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OLA announces Forest of Reading winners

The Ontario Library Association has revealed the winners of the 2012 Forest of Reading Awards. The winners in categories for school-age children were announced in front of more than 8,000 kids at the annual Festival of Trees, which took place May 15–16 at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.

The winners are:

Red Maple Award (Grades 7–8)
Kenneth Oppel, Half Brother (HarperCollins Canada)

White Pine Award for Fiction (Grades 9–12)
Kelley Armstrong, The Gathering (Doubleday Canada)

White Pine Award for Non-fiction (Grades 9–12)
Neil Pasricha, The Book of Awesome (Penguin)

Blue Spruce Award (Grades K–2)
Rebecca Bender, Giraffe and Bird (Dancing Cat Books)

Silver Birch Fiction Award (Grades 3–4)
David Skuy, Undergrounders (Scholastic Canada)

Silver Birch Non-fiction Award (Grades 3–4)
Catherine Rondina; Kevin Sylvester, illus. Don’t Touch That Toad and Other Strange Things Adults Tell You (Kids Can Press)

Silver Birch Express Award (Grades 3–4)
Jan Andrews; Dušan Petričić, illus. When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew: Tales of Ti-Jean (Groundwood Books)

Le Prix Tamarac (Grades 3–6)
Sylvie Marcoux, Secrets de Famille (Éditions du Phoenix)

Le Prix Tamarac Express (Grades 3–6)
Karine Gottot; Maxim Cyr, illus., Les Dragouilles: Les Rouges de Tokyo (Éditions Michel Quintin)

The Forest of Reading also presents two awards for adult books. The Evergreen Award for fiction the Golden Oak Award for new adult readers will be announced at a later date. A full list of nominees in each category can be found at the Forest of Reading website.

  • Mary

    I was at the Red Maple ceremony! It was amazing and so much fun! I got all the Red Maple authors’ autographs and got to take my picture with some of them! But I have to say, Kenneth Oppel, who won, didn’t seem too excited to win. He actually seemed a bit, I guess, bored. I really wanted “Home Truths” by Jill MacLean to win, but I sort of knew that Kenneth Oppel with “Half Brother” would win. But I have to say, “Hurt Go Happy” by Ginny Rorby, (this book wasn’t nominated) is a lot better. It’s also about chimpanzees and sign language, but it’s SOOOO much better than “Half Brother”. Oh, and Kenneth Oppel is actually quite rude. (I won’t say the specifics, but I have my reasons for saying he’s rude.)

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