Federation member Ann Walsh has been short-listed for the Bolen Book Prize for children’s literature for her novel Whatever.
Whatever is the story about sixteen-year-old Darrah, who is in trouble. She lost her temper and, as a result, Mrs. Johnson was hurt. Now the RCMP is suggesting Darrah participate in something called Restorative Justice as an alternative to appearing in court. She has to face Mrs. Johnson, her parents, a policewoman, and a facilitator who all sit in a circle and decide on Darrah’s sanctions.
From the Victoria Book Prize web site:
Ann Walsh is the author of many books for younger readers including Your Time, My Time and Shabash! and The Barkerville Mystery Series, set during BC’s gold rush. She also writes short stories, poetry and creative non-fiction pieces for adults, has compiled and edited three anthologies. She is a facilitator with The Williams Lake Community Council for Restorative Justice. Her novels have been nominated for the Silver Birch, Red Cedar, Sheila Egoff (BC Book Prizes) and the Geoffrey Wilson award for historical fiction. Beginnings was nominated for the Golden Oak.