Ellen SchwartzThe Case of the Missing Deed by Ellen  Schwartz is the winner of the 2013 Rocky Mountain Book Award. The purpose of the Awards is to promote quality Canadian literature and to enrich and broaden a child’s reading experience. It brings an excellent selection of recent Canadian children’s books to the attention of Alberta children. The program promotes literacy and rewards them for reading by making them the judges in a province-wide event. Through the participation of the children, the Rocky Mountain Book Award encourages Canadian writing, Canadian authors, and the improvement of reading skills.

The Case of the Missing Deed takes a dash of colorful characters, a pinch of danger, and generous scoops of adventure to deliver a terrific culinary mystery for young readers. Five cousins are looking forward to their annual vacation at their grandmother’s cottage. None of them knows that this may be their last such summer. A mining company has set its sights on the land and is determined to seize it. Grandma must produce the deed to prove that the property is really hers, but her memory is not what it used to be, and she can’t find it. The children suspect there may be clues to the deed’s whereabouts somewhere in the family’s cherished trove of recipes. But can they solve the mystery in time?

Adult mystery buffs have had many culinary mysteries to choose from. Ellen Schwartz introduces her young readers to a delicious genre. She even provides easy-to-follow and yummy to eat recipes.

Category: Juvenile Fiction – Mysteries & Detective Stories; Juvenile Fiction – Action & Adventure
Imprint: Tundra Books
Format: Hardcover
Pub Date: September 2011
Age: 9-12 years
Trim Size: 5-1/8 x 7-5/8
# of Pages: 200 pages
ISBN: 978-0-88776-959-7 (0-88776-959-4)
See more at www.tundrabooks.com.

About the Rocky Mountain Book Award

The Rocky Mountain Book Award is the only Alberta program of its kind and is aimed at increasing the literacy level of Alberta grade 4 – 7 students. This population includes 180,000 students who have free access to this program via the Internet.

A shortlist of 20 current Canadian fiction, non-fiction and poetry books is selected annually. Members of this selection committee include teachers, librarians, book sellers, parents and students. This list is then made available through the website, a full-colour poster and brochure is sent to each Alberta school and participating Public Libraries.
Who Can Participate

Alberta children in grades 4, 5, 6, or 7 may participate. This award program is for schools, libraries, and interested groups of students. This may include children who are being home-schooled or families who wish to become involved in reading good Canadian children’s literature. Each reading group must have a teacher or adult leader.

A teacher or adult leader must register a reading group made up of a minimum of three children on the Rocky Mountain Book Award website. Students must have read or have read aloud to them, a minimum of five books from the combined list of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. However, students are encouraged to read as many of the titles as possible to provide the most well informed vote. The adult leader or teacher then submits the votes electronically via the award’s website. In addition the students are encouraged to submit book reviews to the website, sharing their insights and enthusiasm for the titles.

The book receiving the most votes wins and the winner is announced on World Book and Copyright Day on April 23. See more at A shortlist of 20 current Canadian fiction, non-fiction and poetry books is selected annually. Members of this selection committee include teachers, librarians, book sellers, parents and students. This list is then made available through the website, a full-colour poster and brochure is sent to each Alberta school and participating Public Libraries.

Alberta children in grades 4, 5, 6, or 7 may participate. This award program is for schools, libraries, and interested groups of students. This may include children who are being home-schooled or families who wish to become involved in reading good Canadian children’s literature. Each reading group must have a teacher or adult leader.
How the Children Participate

A teacher or adult leader must register a reading group made up of a minimum of three children on the Rocky Mountain Book Award website.  Students must have read or have read aloud to them, a minimum of five books from the combined list of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. However, students are encouraged to read as many of the titles as possible to provide the most well informed vote. The adult leader or teacher then submits the votes electronically via the award’s website.

In addition the students are encouraged to submit book reviews to the website, sharing their insights and enthusiasm for the titles. The book receiving the most votes wins and the winner is announced on World Book and Copyright Day on April 23.

See the twenty books shortlisted for the Award.