1. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten (Doubleday)
"Without question a most worthy recipient of this year's Governor General's Award. This was a book that really nails respect for teens and the challenges that they face, but it does so with humour and compassion."
2. The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden by Jill MacLean (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
"It is surprising that a book with a cover that looks like it is about a young naturalist or ornithologist is actually about a girl who is trying to escape her past bullying ways. Thoughtful and demanding of the reader. Love the book - hate the cover!"
3. Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History's Mysteries by Elizabeth MacLeod (Annick Press)
"This is the sort of book that will appeal to all readers, male and female. The simple, straight forward text tells how forensics have been useful uncovering historical truths."
4. Learn to Speak Film: A Guide to Creating, Promoting and Screening Your Films by Michael Glassbourg (Owlkids)
"Who hasn't wanted to make their own film? This book tells the reader how to get started and how to make a film from beginning to end. Love that the screening is included as part of the process!"
5. The Four Seasons of Patrick by Susan Hughes (Red Deer Press)
"In a short simple chapter book Susan Hughes lets a young reader share with Patrick the fears, annoyance and challenges of becoming part of a blended family. Hughes really understands the realities facing young children."