young adult

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Jennifer McCartney’s wonderful review of BOY, a sensitive meditation on my novel as a reflection of the stressful pause that COVID-19 has imposed on our lives, has followed me to Ottawa. This is a city not quite in motion, and McCartney’s observations seem particularly apt as I stroll around the downtown with my daughters, Alida, 4, and Nora, 7.

Two Award Nominations for Spin

Dundurn Press is thrilled to congratulate YA author Colleen Nelson on receiving two award nominations! Spin, Nelson’s seventh novel for young adults, has been shortlisted for the 2021 Manitoba Young Readers Choice Northern Lights Award as well as the 2020 High Plains Book Award in the Young Adult category.

Sadia and Stowaway Award and Nomination

An Award Win and Nomination for Two YA Titles!

Posted on October 18 by Dundurn Guest in Awards, Fiction, Kids, Teens

Dundurn Press is excited to announce that Sadia by Colleen Nelson has won the High Plains Book Award in the YA category!

Sadia follows 15-year-old Sadia Ahmed as she struggles to navigate high school, her passion for basketball, and her Muslim faith, as well as finding the courage to stand up for herself in the face of discrimination. Booklist called Sadia “compelling and relevant,” and in 2019 the book was both nominated for the Forest of Reading’s 2019 Red Maple Award and won the 2019 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award.

April 15, 2019 – Dundurn Press is thrilled to announce that Kristine Scarrow’s If This Is Home, is a finalist for the 2019 Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Snow Willow Award!

If This Is Home is a story of love and family that follows young Jayce, who helps her single mother and cares for her four-year-old sister while her mother works two jobs. When her mother is diagnosed with cancer, Jayce decides to seek out her estranged father in the hopes that he will return to their family and make everything better.

My third young adult novel, The 11th Hour, is a snapshot of the dating relationship between the two main characters, Annika and Dylan. They decide to run away together to start a new life at Dylan’s family cabin. Dylan’s ability to cope in a healthy way is compromised by a series of challenges the couple experiences throughout the day.

“Well, no,” I say, a little taken aback. “I was on the subway during the bombing, so I totally don’t think it’s okay, but it also doesn’t seem right to just let innocent people die.”

Sandra nods. “I understand. But tough times call for tough decisions. We’ve done this to ourselves. Humans...the most destructive species ever. We’ve ruined the biosphere — The Earth — and overpopulated ourselves.”

— excerpt from Finding Jade

 

Sadia Book Trailer

Posted on January 17 by Kyle in Teens

We're very thrilled to share the book trailer for Colleen Nelson's YA story on friendship, tradition, and resilience.

Watch the trailer for look at the book.


REVIEWS FOR SADIA BY COLLEEN NELSON

Fifteen-year-old Sadia Ahmadi, a Muslim immigrant from Syria, learns that young voices can still be powerful in Nelson’s story about being loyal to one’s beliefs.

All of us writers have voices in our heads.  I’m fairly sure of this.  In my novel, Thin Places, Declan is used to having the traditional imaginary male friends that have stayed with him since childhood. But now he is hearing the voice of a girl, an Irish girl. And he is certain it is not coming from his imagination.

Rebecca is real. Soon he not only hears her but he sees her as well — even though no one else can. His life is going nowhere at home and he knows he must solve this riddle of this girl in his head. He must go to Ireland and find her.

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