Wow, more good news, everyone! I just found out Dust City was nominated for the 2011 Young Adult Novel of the Year by the Canadian Library Association. This is an enormous honour—especially when you consider the other books on the shortlist (those’re some heavy hitters, yo), which is why I’m so uber-chuffed the committee selected my novel.
So first off, huge thanks to the committee members: Lisa Doucet, Woozles Children’s Book Store, Halifax; Carol Rigby, Contract Cataloguer, Iqaluit, NU/Maberly, ON; Barb Janicek, Kitchener Public Library; Kim Hebig, Wheatland Regional Library; and Jen Hoyer, Edmonton Social Planning Council.
And speaking of that shortlist, check this out:
- The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley (Doubleday)
- Waiting For No One by Beverley Brenna (Red Deer Press)
- Room by Emma Donoghue (HarperCollins)
- Pluto’s Ghost by Sheree Fitch (Doubleday)
- Folly by Marthe Jocelyn (Tundra)
- Free as a Bird by Gina McMurchy-Barber (Dundurn)
- Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins)
- The Dark Deeps by Arthur Slade (HarperCollins)
- Borderline by Allan Stratton (HarperCollins)
- Dust City by Robert Paul Weston (Puffin)
Yep, that’s me at the bottom again (don’t blame me, blame the alphabet), and that is some seriously steep competition. What an honour! Thank you so much, CLA!