Congratulations to Lorna Schultz Nicholson and Barbara Nickel, whose books have been shortlisted for the 2023 Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards! The Awards aim to promote reading and Canadian literature by giving young Manitobans in Grades 4 – 6 the opportunity to vote for their favourite Canadian book from an annual preselected list, which is separated by age into the Northern Lights List and the Sundog List. Voting for the 2023 MYRCA winner will be open next spring.

TAKING THE ICE by Lorna Schultz Nicholson (Scholastic) has been nominated for the 2023 Sundogs List!


Meet Aiden Mallory. He’s trying to find his bearings while coping with the loss of his father ― an NHL player who died in a car accident ― and moving back to his dad’s hometown of Prairie Field, where he is STILL a big deal.

Aiden loves hockey, but his feelings about moving and his dad’s death cause him to struggle at tryouts. Then the minor hockey association announces a brand-new U13 tournament: the Luke Mallory Memorial. As Aiden tries to find his place on his new team, and among his new teammates, he will do anything he can to live up to his dad’s legacy. But what happens when Aiden’s determination to play well puts everything else at risk?

DEAR PETER, DEAR ULLA by Barbara Nickel (Thistledown Press) has been nominated for the 2023 Northern Lights list!


Letters fly back and forth between Peter and Ulla, and although Ulla lives in Danzig, Germany, and Peter on a Mennonite farm in Saskatchewan, their lives become inextricably entwined through an intense, empathetic connection that plays out in the first months of World War Two. Peter is a talented pianist and Ulla a skillful storyteller with a talent for drawing—will these skills help or hinder them through the challenges brought about by war? They can’t think of one another as enemies, even though that’s what the world is telling them that they are.

Lorna and Barbara are represented by Amy Tompkins.

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