I HOPE YOU’RE LISTENING by Tom Ryan (AW Teen) has been shortlisted in the Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction) category! Celebrating the best in Canadian crime fiction with a juried annual competition, the Crime Writers of Canada Awards have acknowledged distinction in Canadian crime writing since 1984. The winners will be announced across on Thursday, 27 May 2021.


In her small town, seventeen year-old Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as the girl who wasn’t taken. Ten years ago, she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn’t enough. Sibby was never seen again. At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true crime podcast Radio Silent, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them. Nobody knows Dee’s the Seeker, and she plans to keep it that way. When another little girl goes missing, and the case is linked to Sibby’s disappearance, Dee has a chance to get answers, with the help of her virtual detectives and the intriguing new girl at school. But how much is she willing to reveal about herself in order to uncover the truth? Dee’s about to find out what’s really at stake in unraveling the mystery of the little girls who vanished.

Tom Ryan is the author of Keep This to Yourself, winner of the 2020 Crime Writers of Canada Award for Best YA Crime Book and the 2020 ITW Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel. He has also been nominated for the White Pine Award, the Stellar Award, and the Hackmatack Award. Two of Tom’s books have been Junior Library Guild selections, and his young adult novels were ALA Rainbow List picks in 2013, 2014, and 2020. In 2017 he was a Lambda Literary Fellow in Young Adult Fiction. Tom is represented by Samantha Haywood and Amy Tompkins.

To see the full list of honorees, please visit: https://www.crimewriterscanada.com/awards/annual-awards/current-contest/shortlists?utm_source=new%20west%20record&utm_campaign=new%20west%20record&utm_medium=referral