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Chocolate Lily award 2020 nominees

December 17th, 2020

Sari Cooper, author of The Horse of the River (Harbour $12.95) is one of this year’s nominees for the B.C. Chocolate Lily Young Readers’ Choice awards.

Cooper was inspired to write The Horse of the River after a horseback riding and rafting trip in New Zealand, which included some harrowing experiences of her own. The result is a middle-grade novel that follows the adventures of twelve-year-old Gillian at her first horseback riding camp. Although going to Camp Canyon Falls was always a dream of Gillian’s, now that she’s there, she’s terrified. Will she make friends? Will she keep up with the other girls’ riding skills? When she is stranded in the wilderness with only her horse, she must face her fears and believe in herself to survive.


First created in 2002, the Chocolate Lily awards encourage grade-school students to read some of the best fiction written and illustrated by British Columbia’s authors and illustrators in three categories: picture books, chapter books and novels. Students read the nominated titles and then vote for their favourite book.

This year’s nominees include:

Novel Category (Grades 4 – 7)

  • Embrace the Chicken by Mahtab Narsimhan – Orca Book Publishers
  • Finding Cooper by Stacey Matson – Scholastic Canada Ltd
  • The Ghost Collector by Allison Mills – Annick Press
  • The Horse of the River: A Camp Canyon-Falls Adventure by Sari Cooper – Harbour Publishing
  • Mya’s Strategy to Save the World by Tanya Lloyd Kyi – Puffin Canada
  • Nevers by Sara Cassidy – Orca Book Publishers
  • Stowaway by Pam Withers – Dundurn Press

Chapter Book/Early Novels (Grades 2 – 4)

  • Badir and the Beaver by Shannon Stewart – Orca Book Publishers
  • Iggy’s World by Gail Anderson-Dargatz – Orca Book Publishers
  • Just a Kid by Rie Charles – Red Deer Press
  • Kiddo by Cynthia Nugent – Tradewind Books
  • Shadow Island: Sueno Bay Adventures by Mike Deas and Nancy Deas – Orca Book Publishers
  • Sophie Trophy by Eileen Holland – Crwth Press
  • The Mostly True Story of Pudding Tat, Adventuring Cat by Caroline Adderson – Groundwood Books
  • Ruckus by Laurie Elmquist – Orca Book Publishers

Picture Book

  • Birdsong by Julie Flett – Greystone Kids
  • Fairy Science by Ashley Spires – Tundra
  • The House at the End of the Road by Kari Rust – Owl Kids Books
  • Kevin the Unicorn: Its Not all Rainbows by Jessika von Innerebner– North Winds Press (Scholastic Canada Ltd)
  • Ojiichan’s Gift by Chieri Uegaki illus. Genevieve Simms – Kids Can Press
  • Princess Puffybottom…and Darryl by Susin Nielsen illus. Olivia Chin Mueller– Tundra
  • The Ranger by Nancy Vo – Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press

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