The night of October 12, 2022 Mayor Lisa Helps and co-sponsor Brian Butler announced Wendy Proverbs as the winner of the City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize for her novel Aggie & Mudgy: The Journey of Two Kaska Dene Children.
Established in 2008, the City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize recognizes and celebrates exceptional literature for children and young adults. The prize was established by the late Mel Bolen of Bolen Books.
Mayor Lisa Helps congratulated Wendy Proverbs and Esi Edugyan (winner of the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize) praising the books and their “exceptional work in addressing important and complex topics in such a thought provoking and creative way.”
Based on the true story of the author’s biological mother and aunt, Aggie & Mudgy is a middle-grade novel that traces the long and frightening journey of two Kaska Dena sisters as they are taken from their home to attend residential school.