- Toronto author receives $30,000 for powerful children's novel about
The Boer War in South Africa -
TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The results are finally in! The TD
Canadian Children's Literature Award was presented to local Toronto
author. Trilby Kent received this year's top prize of $30,000 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 Toronto at the Ritz-Carlton
Hotel and was hosted by TD Bank Group and the Canadian Children's Book
"Trilby Kent's powerful and thought-provoking novel is truly an
award-worthy piece of literature. By describing the complexities of
historical conflict in South Africa through the eyes of a child, she
produces an emotionally engaging and inspiring story readers can relate
to," said Tim Hockey, President and CEO, TD Canada Trust. "For TD, the
importance of the TD Canadian Children's Literature Awards is more than
curating Canada's 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."
Kent's book, Stones for my Father, was selected from five finalists who represent some of Canada's
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 South Africa is certainly not a subject covered
today in most Canadian classrooms," said Trilby Kent. "But this
devastating time in South Africa 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 Charlotte Teeple,
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 Montreal earlier this month - La saison des pluies written by Mario Brassard and illustrated by Suana Verelst."
In addition to the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, the event
honours exceptional children's authors with the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, the John Spray Mystery Award, and the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy.
About the Author
Trilby Kent was born in Toronto, and is a graduate of Oxford University
and the 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 United
Kingdom's 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
TD Community Giving
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does business and where our customers, clients and employees live and
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Kingdom. In Canada, we focus on Education and Financial Literacy,
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About The Canadian Children's Book Centre
The Canadian Children's Book Centre is a national, not-for-profit
organization and registered charity founded in 1976 to promote, support
and encourage the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books
for children and teens. With book collections, programs and services
and extensive resources in five cities across Canada, the CCBC is a
treasure-trove for anyone interested in Canadian books for young
readers. For more information, please visit www.bookcentre.ca.
Image with caption: "Tim Hockey (right), President and CEO, TD Canada Trust, presents Toronto author Trilby Kent (left) with the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and $30,000, the largest prize in Canadian children's literature, for her powerful novel, Stones for my Father (Tundra Books), at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. (CNW Group/TD Bank Group)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121121_C2580_PHOTO_EN_21069.jpg
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