Silver Birch Express Award – Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist by Janice Weaver (Abrams, 9781419700149) This illustrated biography of Harry Houdini combines original artwork and archival artifacts—including photographs, playbills and posters, letters, and even some of Houdini’s own stage props—to bring the story of the world’s greatest escape artist to life.
Silver Birch Fiction Award – The Dead Kid Detective Agency by Evan Munday (ECW Press, 9781550229714) Thirteen-year-old October Schwartz is new in town, short on friends, and the child of a clinically depressed science teacher. Naturally, she spends most of her time in the Sticksville Cemetery, which just happens to border her backyard. Here she finds five dead teenagers, each from a different era of the past. Soon, October befriends the five dead kids. Together they form The Dead Kid Detective Agency, committed to solving Sticksville’s most mysterious mysteries.
White Pine Award – The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe (Disney/Hyperion, 9781423146162) As a strange new virus devastates her community, one girl fights for survival against all odds in this unforgettable modern-day dystopian novel about the lengths one will go for love.
Award winners will be announced at the Festival of Trees at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre in May 2013. For a full list of nominated titles click here.