As a STARRED SLJ review for THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13b by Teresa Toten says, “Hazel and Augustus need to move over because Batman and Robyn are about to take their place in the annals of YA literary romantic couples.” Here’s the full, awe-struck review:
☆ THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B
Toten, Teresa. Delacorte. 2015.. ISBN 9780553507867.
Gr 8 Up-Hazel and Augustus need to move over because Batman and Robyn are about to take their place in the annals of YA literary romantic couples. The two teens meet in a group setting for those afflicted by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Adam Ross, aka Batman, has severe OCD that is debilitating at times. He is intimidated when he joins a weekly group because most of the members are a bit older than him; there also is a girl who he finds irresistible. Each group member takes on a superhero persona for sessions at the urging of their psychologist. Adam chooses Batman, and is floored when his crush Robyn chooses Robin in order to be his sidekick. Adam has a knack for helping others who struggle with their own issues, including his half-brother, Sweetie, who has regular meltdowns; his mother, who is a hoarder; and his best friend, Ben, who has a weight problem. Unfortunately, he is so consumed with his own counting, tapping, and difficulties entering thresholds that he does not realize his gifts. Through Adam, Toten examines the trials and tribulations of OCD head on, but Adam also deals with the usual teenage problems of love, friendships, school, and divorced parents. Readers will relate to Adam’s anxieties and root for him as his relationship with Robyn develops. VERDICT This is a definite next-read for teens who loved John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton, 2012) and Cammie McGovern’s Say What You Will (HarperCollins, 2014). –School Library Journal
BBC Radio 4 in the UK has chosen Kathleen Winter’s travel memoir, BOUNDLESS: TRACING LAND AND DREAM IN A NEW NORTHWEST PASSAGE (Jonathan Cape) as its Book of the Week. Hear the exquisite 5-part broadcast here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05mqpgd?fb_ref=Default
The Transatlantic Agency’s Shaun Bradley has been accredited by the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR). The AAR is the professional organization for literary agents in the USA (Canada does not currently possess a similar organization). Authors can be confident that member agents pledge to follow the highest standards of professional conduct in serving the needs of their clients. Bradley joins her US-based colleagues, Sandra Bishop and Fiona Kenshole, both of whom are also proud AAR members.
World rights to Russell Wangersky’s newest collection of short stories, The Path of Most Resistance, have been sold to Janice Zawerbny at House of Anansi, for publication in 2016. This is the follow-up to his Scotibank Giller Prize-nominated collection from 2012, Whirl Away, and his award-winning 2014 novel, Walt. The deal was arranged by Transatlantic’s Shaun Bradley.
We are proud to share some of the remarkable praise for former prosecutor Eliott Behar’s TELL IT TO THE WORLD- a book that examines the causes and consequences of mass violence, identifying a powerful and disturbing connection between the justice we seek and the injustices we commit.
The book received this insightful review in Quill & Quire: “Tell It to the World is a difficult read, but a necessary one, given that, to paraphrase Life magazine’s rationale for publishing Robert Capa’s graphic 1930s Spanish Civil War photographs, the dead need to be spoken about so that they did not die in vain.” http://www.quillandquire.com/review/tell-it-to-the-world-international-justice-and-the-secret-campaign-to-hide-mass-murder-in-kosovo/?utm_medium=email
See Eliott on the CBC show The Current – you can download the podcast, or go to: CBC’s The Current
The book was covered by the Canadian International Council. To see an excerpt of the book, for which Eliott wrote an introduction: http://opencanada.org/features/telling-your-truth-stories-behind-a-war-crimes-trial/
The book received this phenomenal review by Blacklock’s Reporter in Ottawa: “Tell It To The World is a haunting and poignant and remarkable book. To read it is to gain some greater understanding of humanity.” http://www.blacklocks.ca/review-one-cold-morning-in-kosovo/
Eliott Behar developed an early interest in international human rights, criminal justice, and human psychology. Following his graduation from law school he became a Crown Attorney in Toronto, where he prosecuted cases ranging from fraud to murder, argued complex criminal appeals, and provided legal advice to the Attorney General on issues from hate crimes to child abductions. In 2008, Eliott became a war crimes prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, an experience that provided the impetus for his recent book. His varied career has also seen him prosecute police officers as part of a specialized trial unit, appear twice at the Supreme Court of Canada, and investigate cyber crime for Apple in California.
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