Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten Named on YA Choices 2017 Reading List!

“Teen favourites” lists are coming in — and BEWARE THAT Teresa TotenGIRL (Delacorte/Penguin Random House Canada) by Teresa Toten is on them! See the full list for the International Literacy Association’s 2017 Young Adults’ Choices 2017 list at: www.literacyworldwide.org/get-resources/reading-lists

Congratulations, Teresa!

Transatlantic Celebrates our Authors’ Achievements in 2016

As we near the end of 2016, we are proud to recap the many highlights of our agency’s adult and children’s/YA authors’ achievements this year. This year, our clients have received a variety of impressive award nominations and wins, and have been named bestsellers.

Thank you to our wonderful clients, the publishers who published them, and the fantastic readers who have made it all possible! We look forward to beginning a new year of accolades and an exciting list of new projects in 2017! Happy Holidays!

Transatlantic Agency’s 2016 Adult Author Award & News Citations:

YIDDISH FOR PIRATES by Gary Barwin shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2016 Governor General’s Award for fiction, Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, National Post Top 99 Book, CBC Books’ Best Debut 2016, and CBC Books’ Best Book of 2016 selection

THE GALLERY OF LOST SPECIES by Nina Berkhout a finalist of the 2016 Ottawa Book Awards in the English Fiction category

THE LADY AND THE LIONHEART by Joanne Bishof received a rare 5 Star/Top Pick Review from Romantic Times

SQUAWK by Megan Gail Coles nominated for the Montreal English Theatre Awards

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Elisabeth de Mariaffi longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and nominated for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

BACK TO THE WELL by Marq de Villers nominated for the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award and the Donner Prize

Kathleen Ernst was named by the Wisconsin Library Association as a 2016 Notable Wisconsin Author, recognizing her body of work of 35 books for adults and young readers

Kathleen Ernst’s A SETTLER’S YEAR: Pioneer Life Through The Seasons, earned a Finalist Award from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association , and from the Indiefab awards for best book from an Independent Publisher

COOK KOREAN by Robin Ha an NPR Best Book of 2016

ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER KNEW by Sheila Hamilton is a contender for a 2017 Oregon Book Award in the Creative Non Fiction category

David Huebert won the Walrus Poetry Prize for “Colloquium: J.T. Henry and Lady Simcoe on Early Ontario Petrocolonialism”

DON’T I KNOW YOU? by Marni Jackson was listed on the Globe & Mail’s Globe 100 list

THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING by Plum Johnson winner of the Evergreen Award. Feature film rights also sold to Buck Productions.

EPIC GAME by William Kowalski shortlisted for the Golden Oak Award

RED STAR TATTOO by Sonja Larsen shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Prize for Nonfiction and a National Post Top 99 Book.

PUNISHMENT by Linden MacIntyre shortlisted for the Evergreen Award

A GOOD DEATH by Sandra Martin shortlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, featured on the Globe & Mail’s Globe 100 list, a CBC Books’ Best Book of 2016 selection, and on the Walrus best of 2016 list

I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid on the Globe & Mail’s Globe 100 list and an NPR Best Book of 2016

THE MYSTICS OF MILE END by Sigal Samuel longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and shortlisted for the 2016 Alberta Book Publishing Awards for Trade Fiction Book of the Year. Winner of the Canadian Jewish Literary Award.

THIS IS NOT MY LIFE by Diane Schoemperlen longlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize and the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, featured on the Globe 100 list, a National Post Top 99 Book, and a CBC Books’ Best Book of 2016 selection

THE BLONDES by Emily Schultz has been optioned for film by Branded Pictures

MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart shortlisted for the 2016 Alberta Book Publishing Awards for Trade Fiction Book of the Year and Cover Design. Also shortlisted for the second annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.

BEYOND THE PALE by Emily Urquhart shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the second annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize

LEDGER OF THE OPEN HAND by Leslie Vryenhoek’s longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award

THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE by Zoe Whittall shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Zoe Whittall also was awarded the 2016 K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature. Featured on the Globe 100 list, a National Post Top 99 Book, a CBC Books’ Best Book of 2016 selection, and a  Publishers Marketplace best book of the year.

