Mr Christie Winners

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The winners in the youngest, intermediate and oldest categories of Canada's Mr Christie Awards are, respectively (with comments by Andrea Deakin):

Jean Little (Author), Werner Zimmerman(Illustrator) ~ Pippin the Christmas Pig [North Winds Press/Scholastic]

It is Christmas. The little pig, Pippin, listens to the other animals brag about how their ancestors cared for the baby Jesus. She wants to know what the pigs did. Alas, she is firmly informed that there were no pigs there.
"The curl went out of Pippin's tail".
She creeps sadly out of the stable, seeking a place where pigs do matter.Fighting her way through a winter storm, she reaches the road where she finds a woman carrying a little girl and staggering through the snow. Pippin leads her back to the safety of the barn.
The icy blue cold, the welcoming barn in warm browns and golds, the wonderfully haughty and self-satisfied sheep, and the curl going out of Pippin's tail, are all perfectly caught with humour and sympathy in Werner Zimmerman's illustrations.

Sarah Ellis(Author) and Bruno St-Aubin(Illustrator) ~ The Several Lives of Orphan Jack [Groundwood Books]

Orphan Jack has lived for twelve years at the Opportunities School for Orphans and Foundlings. His one treasure is a battered dictionary which feeds his love of words. When the headmaster calls him into his study and tells him he is to be apprenticed to a bookkeeper he is thrilled, believing that it is a chance to work with books."Scholars and scoundrels. Volumes and villains. That will be my life," said Otherjack to himself. However he is quickly disillusioned. He cannot and will not go back to the school, so he wraps his dictionary in his second-best shirt and takes off. How is he to earn his way then? He will peddle ideas. "Toffee and tyrants," says Jack." That's the life of an ideas peddlar."
Sarah Ellis's own love of words enlivens and enriches this slyly humorous story of Orphan Jack, his beloved dictionary and his fascination with words. Bruno St-Aubin complements the light-hearted text with a witty cast of nineteenth century figures.

Martine Leavitt ~ Tom Finder [Red Deer Press]

"Tom had forgotten who he was." Tom is in Calgary, that he discovers, but he knows nothing else about himself or even how he got there. The contents of his backpack are even a mystery; but amongst them is a notebook in which he has written notes about Mozart and "The Magic Flute. He cannot remember why he has them. Firstly there is survival and it is growing late. He finds a spot in a
riverside park where he can spend the night, but morning brings a
confrontation and a rescue by Samuel Wolflegs. Wolflegs has been
praying for a "finder", someone to discover his lost son, Daniel. In Tom he feels his prayer answered and he informs Tom that he is now a Finder who must help in the quest to find Daniel.
Tom has to learn how to exist on the streets, how to use his wits. He is kept going by hope: hope that he will find Daniel, hope that he will find his parents, hope that he will find himself. As he struggles, flashes of memory return and Mozart's Magic Flute becomes more and more significant. This he learns: that he is a young man deserting his past and having to reach for his future.

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