Three BC Book Prize Nominations

Three BC Book Prize Nominations

The BC Book Prize shortlist was announced this morning, and we are thrilled to have three nominated titles this year. Congratulations to authors Caitlyn Vernon (Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest), Karen Rivers (What is Real) and Mike Deas (Dalen and Gole: Scandal in Port Angus).

Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest
Nominated for: Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize
Purchase Nowhere Else on Earth from Orca Book Publishers

About Nowhere Else on Earth:
You don’t have to live in the Great Bear Rainforest to benefit from its existence, but after you read Nowhere Else on Earth you might want to visit this magnificent part of the planet. Environmental activist Caitlyn Vernon guides young readers through a forest of information, sharing her personal stories, her knowledge and her concern for this beautiful place. Full of breathtaking photographs and suggestions for ways to preserve this unique ecosystem, Nowhere Else on Earth is a timely and inspiring reminder that we need to stand up for our wild places before they are gone.

View photography from the Nowhere Else on Earth and download educator resources at


What Is Real
Nominated for: Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize
Purchase What Is Real from Orca Book Publishers

About What is Real:
Dex Pratt’s life has been turned upside down. His parents have divorced and his mother has remarried. When his father attempts suicide and fails, Dex returns to their small town to care for him. But he’s not prepared for how much everything has changed. Gone are the nice house, new cars, fancy bikes and other toys. Now he and his wheelchair-bound dad live in a rotting rented house at the back of a cornfield. And, worse, his father has given up defending marijuana growers in his law practice and has become one himself.

Unable to cope, Dex begins smoking himself into a state of surrealism. He begins to lose touch with what is real and what he is imagining. And then there are the aliens…and the girl-of-his-dreams…and the crop circle…

Learn more about Dex Pratt and see the book trailer at


Dalen and Gole: Scandal in Port Angus
Nominated for: Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize
Purchase Dalen and Gole: Scandal in Port Angus from Orca Book Publishers
About Dalen and Gole:

With seconds to the finish line, Dalen and Gole lead the distant world of Budap’s annual Junior-Jet Race. Suddenly they are overtaken. Left behind in a cloud of mysterious purple exhaust, they realize something doesn’t add up. Looking for clues, the two friends uncover a tunnel that leads them to Earth.They arrive in Port Angus, once a lively west coast fishing community. The fishing industry is dying, and Dalen and Gole find themselves embroiled in a sinister plot to steal fish and send them to Budap. Pursued by government agents and angry aliens, Dalen and Gole are in a race against time to save both their own distant world and the fishing community of Port Angus.


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