Bank Street College of Education’s annual list of the “best of the best” children’s books published in the previous year has arrived and we’re congratulating six Transatlantic clients for making the 2019 edition!

In the Under Five category
THE BAGEL KING by Andrew Larsen (Kids Can Press)
WOODROW AT SEA written and illustrated by Wallace Edwards (Pajama Press)

In the Five to Nine category
THE DAY DAD JOINED MY SOCCER TEAM by Maureen Fergus (Kids Can Press)

In the Nine to Twelve category
STEEL DRUMS (Made by Hand series) by Patricia Lakin (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)
*EBB & FLOW by Heather Smith (Kids Can Press), starred for “Outstanding Merit”

In the Fourteen and Older category
ALL THE STARS DENIED by Guadalupe García McCall (Tu Books/Lee & Low Books), highlighted for diversity

For more information and the full list of titles, please visit

KATHLEEN ERNST WINS 2019 MAJOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, bestselling author honored by Council for Wisconsin Writers

Kathleen Ernst has won the 2019 Major Achievement Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. The award honors the work of a Wisconsin writer who deserves special recognition for his/her literary merit. Past winners include Jerry Apps, Norbert Blei, Jane Hamilton, Kevin Henkes, and John Nichols.

“I write at the intersection of people, places, and the past, and am passionate about my work,” Ernst said. “I am immensely grateful to the Council for Wisconsin Writers for this special recognition.”

In previous years the Council has individually honored two of Ernst‘s Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson adult mystery novels, The Heirloom Murders and Mining For Justice (Midnight Ink), and five of her children’s books: Meet Caroline (American Girl), Hearts of Stone (Dutton), Betrayal at Cross Creek (Pleasant Company), and Retreat From Gettysburg and Ghosts of Vicksburg (White Mane).

The Council’s award comes on the heels of Ernst receiving the Sterling North Legacy Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature and being named a Notable Author by the Wisconsin Library Association.

About Kathleen Ernst
Kathleen Ernst writes mysteries, historical fiction, and non-fiction books for adults and young readers. To date, readers and libraries have purchased over 1.75 million audio, ebook, and printed copies of her thirty-seven published books. The tenth Chloe Ellefson mystery, Fiddling With Fate, comes out in September.

About the Council for Wisconsin Writers
The Council for Wisconsin Writers is a unique community of writers, readers, educators, and literary people, both amateur and professional, throughout the state. For over 50 years, their mission has been to recognize and celebrate Wisconsin writers and to promote awareness of our state’s great literary heritage.

DEAL NEWS: Jane Christmas’ OPEN HOUSE: A Life in 29 Moves

For fans of Tara Westover, Janette Walls, Plum Johnson, and Nora Ephron, OPEN HOUSE: A Life in 29 Moves by bestselling memoirist Jane Christmas takes on the pursuit of the perfect home.

Having parents who moved and renovated constantly, the house bug bit Jane at an early age. Now, as she confronts her next move in an overheated housing market in England, she and her husband are forced to settle on an overpriced Victorian home that neither likes and that will require more money than they have to renovate it. But this is no how-I-renovated-my-house tell-all; OPEN HOUSE excavates a deeper story. As work proceeds on their home, Jane turns inward, and soon her memories blow the seal off a strict and peripatetic childhood and its ancillary damage—lost friends, divorces, suicide attempts, and threatens to shake the foundations of her marriage. Bravely told with characteristic humour, OPEN HOUSE will appeal to anyone whose pulse quickens at the mere mention of real estate.

Canadian rights sold to Patrick Crean at Patrick Crean Editions,
HarperCollins Canada for Spring 2020 in a deal by Samantha Haywood. World rights ex: Canada available and film/TV available. Contact

Rachel Giese’s BOYS and Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung’s HOMES finalists for Shaughessy COHEN PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING

We’re proud to congratulate Rachel Giese‘s BOYS (HarperCollins Canada) and Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung‘s HOMES (Freehand Books) on being named finalists for this year’s Shaughessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing!

This annual prize, presented by the Writers’ Trust of Canada, awards an exceptional book of literary nonfiction that captures a political subject of relevance.


On BOYS: “With a skillful mix of original reporting, scholarly research, and personal anecdote, Rachel Giese presents a deeply felt examination of the forces that shape how boys see themselves and how we see them. No one, from parents to policy-makers, can read Boys without rethinking their notion of manliness, masculinity, and how we raise young men.”

On HOMES: “This extraordinary story is about the resilience of family in the face of profound terror; Yeung writes with a deceptively simple, meticulously observed eye and novelistic attention to plot and character. As Canadians grapple with the complexities of welcoming thousands of refugees, they would do well to read the powerfully affecting story of Homes.”

The winner will be announced on May 15, 2019. For more information about the award and the full list of finalists, please visit

Happy Book Birthday to Terry Doyle’s DIG

Happy birthday birthday to Terry Doyle‘s DIG, publishing today with Breakwater Books!

From the publisher: “In twelve dialed-in and exceptionally honed short stories, Terry Doyle presents an enduring assortment of characters channelled through the chain reactions of misfortune and redemption.”

