World English rights to THE CAMPAIGN and a second untitled middle grade novel by Tanya Lloyd Kyi in a two-book deal to Lynne Missen at Penguin Random House Canada for publication under the Tundra imprint in 2018. THE CAMPAIGN is a middle-grade story of one girl’s journey toward concerned citizenship and digital domination. Amy Tompkins arranged the deal.
The 2018 Red Cedar Non-fiction Award shortlist has been announced, and we are delighted to share that both Katherine Ashenburg and Nikki Tate are receiving acknowledgement for their amazing books! Katherine’s book ALL THE DIRT: A History of Getting Clean (Annick Press) and Nikki’s book DEEP ROOTS: How Trees Sustain Our Planet (Orca Book Publishers) are on the list. This is British Columbia’s reader’s choice award, in which thousands of children between grades 4 and 7 from across BC read from nominated lists of fiction and non-fiction and vote for their favourites in April of each year. We’re not surprised that these books are two of them!
Please visit the following link to view the full shortlist: www.redcedaraward.ca/blog/2017/05/26/the-20172018-red-cedar-nominees-for-information-are/
Also check out the following link to learn more about the award: www.redcedaraward.ca/group-leader-resources/about-red-cedar/
World English rights to GAMES’ END by Natasha Deen have been sold to Stephanie Berrington at Great Plains Publications for publication in fall 2017. GAMES’ END is the third book in the YA fantasy Guardian trilogy. Book Two in the series, GATEKEEPER, was recently shortlisted for the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award. Amy Tompkins arranged the deal.
LARK TAKES A BOW by Natasha Deen has been sold to Andrew Wooldridge and Liz Kemp at Orca Book Publishers for publication in 2018 in a deal for world rights. The latest title in the Lark Ba chapter book series. Amy Tompkins handled the sale.
We are thrilled to announce that Monique Polak has been honoured for her contribution to children’s literature in her home province of Quebec! To mark the 10th anniversary of the Blue Metropolis Children’s Literary Festival, the Blue Metropolis Literary Foundation honoured one francophone and one anglophone children’s author for their contributions to children’s literature in Quebec. The authors were Christiane Duchesne and Monique Polak.
Happy book birthday to Julie Zwillich! Her adorable debut picture book, PHOEBE SOUNDS IT OUT, has just been published by Owlkids. Phoebe is learning to spell her name, but unfortunately it doesn’t look quite like it sounds! Kirkus Reviews says PHOEBE SOUNDS IT OUT “makes a point about fun with fonicks”.
We’re honoured to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge by sharing Sigmund Brouwer‘s enlightening interview with TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin discussing his book INNOCENT HEROES: Stories of Animals in the First World War. World War I invoked an unprecedented war effort in Canada and often overlooked is the contribution of animals to the war. Horses, dogs, cats and many more animals played a substantial role in WWI including in the victory at Vimy Ridge. In INNOCENT HEROES, Sigmund uses the stories of these war animals as a tool to educate children about war and Vimy Ridge.
Follow the link for the full interview: http://bit.ly/2o32NJO
World rights to Shelley Peterson’s CHRISTMAS AT SADDLE CREEK to Dundurn Press for publication in 2017. CHRISTMAS AT SADDLE CREEK is a special Christmas story that will wrap up the beloved Saddle Creek series. Amy Tompkins arranged the sale.
World rights to Kate Inglis’s MOTHER NATURE’S SON to Beth Frankl at Shambhala Publications. Part memoir, part self-help book, MOTHER NATURE’S SON is a book of reflection for parents healing after the death of a child. Kate Inglis, a published author, TEDx speaker, and founder of the bereavement community Glow in the Woods, is represented by Amy Tompkins.
Happy book birthday to Sigmund Brouwer! INNOCENT HEROES: Animals in War and the Battle of Vimy Ridge comes out today, just in time for Canada 150 and the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. It’s a unique exploration of the important part animals play in war and an insightful look at the taking of Vimy Ridge from the perspective of three men in a Canadian platoon. INNOCENT HEROES blends fiction and nonfiction to create an incredible portrait of Canada’s role in World War One.
From the publisher: “Ayla loves climbing. But she prefers to climb indoors, with all her safety harnesses in place and soft mats to land on. Her climbing partner and best friend, Lissy, is much more adventurous and loves the outdoors. When Lissy starts hanging out with Carlos, the new thrill-seeking guy in town, Ayla wants to keep an eye on her and finds herself tagging along on a weekend climbing trip up Black Dog Mountain. But things go very wrong when Lissy and her dad, the only adult in the group, are badly injured high on the side of the mountain. Suddenly the risks of climbing become very real. Ayla and Carlos need to figure out how to get help, and every decision they make could have catastrophic consequences.”
Check out the book trailer below!
View an excerpt from the novel at CM: www.umanitoba.ca/cm/vol23/no7/deadpoint.html
Purchase and learn more about the book at the following link: www.orcabook.com/Deadpoint-P1252.aspx
Rights Sold: Orca Book Publishers, World