We are over the moon pleased to share that Lorna Schultz Nicholson’s middle grade book TAKING THE ICE has won the 2024 Diamond Willow Award!

The Willow Awards are readers’ choice awards given annually to Canadian books in three age categories that have been voted best in their category by Saskatchewan students.

Learn more about them here: https://willowawards.ca/


Can Aiden learn to stand his ground on his new home ice?

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?

From Lorna Schultz Nicholson comes a powerful portrayal of a boy’s experiences with anxiety as it relates to sports and friendship and grief.

Lorna is represented by Amy Tompkins. 

Congratulations Lorna!