Caroline Pignat, Eric Fan and Terry Fan among 2017 Forest of Reading winners

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Over 160,000 children across Ontario voted for the Forest of Reading's 10th annual awards, which celebrate Canadian writing for youth.

Caroline Pignat, a Governor General's Literary Award-winning YA author, won the Red Maple Award for fiction, which is for books targeted at Grades 7-8, for her novel Shooter. The book follows five Grade 12 students trapped in a bathroom during a school shooting.

Eric Fan and Terry Fan won the Blue Spruce Award, which recognizes books for readers from junior kindergarten to Grade 2, for their collaboration The Night Gardener. In the picture book, a boy named William wakes up each day to find that a tree in his town has been sculpted into something beautiful.

Other winners include:

  • Red Maple Award for nonfiction (Grades 7-8): Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War by Michel Chikwanine, Jessica Dee Humphreys and Claudia Dávila
  • White Pine Award for fiction (Grades 9-12): Fifteen Lanes by S.J. Laidlaw
  • Silver Birch Express Award (Grades 3-4): The Biggest Poutine in the World by Andrée Poulin, translated by Brigitte Waisberg
  • Silver Birch Award for nonfiction (Grades 5-6): Haunted Canada 6: More Terrifying True Stories by Joel A. Sutherland
  • Silver Birch Award for fiction (Grades 5-6): OCDaniel by Wesley King
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