Pre-publication praise:

“In Dig, a man carries to work an expired safety helmet and in his head he has one desire unknown even to himself: to break from fear and be loved, and to give love. Terry Doyle’s stories are full of this surface industry and the precarious inner workings of decent people trying to be good in a society worn bare of protection.”
-Award-winning author Michael Winter

“The stories in DIG offer assured, evocative, loving renditions of the gritty, everyday world of work and family, but are so deftly and delicately written they seem to float.”
-Colin Barrett, author of Young Skins and winner of the Guardian First Book Award

DEAL NEWS: Catherine Hernandez’s CROSSHAIRS

We’re hugely excited to announce to the world that English-language rights in Canada to Catherine Hernandez‘s second and third novels have sold at auction to Jennifer Lambert, Editorial Director, HarperCollins Canada.

Scarborough, Catherine Hernandez’s first novel, about a daycare worker in Scarborough and the triumphs and sorrows of her young charges, won the hearts of Canadians, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Toronto Book Awards and long-listed for Canada Reads. Crosshairs, set five years in the future, tells the story of a country’s slide into fascism, and a regime that targets racialized, elderly, LBGTQ, and disabled folks. Kay, a queer man of Jamaican/Filipino descent, bonds with a group of persecuted outsiders, joins the underground resistance, and plans for the revolution.

Congratulations, Catherine! We’re beyond thrilled for you!

Happy book birthday to Alicia Elliott’s A MIND SPREAD OUT ON THE GROUND

Happy book birthday to Alicia Elliott‘s highly-anticipated book, A MIND SPREAD OUT ON THE GROUND, publishing today with Doubleday Canada!

A bold and profound work by the Haudenosaunee writer, this debut essay collection is a personal and critical meditation on trauma, legacy, oppression and racism in North America.

In an urgent and visceral work that asks essential questions about the treatment of Native people in North America while drawing on intimate details of her own life and experience with intergenerational trauma, Alicia Elliott offers indispensable insight and understanding to the ongoing legacy of colonialism.

Pre-publication praise:

CBC Books list of “10 must-read Canadian books this March” and list of “19 non-fiction titles to read this Spring”

Loan Stars Top 10 list for March 2019

Featured in the Toronto Star‘s Spring Preview

Chatelaine‘s list of “The Buzziest Books of 2019”

“The gifted Tuscarora writer…powerfully links larger questions of Indigenous life in North America to the unfolding of her own life.”
—Maclean‘s list of “books you need to read in 2019”

“This book is hard, vital medicine. It is a dance of survival and cultural resurgence. Above all, it is breathtakingly contemporary Indigenous philosophy, in which the street is also part of the land, and the very act of thinking is conditioned by struggles for justice and well-being.” —Warren Cariou, author of Lake of the Prairies

“These essays are of fiercest intelligence and courageous revelation. Here, colonialism and poverty are not only social urgencies, but violence felt and fought in the raw of the everyday, in embodied life and intimate relations. This is a stunning, vital triumph of writing.” —David Chariandy, author of Brother

“Wildly brave and wholly original, Alicia Elliot is the voice that rouses us from the mundane, speaks political poetry and brings us to the ceremony of every day survival. Her words remind us to carry both our weapons and our medicines, to hold both our strength and our open, weeping hearts. A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is what happens when you come in a good way to offer prayer, and instead, end up telling the entire damn truth of it all.” —Cherie Dimaline, author of The Marrow Thieves

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is a new lens on Indigenous Canadian literature.”
—Terese Marie Mailhot, author of Heart Berries

“We need to clone Alicia Elliott because the world needs more of this badass writer. A Mind Spread Out on the Ground showcases her peculiar alchemy, lighting the darkest corners of racism, classism, sexism with her laser-focused intellect and kind-hearted soul-searching. A fresh and revolutionary cultural critic alternately witty, vulnerable and piercing.” —Eden Robinson, author of Son of a Trickster and Trickster Drift

“The future of CanLit is female, is Indigenous—is Alicia Elliott. I anticipate this book to be featured on every ‘best of’ and award list in 2019, and revered for years to come.”
—Vivek Shraya, author of I’m Afraid of Men and even this page is white

“In A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, Elliott invites readers into her unceded mind and heart, taking us on a beautiful, incisive and punk rock tour of Tuscarora brilliance. Elliott’s voice is fire with warmth, light, rage and endless transformation.”
—Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, author of This Accident of Being Lost

“Alicia Elliott has gifted us with an Indigenous woman’s coming of age story, told through engagingly thoughtful, painfully poignant and enraging essays on race, love and belonging. With poetic prose and searing honesty, she lays bare what it is like to grow up Indigenous and exist in a country proud of its tolerance, but one that has proven to be anything but. She opens eyes and captures hearts, leading you by the hand to see our fractured world through her eyes. Alicia is exactly the voice we need to hear now.” —Tanya Talaga, author of Seven Fallen Feathers

