CWILL BC Members Nominated for 2014 BC Book Prizes

The shortlist for the 2014 BC Book Prizes were announced today. In the two categories devoted to children’s writing, six CWILL BC members were among the nominations. Here are their books:

Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize

If Only
by Becky Citra
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

If only

Fifteen-year-old Pam is assaulted when she and her twin brother Danny are walking home through the woods. Danny is frozen with fear and does nothing; luckily, Pam is rescued by a woman out walking her dog. Pam deals with the trauma by isolating herself while Danny struggles with the shame of not protecting his sister. His shame is compounded by their father’s contempt, and Danny decides to redeem himself by finding Pam’s attacker. In the process, he discovers a family secret, and Pam connects with new friends who help her regain her confidence. Becky Citra is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers. When Becky is not writing, she gardens, hikes, skis, and reads. Becky lives with her husband and daughter on a ranch where she has ridden and trained horses for thirty years in Bridge Lake, BC.

Record Breaker
by Robin Stevenson
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers


It’s 1963, and Jack’s family is still reeling from the SIDS death of his baby sister. Adrift in his own life, Jack is convinced that setting a world record will bring his father back to his senses and his mother back to life. But world events, including President Kennedy’s assassination, threaten to overshadow any record Jack tries to beat—from sausage eating to face slapping. Nothing works, and Jack is about to give up when a new friend suggests a different approach that involves listening to, not breaking, records. Robin Stevenson is the author of more than a dozen books for children and teens. She has always loved reading and still finds it almost impossible to walk past a library or bookstore without going inside. Robin spends most of her time writing, hanging out with her homeschooled son, and teaching creative writing to adults, teens, and kids. She lives in Victoria, BC, with her family.

by Silvana Goldemberg
Publisher: Tradewind Books


After losing her parents, 14-year-old Victoria and her young twin brothers move in with their aunt. But shortly afterward, her aunt’s boyfriend attempts to assault her, and she runs away and learns to survive on the dangerous streets of Paraná, Argentina. Encountering a world of street kids, gangs, and drug dealers, Victoria overcomes deprivation and great hardship. With the help of newly found friends and her single-minded determination to survive, she carves out a new life for herself and her little brothers. Silvana Goldemberg was born and raised in Argentina. Her books and magazines have been published in Spanish and English throughout the Americas. She moved from Argentina in 2003 and now lives in Richmond, BC, with her husband and their two daughters.

Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize

How To
by Julie Morstad
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
Publisher: Simply Read Books


This imaginative ‘how to’ book explores whimsical ways of doing a host of different tasks, including ‘how to wonder,’ ‘how to see the breeze,’ and ‘how to be brave.’ With text and images by award-winning illustrator Julie Morstad, this book will be beloved by all ages. How to read this book? That is up to you! Julie Morstad divides her creative energy between drawing, illustration, animation, and design. Her work is exhibited at Atelier Gallery and she is the illustrator of the award-winning picture book, When You Were Small, and its sequels Where You Came From and When I Was Small published by Simply Read Books. Her picture book How To has received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Kirkus.

Not Your Typical Dragon
by Dan Bar-el
Illustrated by Tim Bowers
Publisher: Viking Children’s Books


Everybody knows your typical dragon breathes fire. But when Crispin tries to breathe fire on his seventh birthday, fire doesn’t come out—only whipped cream! Each time Crispin tries to breathe fire, he ends up with Band-Aids? Marshmallows? Teddy bears? Crispin wonders if he’ll ever find his inner fire. But when a family emergency breaks out, it takes a little dragon with not-so-typical abilities to save the day. With wry humor and whimsical illustrations, Not Your Typical Dragon is the perfect story for any child who can’t help feeling a little bit different. Dan Bar-el is an award-winning children’s author of eleven books. He lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife, artist and goldsmith, Dominique Bréchault. Tim Bowers has illustrated over thirty books. His books have received numerous state and national awards and have been chosen as Junior Library Guild selections.

Wild Berries
by Julie Flett
Illustrated by Julie Flett
Publisher: Simply Read Books

wild berries

Tch, tch, sh, sh, tup, tup. Spend the day picking wild blueberries with Clarence and his grandmother. Meet ant, spider, and fox in a beautiful woodland landscape, the ancestral home of author and illustrator Julie Flett. This book is written in both Enlglish and Cree, in particular the n-dialect, also known as Swampy Cree from the Cumberland House area. Julie Flett is a Vancouver-based Metis and Cree artist and illustrator who incorporates photography, drawing, and painting into her practice. She is the recipient of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize and nominee for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for her book for Owls See Clearly at Night (Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer): A Michif Alphabet (L’alfabet di Michif). More

Winners will be announced on Saturday, May 3rd at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel.

About Dan Bar-el

I am a children's writer. I write picture books, middle grade novels and graphic novels. Also angry tweets, once in a while.
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2 Responses to CWILL BC Members Nominated for 2014 BC Book Prizes

  1. Darlene says:

    Congratulations everyone. So proud to be part of such a talented group of children’s writers.

  2. Norma says:

    Wonderful! Congratulations to all the nominees.

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