- Toronto author receives $30,000 for powerful children's novel about The Boer War in South Africa -
Nov. 21, 2012
/CNW/ - The results are finally in! The TD Canadian Children's Literature Award was presented to local
author. Trilby Kent received this year's top prize of
for her novel
Stones for My Father
(published by Tundra Books
, which is the largest prize in Canadian children's literature. The eighth annual award ceremony took place in
at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and was hosted by TD Bank Group and the Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC).
"Trilby Kent's powerful and thought-provoking novel is truly an award-worthy piece of literature. By describing the complexities of historical conflict in
through the eyes of a child, she produces an emotionally engaging and inspiring story readers can relate to," said
, President and CEO, TD Canada Trust. "For TD, the importance of the TD Canadian Children's Literature Awards is more than curating
best written work for young audiences, it's about promoting the advancement of children's literature, and encouraging children to continue reading, learning and exploring the wealth of what books have to offer."
Stones for my Father
, was selected from five finalists who represent some of
leading children's literature authors.
Stones for My Father
is Kent's second novel for young readers. Addressing heavy historical subject matter throughout her award-winning book, Kent explores themes of racism, loss and human resilience during times of war through a well-crafted story for youth.
"The Anglo-Boer War in
is certainly not a subject covered today in most Canadian classrooms," said Trilby Kent. "But this devastating time in
is historically quite significant and I wanted to write a story for young readers that would investigate the heavy subject matter through a lens my readers could identify with."
Stones for my Father
was selected from among the following finalists:
- The Dragon Turn , written by Shane Peacock (published by Tundra Books).
- No Ordinary Day , written by Deborah Ellis (published by Groundwood Books).
- Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World , written by Susan Hughes (published by Owlkids Books Inc).
- Seal Song , written by Andrea Spalding and illustrated by Pascal Milelli (published by Orca Book Publishers).
"We congratulate Trilby Kent for her outstanding contribution to children's literature, and for creating a story that will educate and inspire Canadian youth for years to come," said
, Executive Director, The Canadian Children's Book Centre. "And we would like to congratulate all the finalists as well as our winner at the awards in
earlier this month -
La saison des pluies
and illustrated by
In addition to the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, the event honours exceptional children's authors with the
Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction,
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People,
John Spray Mystery Award, and
Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy .
About the Author
Trilby Kent was born in
, and is a graduate of
London School of Economics
. She is an accomplished academic who has worked as a rare books specialist, a freelance journalist, an academic editor and as a creative writing tutor with one of the
leading distance learning schools. Kent's strong background in investigative journalism and international development has influenced both her fiction and non-fiction work. In 2010, she was shortlisted for the Guardian's International Development Journalism Competition.
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About The Canadian Children's Book Centre
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, the CCBC is a treasure-trove for anyone interested in Canadian books for young readers. For more information, please visit
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