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The Gospel Truth

Jury Statement

Caroline Pignat's The Gospel Truth is the powerful and poignant story of 16-year-old Phoebe, a slave girl in 1858 Virginia. Written in lyrical and elegant free verse, it is an unflinching look at the brutality of slavery and Phoebe’s struggle for freedom and truth. Ultimately, this is a story of hope.


The Gospel Truth

By Caroline Pignat

  • Book Details
  • Published by Red Deer Press; distributed by Fitzhenry & Whiteside
  • ISBN: 978-0-88995-493-9
Caroline Pignat, Ottawa, ON

Caroline Pignat, Ottawa, ON

Photo: Martin Lipman

Who is Caroline Pignat?

Caroline Pignat’s writing is informed by a rich 17-year career working with children and youth as a teacher, seminar facilitator, mentor and coach. She wins her second Governor General’s Literary Award with The Gospel Truth (2015) the young adult novel that also won her the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year Honour Book. Other award-winning books include Egghead (Red Maple Book Award, 2009) and Greener Grass (GG Award, 2009). Her writing regularly appears in children’s periodicals such as Highlights for Children, Guideposts for Kids, Living Faith for Kids and Clubhouse Magazine. Caroline Pignat was born in Dublin, raised in Ottawa, and now lives in Kanata.