Honours and Awards

Blink & Caution

  • Blink & Caution iwins the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for 2011.
  • Blink & Caution has been designated a Junior Library Guild Selection for Spring 2011.
  • Blink and Caution was short listed for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award. It didn't win but huge congratulations to Kit Pearson for her wonderful novel, The Whole Truth," which did!

Winner in 1997 of the Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work that is considered inspirational to Canadian Youth.

The Uninivited

  • Short-listed for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s fiction
    nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association.
  • Arthur Ellis Awards - Finalist
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults List
  • Texas Tayshas List
  • Ontario Library Association "Forest of Reading" Shortlist - White Pine (High School Level)
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults - Nominee
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
  • Horn Book Summer Reading List

Rex Zero, King of Nothing

  • Included on the 2009 Bank Street College, Best Children’s Books of the Year list, 100th Anniversary Edition
  • Included on the USBBY Outstanding International Books List

CLA Book of the Year for Children Award (2007: Longlist)
IODE Violet Downey Book Award (2008: Shortlisted)
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award (2007: Shortlisted)
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens (2008: Selected)
Society of School Librarians International Book Award Honor Book
USBBY-CBC Outstanding International Book

Recommendations in:
Book Links
Booklist, Starred
Bulletin-Center Child Books
Horn Book, Starred Review
Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal, Starred Review

Rex Zero and the End of the World

Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award (2007: Shortlisted)
CLA Book of the Year for Children Award (2007: Honour Book)
CCBC Our Choice (2007: Starred Selection)
Boston Globe/Horn Book Award – Fiction (2007: Honor Book)
TD CCBC Canadian Children's Literature Award (2007: Finalist)
Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices (2008: Selected)
American Library Association Notable Children's Books
Boston Book Review - Winner
Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)
USBBY-CBC Outstanding International Book

Recommendations in:
Booklist
Bulletin-Center Child Books
Horn Book, Starred Review
Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly, Starred
School Library Journal
VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

A Thief in the House of Memory

CLA Young Adult Book Award (2005: Shortlisted)
American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults
Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of the Year
Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List

Recommendations in:
Booklist
Bulletin-Center Child Books
Horn Book
International Reading Association
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
Publishers Weekly, Starred
School Library Journal, Starred Review
VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

The Boy in the Burning House

Winner of an Arthur Ellis Award of the Crime Writers of Canada
Winner of an Edgar Award of the Mystery Writers of America.
Short-listed for the Red Maple Awards, Ontario Library Association
Short-listed for The Ruth Schwartz Award of the Ontario Arts Council
Short-listed for the Mr. Christie Award
Winner of the literary prize "Insula Romana" as the best young adult book of the   year in the Umbria region. (The book title in Italy is Il  Ragazzo in fiamme)
Short-listed for the Guardian Book Prize in the UK
American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Readers

Ned Mouse Breaks Away

Winner - Rocky Mountain Book Award
Starred Selection - CCBC Our Choice 2004
Silver Medalist - Mr. Christie's Book Award
Selected as a Canadian Toy Council Best Book

The Maestro

An International Board of Books for Youth (IBBY) Honor Book, 1998
Winner of the Governor General's Award, Children's Literature, 1995
Winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year
Short-listed for The City of Toronto Book Award
Short-listed for the Ruth Schwartz Award of the Ontario Arts Council
Short-listed for the Mr. Christie Award
Included on The Hungry Mind Review Children's Books of Distinction
A New York Public Library Best Books for the Teenager
A Booklist Editor's Choice.
Short-listed for the Guardian Book Prize in the UK. (The book title in the UK is The Survival Game)

Mischief City

Included in the "White Raven" catalogue of the Internationale Jugend Bibliotek in Münich, Germany, 1986

Zoom at Sea

Short-listed for the Canada Council Award for text, 1983
Winner of the I.O.D.E., Toronto Chapter, Award for best children's book
Winner of the Ruth Schwartz Award of The Canadian Book Sellers Association

Stephen Fair

Winner of the Canadian Library Association, Children's Book of the Year
Short-listed for the Red Maple Award of the Ontario Library Association

Lord of the Fries
Short-listed for the Mr. Christie Award
A New York Public Library Best Books for the Teenager

The Book of Changes

Short-listed for the Mister Christie Award, 1994
Named an American Library Association Notable Book for Children
Short-listed for the Silver Birch Award of the Ontario Library Association

Some of the Kinder Planets

Winner of the Governor General's Award, Children's Fiction, 1993
Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award (first Canadian to win)
Named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year, Parenting Magazine (U.S.)
Named a School Library Journal (U.S.) Best Book of the Year.
Winner of the Canadian Library Association Children's Book of the Year
Short-listed for the Mister Christie Award
Winner of the Vicky Metcalf Award for short fiction. ("The Hope Bakery")

Rosie Backstage

The only Canadian title chosen in 1994 for the "White Raven" Catalogue of the prestigious Internationale Jugend Bibliotek in Münich, Germany

Fastyngange

Runner-up for the Author's Award presented by The Foundation For the   Advancement of Canadian Letters, 1989

The Knot

Short-listed for the City of Toronto Book Award, 1984

Odd’s End

Winner of the Seal First Novel Award, 1980
Runner-up for the John Creasy Award, Crime Writers Association of
Great Britain

NEWS

There's an interview of me with Rachel Wadham on “Worlds Awaiting” (BYU Radio’s Children’s Lit Show), this Saturday, May 7, at 1:30pm Eastern. You can hear it on BYU Radio at SiriusXM Channel 143, on the tunein app, and at www.byuradio.org.
You can listen to the audio of the interview on the BYU website at 2pm EST after the show airs: CLICK HERE

The new portrait on my home page is by Mark Raynes Roberts. It will appear in an exhibition called Illumination: Portraits of Canadian Literature and Authors that will be on display at the Toronto Reference Library, October 11 -- November 1, 2015.

On the Road Again

I have some dates set for the fall but there will be more to come, soon.

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