Transatlantic would like to congratulate Kathleen Winter, Carol Off and Paul Harbridge whose books have been named finalists for the 2017 Governor General’s Awards! Winter’s LOST IN SEPTEMBER (Knopf Canada) is a finalist for Fiction, Off’s ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND (Random House Canada) is a finalist for Non-Fiction and Harbridge’s WHEN THE MOON COMES, illustrated by Matt James (Tundra Books) is a finalist for Young People’s Literature, Illustrated Books.
Each year, the Canada Council for the Arts honours the best in Canadian literature with its Governor General’s Literary Awards (the GGs). As Canada’s national literary awards, the GGs represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature. For each category, a peer assessment committee, comprised of fellow authors, translators and illustrators, makes the final selection. Each GG winner receives $25,000; each nonwinning finalist receives $1,000. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to help promote the book.
The winners will be announced on November 1st. For the full list of finalists, please visit GGbooks.ca.
Happy book birthday to Anna Humphrey, whose latest book in the Clara Humble series, CLARA HUMBLE: QUIZ WHIZ publishes today with Owlkids! CLARA HUMBLE: QUIZ WHIZ also features fantastic illustrations by Lisa Cinar.
Clara Humble, the winsome and über-confident fourth-grader who’s been described as “Ramona Quimby meets Timmy Failure” is back for a second adventure. When Clara and her best friend, Bradley, discover their favorite game show, Smarty Pants ―a mix of trivia and obstacle course stunts ― is recruiting in their area, Clara is sure she’ll be chosen. Fame and game-show glory will be hers… with Bradley’s help, of course.
Things get complicated when Bradley also earns a contestant spot on the show, and the friends are pitted against each other. It escalates into an epic schoolyard battle between boys and girls, and not everyone is playing fair. Will Clara and Bradley’s friendship survive? Between the tension, sabotage, shenanigans, and Clara’s comics featuring her alter ego @Cat, this is a flat-out funny, fast-paced read.
“The lively narrative and cunning plot points provide a nifty adventure and an exploration of the consequences of going with the crowd. Smart, lively, and genuine.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“Another humorous misadventure… A satisfying sequel for younger readers seeking realistic fiction with levity and a plucky protagonist.” —School Library Journal
Happy book birthday to Paul Harbridge, whose beautiful picture book illustrated by Matt James, WHEN THE MOON COMES, publishes today with Tundra Books! In this atmospheric story, a group of kids play hockey on a frozen lake by moonlight. At once nostalgic and timely, this is a gorgeous book that will speak to readers young and old. It has already received glowing starred reviews from Kirkus: “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” and SLJ: “An exquisite selection for older elementary readers, this is a first purchase for school and public libraries”. Congratulations Paul!
Happy Book Birthday to Tanya Lloyd Kyi whose YA novel PRINCE OF POT is just out with Groundwood Books! Isaac loves art class, drives an old pickup, argues with his father and hangs out with his best buddy, Hazel. But his life is anything but normal. His parents operate an illegal marijuana grow-op, Hazel is a bear that guards the property, and his family’s livelihood is a deep secret. PRINCE OF POT is Romeo and Juliet, grow-up edition, and Booklist has said that “This truly immersive story…perfectly captures the classic warring emotions of late adolescence.”
Happy Book Birthday to Heather Smith whose gorgeous/funny/sad YA novel THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE publishes today with Penguin Teen! Little Miss Sunshine meets Room in this quirky, heartwarming story of friendship, loyalty and discovery. Already the recipient of two starred reviews, Quill & Quire praises it saying “There’s an abundance of humour both subtle and overt, and a shattering of stereotypes and tropes. . . . This is a book that grabs readers by the heart and the head.”
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 WHIZ a 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.
Quiz Whiz will be available from Owlkids Books on September 15, 2017.
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.”
THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE will be available from Penguin Teen on September 5, 2017.
CROSS UPS 2 by Sylvia Chiang has been acquired by Katie Hearn and Rick Wilks at Annick Press in a deal for world rights. The second book in the CROSS UPS series of middle grade novels with a video game theme. Amy Tompkins handled the deal.
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.