A Pattern for Pepper Wins Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award

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The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), Canadian section, has named A Pattern for Pepper the winner of the 2018 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award. The gorgeous picture book is written and illustrated by Julie Kraulis and published with Tundra Books in August 2017. The IBBY jury called A Pattern for Pepper "a delicate and delightful confection," and said that this story of a girl and her mother visiting a tailor shop to choose the right fabric for a dress, "original" and "endearing." The award, which was established in 1985, comes with a $1,000 prize. Congratulations, Julie!

Vikki VanSickle's The Winnowing a Red Maple Award Nominee

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Congratulations are in order for Vikki VanSickle, whose gripping YA novel, The Winnowing (published by Scholastic Canada), has been nominated for an Ontario Library Association Red Maple Award! This page-turning adventure explores love and loss, and sold over 16,000 copies in the first three months of its publication. The winner of the award will be announced on June 7, 2018, so stay tuned!

Susin Nielsen's Optimists Die First Nominated for White Pine Award

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Congratulations to Susin Nielsen! The acclaimed author's most recent YA book, Optimists Die First, has been nominated for an Ontario Library Association White Pine Award. The novel, which published with Tundra Books in February 2017, received starred reviews from The School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews. The White Pine winner will be announced June 7, 2018.

2018 RBC Taylor Prize Longlist

2018 RBC Taylor Prize Longlist

The Charles Taylor foundation has revealed the longlist for the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize, which celebrates excellence in literary non-fiction. We are thrilled to find three Cooke International titles on the list: Mohamed Fahmy's THE MARRIOTT CELL (Random House Canada), Michael Harris's SOLITUDE (Doubleday Canada), and James Maskalyk's LIFE ON THE GROUND FLOOR (Doubleday Canada). 

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