So while I was off fishing with my family in West Lahave there was a little bit of a stir going on unbeknownst to me. My daughter called my cell phone to say congratulations. “Bitter, Sweet” has been shortlisted for the Geoffery Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People.
Word from the publisher is that it’s quite a honour. Hey, I’d say!!
So do you think I am excited?
Excited doesn’t even begin to describe what I’m feeling.
Here’s part of the official word, straight from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre:
GEOFFREY BILSON AWARD FOR HISTORICAL FICTION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ($5,000)
Sponsored by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Bilson Endowment Fund
Written by Laura Best (Springfield, NS)
for ages 10 and up
“A beautifully crafted novel set in 1948 in Nova Scotia told by Pru, a young girl trying to keep her siblings together after their father abandons them and their mother dies… Best has masterfully created a sense of time and place… The characters are thoughtfully developed and their relationships to each other skillfully described.”
I’ve been nominated along with some pretty cool writers : John Wilson , Barbara Haworth-Attard, Shane Peacock , and Nancy Hartry.
Here’s my son’s girlfriend catching her very first fish ever.. I kind of know how she feels.
Guess I should go fishing more often!!