FIVE ROSES by Alice Zorn chosen The Writers’ Trust of Canada​ 2016 Best Books of the Year and 49th Shelf Best Books of the Year

Transatlantic Agency’s 2016 Young Adult & Children’s Author Award and News Citations:

DELUSION ROAD by Don Aker named a White Pine Honour Book, was a finalist for the John Spray Mystery Award, and on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

WAKE UP, ISLAND by Mary Casanova was featured on NPR and won the “Honorable Mention” for the National Outdoor Book Award for 2016

ONCE UPON A LINE by Wallace Edwards on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

BUDDY AND EARL GO EXPLORING by Maureen Fergus was a National Post Best Book of the Year and on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

INVISIBILL by Maureen Fergus shortlisted for the Blue Spruce Award and the 2016 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

A DOG DAY FOR SUSAN  by Maureen Fergus was ​on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

SMALL BONES by Vicki Grant on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

THE V-WORD by Amber Keyser selected by the New York Public Library as one of the top 50 books for teens in 2016. Also a Chicago Public Library Best Book for Teens.

DNA DETECTIVE by Tanya Lloyd Kyi and illustrated by Lil Crump shortlisted for the Red Maple Non-Fiction Award, finalist for the Red Cedar, Best Bets List Top 10 OLA, Science in Society Book Awards Finalist, Information Book Award Finalist/Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada, Best Book for Kids and Teens 2016/CCBC

EXTREME BATTLEFIELDS by Tanya Lloyd Kyi on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

WHEN THE WORST HAPPENS by Tanya Lloyd Kyi winner of the Silver Birch Honour Book Award, 2016 Rocky Mountain Book Award finalist

THE SQUIGGLY STORY by Andrew Larsen was a Kirkus Best Book for 2016 and
has been shortlisted for the Colorado Libraries Early Learning Award 2017

FRANKENSTINK: Garbage Gone Bad by Ron Lightburn winner of the Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration

STORMSTRUCK by John Macfarlane named a Julia Howe Ward Children’s/Young Adult Highly Recommended Book for 2016

THE SAME PLACE BUT DIFFERENT and A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PLACE by Perry Nodelman optioned for film to Panthera Productions

ANIMACHINES by Debora Pearson on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

JOCKEY GIRL by Shelley Peterson on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

SHOOTER by Caroline Pignat shortlisted for the Red Maple Fiction Award and on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

THE GOSPEL OF TRUTH by Caroline Pignat winner of the Red Maple Honour Book Award

HAMSTERS ON THE GO! by Kass Reich on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

LIZARD RADIO by Pat Schmatz awarded the 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Literature from The Wisconsin Library Association, and named the 2016 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year. Also winner of the 2016, Fourteen and Up, Outstanding Merit and the 2015 James Tiptree Jr. Award

DEEP ROOTS: How Trees Sustain our Planet by Nikki Tate shortlisted for the Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award, selected by the New York Public Library as one of the top 50 books for teens in 2016, selected by CBC Books as one of the top books for children of 2016, and on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

BEWARE THAT GIRL by Teresa Toten a CBC Books’ Best Book of 2016 selection and on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

SHATTERED GLASS by Teresa Toten shortlisted for the Red Maple Fiction Award and on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

TODAY IS THE DAY by Eric Walters shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award in the category of Children’s Picture Books, shortlisted for the 2016 Shining Willow Award, and on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

WALKING HOME by Eric Walters shortlisted for the 2016 Snow Willow Award

REGENESIS by Eric Walters shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award in the category of Young Adult/Middle Reader Award

THE RULE OF THREE by Eric Walters a winner of  the Snow Willow at the Willow Awards (Saskatchewan children’s choice)

THE RULE OF THREE: Will to Survive by Eric Walters on the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016 list

Transatlantic Agency’s Bestsellers of 2016:

YIDDISH FOR PIRATES by Gary Barwin

HOT THAI KITCHEN by Pailin Chongchitnant

SECRET LIFE by Kevin Donovan

WHAT IS PEACE? by Wallace Edwards

STARTLE & ILLUMINATE by Anne and Nicholas Giardini

COOK KOREAN!: A Comic Book with Recipes by Robin Ha

DON’T I KNOW YOU? by Marni Jackson

THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING by Plum Johnson

A GOOD DEATH by Sandra Martin

I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid

THE RULE OF THREE by Eric Walters

THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE by Zoe Whittall

CBC Books Recommends I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS and BEWARE THAT GIRL

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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

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

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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

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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
marie@transatlanticagency.com

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.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13b

UnlikelyHeroAs a STARRED SLJ review for THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13b by Teresa Toten says, “Hazel and Augustus need to move over because Batman and Robyn are about to take their place in the annals of YA literary romantic couples.” Here’s the full, awe-struck review:

THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B

Toten, Teresa. Delacorte. 2015.. ISBN 9780553507867.

