Very excited to announce that TIN STAR won the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. I won in the YA category and Thomas King won in the Adult category for his book THE BACK OF THE TURTLE which looks amazing and I can’t wait to read it.
About Tin Star, the Sunburst Jury said:
Tin Star is a gritty, compact science fiction novel that travels far beyond the usual orphan tropes of much young adult fiction. Tula is a teenaged girl overwrought with thoughts of revenge after her parents are murdered. Left behind on a shabby space station populated with all manner of alien life, Tula must learn to fend for herself if she is to survive. Castellucci handles notions of cultural difference with a deft hand, moving Tin Star beyond the sort of human-centeredness typical of traditional space operas. The spare prose paints a vivid picture of Tula’s struggles between her desire for vengeance and her yearning for a life beyond grief, and her refusal to view human manners as a default form of “normal” is reminiscent of the best of science-fiction such as Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness. A powerful, melancholy, and ultimately surprising work, Tin Star is a coming-of-age tale that will resonate with any reader with a pulse.
The other shortlisted works for the 2015 Young Adult Award were:
- The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier (Amulet Books, 2014)
- A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey (Bloomsbury Press, 2014)
- Sophie, in Shadow by Eileen Kernaghan (Thistledown Press, 2014)
- The Door in the Mountain by Caitlin Sweet (ChiTeen, 2014)