37194We are delighted to announce that DELUSION ROAD by Don Aker and INVISIBILL, written by Maureen Fergus and illustrated by Dušan Petričić, are finalists for the 2016 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards (CCBC)! DELUSION ROAD is shortlisted for the John Spray Mystery Award while INVISIBILL is nominated for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award.

The John Spray Mystery Award awards a prize of $5,000 and the Marillyn Baillie Picture Book Award offers a prize of $20,000 to the winning book. The winners of these English-language awards will be announced at an invitation-only gala event at The Carlu in Toronto on November 17, 2016.

Here’s w9781770496132hat the jury says of the books:

DELUSION ROAD: “Aker’s excellent storytelling abilities shine through in this thrilling mystery novel… Filled with action, tension and suspense, Aker keeps us on the edge of our seats as the story unfolds and reaches its terrifying climax… Edgy and raw in both its narrative style and word choice, Delusion Road is perfect for older readers seeking an authenticity to their reading experience… This is just the type of novel young mystery enthusiasts will clamour to read!”

INVISIBILL: “Readers of all ages will relate to this hilarious story about a family dinner where everyone is too busy to pass the potatoes…Petričić’s marvellous illustrations move us along and perfectly complement Fergus’s narrative…Both laugh-out-loud funny and touching, this is a gem of a book…A great read aloud and reminder to pay attention to each other.”

We are pleased to offer a huge congratulations to Don Aker and Maureen Fergus, as well as to all the other authors and illustrators who are shortlisted!

To view the full list of finalists, please visit: bookcentre.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Finalists-Announced-for-2016-CCBC-Awards.pdf