Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

Jacqueline Woodson the author of Brown Girl Dreaming, a former TRCA title, recently won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. This award honours an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made an important and enduring contribution to literature for children.



“Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetus

Salt to the Sea, a historical fiction novel by former TRCA nominee Ruta Sepetys, tells the story of Joana, Emilia, and Florian. In 1945, as World War II draws to a close, these three are among thousands of other refugees seeking freedom as Russian forces close in on their homes in East Prussia. Meeting aboard the doomed Wilhelm Gustloff the three are forced to trust each other in order to survive a tragedy that befalls the ship.

Malala Yousafzai

Did you know that Malala Yousafzai has become an honorary Canadian citizen? Malala is the author of the 2014 TRCA wining book I am Malala. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau presented Malala with a certificate documenting her as an honorary Canadian, only the sixth person to receive the honour and the youngest ever. Click here to view Malala’s speech to the Canadian Parliament after receiving honorary Canadian citizenship.

“A Face Like Glass” by Frances Hardinge

From the award-winning author of The Lie Tree, a 2017 TRCA nominee, comes a novel described as having a “wily storyline and gorgeous writing.”

“In the underground city of Caverna, the world’s most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare—wines that remove memories, cheeses that make you hallucinate, and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. On the surface, the people of Caverna seem ordinary, except for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to express (or fake) joy, despair, or fear—at a steep price. Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. Neverfell’s expressions are as varied and dynamic as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, except hers are entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed….” –Amazon.

“The You I’ve Never Known” by Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins, author of the 2012 TRCA nominee Crank visited A Great Good Place for Books to support her latest book The You I’ve Never Known. A new novel in both verse and prose The You I’ve Never Known tells the story of Ariel and Maya and how their lives unexpectedly collide. Check out her interview with Nancy and be sure to read Hopkins’ latest novel.



The Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader today announced the appointment of Jacqueline Woodson, whose book Brown Girl Dreaming was a 2015 TRCA Top Ten title, as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. To read about the position and Woodson’s platform “READING = HOPE x CHANGE” please visit the Library of Congress site.

“Release” by Patrick Ness

From #1 New York Times bestselling author and former TRCA nominee Patrick Ness comes a new novel described by author Andrew Smith as “beautiful, enchanting, and exquisitely written.” Inspired by Judy Blume’s Forever and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, this novel tells the story of Adam Thorn a young man struggling with his family’s religious beliefs, an employer’s inappropriate advances, and his unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo.

“Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds

From Jason Reynolds, one of the co-authors of American Boys, comes a novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother. Told in free-verse poems, this story is about fifteen-year-old Will who sees his older brother, Shawn, gunned down on the streets, and sets out to do the expected: seek revenge for his brother’s death.

“The Pearl Thief” by Elizabeth Wein

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein

From #1 New York Times bestselling author and former 2015 TRCA nominee Elizabeth Wein comes an exquisitely woven novel. A prequel to Code Name Verity, Wein’s latest work tells the tale of fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart who wakes up in the hospital only later to realize her injury might not have been an accident. Strange things are happening at her family’s ancestral home in Perthshire. In addition to her “accident” a respected London archivist goes missing, presumed murdered, and her family’s treasure trove of pearls is missing. Julie must get to the bottom of the mystery, not only to satisfy her own curiosity, but to keep her friends from being framed for the crime.

“Invictus” by Ryan Graudin

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

From the award-winning author of Wolf by Wolf, which you may remember as last year’s TRCA winner, comes a novel about trust, romance, and duty.

“Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time traveler from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in ancient Rome, Far’s very existence defies the laws of nature. All he’s ever wanted was to explore history for himself, but after failing his entrance exam into the government program, Far will have to settle for a position on the black market-captaining a time-traveling crew to steal valuables from the past.

During a routine heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl named Eliot who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Eliot has secrets-big ones-that will affect Far’s life from beginning to end. Armed with the knowledge that history is not as steady as it seems, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to set things right before the clock runs out.” –Amazon.