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  • Historical Fiction for Both Girls and Boys- Geoffrey Bilson Award Winners and Shortlisted

    By Lisa - Homeschooling Mom

    I highly recommend any of the books on this list. They are historical fiction for kids- suggested age range of 9-12 years. There are many historical fiction books available for girls- this list has some great historical fiction/novels for boys as well.

    The list is complied from list of Geoffrey Bilson award winners and shortlisted entries from the last decade. All are superb quality.


    Began 1988. Annual.

    Awarded to an outstanding work of historical fiction published by a Canadian in the preceding year. Established in memory of a respected historian and children’s author who died in 1987, the award is administered by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre

    2005 Noel, Michel – Good for Nothing“-Good for Nothing

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    From School Library Journal: Starred Review. Grade 9 Up – Kicked out of a residential school at age 15, unhappy back on the reserve, and overcome by the pressures of fitting in with a foster family in town, Nipishish is eventually rescued by his family and friends. Home again, this young Métis begins to find strength and purpose in his life through the traditions of his Anishnabe heritage and his activist legacy. A strong sense of community life, a love interest, and discovered political intrigue all add to this intimate portrait of a young man’s personal evolution. This first-person narrative unfolds in Quebec from 1959 to 1960, and some of the details are particular to that setting, but much of the struggle, within Nipishish himself, within his indigenous community, and with the outside world, is still relevant for many Indian people in both Canada and the U.S. Although Nipishish does fall into some of the traps that lead to the stereotypical behaviors reflected in the title, readers see the realistic depth of his character that contrasts with the prejudiced labels applied to him. Noël also does an admirable job of showing both strength and weakness, virtue and vice, among the white Canadians and the Anishnabe people alike. He has crafted a story of pain and triumph, with both universal appeal and cultural authenticity. Tanaka’s accomplished translation introduces an award-winning Canadian author to an English-speaking audience, and all libraries should take note. – Sean George, Memphis-Shelby County Public Library & Information Center, Memphis, TN
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    Bradford, Karleen Angeline“>Angeline
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    Carter, Anne Laurel -Last Chance Bay“>Last Chance Bay
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    McKay, Sharon E. Esther
    Matas, Carol Play ball!

    2004 Doyle, Brian BOY O’ BOY

    Galloway, Patricia The courtesan’s daughter
    Little, Jean Brothers far from home
    Major, Kevin Ann and Seamus
    Stenhouse, Ted A dirty deed

    2003 Clark, Joan THE WORD FOR HOME

    Ellis, Deborah A company of fools
    Haworth Attard, Barbara Irish chain
    Holeman, Linda Search of the Moon King=s daughter
    Watts, Irene N. Finding Sophie

    2002 Schwartz, Virginia Frances IF I JUST HAD TWO WINGS

    Doyle, Mary Ann Alice Brian Doyle
    Matas, Carol The war within

    Steiner, Connie Colker Shoes for Amelie
    Trottier, Maxine Under a shooting star

    2001 McKay, Sharon E. CHARLIE WILCOX

    Harrison, Troon A bushel of light
    Haworth-Attard, Barbara Love-lies-bleeding
    Heneghan, James The grave
    Matas, Carol In my enemy’s house

    2000 No award

    1999 Lawrence, Iain THE WRECKERS

    Coburn, Judy The shacklands
    Hunter, Bernice Thurman Janey’s choice
    Johnston, Julie The only outcast
    Kacer, Kathy The secret of Gabi’s dresser
    Kositsky, Lynne Candles
    Matas, Carol Greater than angels
    Vande Griek, Susan A gift for Ampato
    Walters, Eric The hydrofoil mystery
    Weir, Joan The brideship

    1998 Watts, Irene GOOD-BYE MARIANNE

    Crook, Connie Brummel Nellie’s quest
    Gaetz, Dayle Campbell Living freight
    Freeman, Bill Prairie fire!
    Hammond, Elaine Breault Beyond the waterfall
    Heneghan, James Wish me luck
    McNaughton, Janet Make or break spring
    Matas, Carol The garden
    Stewart, Sharon The dark tower
    Walters, Eric War of eagles
    Wilson, John Across frozen seas

    1997 McNaughton, Janet TO DANCE AT THE PALAIS ROYALE

    Acheson, Alison Thunder ice
    Bradford, Karleen Shadows on a sword
    Gaetz, Dayle The golden rose
    Haworth-Attard, Barbara Home child
    Holeman, Linda Promise song
    Hughes, Monica The seven magpies
    Little, Jean The belonging place
    Lottridge, Celia Barker Wings to fly
    Lunn, Janet The hollow tree
    Matas, Carol After the war
    Merritt, Susan The stone orchard

    1996 Brandis, Marianne REBELLION: A NOVEL OF UPPER

    Attema, Martha A time to choose
    Horne, Constance Trapped by coal
    Hunter, Bernice Thurman Amy’s promise
    Kickel, Barbara K. The secret wish of Nannerl Mozart
    Silverthorne, Judith The secret of sentinel rock
    Wiseman, Eva A place not home

    1995 Clark, Joan THE DREAM CARVERS

    1994 Pearson, Kit THE LIGHTS GO ON AGAIN

    1993 Lottridge, Celia Barker TICKET TO CURLEW

    1992 No award

    1991 Brandis, Marianne THE SIGN OF THE SCALES

    1990 Pearson, Kit THE SKY IS FALLING

    1989 Godfrey, Martyn MYSTERY IN THE FROZEN LANDS
    Perkyns, Dorothy RACHEL’S REVOLUTION

    1988 Matas, Carol LISA

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