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TOWN IS BY THE SEA

Cover of: Town Is by the Sea
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Schwartz
Author's First Name: 
Joanne
Illustrator's First Name: 
Sydney
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Smith
Publisher: 
Groundwood
Publication Month: 
April
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Schwartz compares a boy’s daily activities in a shimmering seaside town with those of his father who mines coal underground. His evocative language and strategically repeated phrases combine with Smith’s ink and watercolor scenes to paint a powerful portrait of the life of a coal family and what the boy’s future will likely be. Smith’s strong black lines and shadows speak for themselves in this provocative story. Wendy Lukehart

SCAR ISLAND

SCAR ISLAND (COVER)
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Gemeinhart
Author's First Name: 
Dan
Publisher: 
Scholastic Press
Publication Month: 
January
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Jonathan spends one miserable night at the Slabhenge Reformatory for Troubled Boys before things go horribly awry and the inmates take run of the island. The massive storm brewing and a monster churning in the depths of the former asylum haunt Jonathan almost as much as the crime that landed him in the stone fortress. Intensity and foreboding drive the pace, while an insightful new friend injects the quick read with humor. Perfect for fans of HOLES. - Kit Ballenger
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