The Stellar Book Award is B.C.'s Teen Readers Choice Award. 2008/2009 marks our fourth Stellar season!
From November to April, teens throughout B.C. read, rank, review, and discuss your favourite nominees. In order to vote in April, you must have read at least five of the nominated books. You can then vote in April (on-line), and in May, the winner of the Stellar Book Award will be announced. If voting is very close, an Honour book will be announced.
In order to register, you need to be between the ages of 13 (by January 1, 2009) and 19. Many of the nominated titles
deal with themes or issues that are not appropriate for a younger audience. Select titles which you are comfortable reading.
The inaugural Stellar award in 2005/2006 was won by Barbara Haworth Attard for her novel Theories of Relativity. The second Stellar Award went to Carrie Mac for her stunning and powerful book The Beckoners. The 2008 award went to Diane Tullson for her novel Red Sea.YOU will decide who wins the 2009 Stellar Book Award!
Titles considered for the Stellar Book Award must have been:
- written by a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who has lived in Canada for at least two years;
- published two years before the beginning of the program (ie: Books published in 2006 will be considered for the 2008/2009 program in order to allow hardcover titles to be rereleased in paperback);
- published by a recognized publisher and available in print;
- recognized by other reviewers of Canadian literature;
- and recognized as being of interest to teens.
Inquiries should be addressed to:
Librarians and teachers wishing to order sets of the books are encouraged to do so by ordering through the "Friends of the Young Readers' Choice Awards" and from the order forms which will soon be linked on this website or can be found under "orders" at www.redcedaraward.ca.
Librarians wishing to support the Stellar Awards simply need to encourage their students to sign up and facilitate access to and discussion of the titles. You can also register as a group leader to receive information about new postings and author tours. The Teens register directly! Thanks for joining and we look forward to a dynamic Stellar season!
The Stellar Book Award is administered by a steering committee of teens and
adults as part of the Young Readers' Choice Awards Society of B.C., who also
administer the Red Cedar Book Awards.