Dussault Wins Prix Jeunesse Des Univers Parallèles 2020

Author Sandra Dussault has won the Prix Jeunesse Des Univers Parallèles 2020 (Youth Prize for Parallel Universes) for her science fiction novel Le Programme (Éditions Québec Amérique).

Gradually lifting the veil on the challenges of the Special Program for Mineurs Meurtriers (PSMM), the novel exposes the extent of the moral drift of a dehumanized society.Subjects such as ethics and the application of justice constitute the backdrop on which unfolds a moving story of survival, resilience and friendship.

The award is given to the best children’s sff novel by vote of high school students in Quebec. Two hundred twenty-seven lower secondary students who wished to participate in choosing the winner read these novels during the 2019-2020 school year as part of the French course or as members of their library’s book club.

The other finalists were Nozophobia by Mathieu Fortin (Bayard Canada) and Anna Caritas tome 1: Le Sacrilège by Patrick Isabelle (Les Malins). 

Dussault’s novel previously won the 2019 City of Quebec Literary Prize / Quebec International Book Fair.

Prix Jeunesse des Univers Parallèles 2021 Finalists

The selection committee for Quebec’s Prix jeunesse des univers parallèles 2021 (the Parallel Universe Youth Award) has chosen three novels as finalists from among 18 works in the running. These are

  • Lac Adélard by François Blais (La courte échelle)
  • C.R.A.A.V. 1. Thérapie de choc by Véronique Drouin (Les Malins)
  • À une minute près by André Marois (Leméac)

The award is given to the best children’s sff novel by vote of high school students in Quebec. Lower secondary students wishing to participate in the choice of winner will read these novels during the 2020-2021 school year as part of the French course or as members of their library’s book club.

The committee was made up of Sonia Sarfati, cultural journalist and author, Julie Morin, librarian at the Kamouraska – Rivière-du-Loup school board, and Marie-Luce Higgins, teacher at La Camaradière school in Quebec.

The book voted the winner of the Prix Jeunesse des Univers Parallèles for 2020 will be announced in mid-June.

Prix Jeunesse des Univers Parallèles 2019

Quebec author Véronique Drouin is the winner of the Prix jeunesse des univers parallèles 2019 (the Parallel Universe Youth Award) for her fantastic novel Cassandra Mittens and the Divine Touch (Éditions Québec Amérique).

Cassandra Mittens heroine of a story set in the late 19th century, must discern the false friends from the real ones surrounding her so that her divine touch (her ability to read in the minds of people at the mere touch of the skin) serves the good and fair.

The other two award finalists were:

  • Jocelyn Boisvert: Les Moustiques (Soulières Editor)
  • Gilles Côtes: 2099, the robotic brother (Éditions du Phoenix)

The winner was determined by the vote of 252 high school students from 12 schools in different regions of Quebec.

Véronique Drouin was also a finalist in 2006 during the first year of the award.

Véronique Drouin