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Young Adult Canadian Book Award

Background

Description/criteria as of 1998

"The Young Adult Canadian Book Award was conceived and presented by the Saskatchewan Young Adult Caucus, 1981-1988."

"In 1989, responsibility for the selection and presentation of the Young Adult Canadian Book of the Year Award was transferred to the Young Adult Services Interest Group of the Canadian Library Association."

"Book Award Committee members select winning titles annually, from among the best of new English-language fiction for young adults by a Canadian."

"The Young Adult Canadian Book Award logo was designed in 1983 by Nicolette Jacquin in Regina, Saskatchewan."
(Canadian Library Association. Young Adult Canadian Book Award [Bookmark]. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association, [1998?])

Description/criteria as of 2016

"This award recognizes an author of an outstanding English language Canadian book which appeals to young adults between the ages of 13 and 18. To be eligible for consideration, the following must apply: it must be a work of fiction (novel, collection of short stories, or graphic novel) published in 2015 [i.e., the previous calendar year], the title must be a Canadian publication in either hardcover or paperback, and the author must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident. The award is given annually, when merited, at the Canadian Library Associations annual conference. The winner will receive a plaque and a cheque for $1000. The award was established in 1980 by the Young Adult Caucus of the Saskatchewan Library Association."
("Young Adult Book Award." cla.ca as captured by the Internet Archive's Way Back Machine for June 1, 2016, accessed April 6, 2017.https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20160601125718/http://cla.ca/cla-at-work/awards/young-adult-book-award/)

The award is also known by alternate names:

Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award
Canadian Library Association Young Adult Canadian Book Award
CLA Young Adult Canadian Book Award
Young Adult Book Award

Award Winners

Unless otherwise noted, the archive copies represent the books as first issued (first edition, first printing) in Canada.
Unless otherwise noted, all copies original to the archive bear the Young Adult Book Award sticker. Two different sticker designs are represented in the collection.

1981. Major, Kevin. Far From Shore. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1980.
     Archive copy: None
     Added copy: 1st ed., 1st printing. Acquired from Ten Editions Books, Toronto, Jan. 2017.
     Added copy: Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 2004. (A Groundwood Book) Acquired from BMV, Toronto.

 

 


 

Super Bike book cover1982 Brown, Jamie. Superbike! Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1981.
     Archive copy: None
     Added copy: First edition, first printing as above. Acquired March 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

Monica Hughes Hunter in the Dark book cover1983 Hughes, Monica. Hunter in the Dark. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1982.
     Archive copy: None
     Added copy: 1st ed., 1st printing. Dust jacket clipped. Acquired from Doug Miller Books, Toronto, Jan. 2017.
     Added copy: Markham, Ont.: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2003. Acquired from Doug Miller Books, Toronto, Dec. 2016.

 

 

 

 

O R Melling The Druids Tune book cover1984 Melling, O. R. The Druid's Tune. Harmondsworth ; Markham, Ont.: Kestrel, 1983.
     Archive copy: None
     Added copy: Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 1995. 1st printing of this ed. Acquired from Doug Miller Books, Toronto, Dec. 2016.

 

 

 

 

Mary-Ellen Lang Collura Winners book cover1985 Collura, Mary-Ellen Lang. Winners. Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1984.
     Archive copy: None
     Added copy: Vancouver: Greystone Books, 1993, Third printing, 1994. Prize burst on cover: IODE The National Chapter of Canada Book Award. Acquired from Doug Miller Books, Toronto, Jan. 2017.

 

 

 

 

Marianne Brandis The Quarter-Pie Window book cover1986 Brandis, Marianne.The Quarter-Pie Window. With wood engravings by G. Brender à Brandis. Erin, Ont.: Porcupine's Quill, 1985.
     Archive copy: None
     Added copy: Transferred from RULA open stacks.
     Added copy: [Mass market paperback]. Erin, Ont.: Porcupine's Quill, 1993. Acquired from Allison the Bookman, North Bay, ON, Dec. 2016.

 

 

 

Janet Lunn Shadow in Hawthorn Bay book cover1987 Lunn, Janet. Shadow in Hawthorn Bay. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1986.
     Archive copy: None
     Added copy: Transferred from RULA open stacks. This work was also awarded the 1987 Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award.
     Added copy: [Toronto]: Seal Books, 2001. Second printing of this ed. Acquired from Doug Miller Books, Toronto, Jan. 2017.

 

 

 

Margaret Buffie Who is Frances Rain book cover1988 Buffie, Margaret. Who is Frances Rain? Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1987.
     Archive copy: None
     Added copy: Kids Can Press, [1989?]. Fourteenth printing. The cover illustration is copyrighted 1989 Michael Conway. Acquired from Doug Miller Books, Toronto, Jan. 2017.
     Added copy: Twentieth Anniversary edition.Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2007. Acquired from BMV, Toronto.

 

 

 

Helen Fogwill Porter January February June or July book cover1989 Porter, Helen Fogwill. January, February, June or July. St. John's: Breakwater Books, 1988
     Archive copy: None
     Added copy: Third printing, 1994. Acquired from the publisher.

 

 

 

 

 

Diana Wieler Bad Boy book cover1990 Wieler, Diana. Bad Boy. Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 1989. (A Groundwood Book)
     Archive copy: None
     Added copy: Eighth paperback printing, 2010. Governor General's Literary Awards prize burst printed on the front cover. Acquired from the publisher.
     Added copy: Third paperback printing, 1990. Governor General's Literary Award prize burst printed on the front cover. Groundwood Young Adult logo printed on front cover. Acquired from Eliot's Bookshop, Toronto, March 2017.

