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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 15, 2016, Ottawa: The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques (CLA/ACB) is pleased to announce its winning title for the 2016 Book of the Year for Young Adult Award: The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow, published by Simon & Schuster Canada.  The CLA Book of the Year for Young Adult Award is generously sponsored by Library Services Centre.

Four centuries after an Artificial Intelligence known as Talis conquers the world in an attempt to prevent humanity from vanishing, the world has broken into smaller territories and are controlled by Talis’ AI agents and orbital cannons with one goal in mind: make it personal.  Everyone from each territory who is a would-be ruler must submit a child to be kept as a hostage in one of Talis’ Preceptures; and if necessary could be slain if that country misbehaves.  The heroine of the novel is Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan Polar Confederacy.  As a Precepture, she is also a Child of peace, a prisoner.  When Elian Palnik enters Greta’s world as a hostage from another Alliance, everything changes.  Elian refuses to play along with the system to follow the rules.  Greta’s eyes are opened to the truth, challenging the reality she has existed under for years.  Greta’s and Elian’s countries declare war, and the impact reaches to all Children of Peace.

Erin Bow has crafted a gripping dystopian adventure which truly explores the price of power.  With its imaginative world and well-developed characters, the author enables the reader to experience Greta’s conflicts and uncertainty, allowing “what it means to be human” to unveil.  With shocking twists, heart-stopping emotional moments, this novel brings you to another time and place with passion, humour, intrigue, and suspense.

The CLA Book of the Year for Young Adult Award Jury also selected an Honour Book this year:  We are all Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen (Tundra Books/Penguin Random House).

We are All Made of Molecules begins with philosophical moments and thoughts by thirteen year-old Stewart Inkster who has lost his mother to ovarian cancer, and is moving in with his father’s girlfriend.  Problem # 1 arises:  Ashley, daughter of the girlfriend.  Problem #2: Stewart and Ashley have NOTHING in common.  The two protagonists’ lives intertwine outside of the family dynamics with Ashley’s crush on Jared, the same Jared who has been bullying Stewart at school.  But Jared’s intentions for Ashley are not romantic, but rather predatory in nature. Stewart is being used by Jared to get to Ashley and Stewart discovers this, as well as a secret Jared is hiding.  This dynamic, poignant and at times humorous novel contains many aspects of family life that represent diverse topics: same-sex couples, single parents, blended families, bullying, sexual assault, and the impact of social media on a family’s dynamics in a very contemporary way.  Susin Nielsen has written a novel makes the readers think!

The CLA Young Adult Book Award Jury salutes all Canadian writers of young adult literature and their publishers for providing a remarkable selection of top quality books for young adults in Canada which cover topics of many interests and reading abilities, sparking and fostering the joy of reading in Canadian youth.  The Young Adult Book Award was established by the Young Adult Caucus of the Saskatchewan Library Association in 1980. The award recognizes an author of an outstanding Canadian English-language work of fiction (novel or collection of short stories) that appeals to young adults between the ages of 13 and 18.

This year’s award will be presented to Erin Bow, author of The Scorpion Rules, June 2, 2016 at the CLA Book Awards Luncheon sponsored by TD Bank Group (click here to buy your tickets now!) during the CLA National Forum in Ottawa. The award is generously sponsored by Library Services Centre.

The members of this year’s jury were:

  • Carmelita Cechetto-Shea, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, NS
  • Allison Hall-Murphy, Collection Development Librarian, Ottawa Public Library, ON
  • Elizabeth Coates, Branch Manager, Kingston Frontenac Public Library, ON
  • Ann Foster, Branch Supervisor, Saskatoon Public Library, SK
  • Natalie Schembri, Casual Librarian, West Vancouver Memorial Library, North Vancouver City Library, and Port Moody Public Library, BC

Media Contact: Carmelita Cechetto-Shea, Chair, Book of the Year for Young Adult Award Jury cshea@gnspes.ca

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For more information on the CLA Book Awards, contact:
Agnieszka Arkuszewski
Office Manager and Executive Assistant
Email: info (at) cla.ca   


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