Clara Humble: Quiz Whiz by Anna Humphrey Publishes with Owlkids!

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.

Advance Praise:

“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

Quiz Whiz receives a starred review

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.

Meatless? by Sarah Elton Publishes Today with Owlkids!

MEATLESS?: A Fresh Look at What You Eat, written by Transatlantic Agency client Sarah Elton and illustrated by Julie McLaughlin publishes with Owlkids Publishing today! Happy Book Birthday to our client Sarah, as well as the illustrator!

From the Publisher: “Humans are eating more meat than ever before. At the same time, vegetarianism is capturing more widespread attention. From Meatless Mondays to vegan options, people are talking more about meat and whether or not to eat it.

Sarah EltonJournalist Sarah Elton tackles the topic by explaining what vegetarianism is, why people choose it, and how their reasons—including religion, animal rights, food security, and the environmental cost of eating meat—have changed over time. The book closes with practical tips for making the switch, and perspectives from vegetarian kids.

As a conflicted meat eater herself, Elton encourages freedom to choose. Lively illustrations, sidebars, and sources, plus a glossary, index, and further reading suggestions make this a friendly, comprehensive introduction to vegetarianism.”

Read a Q&A with author Sarah Elton! : www.owlkidsbooks.com/Portals/0/Meatless%20Author%20Q&A.pdf

Praise 

“Using a straightforward approach, the author delivers a text that is both engaging and insightful.” – Quill and Quire

“Interesting, impressive and accessible, this book will help kids and their parents to understand a different and perhaps healthier lifestyle.” – Sal’s Fiction Addition

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Phoebe Sounds It Out by Julie Zwillich Publishes with Owlkids!

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”.

 

Clara Humble and the Not-So-Super Powers by Anna Humphrey Publishes with Owlkids!

clara-humbleWe are excited to share the release today of CLARA HUMBLE AND THE NOT-SO-SUPER POWERS (Owlkids Books) written by Anna Humphrey, and also beautifully illustrated by Lisa Cinar!

The first book in a new series, CLARA HUMBLE AND THE NOT-SO-SUPER POWERS tells the story of a young fourth-grader, Clara Humble, who believes she has superpowers at a time when students from rival R.R. Reginald are moving into her school for the term, and her favorite neighbor, Momo, is moving into a retirement home. With her best friend, Bradley, Clara becomes convinced that her powers can be used to put a stop to these problems. As Owlkids Books summarizes, “Told in Clara’s clever, funny, and strikinglyHumphrey72bw authentic voice, this novel kicks off a new series by inviting readers into this memorable character’s inventive mind to share in her misadventures. Annotated with Clara’s comic sketches, it’s a fast-paced read with a spot-on perspective of life as a 10-year-old that kids will surely relate to.”

In a fun activity, find your super hero name and powers: www.owlkidsbooks.com/Portals/0/Clara%20Humble%20Middle%20School%20Superhero%20Acvitity.pdf

Advance Praise and Reviews

“The general feel of Clara Humble may be typical middle-grade mayhem, but with this subtly thought-provoking story, Humphrey – and Clara – have staked out their own unique comic territory.” – Quill & Quire

“A promising beginning to a new series about a spirited character who is discovering her real strengths.” – Kirkus Reviews 

“Ramona Quimby meets Timmy Failure.” — Lindsey Ferrante, Collection Development, Baker & Taylor

“A good antidote to the feeling most kids (and adults!) will find familiar: that the world is out of their control… A promising beginning to a new series about a spirited character who is discovering her real strengths.”— Kirkus Reviews

“Spunky Clara Humble and her clever cartoon drawings about her feline heroine @Cat are bound to delight kids who love a school story filled with mischief, mystery and real-life problems. Kids who have graduated from the Just Grace series and are looking for more will love following Clara’s misadventures as she battles her nemesis, Bossy Becky, and deals with all kinds of challenges in her life. Can’t wait for book two!”— Phyllis Simon, Vancouver Kidsbooks

“You’ll love Clara Humble. She has a vibrant imagination, a wild spirit, and a tender heart. Fans of the Ramona Quimby books and Ivy and Bean series will delight in Clara’s passionate yet hare-brained plans to save her school from the mean kids, to stop her best friend from moving away, and to bring super hero-style justice to her elementary school.”— Erica Nikolaus, Words Worth Books

“Clever and creative—this book has the perfect mix of ‘comic’ relief and expert storytelling that tugs on all the right heart strings.”
— Arthur Slade, author, The Hunchback Assignments series

“You’re going to fall in love with Clara’s zest and energy and amazingly fun approach to life. Add a memorable story to a memorable character, and you have the perfect ingredients for a wonderful read.”— Sigmund Brouwer, author, Justine McKeen series and Seven series contributor

“Spirited and imaginative, Clara Humble’s true superpowers are found in her creative ability, the love and support of her family and friends, and her everlasting determination to right the wrongs of her fourth-grader life. Her memorable comic adventures show true heart.”— Amy Mathers, Amy’s Marathon of Books

“Whether defending her school from bitter rivals or scheming up ways to keep her friends happy, I couldn’t help rooting for Clara. Her imagination, adventurous spirit, and all-around charm drew me right in.”— Kristen Ciccarelli, Words Worth Books

Rights Sold: Owlkids Books, World