The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden

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Breaking News!

 May 2015

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Winner of the 2015 Red Cedar Young Readers’ Choice

“The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden” has won the 2015 Red Cedar Young Readers’ Choice Award for fiction.

This is a British Columbia award – wonderful to think of Sigrid’s adventures (and misadventures) in northern Newfoundland being read and enjoyed by so many students on Canada’s west coast.


_original2015 Silver Birch Nomination

Sigrid is one of ten books nominated for the 2015 Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award for fiction.

Both The Nine Lives of Travis Keating and The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy were nominated for the same award.

And best wishes to fellow Nova Scotian writer Philip Roy for his nomination for Me and Mr. Bell.

A “Tree” for Sigrid

Terrific news for The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden as well, it is one of ten nominees for The Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award 2015. This is the “Tree” award for the Atlantic provinces – the students pick the winner.

Happy reading to all the participating schools!

Other Awards for Sigrid!Slide1

Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards (MYRCA)

The Diamond Willow Award 2016 (Saskatchewan)

Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children’s Choice Award)

The Red Cedar Award 2014/2015 (British Columbia)


Sigrid has been nominated from coast to coast!


Jill on Global TV-Halifax talking about cyber-bullying

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The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden on the Ontario Library Association Best Bets for children for 2013!!

The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden has been chosen by the Ontario Library Association as one of the nine novels that they consider the Best Bets for children for 2013.

OLA posts a list of Best Bets picture books, novels, and non-fiction every year, using both literary merit and appeal for children as their criteria.

Click here for the complete list


Sal’s Fiction Addiction

“Bravo, Ms. MacLean! You have created another story told with reverence and understanding, giving us characters to love and admire despite the flaws that make them who they are. I am in awe of your storytelling.”

For the full review, click here to see the whole review

CanLit for Little Canadians

“…The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden is simply about making things right. Jill MacLean has a similar agenda in her writing: show young readers that life can be difficult but nothing is ever final and there are ways to manage. Luckily her agenda is as benevolent as her writing is compassionate.”

Here’s the link to the whole review:

CM Magazine Review

Dr. Gregory Bryan, who specializes in children’s literature in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba, recently commented in CM Magazine (Vol. XX Number 17, January 3, 2014)….

 “…These are all powerful, moving stories from the pen of one of Canada’s best writers.”

“And he then goes on to say, “…MacLean is a magnificent author.  Her short chapters are filled with drama. She pushes the story ahead, yet provides enough information about the characters so that readers care deeply what might happen to them.  MacLean understands the minds of adolescnets and the complexities of life for pre-teens and teenagers.  The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden is a wonderful book.”

Children’s Book Panel – Winter 2013

Making snowmen, spinning dreidels, leaving cookies and milk out for Santa… these are some of the classic holiday traditions that are just for kids.  We, here at The Next Chapter, would like to add our Children’s Book Panel to  that list.  Yes, Michele Landsberg and Ken Setterington have returned with a sack full of great holiday reading for young people.

Ken Setterington’s picks:

– The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden by Jill MacLean
For the complete list go here.

Purchase information:

From Fitzhenry & Whiteside:

Fitzhenry & Whiteside – available now!

From Amazon: – available now!

From Chapters/Indigo:

Chapters/Indigo  – available now!

Or go to your local independent bookstore 

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