2021 Sundogs Winner:
The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane
by Julia Nobel
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2019
Interest Level: Grades 4 and up

12-year-old Emmy has no idea why her mother sent her to Wellsworth, a prestigious English boarding school, far from her home in Canada. Soon after she arrives, Emmy starts to investigate the mysterious connection between her father’s disappearance, a secret society and the strange school itself. Can Emmy solve the clues before it’s too late?

2021 Sundogs Honour Book:
No Girls Allowed
by Natalie Corbett Sampson
Numbus Publishing, 2019
Interest Level: Grades 4 and up

In 1977, the Nova Scotia Hockey rules stated only boys could play on boys’ teams. But what if you are a girl and you want to play more than anything? 10-year-old Tina is willing to fight for the right to play hockey, but not everyone in town agrees with her.

Camp Average
by Craig Battle
Owlkids, 2019
Interest level: Grades 4 and up
11-year-old Mack and his friends love going to Camp Avalon (nicknamed Camp Average) every summer, and don’t care that they always lose at sports.  But when a new camp director who loves to win tries to change that Mack and his buddies face a new challenge. They’ll have to do anything and everything not to win in order to defeat the camp director at his own game.

Dog Driven
by Terry Lynn Johnson
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co., 2019
Interest Level: Grade 5 and up

14-year-old McKenna loves the feeling of gliding along behind her team of 8 sled dogs. But she has a secret: she is losing her sight. When her little sister asks her to enter a 3 day sled dog race across dangerous terrain McKenna must make a big decision – reveal her secret or hit the trail, blind.
Ember and the Ice Dragons
by Heather Fawcett
Balzer + Bray, 2019
Interest Level: Grades 5 and up

Life in London has become too dangerous for dragon-accidentally-turned-human, Ember St. George. Her adoptive father’s solution is to send Ember to Antarctica to visit his sister Myra. During the visit, Ember discovers that ice dragons are being hunted for their jeweled scales. Ember decides she must go undercover to sabotage the hunt.

Mya’s Strategy to Save the World
by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Puffin Canada, 2019
Interest Level: Grades 4 and up

12-year-old Mya leads the social justice club at school. When she grows up she’s going to work for the United Nations and save the world. She also desperately wants a cell phone, but her parents keep saying no. When Mya’s efforts to prove that she’s responsible enough to have a cell phone gets in the way of saving the world she needs to make some hard choices.

Pickles vs. the Zombies
by Angela Misri
Cormorant Books, 2019
Interest Level: Grades 4 and up

Pickles, a calico housecat, is looking for her “pet” Connor, a two-year-old human. The problem is that Pickles doesn’t know where Connor is…and there is a zombie apocalypse going on…and she’s never left the house, EVER! With the help of some friends, Pickles sets out on the adventure of a lifetime. Will she find enough courage to save her beloved “pet” and keep herself and her new friends safe?

The Case of Windy Lake
by Michael Hutchinson
Second Story Press, 2019
Interest Level: Grades 4 and up

Cousins Sam, Atim, Otter, and Chickadee are known as the Mighty Muskrats in the Windy Lake First Nations community. They do everything together – including solving mysteries. When a visiting archeologist goes missing, the kids are determined to crack the case. In the process the four sleuths discover more obstacles than they could have ever imagined.

Girl of the Southern Sea
by Michelle Kadarusman
Pajama Press, 2019
Interest Level: Grades 5 and up

14-year-old Nia longs to be a writer, but she must care for her younger brother while her father foolishly spends the earnings from their small family business. An accident brings a stroke of luck, but Nia finds that her future is being decided for her. Inspired by the stories of a mythical Javanese princess, Nia seeks the courage to decide her own fate.

Wings of Olympus
by Kallie George
Illustrated by Fiona Hsieh
HarperCollins, 2019
Interest Level: Grades 4 and up

Once every hundred years, the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus come to earth to choose riders for their winged horse race. Pippa, a poor orphan who has spent her life working in stables is chosen to ride Zephyr, an undersized steed. Will she rise to the challenge and win the race across the sky? Or will she lose and be separated from Zephyr forever?