WHEN THE MOON COMES, which is written by Transatlantic Agency client Paul Harbridge and illustrated by Matt James, is publishing with Tundra Books on September 12th, and already it has received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews! They write of the book, “The illustrations, with their burnished waning light, and the clipped-short narrative combine to create an atmosphere that for anyone who has experienced it will feel pitch-perfect.”
Kirkus Reviews has given Anna Humphrey‘s QUIZ WHIZa starred review, calling it “smart, lively, and genuine”!
According to Kirkus Reviews: “Humphrey’s second Clara Humble book delivers another exciting adventure featuring a group of characters who feel pleasingly authentic and who find themselves in tricky situations that require sharper-than-usual creative thinking skills.”
Quiz Whiz, the second volume in the “Clara Humble” series, is geared towards children ages 8-12, and finds Clara competing against her best friend, Bradley, on her favourite TV quiz show.
Kirkus Reviews has given Heather Smith’s YA fiction novel, THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE, a starred review!
The book tells the story of Bun O’Keefe, a 14 year old girl living on the streets of St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1986. Heather Smith’s writing is commended: “Smith’s talent lies in deftly handling numerous heavy topics: suicide, sexual abuse, neglect, AIDS, homophobia, transphobia, and racism, without making them feel forced or gratuitous.”
According to Kirkus Reviews, “Although Bun is 14, she possesses the endearing naiveté and honesty of a child, but her first-person narration isn’t sappy or immature.”
Amber J. Keyser’s hot-off-the press YA novel, POINTE, CLAW (Carolrhoda Lab) has been getting so many good reviews it’s hard to keep track! Here’s a taster from some of the best (click the links for the full review):
“It might just change your life… I can’t choose the best part of this book. This was the best book I have ever read. Truly. It felt like Keyser just reached in and wrote my soul.” – Olivia, School Library Journal, teen reviewer
“Keyser’s writing shimmers with raw emotion and empathy, and her finale, much like in dance, is poetic, bittersweet, and life affirming.” – Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
“Keyser draws upon her own background in dance and biology to create authentic protagonists, whose complicated family lives add further dimension to the narrative.” – Booklist, starred review
“I was completely immersed in it while I was reading it, and it definitely has a wild, passionate appeal to it.” – Danika, The Lesbrary, queer blog
“This raw, intense novel, reminiscent of those by Sonya Hartnett and Stephanie Kuehn, will leave readers unsettled long after the final page is turned.” – The Horn Book Magazine
“This is absolutely 100% a book about what it means to inhabit a girl’s body. I can’t say enough good things about this strange, disturbing, and extremely compelling look at girlhood, bodies, and identities. Raw, weird, and wonderful.” – Amanda, Teen Library Toolbox, School Library Journal
Thanks to the reviewers and congratulations, Amber!
What awesome news for a Monday morning: Amber Keyser’s forthcoming POINTE, CLAW received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly! Publishing with Carolrhoda Lab in the spring, POINTE, CLAW is Amber’s compelling YA novel blending ballet and biology through the dual perspectives of protagonists Jessie and Dawn. Both women face fears, physical and mental, in a story about identity and the powerful bond between friends.
Publisher’s Weekly writes: “Keyser’s writing shimmers with raw emotion and empathy, and her finale, much like in dance, is poetic, bittersweet, and life affirming.” Here’s to writing that shimmers! Read the full (and great!) review here.
From the glitzy homes of the elite to the mob-run streets of 1920s Chicago, Stephanie Morrill’s jazz-age mystery shows just how far a girl will go to save her friend.
Lydia has vanished.
Lydia, who’s never broken any rules, except falling in love with the wrong boy. Lydia, who’s been Piper’s best friend since they were children. Lydia, who never even said good-bye.
Convinced the police are looking in all the wrong places, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail begins her own investigation in an attempt to solve the mystery of Lydia’s disappearance. With the reluctant help of a handsome young detective, Piper goes searching for answers in the dark underbelly of 1924 Chicago, determined to find Lydia at any cost.
When Piper discovers those answers might stem from the corruption strangling the city—and quite possibly lead back to the doors of her affluent neighborhood—she must decide how deep she’s willing to dig, how much she should reveal, and if she’s willing to risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth.
