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Graffiti Knight wins the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

Posted on November 7th, 2014 by pajamapress

We are thrilled to extend our congratulations to Karen Bass, author of Graffiti Knight. This YA novel, set in Leipzig, East Germany, two years after World War II, has won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People.

KarenWinBlastPicKaren Bass accepted this prestigious award Thursday night at the 10th annual TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards celebration. Hosted at The Carlu in Toronto, this gala is a highlight of the publishing year in the Canadian children’s book industry. The Geoffrey Bilson Award, named for a Canadian author and history professor, is one of six major prizes awarded at the gala each year. This is the fourth award win for Graffiti Knight, which has already taken home the CLA Young Adult Book Award, the R. Ross Annett Children’s Literature Award, and the CAA Exporting Alberta Award. Other accolades include a nomination for the 2014–2015 B.C. Teen Readers’ Choice Stellar Awards and designations as an OLA Best Bet, a Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection, and a Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection.

Pajama Press is excited announce a new Young Adult novel by Karen Bass to be published in the spring of 2015. Uncertain Soldier also explores World War II themes, this time with connections to the author’s home province of Alberta.

Pajama Press would also like to congratulate Meghan Marentette, whose middle-grade novel The Stowaways was a finalist for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Graffiti Knight wins the Geoffrey Bilson Award

Shelagh Rogers for the CBC was a wonderful host

Graffiti Knight's text desiger Martin Gould, author Karen Bass, and editor Linda Pruessen

Graffiti Knight’s text desiger Martin Gould, author Karen Bass, and editor Linda Pruessen

Karen Bass gives her thanks to all librarians

Karen Bass gives her thanks to all librarians

Pajama Press designer Martin Gould

Pajama Press designer Martin Gould

Nominated authors Meghan Marentette and Karen Bass

Nominated authors Meghan Marentette and Karen Bass

Richard Jones and Karen Bass

Richard Jones and Karen Bass

Meghan Marentette and publisher Gail Winskill

“Editor Goddess” Linda Pruessen and award-winning author Karen Bass

Rebecca Buchanan, Richard Jones, Erin Woods, Patricia Jones, Gail Winskill, and John Spray

Rebecca Buchanan, Richard Jones, Erin Woods, Patricia Jones, Gail Winskill, and John Spray

Karen Bass with reviewer and juror Helen Kubiw

Nominated author Meghan Marentette and publicist Erin Woods

Nominated author Meghan Marentette and publicist Erin Woods

The Stowaways and Graffiti Knight shortlisted for Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards

Posted on September 4th, 2014 by pajamapress

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre announced the finalists for its 2014 children’s literature awards in a press release last night. Pajama Press congratulates Karen Bass, author of Graffiti Knight, and Meghan Marentette, author of The Stowaways, for their nominations to these auspicious awards.

GraffitiKnight_MedGraffiti Knight is a finalist for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People. The jury said, “The clash between the Soviet victors and the German people after World War II is masterfully captured in this exciting story of a teen in Berlin [sic] who deals with uncertainty at home and school by challenging his city’s new social order… Bass has created a character that engages readers with his anger, compassion and remorse… A well written and intriguing book possessing strong plot, characters and themes within a historical context.”

 

TheStowaways_C_July14.inddThe Stowaways is a finalist for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy. The jury said, “Meghan Marentette has written a book ripe for reading aloud and sharing with the family… The Stowaways most importantly reminds us of the thrill and joy — and even the necessity — of adventure… Endearing characters, themes of innovation, adventure and courage, and a beautiful package combine to destine this charming animal fantasy to become a Canadian classic.”

The winners will be announced at the awards given at the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards gala in Toronto on November 6.

Nix Minus One wins Ann Connor Brimer Award

Posted on May 22nd, 2014 by pajamapress

NixMinusOnePajama Press is proud to congratulate Jill MacLean, whose young adult novel Nix Minus One has won the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature. The award was presented yesterday at the Atlantic Book Awards gala in Charlottetown, PEI, following a week-long festival with events across the Atlantic provinces.

A powerful story about a teenaged boy growing up in small-town Newfoundland, Nix Minus One has also been nominated for the CLA Young Adult Book of the Year, the White Pine Award, and the Snow Willow Award, among other honours.

