OLA Forest of Reading: 2018 Silver Birch Fiction Award Nominees

The Forest of Reading, an initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA), released its list of nominees for the 2018 Silver Birch Awards.

According to the OLA website, this award is made up of three different lists of fiction, non-fiction, and express.

The Silver Birch program is meant for readers between the ages of 8 to 12. The express list focuses on grades 3 and 4, while the fiction and non-fiction lists are meant for readers in grades 5 and 6.

The nominees for the Silver Birch Award for Fiction in 2018 include the following:

Silver Birch Nominees

Publisher: Yen Press
By: Svetlana Chmakova

In his daydreams, Jensen is the biggest hero that ever was, saving the world and his friends on a daily basis. But his middle school reality is VERY different–math is hard, getting along with friends is hard…Even finding a partner for the class project is a huge problem when you always get picked last.

The pressure’s on even more once the school newspaper’s dynamic duo, Jenny, and Akilah, draw Jensen into the whirlwind of school news, social-experiment projects, and behind-the-scenes club drama.

Silver Birch Fiction Nominees 2018

Publisher: Nimbus Publishing
By: Laura Best

Eleven-year-old Cammie Turple grew up with more obstacles than most. Visually impaired and abandoned by her parents, she was raised by her tenacious, bootlegging aunt in rural Tanner, Nova Scotia.

After Cammie and her best friend, Evelyn Merry, destroy the local moonshine still, forcing Evelyn’s abusive, alcoholic father to sober up but nearly killing Evelyn in the process, Cammie convinces her aunt to send her to the Halifax School for the Blind.

Silver Birch Fiction Nominees 2018

Publisher: Red Deer Press
By: Heather Camlot

It’s 1946. A poor Jewish neighbourhood in Montreal where a few dollars equal a fortune, and no matter where you go, you’ll find the best home cooking anywhere on earth. It’s also a million miles away from the posh mansions on the other side of town. But a 12—year—old boy can hope. 

Just across town, something incredible is happening. Jackie Robinson is playing for the Montreal Royals. And he’s going to change the world. If Jackie can do it, then so too can a poor Jewish kid from The Plateau. 

Silver Birch Fiction Nominees 2018

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
By: Marina Cohen

All Hadley wants is for everything to go back to the way it used to be―back when she didn’t have to share her mother with her stepfather and stepbrother. Back when she wasn’t forced to live in a musty, decomposing house. Back when she had a life in the city with her friends.

As Hadley whiles away what’s left of her summer, exploring the nearby woods and splitting her time between her strange, bug-obsessed neighbor Gabe and the nice old lady that lives above the garage, she begins to notice the house isn’t just old and creaky. It’s full of secrets.

2018 Silver Birch NomineePublisher: Central Avenue Publishing
By: Alex Lyttle

It’s the summer before grade six and Calvin Sinclair is bored to tears. He’s recently moved from a big city to a small town and there’s nothing to do. It’s hot, he has no friends and the only kid around is his six-year-old brother, Sammy, who can barely throw a basketball as high as the hoop.

Cal occupies his time by getting his brother to do almost anything: from collecting ants to doing Calvin’s chores. And Sammy is all too eager – as long as it means getting a “Level” and moving one step closer to his brother’s Eagle status.

Silver Birch Nominees 2018

Publisher: Coteau Books
By: Becky Citra

Will Poppy has always been fascinated with writing – he thinks there’s something almost? magical about it. But when his mother passes away, Will finds himself stuck living with his awful aunt, unable to write a single word and handed a mysterious package which includes an old picture of his grandparents and a piece of cloth with the words The Griffin of Darkwood” on it.

When his aunt decides to move both of them to a small village, Will is excited for a new adventure, and in a castle no less! 

Silver Birch Award Nominees 2018

Publisher: Pajama Press Ltd.
By: Shari Green

Sixth grade is coming to an end, and so is life as Macy McMillan knows it. Already a “For Sale” sign mars the front lawn of her beloved house. Soon her mother will upend their perfect little family, adding a stepfather and six-year-old twin stepsisters. To add insult to injury, what is Macy’s final sixth grade assignment? A genealogy project.

Silver Birch Award Nominees

Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd.
By: Gordon Korman

Chase’s memory just went out the window. 

Chase doesn’t remember falling off the roof. He doesn’t remember hitting his head. He doesn’t, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again… starting with his own name. 
Silver Bird Nominees

Publisher: First Second Press
By: Faith Erin Hicks

Kaidu and Rat have only just recovered from the assassination attempt on the General of All Blades when more chaos breaks loose in the Nameless City: deep conflicts within the Dao nation are making it impossible to find a political solution for the disputed territory of the City itself.

To complicate things further, Kaidu is fairly certain he’s stumbled on a formula for the lost weapon of the mysterious founders of the City… But sharing it with the Dao military would be a complete betrayal of his friendship with Rat. Can Kai find the right solution before the Dao find themselves at war?

Silver Birch Nominees 2018

Publisher: Red Deer Press
By: Miriam Körner

Jeremy lives in a small community where winters are long and stray dogs roam the streets. When peer pressure leads Jeremy into a bad prank, he is immediately struck with guilt, and that’s when his life changes forever.

Trying to make amends, Jeremy befriends Yellow Dog, and in the process meets a curious old man who introduces him to the adventures of dog sledding.

For the full list of 2018 Forest of Reading nominees, click here. If you’d like to learn more about the Forest of Reading, you can download their 2017 informational kit.

Congratulations to all of the nominees for the Silver Birch Award. Click on any of the books listed above to purchase a copy of the children’s book for your family.

You can watch the nominees being announced on the video below:

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