I was so honoured to be named the winner of the 2010 Golden Eagle Children’s Choice Book Award. My book The Prisoners and the Paintings was one of three finalists for this year’s Golden Eagle Award along with Marty Chan’s Mystery of a Mad Science Teacher and Lois Donavon’s Winds of L’Acadie. Both are wonderful books and I can honestly say I was pretty much floored, not to mention speechless when the announcement was made that The Prisoners and the Paintings had been voted most the popular book by the students of the Golden Eagle communities in southern Alberta.
The Prisoners and the Paintings is the fifth book in the series, The Salt and Pepper Chronicles. The series features two teenage detectives, Christine Bellamy (Salt) and Patti McKenzie (Pepper) who, along with Salt’s bratty little brother Hal, travel the world and keep finding themselves caught up in mysteries.
This time the threesome are in Italy where Hal, (who despite his annoying ways is a very talented artist) is being honoured by having one of his paintings hung in an important gallery in Florence. But soon things turn strange and mysterious and the trio are once again thrown into all kinds of adventures and tricky situations that eventually take them to one of the most famous horse races in the world (The Palio) where the bad guys can only be stopped with the help of a mysterious figure in Hal’s painting.
This was a really fun book to write partly because it takes place in one of my favourite parts of the world and partly because we see another side of Hal…although the irritating side is still there!!
I had twice been a runner-up for the Golden Eagle Award so finally winning it means a whole lot to me. Many thanks to the organizers and sponsors of the Golden Eagle Award and special thanks to all the kids who participated in the competition.
Published by Key Porter Books