“Incisive. That’s the word I keep coming back to. A Mind Spread out on the Ground is incredibly incisive. Alicia Elliot slices through the sometimes complicated, often avoided issues affecting so many of us in this place now called Canada. She is at once political, personal, smart, funny, global and, best of all, divinely human. Necessary. That’s the other word I keep thinking about. In every chapter, she manages to find the perfect word and the precise argument needed—I found myself saying ‘yes, yes, that is exactly it’ more than once. I am so grateful for her work.”
—Katherena Vermette, author of The Break

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is an astonishing book of insightful and affecting essays that will stay with you long after the final page.”
—Zoe Whittall, author of The Best Kind of People

Happy book birthday to Shaunta Grimes’ THE ASTONISHING MAYBE

Happy book birthday to Shaunta GrimesTHE ASTONISHING MAYBE, publishing today with Feiwel & Friends!

From the publisher: Friendship, heartbreak, and defining what family means are rarely as sensitively, beautifully portrayed in middle-grade fiction. Shaunta Grimes is an extraordinary new talent.

Gideon hates the idea of moving to Nevada from the East Coast. It’s so empty and hot in his new neighborhood. Only one person his age lives nearby: the girl next door, Roona.

Gid notices right away that Roona is . . . different. She wears roller skates and a blanket as a cape when she needs to feel strong. What he doesn’t bargain for, however, is how far outside his comfort zone Roona will take him as she enlists his help in finding her long-gone father. For a kid who’s not allowed to ride his bike more than a few blocks from home, this will be an adventure of a lifetime.

Advance praise

“At first, this is a book about friendship with a touch of magical realism. As it progresses, it becomes a deeper meditation about a parent’s clinical depression from a child’s point of view. Well crafted and unique. Recommended.” -School Library Journal

“Middle-schooler Gideon Quinton wasn’t thrilled about moving with his family across the U.S. to nowhere Nevada right at the start of summer break. When he arrives to his new neighborhood, he notices there’s a girl next door about his age … and she takes him on (un-Quinton-like) wild, Hobbit-like adventures. For the reader, especially any adult reader, this story is heartbreaking.” -Booklist Magazine

Shaunta Grimes loves books. They are the holders of her favorite thing in the whole world: stories. She lives in Reno, Nevada with her family. You can visit her online at

Happy book birthday to THE MAGIC BOAT by Kit Pearson and Katherine Farris, and illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard!

Happy book birthday to THE MAGIC BOAT by Kit Pearson and Katherine Farris, and illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard! Both the English and French editions were published this week with Orca Book Publishers.

From the publisher: “Every summer morning, Ellie and her Nonna go to the beach. They swim and build sandcastles, and while Nonna reads, Ellie watches the other children play. One day Ellie builds up the courage to approach an older girl playing on her own in a beached rowboat. Piper has a gift, an imagination so great that she whisks Ellie off on grand adventures, going high in the air, deep below the ocean and everywhere in between in their little blue boat, their magic boat. When Piper has to leave, Ellie discovers she has her own vivid imagination.”

Pre-publication praise:

“Pearson and Farris’ prose moves seamlessly from the easy unhurriedness of summer play to the weightier awe of discovery. Grimard keeps visual pace with warm watercolors and pencil-sketched shading and lines that feel light but never fluffy, capturing the dynamic fluidity between real and pretend…Infectiously delightful.” -Kirkus Reviews

“Can be used by parents and grandparents, teachers and caregivers to plant the idea in the minds of shy children that they can venture forth in life, because life is an adventure. Recommended” -CM Magazine

Happy book birthday to Suzanne Methot’s LEGACY

Happy book birthday to Suzanne Methot‘s LEGACY, publishing today with ECW Press!

From the publisher: “With passionate logic and chillingly clear prose, author and educator Suzanne Methot uses history, human development, and her own and others’ stories to trace the roots of Indigenous cultural dislocation and community breakdown in an original and provocative examination of the long-term effects of colonization. But all is not lost. Methot also shows how we can come back from this with Indigenous ways of knowing lighting the way.”

Pre-publication praise:

CBC’s 10 must-read Canadian books this March

Legacy is a book that is sure to be found on classroom syllabuses in years to come. It offers Indigenous readers testimony and some tools, and provides non-Indigenous readers depth of scope for understanding the relationships that exist between Indigenous peoples, their nations, and Canada.” -Quill and Quire

“A deeply empathetic and inspiring work with insights of value to anyone struggling to overcome personal or communal trauma.” -School Library Journal

“This book is accessible, relatable, and full of storytelling about real people. It deeply resonates with me as a traditional counsellor, educator, and Indigenous person. Suzanne Methot, a brave Nehiyaw writer and community helper, takes up the challenges of logically explaining a child’s traumatized brain and body and how these impacts continue into adulthood. Methot also explores Indigenous health-care models, proving that Indigenous values provide solutions. This book uncovers the critical need for legislation that moves from creating ‘a renewed relationship’ with Indigenous peoples to creating real structural change.” -Dr. Cyndy Baskin, Mi’kmaq Nation, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Ryerson University