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The Contest
By author: Caroline Stellings
Selling Points: Anne of Green Gables, multiculturalism
Publisher: 7th Generation
Pub Date: Oct/01/2009
Pages: 160
Fiction Ages 9-12
Price:  $9.95
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Young readers from all backgrounds will delight in the story of Rosy, a humorous, spirited, dark-haired, girl who being half-Mohawk is the first and only Native to enter an Anne of Green Gables look-alike contest. Convinced that being "kindred-spirits" and well versed in everything Anne is actually the true nature of the contest, Rosy bravely sets forth to do what she must to win.

"When Helen, my favorite librarian, told me about the contest, I was thrilled. And determined to win. I know everything about Anne--I'd even say we're kindred spirits. And do you know what the best part is? The prize! A brand new set of Anne books. It may not seem like a big deal, but to me it would be amazing. Almost everything I own is a hand-me-down. I can only imagine what it would be like to have my own set of books, never before read by anyone else."

Preparing for the contest is an adventure in itself. As Rosy overcomes setbacks with her health as well as financial hardships, readers will experience along with Rosy her discovery of the true value of friendship, family, and community.

CM Magazine - October 2, 2009 "An engaging story about a young determined girl who has been brought up to think of others even though she has very little herself...Readers will enjoy Rosy's spunk, the colorful cast of additional characters, and the funny mishaps as the story of selflessness unfolds... Recommended." Caroline Stellings is an artist, author, and children's book illustrator. Her previous books for children include the popular Malagawatch Mice. Caroline lives in the small town of Waterdown near Hamilton, Ontario.
Reading to Know blog - June 22, 2010
"Stellings summarized the moral of her story well by concluding that Anne didn't care about wealth, prestige or position. She merely wanted to be loved and to belong to someone. Stellings hit the nail on the head both with Montgomer's Anne and with this book."
Library Media Connection - March 1, 2010
"Readers will enjoy Rosy and her spunky attitude...Some readers will finish this book and go seeking the Anne series to read, and those already familiar with the Anne books will enjoy the connections. Recommended."
Atlantic Books Today - November 1, 2009
"A fast-paced and provocative portrayal of a determined young girl who faces challenges every day. Young readers will cheer her resourcefulness, her willingness to go after what she wants and her compassionate spirit."
Canadian Children's Book News - November 1, 2009
"Part Mohawk though she may be, Rosy's spirit and spunk are assuredly akin to Anne's own. She is a charming heroine with a quirky and delightful cast of characters surrounding her, and her determination to enter the contest and willingness to work hard to get there are inspiring."
CM Magazine - October 2, 2009
"An engaging story about a young determined girl who has been brought up to think of others even though she has very little herself...Readers will enjoy Rosy’s spunk, the colourful cast of additional characters, and the funny mishaps as the story of selflessness unfolds... Recommended."
Resource Links - October 1, 2009
"This delightful novel is filled with adventure, upsets and fun as Rosy plans her contest win...The fast-paced story will keep young readers interested...Highly recommended."

Awards

Hackmatack Children's Choice Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2010
ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award nominee, winner  US  2009



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