A second Pajama Press title, The Stowaways by Meghan Marentette, was also shortlisted for this award. Both authors are residents of Nova Scotia.

The Ann Conner Brimer Award is given annually “to the author of a children’s book which has made an outstanding contribution to children’s

literature in Atlantic Canada” (www.atlanticbookawards.ca). This is the third time a book by Jill MacLean has been selected.

Pajama Press is honoured to have Nix Minus One chosen for this prestigious award.

Authors Meghan Marentette, Janet Cameron, Jan Coates, and Jill MacLean at the gala

Authors Meghan Marentette, Janet Cameron, Jan Coates, and Jill MacLean at the gala

4 Pajama Press books selected in Best Books For Kids & Teens

Posted on May 12th, 2014 by pajamapress

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre‘s semi-annual publication Best Books for Kids & Teens has selected four Pajama Press books in its Spring 2014 edition:

NatTheCat_CNat the Cat Can Sleep Like That by Victoria Allenby with illustrations by Tara Anderson

Stowaways_CThe Stowaways by Meghan Marentette with illustrations by Dean GriffithsStarred Selection

GraffitiKnight_CGraffiti Knight by Karen BassStarred Selection

CatChampions_CCat Champions: Caring for our Feline Friends by Rob LaidlawStarred Selection

Congratulations to our authors and illustrators whose work has been honoured!

Booklist recommends The Stowaways to DiCamillo fans

Posted on April 15th, 2014 by pajamapress

Stowaways_HR“Rory Stowaway longs for adventure. The other mice in his rural community mistrust the Stowaways’ history of exploring the World Beyond, and his own father is determined to keep his family safe at home. Meanwhile, as Rory learns more about his missing grandfather, he becomes determined to find and rescue him, even if he doesn’t quite see how it can be done. In her first novel, Marentette shows promise as a storyteller, creating distinctive characters, building tension, and grounding the fantasy with realistic settings and details. Appearing at intervals throughout the book, Griffiths’ lively shaded-pencil drawings capture the personalities of the characters and enhance the charm of the story. Maps on the endpapers encourage readers to trace Rory’s steps both in town and close to home. With its colorful, dramatic cover illustration, this appealing book will quickly find its audience, fans of mouse adventure tales from George Selden’s The Cricket in Times Square (1960) to Robert C. O’Brien’s Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971) to Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Desereaux (2003).”

Carolyn Phelan

Two Pajama Press books nominated for the Ann Connor Brimer Award

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by pajamapress

Stowaways_C NixMinusOneThe Stowaways by Meghan Marentette and Nix Minus One by Jill MacLean have both been selected for a 3-title shortlist for the Ann Connor Brimer Award.

The Ann Connor Brimer Award is part of the Atlantic Book Awards Festival, which will be celebrated at events across the four Atlantic provinces the week of May 14. Winners will be announced at a Charlottetown gala on May 21. Both authors will participate in a series of events leading up to the gala.

Congratulations Meghan and Jill!

Three Pajama Press books shortlisted for CLA Awards

Posted on March 7th, 2014 by pajamapress

Pajama Press is proud to announce that three of our titles have been shortlisted for the 2014 Canadian Library Association Awards.

The Stowaways by Meghan Marentette, with illustrations by Dean Griffiths, has been shortlisted for the Book of the Year for Children Award. Graffiti Knight by Karen Bass and Nix Minus One by Jill MacLean have both been shortlisted for the Young Adult Book Award.

We congratulate our three nominated authors and look forward to hearing the award results the week of April 14th.

Canadian Children’s Book News ranks Rory Stowaway with Stuart Little, Arrietty

Posted on February 20th, 2014 by pajamapress

The Stowaways by Meghan Marentette

“Rory Stowaway is a young mouse yearning for adventure. He wants to explore the World Beyond like his ancestors but, ever since Grampa disappeared during one such expedition, his family feels differently. Papa believes his father was eaten by a cat and Gran insists that her travelling days are over. Rory is not so easilydisuaded and soon enough the entire Stowaway family finds itself embroiled in a mouse-sized fantasy bigger than even Rory could have imagined.

Like Arrietty of The Borrowers or Stuart Little, Rory Stowaway is a pocket-sized hero set against rather large odds…When Rory discovers evidence that his Grampa may still be alive, plenty of action ensues. Young readers will delight in Rory’s miniature mouse world and cheer on Rory, Gran and the rest of the Stowaway family as they battle against cats, escape scientists and survive a hurricane.

