CM Magazine: Carol Matas Wins 1996 Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award

CM May 17, 1996. 
Vol II, Number 30

News -- Manitoba

Carol Matas

Carol Matas Wins 1996 Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award

The Manitoba School Library Association has announced that Carol Matas has won the 1996 Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award for Daniel's Story (Scholastic, 1993).

Nominees for the 1997 M.Y.R.C.A. are:

Adam and Eve and Pinch Me, by Julie Johnstone.
Lester Publishing, 1994.
Sara has lived in countless foster homes, and eagerly awaits her sixteenth birthday so she can take to the road. Things become complicated when a woman comes to town in search of her long-lost daughter.

Bringing up Beauty, by Sylvia McNicoll.
Maxwell Macmillan Canada, 1994.
Bathtub floods, messed-up art projects and accidents on neighbours' rugs are just a few consequences of raising a puppy. The whole family agreed to look after Beauty -- a seeing-eye dog in training -- but somehow twelve-year-old Elizabeth lands the responsibility.

The Golden Aquarians, by Monica Hughes.
HarperCollins, 1994.
It is 2092, and Walt, 13, joins his father on the planet Aqua. The Colonel is obsessed with transforming uninhabited planets's resources for use by the Earth colonists. But when Walt discovers intelligent forms of life, he is pitted against his father in a life and death struggle.

The Invisible Polly McDoodle, by Mary Woodbury.
Coteau Books, 1994.
A series of break-ins have occurred at Polly McDoodle's apartment complex, and the police believe it is an inside job. Sixth-grader Polly decides to investigate the crimes. It takes all of her intelligence and intuition to solve the mystery.

Just Call Me Boom Boom, by Martyn Godfrey.
Scholastic Canada, 1994.
Boom Boom's temper may get him kicked out of the JAWS Mob at John Allen Watson School, but it might come in handy when it's time to face some nasty criminals. Fun and adventure from a popular author.

Out of the Blue, by Sara Ellis.
Groundwood Books, 1994.
Megan is shocked when her mother reveals a 24-year-old secret -- her first daughter, Natalie. How can Megan accept her new half-sister as part of the family? With compassion, poignancy and humour, their problems and adjustments are deftly portrayed.

Painted Devil, by Michael Bedard.
Lester Publishing, 1994.
In this sequel to A Darker Magic, a job at the library offers teenaged Alice refuge from the turmoil at home. But changes occur and premonitions arise when she and Mr. Dwyer, the librarian, plan to stage a "Punch and Judy" puppet show. A thriller not soon forgotten.

Past Tense, by Ken Roberts.
Groundwood Books, 1994.
Max Derbin lives in a household that can only be called eccentric. Strangest of all is Uncle Chuck, a cellular phone addict and segment producer for talk shows. This hilarious, off-the-wall story is full of unexpected turns and great compassion.

Stop the Presses, Ida Mae! By Mary Blakeslee.
McClelland & Stewart, 1994.
This sequel to Ida Mae Evans Eats Ants finds the irrepressible sixth grader writing an astrology column for a paper and conducting tarot readings for school mates. Investing in mining stocks seems to be Ida Mae's undoing, but Great Aunt Glory comes to her rescue in this fun-filled read.

The Time of the Wolf, by Thomas MacDonald.
Maxwell Macmillan Canada, 1994.
Aaron finds an orphaned wolf pup and nurses it back to health. The two are inseparable until one day, Aaron has to leave. Set in the 1800s, this is a plausible account of two friends who help each other find their own fate.

Wanderer's First Summer, by Janice Erbach.
Polestar Press, 1994.
It should be the summer of freedom -- for Kee to leave home and wander the oceans with her whalins, the telepathic sea creatures that protect the islands. But island inhabitants watch Kee too closely in this enchanting fantasy-adventure.

Who's Got Gertie? And How Can We Get Her Back? (A Stevie Diamond Mystery), by Linda Bailey.
Kids Can Press, 1994.
Stevie and Jessie are in the thick of things again. While helping Gertie -- their 72-year-old neighbour -- prepare for a big movie, the detectives find she's gone missing! Suddenly they have a summer project far more exciting than daycamp.

Why Did the Underwear Cross the Road? by Gordon Korman.
Scholastic Canada, 1994.
Justin has big ideas for winning the class good deed contest, but one hare brained scheme after another backfires with hilarious results. In this zany adventure, readers learn a lesson about cooperation and friendship.

Witch's Fang, by Heather Kellerhals-Stewart.
Polestar Press, 1994.
Three teenagers risk life and limb in order to fulfil their dream, with near-tragic results. As they attempt a first ascent on the last unclimbed summit in southern B.C., they realize that the struggle to attain a goal is as important as the goal itself.

With a Painted Past, by Hazel Hutchins.
Annick Press, 1994.
Allison's summer holiday tangles her up in a mystery in a world of one hundred years ago. In a big test of courage, Allison learns a lot about herself, her present and her connection to the past.

Annotations courtesy of "Our Choice," the Canadian Children's Book Centre.

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