I'm thrilled to announce that my Dewey pick from last Fall, Kenneth Oppel's Half Brother, has been awarded the Canadian Library Association's 2011 Book of the Year for Children Award as well as the 2011 CLA Young Adult Book Award!
The CLA’s Book of the Year for Children Award has also selected two Honour Books this year: Dear George Clooney Please Marry My Mom by Susin Nielsen (Tundra Books) and The Secret Fiend by Shane Peacock (Tundra Books).
The Honour Books in the Young Adult category are Dust City by Robert Paul Weston (Puffin) and Room by Emma Donoghue (HarperCollins).
Also announced this morning were the winners of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. The winner is Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth! (Groundwood Press), written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay.
Honour books are Book of Big Brothers (Groundwood Press), illustrated by Luc Melanson and written by Cary Fagan, and Owls See Clearly at Night: a Michif alphabet (Simply Read Books), written and illustrated by Julie Flett.