“Combining the fascinating setting of the Roaring ‘20s with a smart, savvy heroine, Morrill has hit the perfect note with this captivating story.” –RT Reviews, 4 Stars
“A well-plotted mystery with plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings.” –Publishers Weekly
“Piper Sail is a character I’d follow to the ends of the earth—she had me from the very first page. With its smart, savvy heroine and moody Jazz-Age setting, Stephanie Morrill has penned a winner from start to finish.” – Bestselling author Hillary Manton Lodge
“Morrill has a keen eye for historical details and setting, making Jazz Age Chicago Piper’s invisible yet omnipresent sidekick. Here’s hoping this won’t be the last case for this strong and admirable female sleuth to solve.” –Kirkus Reviews
“The Lost Girl of Astor Street boasts a strong, smart, and courageous heroine, a note-perfect Jazz-Age Chicago setting, and a terrifically engaging plot that kept me reading into the middle of the night.” -Jennifer Robson, international bestselling author of Moonlight Over Paris
“Witty and compelling, The Lost Girl of Astor Street is as thick with romance as it is with evolving mysteries. Piper Sail is a 1920s heroine to root for and the dashing Mariano Cassano a detective sure to win more hearts than just her own. A truly fresh and engaging story that not only kept me guessing until the very end, but that left me with a satisfied sigh for more please!” – Joanne Bischof, award-winning author of The Lady and the Lionheart
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“[The] very best picture books appeal to several audiences at the same time. These include parents, fellow bookmakers, librarians, award givers and, one hopes, even children. Four new books about books manage to thread that needle.” – Frank Viva, The New York Times Book Review.
How delightful that one of these books appealing to multiple audiences happens to be A SQUIGGLY STORY, by our very own Andrew Larsen! The New York Times Book Review calls Larsen’s latest picture book, “… a charming little book that may help first-time storytellers keep trying to write stories, even if they lack the ability to draw proper letterforms….” It’s great to see A SQUIGGLY STORY highlighted in the NYTReview, especially as it celebrates creativity and writing in young kids.
There’s an added bonus to the review: SQUIGGLY illustrator Mike Lowery also created the artwork for THE DAY MY MOM CAME TO KINDERGARTEN by Transatlantic author Maureen Fergus.
Canadian Materials loves the new Kit Pearson novel! A DAY OF SIGNS AND WONDERS (HarperCollins Canada) received 4/4 stars from the prestigious journal, comparing the middle-grade historical novel about a fictional event in artist Emily Carr’s early life with L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. “Kit Pearson’s novel is outstanding on many levels.”
Iain Reid‘s debut novel I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS launched last month on June 14th and has since made waves. With sales in 12 territories to date, this chilling novel has been rapidly collecting accolades. We’re excited to share a few notable accomplishments – congratulations Iain!
RIGHTS SOLD: Scout Press, S&S US; S&S Canada; Text Publishing UK & ANZ; Prometheus, The Netherlands; Rocco Brazil; Presses de la Cite, France; HaKursa, Israel; Lindhardt og Ringhof, Denmark; Droemer, Germany; Teas, Turkey; Prosznski, Poland and WeLearn, Thailand
FOUR STARRED REVIEWS, INCLUDING KIRKUS, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY AND BOOKLIST
“…Reid’s preternaturally creepy debut unfolds like a bad dream, the kind from which you desperately want to wake up yet also want to keep dreaming so you can see how everything fits together—or, rather, falls apart…Reid’s tightly crafted tale toys with the nature of identity and comes by its terror honestly, building a wall of intricately layered psychological torment so impenetrable it’s impossible to escape.” –Kirkus, starred review
“Nonfiction author Reid (The Truth About Luck) fuses suspense with philosophy, psychology, and horror in his unsettling first novel set in an unspecified locale…Capped with an ending that will shock and chill, this twisty tale invites multiple readings.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The construct of this book is brilliant and unusual and should appeal to fans of psychological thrillers, as well as to some horror fans. A dark and compelling debut novel, it is a most uncomfortable read but utterly unputdownable.” –Booklist, starred review
COUNTLESS RAVE REVIEWS
“This is a deliciously frightening novel, Reid has a light, idiosyncratic touch but never lets his vice-like grip of suspense slacken for a second. Once finished, you will be hard pressed not to start the whole terrifying journey all over again.” –The Independent
“The boldest and most original literary thriller to appear in some time. . . In addition to Cronenberg, the ghost of Stephen King hovers over these pages.” –Chicago Tribune
“Your dread and unease will mount with every passing page of this relationship tale.” –Entertainment Weekly
And for more insight into why Iain wrote this book, watch one of his publisher’s, Text Publishing, video interviews:
APPEARANCES ON BESTSELLER AND PICKS LISTS
– Bestseller on all three national newspapers in Canada: The Globe and Mail, National Post and Toronto Star – Newsday’s list of Best Summer Reads
– Amazon SPOTLIGHT PICKS list for June
– Indie Next Pick for June
– Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
– Amazon mid-year Best of List
– A Readings Book Club Pick in Australia
– A Love Reading selection in the UK
– The Globe and Mail’s List of Most Anticipated Books of 2016
– CBC‘s 5 Books To Read in June
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS WAS ALSO FEATURED AS A FULL PAGE AD IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW