Awards

Awards and Nominations for “The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim” for 2016:
  • CBC Books – 10 Canadian Young Adult Books That Could Be The Next Big Thing
  • Hot and New Teen Books from Chapters/Indigo, May 2016
Awards and Nominations for “The Artist and Me” for 2016:
  • Junior Library Guild of America Selection
  • Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, nominated
Awards and Nominations for “Becoming Holmes” for 2013:
  • Governor General’s Awards, nominee, children’s text category
  • Arthur Ellis Award, winner, young adult crime fiction book of the year, Canada
  • Canadian Library Association Children’s Book of the Year, Shortlist
  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre, best books for 2013, Junior & Intermediate Fiction
  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Summer Reading List
Awards and Nominations for “Becoming Holmes” for 2012:
  • Junior Library Guild of America, Premier Selection, best children’s books
  • Retreater Choice Award, best Young Adult book
  • Canadian Library Association Children’s Book of the Year, Shortlist
  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre, best books for 2013, Junior & Intermediate Fiction
Awards and Nominations for “The Dragon Turn” for 2011:
  • Junior Library Guild of America, Premier Selection
  • Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award, Shortlist
  • Nautilus Award, Silver Winner, Children’s Fiction Book of the Year
  • Canadian Library Association Children’s Book of the Year, Shortlist
  • TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, Shortlist
  • Foreword Review Book of the Year, Finalist
  • Scholastic Books Canada Selection
  • Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award
Awards and Nominations for “The Secret Fiend” for 2010:
  • Junior Library Guild of America Premier Selection (the fourth consecutive Boy Sherlock book to be so honored)
  • Canadian Library Association Children’s Book of the Year, Honour Book
  • Canadian Library Association Top Ten Children’s Book
  • Book of Note List, Tri-State YA Review Committee
  • Resources Links Magazine, Year’s Best List
  • Ontario Library Association, Top Ten Children’s Books
Awards and Nominations for “Vanishing Girl” for 2009-10:
  • Junior Library Guild of America Premier Selection (the third consecutive Boy Sherlock book to be so honored)
  • Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year Shortlist, 2010
  • Canadian Library Association Children’s Book of the Year Honour Book, 2010
  • Ontario Library Association Best Bests for 2009, Children’s Books
  • CBC Radio Panel pick for Christmas 2009 book buyers
  • Canadian Living Magazine Editor’s Pick of the Month, November 2009
  • IODE Violet Downey Award (for best novel for children in Canada in the English Language)
  • Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Award (for the best Young Adult novel in Canada)
  • Libris Award (Canadian Booksellers Association Young Readers Book of the Year)
  • Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
  • Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award, Shortlist
  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Best Books for 2010
Awards and Nominations for “Death in the Air” for 2008–10:
  • TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award – Shortlist, 2009
  • Canadian Library Association Children’s Book of the Year shortlist
  • Violet Downey Award shortlist (for best book for children in Canada in the English Language)
  • Silver Birch Award, Ontario Readers’ Choice, Shortlist 2010
  • Manitoba Young Readers Children’s Choice Award shortlist
  • Junior Library Guild of America Premier Selection
  • Mystery News Books of the Year 2008, Top Ten
  • Ontario Library Association Best Bets for 2008, Top Ten
  • Resources Links Best Books for 2008, Fiction, Grades 7-12
Awards and Nominations for “Eye of the Crow” for 2007–09:
  • Junior Library Guild of America Premier Selection
  • Arthur Ellis Award for best Young Adult crime novel in Canada
  • The Violet Downey Award (for best book for children in Canada in the English Language)
  • Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Gold Medal
  • Canadian Library Association Children’s Book of the Year Honour Book
  • Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year Honour Book
  • ForeWord magazine’s Gold Medal for Juvenile Fiction (U.S. review magazine)
  • The Geoffrey Bilson Award for YA Historical Fiction, Shortlist
  • TD Canadian Children’s Literature Prize finalist
  • Rocky Mountain Award (Alberta Readers’ Choice) nomination
  • The Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award (for best children’s book in Canada, 2008, Atlantic provinces, shortlist)
  • A Tri-State Young Adult Fiction Book of Note
  • American Library Association Top Ten Youth Mystery
  • Ontario Library Assocation’s Top Ten Junior Fiction
  • Nautilus Award (U.S.), Silver Winner
  • Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice, 2009, shortlist
  • The Silver Birch Award, Ontario Children’s Choice, shortlist
  • Snow Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice, grades 7–9, 2009 shortlist
  • A Quill & Quire Book of the Year
  • Red Cedar Award shorlist, BC Children’s Choice, June 2009 (with this nomination, it has been shortlisted for every “Forest of Reading” award across Canada)
  • Best books for 2008 – Canadian Children’s Book Centre
National Magazine Award nomination:
  • “As the Crow Flies,” Elm Street magazine, 2002, two nominations
Ontario Library Association, Best Bet for 2002, Non-fiction:
  • “Unusual Heroes: Canada’s Prime Ministers and Fathers of Confederation”
Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award nomination:
  • “The Mystery of Ireland’s Eye,” 2002
Rocky Mountain (Alberta Choice) Award nomination:
  • “The Mystery of Ireland’s Eye,” 2002
Red Maple Award nomination:
  • “Bone Beds of the Badlands,” 2002
Arthur Ellis Award nomination:
  • “Bone Beds of the Badlands,” 2002
National Magazine Award, Silver Medal:
  • “Team Spirit,” Elm Street magazine, 2001
TORGI (CNIB Talking Book) Award nomination:
  • “The Mystery of Ireland’s Eye, 2001
Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Select Choice:
  • “The Secret of the Silver Mines,” 2000
National Magazine Award nomination:
  • “Rulers of the Dohyo,” Equinox magazine, 1999
Red Maple Award nomination:
  • “The Mystery of Ireland’s Eye,” 1999
Arthur Ellis Award nomination:
  • “The Mystery of Ireland’s Eye,” 1999
National One-Act Play Competition, Ottawa Little Theatre (Honorable Mention):
  • “No Heart Punch,” 1985