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Finalist for the 2014
Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy

Stowaways (cover image)
The Stowaways

written by Meghan Marentette
illustrated by Dean Griffiths

Pajama Press, 2013 | 978-1-927485-33-0 (hc) $19.95 | for Grades 3 to 6

“Meghan Marentette has written a book ripe for reading aloud and sharing with the family… The Stowaways most importantly reminds us of the thrill and joy — and even the necessity — of adventure… Endearing characters, themes of innovation, adventure and courage, and a beautiful package combine to destine this charming animal fantasy to become a Canadian classic.”

Reviewed by Tracey Schindler

Recent News


La plus grosse poutine du monde by Andrée Poulin wins 2014 Prix TD

La plus grosse poutine du monde (cover image)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Montreal (October 29, 2014) - The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) and TD Bank Group are thrilled to announce the winner of the 10th annual Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse, for the most distinguished French-language book of the year. This year, author Andrée Poulin took home the honour for her middle-grade novel, La plus grosse poutine du monde. The announcement was made at a gala event last night at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, where Quebec children’s literary elite were on hand to applaud the author. Poulin received a $30,000 prize, and her publisher, Bayard Canada, received $2,500 to promote her book.


Shakespeare in Action’s TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club

Shakespeare in Action’s TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club is a FREE readers’ theatre program for children in Toronto ages 7-12.

Led by professional actors and educators, kids explore plays like Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Tempest – worlds of ghosts, magic, silly mix-ups, and swordplay in some of the greatest stories ever told! Kids read aloud, play drama games, build confidence, and make friends with other Shakespeare fans.


CBC Holding Youth Writing Challenge with $1,000 Prize


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.


IBBY Canada Call for Proposals: Frances E. Russell Grant

IBBY Canada new

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.


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.