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CanLit150

Celebrate more than 150 years of Canada with 150 books.

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Angel Square by Brian Doyle

Angel Square (1984)

(From Google Books)

It's 1945, almost Christmas, and Tommy - a.k.a. The Shadow - is on a mission to find out who beat up his best friend Sammy's father. Aunt Dottie says whoever beat up Mr. Rosenberg doesn't like Jewish people. Tommy lives in a rough, multiethnic neighborhood in Lowertown, Ottawa, where World War II has left its mark. When Sammy moves away after the assault, Tommy begins to see Angel Square through new eyes. In his quest to uncover the guilty party, Tommy learns more abvout the prejudices that define Angel Square and much of the world in postwar era. The closer Tommy gets to the culprit who attacked Sammy's dad, the more he begins to appreciate peace, tolerance, and the spirit of the Christmas season.

Long-listed for the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2001
Long-listed for the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature 2004
Selected for the Phoenix Honor Award 2004

Brian Doyle

(From House of Anansi)

Brian Doyle is a four-time winner of the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children Award. His American honors include being selected for the Horn Book's Fanfare List, the ABA "Pick of the Lists" and the New York Public Library's Best Books for the Teen Age. He has also won the NSK Neustadt Prize, the Phoenix Honor Award, and he has been named a finalist for the Hans Christian Anderson Award. He lives in Chelsea, Quebec.