The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is a juried award to recognize stellar writing, named after the first novel by Phyllis Gotlieb (1926–2009), one of the first published authors of contemporary Canadian science fiction.
The shortlisted works in the young adult category are:
The Green Man
By Michael Bedard
Hardcover | 320 Pages | Ages 10+
“Fifteen-year-old O—short for Opehlia, but don’t call her that—spends the summer with her Aunt Emily, whose poor health means that Emily is as much nurse as niece. A well known poet in her day, Emily now runs a ramshackle secondhand bookstore called The Green Man, and over the course of the summer O will discover that it is not only her aunt who is haunted by the past. The author’s lyrical prose illuminates this haunting love story to the written word, and its power to captivate, enchant, and possess. Sympathetic characters, a creeping evil which must be defeated, and an endearing phantasmagorical Dead Poets Society inhabiting a bookshop are only some of the delights in this heavenly read.” —Jury Comments
Bright’s Light by Susan Juby
Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Rebel Heart by Moira Young
Congratulations to the five shortlisted authors!
The awards will be presented in the fall of 2013. The jurors for the 2013 award are: Rebecca Bradley, Tony Burgess, Shari Lapeña, Barbara Roden, and Leon Rooke.