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.
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.