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Orr, Groth named as finalists in Canadian children’s book awards

Two Australian authors are among the finalists of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s (CCBC) children’s book awards.

Dragonfly Song (A&U) by Canadian-born Australian author Wendy Orr has been shortlisted for the Canadian Children’s Literature Award, worth C$50,000 (A$53,300), which is presented to the year’s best work of children’s literature in Canada.

The Minoan-era historical epic was joint winner in the best children’s fiction category of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and also won the award for children’s literature at the 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature.

Munro vs. the Coyote (Orca) by Australian-born Canadian author Darren Groth has been shortlisted for the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, worth C$5000 (A$5330), which honours excellence in teen and young adult fiction.

The YA novel tells the story of Munro Maddux, who goes to Australia as an exchange student in order to deal with his younger sister’s death.

The winners will be announced in Toronto on 29 October.

See the full list of finalists here



Category: Junior Local news