Free as a Bird a Major Awards Contender

Free as a Bird a Major Awards Contender

Posted on March 11 by Gina McMurchy-Barber
Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Pinterest
Free as a Bird by Gina McMurchy-Barber has taken the Canadian literary awards scene by storm. In recent weeks, the riveting YA novel has raked up several awards and nominations. As previously announced, Gina was among the nominees in the children's literature category for the 2010 Governor General's Literary Awards. Although she did not take home the ultimate win, her book was celebrated among its fellow nominees. In January 2011, Free as a Bird was selected for inclusion in the 2011 IBBY Documentation Centre of Books for Disabled Young People travelling exhibition and catalogue. The book, along with other selected titles, will tour Europe as a promoted title for young readers. Shortly thereafter Free as a Bird was selected for the 2011 VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Teens list. In February 2011, Dundurn received notice that Gina had been included in the shortlist for the 2012 SYRCA Diamond Willow Award. Students from all over Saskatchewan will read the selected titles and vote on their favourites. The winners will be announced in Spring 2012. Just last week, Free as a Bird was shortlisted for the 2011 CLA Young Adult Book Award. An accolade previously won by the likes of Miriam Toews and Lesley Livingston, Gina is joined by fellow nominees Emma Donoghue and Arthur Slade, to name a few. And yesterday it was officially announced that Free as a Bird has now been nominated for the 2011 BC Book Prize in the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature category. The winner of this prize will be unveiled at a ceremony in April 2011. Dundurn would like to extend heartfelt congratulations to Gina, and everyone involved in making this book a huge success!

Gina McMurchy-Barber

Posted by KathrynB on December 6, 2014

Gina McMurchy-Barber

Gina McMurchy-Barber is the author of three previous books in the Peggy Henderson adventure series: Reading the Bones (shortlisted for the Silver Birch Award), Broken Bones, and Bone Deep. Her novel Free as a Bird was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. She is also a recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. Gina lives in Surrey, British Columbia.