2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards

The Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards are held annually to recognize excellence in writing by authors residing in Newfoundland and Labrador. We would like to congraulate Charis Cotter whose middle grade novel, The Ghost Road won this year’s Bruneau Family Award for Children’s/Young Adult Literature.

The Ghost Road
By Charis Cotter
368 Pages | Ages 9-12 | Paperback
ISBN 9780735263253 | Tundra Books
“Spanning across seven generations from Ireland to a small outport in Newfoundland, newly introduced cousins, Ruby and Ruth, work together to unravel a mysterious family secret that was carried by their ancestors across the Atlantic more than a century ago. Ruth, who is analytical and skeptical, and Ruby, who is energetic and adventurous, are the perfect pair to eke out the truth about the secrets that have been woven into the very fabric of the small coastal community their family has long-resided in.

Charis Cotter’s eloquent, enchanting prose brings Newfoundland’s folklore and natural history alive — you can almost hear the voices of fairies dancing on the breeze intermingled with the smell of the saltwater and wildflowers. A story of folklore and family, in which the two heroines are both helped and hindered by an ornery witch, a mischievous old storyteller, and a swath of ghostly characters — The Ghost Road will appeal to young readers and adults alike.” – Bruneau Family Award jury