Authors of mystery books for children can now officially rejoice. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is adding a new Canadian children’s literature award to its list. Every November, starting this year, the John Spray Mystery Award will honor excellence in children’s mystery and reward its recipient with a $5,000 cash prize.
Eligible books must be original works written in English by Canadian authors and aimed at young readers (ages eight to 16). Genres include thriller, crime novel and ‘whodunit’.
“The winning book will be recognized for its high literary qualities as well as for a great story with lots of suspense and thrills,” says Charlotte Teeple, Executive Director of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. “Although there already exist a few Canadian literary awards for the mystery genre, this is the first one that comes with a cash prize and such a generous one at that. This new award is yet another way of bringing national recognition to the great Canadian creators writing for young people.”
Three judges will preside over the award:
–Ken Setterington, librarian, author, reviewer and former Child and Youth Advocate for the Toronto Public Library.
–Marian Misters, co-owner of the Sleuth of Baker Street Mystery Bookstore, former judge for Crime Writers of Canada, and the International Association of Crime Writers.
–Eric Wright, retired Professor of English at Ryerson University, writer and winner of four Arthur Ellis Awards for Best Crime Novel, and the Derrick Murdoch Award for lifetime contribution to Canadian crime writing.
For more information on the John Spray Mystery Award, click here.
About the Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Now in its 35th year, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre promotes Canadian books for youth and designs programs that introduce young Canadian readers to literature, authors and illustrators. For more information, visit the official Website.
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Cendrine Marrouat is a freelance writer/reviewer, blogger, published author and translator living in Canada. Official Website: http://www.cendrinemarrouat.com