Governor General’s Literary Awards

Book cover for Lac Adélard by François Blais

Lac Adélard

By François Blais

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“With Lac Adélard, François Blais has given us a thriller that is as incredibly gentle as it is efficient, and that makes masterful use of topography. A veritable writer’s workshop, this gripping novel flows exceptionally well and is punctuated with spicy dialogue, humour and poetry. Both children and adults can enjoy the best young people’s literature, as their reading pleasure is constantly renewed.”

—Peer assessment committee: Anne Bernard-Lenoir, Mario Brassard, Diya Lim


Adélard Lake had always been said to be haunted. Some people claimed to have seen a strange little girl carrying a birdcage. Others alleged to have seen a young woman covered in blood. Élie didn’t know if he should believe these stories, but what he did know was that a short ATV trip near the lake was as good an excuse as any to invite pretty Anna out on a date. He never would have guessed that their adventure would lead them to discovering a part of the terrible story hidden at the infamous lake.

Headshot of François Blais


François Blais is a writer and maintenance worker at a shopping mall. He has published a dozen novels for an adult readership with L’instant même publishing house, including Les rivières suivi de Les montagnes (Prix des Horizons imaginaires 2018), La classe de madame Valérie (a finalist for the Prix des libraires du Québec 2014) and Document 1 (Prix de creation littéraire de la Ville de Québec 2013). He also wrote three illustrated books with Éditions des 400 coups, including Le livre où la poule meurt à la fin (Prix jeunesse des libraires du Québec 2019). Lac Adélard, his first novel for young readers, has received many accolades. François Blais lives in Charette, Quebec, with his dogs, cats, and goats.

Photo: Marie Blais

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