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2018 Nominee

The Hill

By Karen Bass. Published in 2016 by Pajama Press

Jared’s plane has crashed in the Alberta wilderness, and Kyle is first on the scene. When Jared insists on hiking up the highest hill in search of cell phone reception, Kyle hesitates; his Cree grandmother has always forbidden him to go near it. There’s no stopping Jared, though, so Kyle reluctantly follows. After a night spent on the hilltop—with no cell service—the teens discover something odd: the plane has disappeared. Nothing in the forest surrounding them seems right. In fact, things seem very wrong. And worst of all, something is hunting them. Karen Bass, the multi-award-winning author of Graffiti Knight and Uncertain Soldier, brings her signature action-packed style to a chilling new subject: the Cree Witiko legend. Inspired by the real story of a remote plane crash and by the legends of her Cree friends and neighbors, Karen brings eerie life—or perhaps something other than life—to the northern Alberta landscape in The Hill.

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