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Annotated Award-Winning Titles

Cover of Dans le nid du faucon   Prix Cécile-Gagnon 2005
Awarded by the Association des écrivains québécois pour la jeunesse for the first work by a writer for young readers
For fiction
Dans le nid du faucon
Marie Roberge
Illustrations: Jean-François Beaulieu
Saint-Damien-de-Brandon, Quebec: Éditions du soleil de minuit,
2004. 141 p.
(Roman de l'aube)
ISBN 2922691349
Ages 8 to 10

Christian hates school but not because he has trouble with mathematics. The problem is he doesn't like Marc-Antoine! Every day during their bus ride, Marc-Antoine insults and threatens Christian. Fortunately, the next-door neighbour, Nick, helps Christian overcome his problem. Nick is a Mohawk craftsman who makes dream catchers in his workshop, The Falcon's Nest. He passes on the wisdom of his people to Christian through the stories he tells him. With the help of sound advice from Nick, will Christian find the inner strength he needs to avoid future problems?

Marie Roberge draws inspiration for her writing from her travels and the people she meets, including Nick, who is actually a friend of hers. This first novel is written very simply and humorously. Jean-François Beaulieu's illustrations for Birch Bark Comics, which are perfectly suited to the story, are inspired by Japanese mangas.


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