Jan Andrews is on the CLA Shortlist

March 10, 2014

9781926531687 - compressedThe Canadian Library Association has announced the shortlist for the Young Adult Book Award, and we are delighted to see The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley in this list of top 10 books.

The CLA Young Adult Book Award recognizes the author of an outstanding English-language Canadian work of fiction for readers age 13 to 18.  Great Plains Teen Fiction sends congratulations to Jan Andrews and to all of the 2014 nominees. Bravo!

Forest of Reading

October 17, 2013

Following on the heels of Jan Andrews’ Gold Medal Moonbeam win, Colleen Nelson’s The Fall has been shortlisted for the prestigious Forest of Reading White Pine Award.

Ontario teens will vote for the winning title, which will be announced in November. Congratulations Colleen!

Silent Summer wins Moonbeam Gold Medal

October 07, 2013

9781926531687 - compressedThe Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley by Jan Andrews has been selected as a Gold Medal winner by the Moonbeam Awards.  Launched in 2007, the awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to celebrate children’s books and life-long reading.

Kyle McGinley doesn’t say a word. Fed up with being shuttled from one foster care home to another, he has stopped speaking.  But at the home of Scott and Jill Wardman, with the help of a crow, a swamp, and an excess of black paint, he begins to think that maybe, just maybe, life could be better.

As long as his frigging dad doesn’t mess things up.

Congratulations Jan!



The Lucky Ones selected for On the Same Page

September 30, 2013

LuckyOnes_cover_finalAnne Mahon’s The Lucky Ones has been selected as the feature title in the On The Same Page initiative.

On The Same Page, a program sponsored by The Winnipeg Foundation and the Winnipeg Public Library, encourages all Manitobans to read and talk about the same book at the same time.  Congratulations Anne!

We also send congratulations out to our own Méira Cook as well as Eva Wiseman, David Robertson and Scott B. Henderson whose books were also shortlisted.

Authors Nominated For Manitoba Book Awards!

March 18, 2013

Happy as flying frogs around here today, after we got the word that three GP books have been nominated in multiple categories for the Manitoba Book Awards!

The House on Sugarbush Road by Meira Cook, Green-eyed Queen of Suicide City by Kevin Marc Fournier, and I Know Who You Remind Me Of by Naomi K. Lewis, have all been short-listed in their categories. To read the complete  list, click here.  Here’s the low-down on the talented crew of E & W and Great Plains Teen Fiction:

The House on Sugarbush Road by Meira Cook has been nominated in two categories: McNally Robinson Book of the Year, and The Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction.


Green-eyed Queen of Suicide City by Kevin Marc Fournier has been nominated twice: McNally Robinson Book for Young People, and Fournier for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer.

I Know Who You Remind Me Of by Naomi K. Lewis, has been nominated for Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year, design by Relish New Brand Experience, of Winnipeg.


Congratulations to all our authors!


3 cheers & fingers crossed

July 04, 2012

Nicole Luiken’s Dreamline has been named a finalist for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.  Winners are to be announced in the fall.  Congratulations Nicole!  We’ll be cheering for you!

Manitoba Day Award

May 16, 2012

The Association for Manitoba Archives has awarded one of the 6th annual Manitoba Day Awards to Joe Mackintosh for his book Andy De Jarlis, The Life and Music of an Old-Time Fiddler.  Congratulations Joe!  A good time for the Red River Jig!

White Pine

Gail Sidonie Sobat’s Chance to Dance for You was runner-up at the White Pine Awards!  In very good company as one of three finalists (with Kelley Armstrong and Moira Young of Doubleday) we’re so proud Gail.  Congratulations!

Best by…..

May 01, 2012

The 24th annual Manitoba Book Awards named W.P. Kinsella’s Butterfly Winter Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher (Mary Scorer Award)!  The McNally Roninson Book for Young People Award (older category) went to Colleen Nelson for her first book Tori by Design.  Watch for Colleen’s second book, The Fall from Great Plains Teen Fiction next spring!

Congratulations Bill and Colleen!

Golden eagle

March 28, 2012

Nicole Luiken’s Dreamfire is a finalist for the Golden Eagle Book Award!  The winner is to be announced on April 19th.  Congratulations Nicole!  And good luck!

Manitoba shortlist

March 15, 2012

Our congratulations to W.P. Kinsella and Colleen Nelson whose books have both been shortlisted for Manitoba Book Awards.  Butterfly Winter for the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher and Tori by Design for the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award in the older category.  We’ll be cheering for both on April 28th!

Provincial Props

February 23, 2012

Congratulations to our award winning Alberta author Gail Sidonie Sobat!  Her most recent book Chance to Dance for You is on the long list for the 2012 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award.  Finalists will be announced in April with public voting beginning in May.  Best of luck Gail!