5502-837-9 

Set in Toronto in 1906, a group of adolescents enjoys an exciting new sport-iceboat racing on Lake Ontario. This fast-paced book also gives a glimpse into the lives of new Canadians, especially the Irish, settling into their new existence in their adopted country.

 

THE GIANT-SLAYER by Iain Lawrence

Delacorte  2009  978-0-3865-73376-2  IL: 5+

Set in 1955, this book is a mix of fantasy and historical fiction. Eight-year-old Dickie Espinosa contracts polio and is placed in a hospital iron lung. The iron lung helps Dickie to breathe, keeping him alive despite his paralyzed lungs. Dickie’s eleven-year-old friend, Laurie Valentine, visits the polio ward and begins to tell the patients a story. In the story, little Jimmy and his companions seek to slay the giant, Collosso.

 

HOME FREE by Sharon Jennings

Second Story  2009  978-1-897187-55-5  IL: 5+

For her big 6th Grade Writing Club project, Lee decides to write a book about her previous summer’s discoveries: being a real-life orphan is not as exciting or romantic as portrayed in Anne of Green Gables; body parts are occasionally a source of curiosity and amusement; and the sudden death of a loved one brings about unexpected life changes.

 

THE HUNCHBACK ASSIGNMENTS by Arthur Slade

HarperCollins  2009  978-155468-354-3  IL: 5+

Mondo, a fourteen-year-old hunchback, has been raised by the mysterious Mr. Socrates to become a secret agent. Modo’s ability to change his appearance becomes a necessary skill when he has to survive unnoticed on the streets of London. Modo must learn to look beneath the surface when his first case arrives in the form of the mad scientist, Dr. Hyde, who is obsessed with creating an unstoppable weapon.

 

LAUGHING WOLF by Nicholas Maes

Dundurn  2009  978-1-55488-385-1  IL: 6+

Fifteen-year-old Felix Taylor lives in a futuristic society that has eliminated all the problems of the world, except one. When the human race is threatened by a mysterious plague, it is Felix’s outdated understandings of language and history that is their only chance for survival. Time traveling back to Ancient Rome with his reluctant partner, Carolyn, Felix must find the now extinct flower lupus ridens (laughing wolf), and return to save his family. An exciting mix of the past and the future that considers the relationships between technology and humanity.

 

POP by Gordon Korman

Scholastic Canada  2009  978-0-545-98033-3  IL: 6+

Marcus, new in town and hoping to play high school football in the fall, meets and befriends Charlie, an older man and the best football player Marcus has ever seen. When fall rolls around, Marcus meets Troy Popovitch, the starting quarterback and he and Marcus don’t see eye to eye about football.

 

QUEEN OF DISGUISES BY Melanie Jackson

Orca  2009  978-1-55469-037-4  IL: 5-7

Thirteen-year-old, Dinah Galloway, has just made a career break-through from singing salami commercials on radio to belting out the advertising theme song of the Vancouver Olympics. But a condition attached to this advance is that she be physically fit. So it is off to camp on Salt Spring Island, pursued by an vengeful escaped convict, hounded by anonymous warnings, and plagued by inexplicable “accidents/” Can she discover what is going on before one of the accidents stops her singing permanently?

 

RETURN TO BONE TREE HILL by Kristen Butcher

Thistledown  2009  978-1-897235-58-4  IL: 7+

Jessica Lawler has a recurring dream/nightmare in which she appears to be responsible for the death of a childhood classmate at Bone tree Hill. But Jessica has no actual memories of the incident. So, when she visits her home town six years later, she hopes that by returning to the scene of the crime she will finally be able to unlock the mystery of who killed Charlie.

 

REX ZERO: THE GREAT PRETENDER by Tim Wynne-Jones

Groundwood  2009  978-0-88899-946-7  IL: 5+

Twelve-year-old Rex Zero’s family is moving – again. Not wanting to leave his old friends, he forms a plan to take the bus to the same school that they attend. The plan succeeds for a while, until Rex encounters trouble with bullies and the press runs a newspaper story about him.

 

TIMOTHY AND THE DRAGON’S GATE by Adrienne Kress

Scholastic Canada  2009  978-0-99042-4 (Hardcover) 
1-4431-0084-6 (Paperback)  IL: 5+

Eleven-year-old Timothy Freshwater goes to China to help return Mr. Shen to his dragon form before the end of the New Year celebrations. In his adventure, Timothy deals with menacing black cabs, is captured and almost killed by a ninja, jumps from a helicopter, and joins forces with Alex to rescue Mr. Shen from a fleet of Chinese pirate junks and deliver him to the ancient Dragon’s Gate.

 

VANISHING GIRL by Shane Peacock

Tundra  2009  978-0-88776-852-1  IL: 5+

This is the third book in the Boy Sherlock Holmes series. In his third case, thirteen-year-old Sherlock Homes investigates the mysterious disappearance of Victoria Rathbone, the daughter of a wealthy English politician. The police are at a loss to explain the mystery and seem incapable of solving the crime. Young Sherlock, however, recognizes clues that others miss.

 

WALKING BACKWARD by Catherine Austen

Orca  2009  978-1-55469-147-0  IL: 5+

“Phobias are serious thing,” Josh writes in his journal. Josh is twelve-years-old, in between grades 6 and 7; when his mother’s intense fear of snakes causes a car crash which kills her. But how and why did a snake get inside his mother’s car? During the summer following her death, Josh and his younger brother and their dad all try to cope with their loss in different ways.

 

WOLF PACK OF THE WINISK RIVER by Paul Brown, illustrated by Robert Kakegamic

Lobster  2009  978-1-897550-10-6  IL: 4-7

Written in free verse and told through the eyes of a courageous young male wolf, this novel is about the journey in northern Ontario that a small pack of wolves must make during one summer in their struggle to survive. The wolves and their journey are realistic, not romanticized. A map of their journey, plus black and white illustrations are included.