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Honoured and over the moon that: Piper has been shortlisted for the 2019:
CCBC TD Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Judges comments: “A fascinating story of a unique part of Canada’s history… This story draws readers into the plight of those fleeing economic and political persecution… The story cleverly weaves in authentic details about Scottish heritage and life aboard ship, and makes the tragic, yet hopeful transatlantic voyage deeply, richly personal.”
Other nominations include:
Nominated for the 2019/20 Hackmatack Children's Choice Award.
Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Book for Kids and Teens list (2018 Fall edition)
Woozles, 2019 Battle of the Books
"A compelling tale of courage, resilience and hope." Julie Lawson.
"Jacqueline Halsey loves to imagine the lively stories that might live among the drier facts of History" Allison Lawlor, The Chronicle Herald. July 7, 2018.
"Halsey vividly depicts the arduous journey that these early settlers endured in order to live free and own their own farms." Lisa Doucet, Atlantic Books Today, Spring 2018.
The story of Dougal and his family is compelling." Rosanne Gauthier, The National Reading Campaign, July 17, 2018