Meghan Marentette’s debut story is nicely paced and hearkens back to a simpler time—Rory and the ‘Weedle’ mice live in a world without Google, Xbox or iPhones. The Stowaways are thoroughly human despite being mice and young readers will easily relate to the sibling rivalry, family conflicts and Rory’s frustration with his parents as he tries to become the mouse he wants to be. The book itself will appeal to youngsters with its glossy hardcover, a red ribbon bookmark and lively illustrations by Dean Griffiths.

The Stowaways is an engaging story which would also be a wonderful read-aloud book for younger children at home or in the classroom. The book’s endearing characters, exciting plot and the central themes of family and growing up would be fertile ground for classroom discussion.”—Tracey Schindler

The Year’s Best with Resource Links

Posted on February 7th, 2014 by pajamapress

Resource Links magazine published its list of “The Year’s Best” books  for 2013 this week. Five Pajama Press books made the list:

Graffiti Knight by Karen Bass

Graffiti Knight by Karen Bass

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Nix Minus One by Jill MacLean

The Stowaways by Meghan Marentette

The Stowaways by Meghan Marentette

Cat Champions by Rob Laidlaw

Cat Champions by Rob Laidlaw

Hoogie in the Middle by Stephanie McLellan and Dean Griffiths

Hoogie in the Middle by Stephanie McLellan and Dean Griffiths

Congratulations to our authors and illustrator whose books were recognized.

Check out the full list here.

OLA Best Bets committee recognizes three Pajama Press titles

Posted on January 31st, 2014 by pajamapress

Pajama Press is pleased to announce that Nix Minus One by Jill MacLean and Graffiti Knight by Karen Bass have both been selected for the Ontario Library Association Best Bets Young Adult Top Ten list. The Stowaways by Meghan Marentette, with illustrations by Dean Griffiths, is a Junior Fiction honourable mention.

We are extremely proud of all three of these titles. For more information, resources, and book trailers, please visit our Books page. Here’s a taste of what reviewers have been saying:

Nix_C_PRINT_Nov13.inddNix Minus One
“Well-crafted and intense, an engrossing family drama in which both young and old learn what it means to grow up.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Writing with careful, evocative language, MacLean explores love in myriad forms…”
—Publishers Weekly

“Readers used to a diet of cliché-ridden YA fiction will enjoy this refreshing take on the teenage plight…[T]he hard-won hopefulness of Nix’s growth will linger with them long after the poetry ends.”—School Library Journal

“The novel’s strength comes from the authenticity of Nix’s emotional evolution…This is an absorbing, emotionally resonant book.”—Quill & Quire

GraffitiKnight_MedGraffiti Knight
“[A] gripping page-turner…The authentic setting, compelling characters and taut, suspenseful plot claim attention throughout. Bass refuses to oversimplify human beings…A different kind of war story, highly recommended.”—Kirkus Reviews

“…it has more drama than the Hunger Games.”—Resource Links

“…incredibly gripping and informative. As young adult war-related historical fiction goes, this book is second to none…Highly Recommended.”—CM Magazine
 
“Bass has artfully recreated an historical time and place peopled by realistic, three-dimensional characters grappling with their own emotions and global forces they can only barely understand.”—John Wilson, Quill & Quire
 
TheStowaways_C_July14.inddThe Stowaways
“In the tradition of memorable mouse heroes, the Stowaways deliver page-turning, cliffhanging, heartwarming, first-rate adventure.”—Kirkus Reviews

“…charmingly illustrated by Dean Griffiths… exciting, interesting, and really good fun. I hesitate to compare it to The Wind in the Willows, but it is in the same league; so read and enjoy…Highly Recommended.”—CM Magazine

“Not since Stuart Little has the heart of a valiant mouse beat quite so fiercely as that of Rory Stowaway in Meghan Marentette’s first novel, The Stowaways. It meets and exceeds all the expectations of a good mouse story, with a well-constructed and self-sufficient mouse world, a teeny-tiny hero set against impossible odds, and an adventure brimming with mystery that scampers from chapter to chapter.”—National Reading Campaign

“Marentette has created a lovely world that combines animals and fantasy with humans and reality in an original and lively story. Her writing style is elegant yet conversational.”—Resource Links