Dragon Seer's GiftDragon Seer's Gift
is this year's winner of the IODE Violet Downey Book Award! I am
pleased to receive this honour. Dragon Seer's Gift has also been named
as one of three honour books for the Canadian Library Association's
Book of the Year for Children Award.
Dragon Seer's Gift was also shortlisted for the Newfoundland and
Labrador children's book award, which is called the Bruneau Family
Award, and is presented every two years. That award was won by Andy
Jones for his very fine book, Jack and the Manger, a retelling of the Christmas story as a Newfoundland folk tale. Congratulations Andy!
Currently, this book is shortlisted for the Manitoba Young Readers'
Choice Award (MYRCA) and the British Columbia's Young Readers' Choice
Award, the Red Cedar Award and the Newfoundland Heritage and History Books Awards.
I'm delighted by all these honours and happy that the book is having such a good time.
Gwyn Rae isn't adjusting to grade seven. Bullied at school and failing
in most subjects, he reluctantly agrees to undertake a Heritage Fair
project to boost his grade in history. His older sister Maddie joins
him, and together they begin to sift though the papers of their
ancestor, the Reverend Daniel Rae, who came to Newfoundland from
Scotland in the late 1880s. Talented and eccentric, he died in a shipwreck ten
As Daniel's papers draw Gwyn and Maddie in, strange things start to
happen. A mysterious key that once belonged to Daniel buzzes when they
touch it and parts of Daniel's notebooks appear to be invisible to
others. On a day when the city of St. John's is closed by a winter
storm, Gwyn and Maddie set out to investigate The Kirk, the downtown
church where Daniel Rae was once minister. There, the door that the key
unlocks launches Gwyn and Maddie on the adventure of their lives. A
hidden world of dragons is suddenly revealed to them, and a promise
once made by a gifted young magician, their ancient ancestor, demands
Dragon Seer's Gift, the sequel to Dragon Seer, is now available from HarperCollins Canada.
Dragon Seer's Gift is set in my own neighbourhood, in downtown
St.John's, Newfoundland. To learn more about the settings of this book,
take my Dragon Seer's Gift Tour of St. John's.
Listen to Ted Blades' interview and hear me do a short reading from this book by going to the On the Go Dragon Seer's Gift podcast.
This broadcast aired on CBC Radio in St. John's on September 20th, 2011.