Through the generosity of an IODE member, the late Mrs. Violet Downey, IODE Canada established The National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award in 1984. The first award was presented in 1985.
The award is offered annually for the best English language book containing at least 500 words of text (preferably with Canadian content) in any category, suitable for children aged 13 and under. To be eligible, the book must have been written by a Canadian citizen and must have been published in Canada during the calendar year immediately preceding the National Chapter Annual Meeting held in May. Fairy tales, anthologies and books adapted from another source are not eligible.
A ten-member panel of judges, including IODE members and specialists in the field of children's literature, annually select the award-winning book. Winning authors are presented with The National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award of $5,000.
All books submitted by publishers become the property of IODE Canada. These books are sorted and shipped to school libraries in Labrador that are part of the Adopt-a-Class Program.
Susan Laidlaw - Winner
An Infidel in Paradise by S.J. Laidlaw
The 2014 winner of the IODE Violet Downey Book Award
for Canadian Children’s Literature
S.J. Laidlaw, first-time author of An Infidel in Paradise, has
been awarded the IODE Violet Downey Book Award. The $5,000 prize was announced at the time of the 114th National Annual Meeting of IODE Canada on 30 May 2014. This is the 30th Anniversary of this award made available to Canadian authors.
The book tells the story of sixteen year-old Emma who is no stranger to moving.
The daughter of a Canadian diplomat, her life has been a series of changing landscapes, cultures and friendships. But when her parents split up and she and her siblings are forced to move to Pakistan with her mother, her feelings of loss and culture shock are overwhelming. Add to that rising political tensions and her attraction to a local boy who has been promised to someone else, Emma’s life very quickly spirals out of control putting herself and those she loves in mortal danger.
Susan Laidlaw has twenty years’ experience as a teacher and counselor in schools and clinical settings around the world. She has published articles on parenting and has led workshops for parents and professional educators on a diverse range of topics related to raising and working with third culture children.
An Infidel in Paradise, published by Tundra Books, “is a very well written evocation of both a tormented teen and the exotic setting she finds herself” (Quill and Quire) and is sure to be enjoyed by teens and adults alike.
The Green Man by Michael Bedard
Winner of the 2013 IODE Violet Downey Book Award
for Canadian Children's Literature
Michael Bedard, author of The Green Man, has been awarded the IODE Canada Violet Downey Book Award for the second time.
The $5,000 prize was announced at the time of the 113th National Annual Meeting of IODE Canada on 31 May, 2013. This is the 29th year that the award has been made available to Canadian authors.
The book is about a teenage girl named O – never call her Ophelia – who spends the summer with her aunt Emily. Emily is a poet and the owner of an antiquarian bookstore, The Green Man. A proud, independent woman, Emily’s been made frail by a heart attack and O will be here to help her. Just how crucial that help will be unfolds as O first tackles Emily’s badly neglected home, then the chaotic shop, but soon she discovers that there are mysteries and long-buried dark forces that she cannot sweep away, though they threaten to awaken once more.
The Green Man, published by Tundra Books, is an intriguing mystery book which includes poetry and a story of family relationships which will be enjoyed by all juvenile readers.
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