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2008 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Childrenís Book Awards Winners Announced

The winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards have been selected:

CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK
AWARD CATEGORY
YOUNG ADULT/MIDDLE READER
AWARD CATEGORY
The Boy fromtheSun
By Duncan Weller (Thunder Bay)
Publisher: Simply Read Books
Darkwing
By Kenneth Oppel (Toronto)
Publisher: HarperCollins




FACTS

  • This is Kenneth Oppel's fourth Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Childrens' Book Award win; it is Duncan Weller's first.
  • The announcement took place at Ryerson Community School at 1:30 p.m. on May 6, 2008.
  • The winners were selected by two juries of young readers. This year's jurors are students at Ryerson Community School in Toronto.
  • Five grade 3 and 4 students chose the author/illustrator for the children's picture book award.
  • Five grades 7 and 8 students selected the recipient in the young adult/middle reader category.
  • These two awards recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in Canadian children's literature.
  • The Ruth Schwartz Foundation increased the award amount to $6,000 per award this year.

 

QUOTES

 

Student jurors commented on Weller's picture book The Boy from the Sun :

ìLoved how the colour changes as the children become happier.î
ìGreat how it showed us how the kids were feeling.î
ìIt made me feel happy.î

 

Student jurors commented on Oppel's Darkwing :

ìIt's the kind of book you read under the covers with a flashlight at night.î
ìPlot full of twists and turns with spectacular writing.î

 

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MEDIA INQUIRIES

Hamal Docter, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council
416-969-7434 / 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434
hdocter@arts.on.ca

 

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