If you loved Gone Girl, CBC Books has three great new Canadian thrillers to recommend to you, two of which are by Transatlantic Agency clients! We are thrilled to see that I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid and BEWARE THAT GIRL by Teresa Toten are included! http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/06/3-thrillers-to-read-if-you-loved-gone-girl.html

Eric Walters Shortlisted for the 40th Annual Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Awards!

WETodayIstheDayCovCongratulations to Eric Walters, who has been nominated for two Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Awards! He is nominated in the Children’s Picture Book Award category for TODAY IS THE DAY, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Tundra Books). He is also shortlisted in Young Adult/Middle Reader Award for REGENESIS (Doubleday Canada). The two awards, which are presented annually, recognize the artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children’s literature. The winner in each category will receive $6,000.

The winners in eachWERegenesiscov category will be chosen by student juries from Toronto’s Scarborough Village Alternative Public School and the announcement will take place at an assembly on Wednesday, June 22.

For further information about the awards and to view the shortlists, please visit http://www.arts.on.ca/Page6243.aspx?DateTime=635986392600000000&PageMode=View.

Congratulations to all the other authors and illustrators who are nominated!

BEWARE THAT GIRL and SHOOTER Among CBC’s 10 YA Canadian Novels That Could Be the Next Big Thing

TTBewarethatGirlBannerBEWARE THAT GIRL by Teresa Toten PCShooter72and SHOOTER by Caroline Pignat the “next big YA superstar”, CBC.CA predicts.

We couldn’t agree more when CBC.CA included BEWARE THAT GIRL by Teresa Toten and SHOOTER by Caroline Pignat on their list of “10 YA Canadian Novels That Could Be The Next Big Thing.”

Check out CBC’s post here: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/05/10-new-canadian-young-adult-novels-to-read.html

Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten at the Bologna Book Fair


The Book of the Fair: Transatlantic Literary agents Marie Campbell, Fiona Kenshole, and Amy Tompkins at the Bologna Book Fair with the German, Canadian and Spanish publishers of BEWARE THAT GIRL by Teresa Toten. Offers came in during the Fair for Toten’s taut YA psychological thriller in multiple other territories.

Rights currently still available:

World Rights Available Ex:
U.S., Delacorte, Spring 2016
Canada English, Doubleday Canada, Spring 2016
Spanish, Penguin Random House, 2017
German, Fischer, 2017
Film, Awesomeness Films
Represented by Marie Campbell

Accomplishments for THE UNLIKELY HERO OF Room 13B

UnlikelyHeroEarlier this week, we celebrated as the American Library Association awarded THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B by Teresa Toten the Schneider Family Book Award in the teen category. For more on the award and a full list of ALA 2016 winners, please see: http://ala.unikron.co/2016/YMA2016%20WRAP%20RELEASE%20-%20FINAL.pdf. THE UNLIKELY HERO was one of two winning Canadian books this year, as Quill & Quire noted: http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/01/12/two-canadian-titles-recognized-with-2016-ala-youth-media-awards/

Now we cheer at the news that THE UNLIKELY HERO made the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults and the YALSA 2016 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers lists. For the full lists, please see: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/2016-quick-picks-reluctant-young-adult-readers and http://www.ala.org/yalsa/2016-best-fiction-young-adults.

Transatlantic Attending the 2016 London Book Fair and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair

We are looking forward to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, April 4-7, 2016, and the London Book Fair, April 12-14, 2016.

Bologna Children's Book Fair LogoBologna Children’s Book Fair: Fiona Kenshole and Marie Campbell will be representing Transatlantic Agency at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, while Amy Tompkins will be attending on behalf of Orca Book Publishers. Amy Tompkins will be representing Orca’s titles at the Orca table in Hall 29, D7 on April 4-6, 2016. Fiona Kenshole and Marie Campbell will be at the Transatlantic table in the Agents Centre on April 4-7, 2016. For an appointment, please email Marie Campbell at marie@The London Book Fair Logo 2016transatlanticagency.com, Amy Tompkins at amy@transatlanticagency.com, or Fiona Kenshole at fiona@transatlanticagency.com.

London Book Fair: David Bennett, Stephanie Sinclair, Shaun Bradley, and Fiona Kenshole will be representing Transatlantic Agency at the London Book Fair. Shaun Bradley and Stephanie Sinclair will be presenting titles at table #18F in the International Rights Centre on April 12-14, 2016. For an appointment, please contact Shaun Bradley at shaun@transatlanticagency.com. Fiona Kenshole will be in attendance at the London Book Fair on April 12 and 13 (contact: fiona@transatlanticagency.com) and David Bennett will be there from April 12 to 14 (contact: david@transatlanticagency.com).

Caroline Pignat Wins The Governor General’s Award for The Gospel Truth

cpignatTransatlantic is excited to congratulate Caroline Pignat whose novel THE GOSPEL TRUTH (Red Deer Press) has won the the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature(Text)!

The Jury Citation:
“Caroline Pignat’s THE GOSPEL TRUTH is the powerful and poignant story of 16-year-old Phoebe, a slave girl in 1858 Virginia. Written in lyrical and elegant free verse, it is an unflinching look at the brutality of slavery and Phoebe’s struggle for freedom and truth. Ultimately, this is a story of hope.”


Born in Ireland and raised in Ottawa, Caroline Pignat won her first Governor General’s Award for her novel GREENER GRASS, part of the historical fiction series that also includes WILD GEESE and TIMBER WOLF. Her debut novel, EGGHEAD, garnered the first of her two Red Maple Honour Book Awards. Caroline’s work has been named a Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year Honour Book and been shortlisted for many other awards, including the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award.

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.

To learn more about THE GOSPEL TRUTH, please visit http://ggbooks.ca/books/children-text/english/the-gospel-truth. More information about the Governor General’s Awards can be found at: http://canadacouncil.ca/council/news-room/news/2015/gg-winners.
Transatlantic Agency would also like to congratulate all other authors who are winners of the Governor General’s Awards this year and all other nominees.


Congratulations to the 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Awards Finalists

Transatlantic Agency is excited to congratulate our authors who are finalists on the 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Awards shortlists. These awards recognize some of the best work by Canadian authors and illustrators. The winners will be announced at the Canadian Children’s Literature Awards in Toronto on November 18 and November 10.

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UNSPEAKABLE, written by Caroline Pignat, Razorbill Canada (Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction)

THE GOSPEL TRUTH, written by Caroline Pignat, Red Deer Press (Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, Amy Mathers Teen Book Award)


STARTING FROM SCRATCH: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT FOOD AND COOKING, written by Sarah Elton and illustrated by Jeff Kulak, Owlkids Books (Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction)

BSDeadMansSwitchDEAD MAN’S SWITCH, written by Sigmund Brouwer, Harvest House Publishers (John Spray Mystery Award)

THE VOICE INSIDE MY HEAD, written by S.J. Laidlaw, Tundra Books (John Spray Mystery Award)

THE SHOW TO END ALL SHOWS, written by Cary Fagan, Puffin Canada (John Spray Mystery Award)

Transatlantic would also like to congratulate all of the other authors who are finalists for this year’s Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards.

For a full list of the nominees, please see the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s announcement.