Edge of Time by Susan M. MacDonald wins Gold at Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

Edge of Time, a Young Adult Fantasy/Science Fiction novel written by St. John’s author Susan M. MacDonald and published by Breakwater Books, was honored this week by the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, which recognize the best in North American children’s and YA writing and illustration.

Over 100 individual books from publishers across North America were recognized in 39 distinct award categories. An expert panel of educators, librarians, booksellers, and reviewers selected Edge of Time by Susan M. MacDonald as the Gold medal winner in the category of fantasy/sci-fi YA fiction – making it one of only 5 Canadian books to receive a Moonbeam Award this year.

“We’re just thrilled for Susan,” Breakwater President Rebecca Rose said yesterday. “Edge of Time was also a finalist for the 2012 Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award here in Atlantic Canada. We’re so happy to see it continuing to get the recognition it deserves, here in Newfoundland, and also in the wider children’s literature market in North America.”

Coming up next? MacDonald is the Celebrity Judge in the St. John’s Public Library “Share A Scare” writing contest, open to kids ages 7 and up.

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to celebrate children’s books and life-long reading. Award winners will receive their medals at the Traverse City Children’s Book Festival in Michigan on Nov. 10. A full list of recipients is available here.



A Blessed Snarl Blog Tour: Catch Sam Martin Where You Can!

Breakwater author Sam Martin hits the virtual highway today with his brand-spanking-new novel A Blessed Snarl. Catch him this morning on the 49th Shelf, having a good old back-and-forth with Julie Wilson and reading a clip from the book. Then follow him as lays a trail from St. John’s, Newfoundland to his new home in Orange City, Iowa. Tour dates so far are listed right here — and watch this space for updates. Who knows where Sam will  turn up next?

June 13:  49th Shelf

June 18: The Questionless Books Interview at Open Book Toronto

June 25: Bella’s Bookshelves

July 3 AND 5: Something Daily

July 11: That Shakespearean Rag