More book awards

I found out today (thanks to Teresa Toten) that the Ontario Library Association has a YA prize - the White Pine prize. I don't recognize any of the winners. From the website:
The White Pine Award™ reading program offers high school-aged teens at all grade levels the opportunity to read the best of Canada's recent young adult fiction titles. Students will read 10 nominated Canadian young adult books and then vote for their favourite book. Based on student voting across the province, the most popular book is then selected and author is honoured with the White Pine Award™.

The goals of the White Pine Award™ program are:

  • to promote reading for enjoyment among high school students

  • to make students aware of quality Canadian young adult books

  • to provide opportunities for students to discuss the nominated titles in an authentic manner

This prompted me to a do a bit more searching and I also found the CLA Young Adult Canadian Book Award. This award "recognizes an author of an outstanding English language Canadian book which appeals to young adults between the ages of 13 and 18". Last years winner was A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews (whose last name I always want to pronounce incorrectly when I see it written...). I must confess that that only other book on the list of winners that I recognize is 1988s Who is Frances Rain? by Margaret Buffie which I know I read but can't remember anything about.