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

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written by Teri Terry

(The Slated Trilogy, Book 1) | Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Young Readers Group, 2013 | 978-0-399-16172-8 (hc) $19.00 | 978-0-14-242503-9 (pb) $10.99 | for Grades 8 and up

“Searing and urgent, Slated is science fiction of rare power and significance… It is a provocative, haunting vision of a world in which the government wields power over personal identity… This thought provoking dystopian thriller presents a world where no one is who they seem, maybe not even one’s self… The author creates an Orwellian-like future that feels eerily possible, and the multiple twists and turns will keep readers guessing until the end.”

Reviewed by Mike Johnstone

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Halloween Hallo-reads: Ghosts and Vampires and Werewolves, Oh My!

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The following booklist was featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Canadian Children's Book News (get your copy here). Enjoy this selection of creepy tales for Halloween, compiled by CCBC Library Coordinator Meghan Howe.


Canadian illustrator Rogé honoured by The New York Times for Haiti My Country

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Markham, ON (October 30, 2014) —The New York Times Book Review has published its annual list of the 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2014. This year’s list includes Canadian artist Rogé who is being honoured for his evocative illustrations in Haiti My Country (Fifth House Publishers, May 2014). For several months Rogé prepared a series of portraits of Haitian children which accompany poems written by students of Camp Perrin in this beautiful collection of art and poetry. Haiti My Country reflects the indomitable spirit of the people of Haiti. It is our hope that this book will help to remind people of both the issues still facing Haiti and the strength and determination of the Haitian people.


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

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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.