Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Children's Books about Suburban Sprawl, Residential Schools Up for TD Prize

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Children's Books about Suburban Sprawl, Residential Schools Up for TD Prize

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Short list for TD's children's book prize revealed

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TORONTO - Books about the young Emily Carr, suburban sprawl, and a bird's extinction are in the running for a lucrative children's book award.

The TD Canadian Children's Literature Awards announced five stories in contention for the $30,000 prize.

They include "A Day of Signs and Wonders," written by Victoria's Kit Pearson for HarperTrophy Canada. The fictional tale for ages eight to 12 centres on a young Carr and Victoria socialite Kitty O'Reilly.

"The Skeleton Tree," written by Iain Lawrence of Gabriola Island, B.C., for Tundra Books, is a high seas adventure for ages 10 to 14. "Tokyo Digs a Garden," written by Jon-Erik Lappano of Guelph, Ont., and illustrated by Toronto's Kellen Hatanaka for Groundwood Books, is a "modern fable about suburban sprawl" for ages five to nine. …

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