 

 

 

Budge Wilson The Leaving book cover1991 Wilson, Budge. The Leaving: Stories. Toronto: Anansi, 1990.
     Archive copy: None
     Added copy: Markham, Ont.: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2010. Acquired from Eliot's Bookshop, Toronto, Nov. 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Lynn Reynolds Strandia book cover1992 Reynolds, Susan Lynn. Strandia. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 1991.
     Archive copy: None
     Added copy: Acquired from Allison the Bookman, North Bay, ON. Dec. 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

Karleen Bradford There Will Be Wolves book cover1993 Bradford, Karleen. There Will be Wolves. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 1992.
     Archive copy: Bound, with dust jacket. Inscribed by the author. Includes business card of Nancy C. Colbert, Publisher. No. award sticker.

 

 

 

 

 

Sean Stewart Nobodys Son book cover1994 Stewart, Sean. Nobody's Son. Don Mills, Ont.: Maxwell Macmillan Canada, 1993.
     Archive copy: Bound, with dust jacket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie Johnston Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me book cover1995 Johnston, Julie. Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me. Toronto: Lester Publishing, 1994.
     Archive copy: 2nd printing, 1994. Bound, with dust jacket. Jacket includes printed prize burst for the Governor General's Literary Awards.

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Wynne-Jones The Maestro book cover1996 Wynne-Jones, Tim. The Maestro: A Novel. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1995. (A Groundwood Book)
     Archive copy: Third printing 1995. Autographed by the author. Includes sticker for Governor General's Literary Awards.

 

 

 

 

 

R P MacIntyre edited Takes book cover1997 MacIntyre, R. P., editor. Takes: Stories for Young Adults. Edited by R.P. MacIntyre. Saskatoon: Thistledown Press, 1996.
     Archive copy: Inscribed by the editor.

 

 

 

 

 

Martha Brooks Bone Dance book cover1998 Brooks, Martha. Bone Dance. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1997. (A Groundwood Book)
     Archive copy: First mass market paperback edition. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1998.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gayle Friesen Janeys Girl book cover1999 Friesen, Gayle. Janey's Girl. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1998.
     Archive copy: Inscribed by the author. Bound, with dust jacket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine Holubitsky Alone at Ninety Foot book cover2000 Holubitsky, Katherine. Alone at Ninety Foot. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 1999.
     Archive copy: Bound, with dust jacket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beth Goobie Before Wings book cover2001 Goobie, Beth. Before Wings: A Novel. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2000.
     Archive copy: Bound, with dust jacket. Includes sticker for Saskatchewan Book Award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Bell Stones book cover2002 Bell, William. Stones. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2001.
     Archive copy: Autographed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martha Brooks True Confessions of a Heartless Girl book cover2003. Brooks, Martha. True Confessions of a Heartless Girl. Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 2002. (A Groundwood Book)
     Archive copy: As above.

 

 

 

 

 

Polly Horvath The Canning Season book cover2004 Horvath, Polly. The Canning Season. Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 2003. (A Groundwood Book)
     Archive copy: As above.

 

 

 

 

 

Miriam Toews A Complicated Kindness book cover2005 Toews, Miriam. A Complicated Kindness: A Novel. Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2004.
     Archive copy: First edition, 12th printing. Bound, with dust jacket. Jacket includes prize burst for Winner, Governor General's Literary Awards, and, the note: FINALIST for THE GILLER PRIZE.

 

 

 

 

 

Shyam Selvadurai Swimming in the Monsoon Sea book cover2006 Selvadurai, Shyam. Swimming in the Monsoon Sea. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2005.
     Archive copy: Autographed by the author. Cloth with dust jacket.
     Added copy: Paperback ed., 2007. First printing in this format. Includes prize burst printed on cover: Finalist The GG's.Acquired from Doug Miller Books, Toronto, Jan. 2017.

 

 

 

 

William Bell The Blue Helmet book cover2007 Bell, William. The Blue Helmet: A Novel. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2006.
     Archive copy: Inscribed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martha Brooks Mistik Lake book cover2008 Brooks, Martha. Mistik Lake. Toronto: Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press, 2007.
     Archive copy: Inscribed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allan Stratton Chandas Wars book cover2009 Stratton, Allan. Chanda's Wars. Toronto: HarperTrophy Canada, 2008.
     Archive copy: First edition, 3rd printing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesley Livingston Wondrous Strange book cover2010 Livingston, Lesley. Wondrous Strange: A Novel. Toronto: HarperTrophy Canada, 2009.
     Archive copy. First edition, with French flaps. Inscribed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth Oppel Half Brother book cover2011 Oppel, Kenneth. Half Brother. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2010.
     Archive copy: Inscribed by the author. This work also received the 2011 Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award.
    Additional copy: London: Corgi Books, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

Catherine Austen All Good Children book cover2012 Austen, Catherine. All Good Children. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2011.
     Archive copy: Inscribed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martine Leavitt My Book of Life by Angel book cover2013 Leavitt, Martine. My Book of Life by Angel. Toronto: Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press, 2012
     Archive copy: Inscribed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Bass Graffiti Knight book cover2014 Bass, Karen. Graffiti Knight. Toronto: Pajama Press, 2013.
     Archive copy: Inscribed by the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki This One Summer book cover2015 Tamaki, Mariko, and Jillian Tamaki. This One Summer. Toronto: Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press, 2014.
     Archive copy: Second printing 2015. Prize burst printed on cover for Winner GG Governor General's Literary Awards. Label with autographs of both the author and the illustrator affixed to the title page.

 

 

 

 

Erin Bow The Scorpion Rules book cover2016 Bow, Erin. The Scorpion Rules. New York ; Toronto: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2015. (Prisoners of Peace ; book 1)
     Archive copy: Autographed by the author.