St. Johns author Janet McNaughton finalist for Canadian Childrens Literature Award

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St. John's author Janet McNaughton is a finalist for the prestigious TD Canadian Children's Literature Award 2010 for her novel Dragon Seer.
Other finalists include: Arthur Slade, The Hunchback Assignments; Sharon Jennings, Home Free; William Gilkerson, A Thousand Years of Pirates; and Nancy Hartry, Watching Jimmy.
The winner will be announced Nov. 9 at a gala event at The Carlu in Toronto.
The TD Canadian Children's Literature Award was established in 2005 to honour the most distinguished book of the year for children aged 1 to 12. Entries are judged on the quality of the text and illustrations and the book's overall contribution to literature. All books for children, in any genre, written by a Canadian, are eligible for the award.
The winning book receives $25,000 and an additional $10,000 is divided amongst the honour books. The publisher of the winning book receives $2,500 for promotional purposes.
According to the judges, Dragon Seer is "A beautifully written, magical fantasy that brings ancient history to life … this Celtic fantasy is imbued with a mythological history mixing Vikings, dragons and dragon seers … with well-drawn characters and page-turning plot, McNaughton delivers a gem rarer than a shining dragon's egg."

Organizations: The Carlu

Geographic location: St. John's, Toronto

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