It all started so long ago that we were a bit perplexed yesterday when a small package was crammed into our mailbox addressed to Alisdair. The return address stamp said it was from the Saskatchewan Library Association in Regina - and I was quite sure it was not a reward for having overdue books!
Upon opening, Alisdair discovered he was one of many lucky winners in a contest CBC Radio sponsored back in October to celebrate "Library Week." (See blog post "CBC Celebrates Library Week - October 15/2010) His entry had singled out his Granny Jeannie's book on education as his favourite.
His prize? What else? A book!
The enclosed letter said:
Congratulations! Your entry for the My Favourite Book Contest has been selected as one of the winning entries!
This year, The Afternoon Edition at CBC Radio One received nearly 1,000 entries from all over the province. Thanks to various Canadian publishers and the help of SaskEnergy, we are able to select more winners than just those read on-air and we are pleased to present you with this book as a prize. Keep on reading, and we look forward to your entry in next year's contest.
The book was:
Island I: Shipwreck
By Gordon Korman
Ages 8 to 13
Scholastic Canada Ltd.
Six kids. One fate.
They didn't want to be on the boat in the first place. They were sent there as a character-building experience. But now the adults are gone, the quest for survival has begun.
There are two other books in the trilogy - Island II: Survival and Island III: Escape and apparently both are available through the local library. Our local librarian (who encouraged us to enter the Favourite Book Contest in the first place) was delighted to hear of the win and informed us that a local girl was also a book prize winner.
Once we finish the E. Nesbit trilogy, we can begin reading the prize winning book, Island: Shipwreck. Until then, we'll just have to imagine the adventures that lie between its pages!