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The 2017 Harry Buller Prize and Best Books for Kids & Teens

Mary: A Story of Young Mary Prince won Canadian Stories magazine’s 2017 Harry Buller prize for Best Self-Published Book, and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre selected the novella for inclusion in the November 2017 issue of Best Books for Kids & Teens.

Canadian Stories runs its national writing competition annually. There are several categories in addition to Best Self-Published Book, such as True Stories, Creative Non-Fiction, and Canadian Essay.

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre selects books for their bi-annual publication Best Books for Kids & Teens on the recommendations of committees of educators, booksellers, and school and public librarians from across Canada who handpick the titles. The selections they make guide teachers, librarians, parents, and grandparents when choosing books for their school and home bookshelves. The selection committees look for “excellence in writing, illustration or performance” and, importantly, they focus on material that “will appeal to children and young adults” (

We are delighted for the recognition from both Canadian Stories magazine and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre!

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