Pajama Press

Graffiti Knight wins CLA YA Book of the Year

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by pajamapress

Pajama Press is thrilled to announce that Graffiti Knight by Karen Bass has won the 2014 Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year Award.

Graffiti Knight is a historical novel set in Soviet-controlled East Germany two years after the end of World War II. Wilm, the 16-year-old protagonist, is struggling to find his voice in a time and place where keeping your head down and doing as you’re told seems to be the only way to survive.

In a press release today, the CLA said, GraffitiKnight_Med

Graffiti Knight will capture you from the opening line, taking you on a journey into the world of post-war trauma, seeing life through Wilm’s eyes…The story is based on the actual events, it provides moments of suspense, hope, and nerve wracking action for the reader. As the story unfolds, Wilm gains confidence, courage, determination and maturity, all characteristics that take him from one adventure/escape to another.

This fast paced novel is realistic and readers can easily relate to the protagonist despite the difference in time and place. Bass’ extensive research adds depth to the story, allowing the reader to feel as if they are back in East Germany watching the plot play out, instead of reading the words in a book. Graffiti Knight will attract both male and female young adults, and adults too. The end result of that reading will not disappoint.”

The Award will be presented on May 29th at the CLA 2014 National Conference and Trade Show in Victoria, British Columbia.

We offer our heartiest congratulations to Karen Bass for this prestigious accomplishment.