What the Dog Knows Shortlisted for the 2023 Hamilton Literary Award - Dundurn
Nov 15, 2023

What the Dog Knows Shortlisted for the 2023 Hamilton Literary Award

Dundurn Press is thrilled to announce that What the Dog Knows by Sylvia McNicoll has been shortlisted for the 2023 Hamilton Literary Awards in the Children's Book Award category! Congratulations Sylvia!

In her worst summer ever, Naomi’s life falls apart. Her dog Diesel dies, Dad loses his job, her parents split, and she’s stuck babysitting instead of taking swimming lessons. Then Naomi drowns. Naomi wakes to an alive, talking Diesel, who knows why her watch keeps resetting to 4:30 on July 1. Can his knowledge save her? Award-winning author Colleen Nelson calls What the Dog Knows “an entertaining story about finding friends — human and furry — who see the real you.”

Started in 1993, the Hamilton Literary Awards (HLA) is an annual program presented by Hamilton Arts Council (HAC) to recognize and celebrate published authors from the Greater Hamilton Area and Six Nations of the Grand River. Awards are presented for books that demonstrate literary excellence in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry and the Kerry Schooley Book Award. Winners will be announced on December 14th at Hamilton Public Library, Central Library, in the Hamilton and Wentworth room (first floor). Learn more here.

Sylvia McNicoll has written over thirty-five novels for young audiences, including Body Swap and the Great Mistake Mystery series, inspired by her own errors and dog walks with her grandchildren. What the Dog Knows is a tribute to the many dogs she’s loved. She lives in Burlington, Ontario.