Gr 8 Up-Hazel and Augustus need to move over because Batman and Robyn are about to take their place in the annals of YA literary romantic couples. The two teens meet in a group setting for those afflicted by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Adam Ross, aka Batman, has severe OCD that is debilitating at times. He is intimidated when he joins a weekly group because most of the members are a bit older than him; there also is a girl who he finds irresistible. Each group member takes on a superhero persona for sessions at the urging of their psychologist. Adam chooses Batman, and is floored when his crush Robyn chooses Robin in order to be his sidekick. Adam has a knack for helping others who struggle with their own issues, including his half-brother, Sweetie, who has regular meltdowns; his mother, who is a hoarder; and his best friend, Ben, who has a weight problem. Unfortunately, he is so consumed with his own counting, tapping, and difficulties entering thresholds that he does not realize his gifts. Through Adam, Toten examines the trials and tribulations of OCD head on, but Adam also deals with the usual teenage problems of love, friendships, school, and divorced parents. Readers will relate to Adam’s anxieties and root for him as his relationship with Robyn develops. VERDICT This is a definite next-read for teens who loved John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton, 2012) and Cammie McGovern’s Say What You Will (HarperCollins, 2014). —School Library Journal

Praise Keeps Rolling in for THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B!

UnlikelyHeroWinner in Canada of, among other awards, the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B has been praised by Kirkus in a starred review as “achingly authentic” and “masterful.”

“Readers be warned: Like Augustus Waters before him, Adam Spencer Ross will renew your faith in real-life superheroes and shatter your heart in equal measure.” (https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/teresa-toten/the-unlikely-hero-of-room-13b)

UK reviewers have also fallen for Adam, with The Guardian describing THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B as “impossible to put down.”

“This book made me laugh, cry, think, and kept me coming back for more.” (http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/feb/11/review-teresa-toten-unlikely-hero-of-room-13b

World rights available, ex: Canada (Doubleday); US (Delacorte); UK/AUS/NZ (Walker); Germany (Random House); Brazil (Bertrand); The Netherlands (Gottmer); Korea (See & Talk). Agent: Marie Campbell

Award News – TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

 

 

 

 

Andrew Larsen’s IN THE THREE HOUSE and Teresa Toten’s THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B have both been named finalists for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award!

This annual award recognizes excellence in children’s literature by rewarding the best children’s literary works (for ages one through 12) by Canadian authors.

For more information about this award, please visit: https://tdreads.com/home/td-supported-initiatives/td-canadian-childrens-literatures-awards/

 

 

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

Transatlantic is delighted to congratulate Teresa Toten, whose much-lauded novel THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B
(Doubleday, Random House of Canada) is the 2014 winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award: Young Adult/Middle Reader

One of the young jurors captured this outstanding YA book perfectly:

“This book is a must read,” said student jurors in grades 7 and 8. “Adam’s caring makes him a hero. The book is full of real emotion. The excellent humour helps to balance the serious issues.”

The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were established in 1976 and recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children’s literature.

For more information, please visit the Ontario Arts Foundation website.

Teresa TotenIn 2013 Teresa Toten won her first GG award with THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B, and was previously a GG finalist for her young adult novels ME AND THE BLONDES (2006) and THE GAME (2001). She has a BA and MA in Political Economy from the University of Toronto and has held a number of federal government positions, including at the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security and on the Royal Commission on Conditions of Foreign Service. She was born in Zagreb, Croatia, but left for Canada on that same day. Teresa Toten was raised and currently lives in Toronto, but has also lived in Delhi, Ontario, Montréal, Ottawa and New York.

Teresa has also been the recipient of the following honours:

Winner
Governor General’s Award, Children’s Literature 2013
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award 2014
Canadian Librarian’s Association Honour Book Award 2014
CBC Bookie Award YA Category 2014

Nominated/Pending
Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award 2015
Snow Willow Award 2014
Libris (Young Reader) 2014

Lists
Quill & Quire Best of 2013
Ontario Librarian’s Association Best Bets 2013
Winnipeg Public Library Best of the Best 2013
Canadian Children’s Book Centre Starred Best Books of 2014

Rights available:
World ex
Canada (Doubleday Canada)
US (Delacorte/Random House)
Germany (Random House)
The Netherlands (Gottmer)
Brazil (Record)

Represented by Marie Campbell.