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Finalist for the 2014
John Spray Mystery Award

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Who I’m Not

written by Ted Staunton

Orca Book Publishers, 2013 | 978-1-45980-434-0 (pb) $12.95 | for Grades 6 to 10

“This riveting tale of a boy who assumes a missing teen’s identity and the family that welcomes him back could have been too far-fetched to believe, but instead it is written with authority, heart and a great deal of psychological tension… This dark thriller is elevated from simplistic crime fiction by its nuanced portrait of a young man who turns to crime… A suspenseful story of secrets and lies, Ted Staunton’s multi-layered page-turner grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go.”

Reviewed by Karri Yano

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CBC Holding Youth Writing Challenge with $1,000 Prize

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The CBC and the Canada Council for the Arts want to know your story of belonging. Whether it's a new school or a new country, we've all struggled to fit in. Write from the heart about a moment or journey when you felt like you belonged—or like you didn't.

Writers in the youth category (ages 12-18) will win a $1,000 prize. Former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson will choose the winner. Get writing, Canada! Go to cbc.ca/canadawrites to enter.

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IBBY Canada Call for Proposals: Frances E. Russell Grant

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The Canadian National Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY Canada) is now accepting proposals for the 2014 Frances E. Russell Grant. The $1,000 grant is intended to support IBBY Canada's mission "to initiate and encourage research in young people's literature in all its forms" and is given in support of research for a publishable work (a book or a paper) on Canadian children's literature.

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Make a Book Day with Marie-Louise Gay and Friends (November 8, 2014)

Make a Book Day Event (Nov 2014)

Groundwood Books and Small Print Toronto are joining forces to present Make a Book Day, an afternoon of presentations and activities for bibliophiles ages 4 to 9 featuring renowned Montreal-based creator Marie-Louise Gay, as well as Groundwood creators Irene Luxbacher, Qin Leng, Matt James and Kellen Hatanaka. Everyone is welcome to this free, kid-friendly, fun-filled afternoon.

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Nominees for the 2015 Forest of Reading® Program Announced

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The Ontario Library Association has announced the nominees for the 2015 Forest of Reading® Program. The Forest of Reading® is Canada's largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers seven reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library. All Ontarians/Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually.

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Hurricane Hazel: 60th Anniversary

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October 15, 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel. The storm swept from North Carolina to Southern Ontario. Young readers can learn all about Hazel in Rain Tonight: A Story of Hurricane Hazel by Steve Pitt and Heather Collins (illus.), published by Tundra Books.