Two Transatlantic Authors Nominated for 2020 Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards

The nominees for the 2020 Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards have been announced and we’re congratulating two Transatlantic authors for being nominated!

Eric Walters’ ELEPHANT SECRET (Penguin Random House Canada) is nominated for the Sundogs award and Heather Smith’s EBB & FLOW (Kids Can Press) is nominated for the Northern Lights award.

These annual awards honour quality books with wide readership appeal, and the nominated books are selected by young readers.

For more information on the awards and a full list of nominees, please visit http://www.myrca.ca.

Happy book birthday to A LITTLE HOUSE IN A BIG PLACE by Alison Acheson and illustrated by Valeriane Leblond

Happy book birthday to A LITTLE HOUSE IN A BIG PLACE by Alison Acheson and illustrated by Valeriane Leblond, out today from Kids Can Press!

“… entirely pleasurable.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Every day, in a little house in a little town in the middle of a big place, a girl stands at her window and waves to the engineer of the train that passes on the nearby tracks. The engineer waves back and his wave and her wave together make a home in her heart. The little girl is curious about the engineer, about where he came from and where he goes. Which makes her wonder if she might go away, too, some day. This beautiful free verse picture book explores the magic of a connection made between strangers, while also pondering the idea of growing up, and what might lie beyond a child’s own small piece of the world.

Alison Acheson is the author of several books for various ages, from picture books to short fiction for adults. She teaches Writing for Children and Young Adults in the MFA program at the University of British Columbia. Alison lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Happy book birthday to I AM A FEMINIST: CLAIMING THE F-WORD FOR TURBULENT TIMES by Monique Polak

Happy book birthday to I AM A FEMINIST: CLAIMING THE F-WORD FOR TURBULENT TIMES by Monique Polak, out today from Orca Book Publishers!

What is feminism? Why does it still matter? What exactly does intersectionality mean? In order to answer these (and many other) questions, I Am a Feminist first examines the history of feminism and then addresses the issues girls and women continue to face today. The book also looks at the ways in which people, especially young people, are working together to create a world where gender equality is a reality, not a dream. The author shares stories about the courageous individuals who have made a difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide. From suffragists to the #MeToo movement, I Am a Feminist encourages readers to stand up and speak out for equality and justice.

“Polak has written a book that is both approachable and interesting for young readers while providing thought-provoking statistics and examples…The book will have an intellectual appeal to many young adult readers, and it is also physically appealing.” —CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A conversational and engaging style…The extensive back matter will please researchers…A first purchase for larger libraries.” —School Library Journal

“Polak’s knowledgeable voice provides a simple yet comprehensive overview of key feminist issues, successfully highlighting the evolution of this social cause…This amply illustrated introduction will spark discussion among teens who wish to make a difference in their community.” —Kirkus Reviews

“In light of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, this concise but comprehensive examination of feminism from all angles will appeal to young readers. With its engaging content and attractive layout, this title is sure to spark meaningful discussion. Highly Recommended.” —School Library Connection

“A comprehensive exploration of the varied issues faced by today’s girls and women…Polak speaks to her readers directly in a relaxed, relatable, conversational approach…An excellent grounding in what it means to be a feminist and a testament to the power of the movement to change things for the better.” —Quill & Quire

“This nuanced book, which explores stories of real women working hard to change the world, will help passionate teenagers navigate life.” —Booklist

Monique Polak is a writer from Montreal, Quebec. Her novel What World Is Left won the 2009 Quebec Writers’ Federation Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature and in 2014 her book Hate Mail won the same prize. Her articles appear regularly in The Montreal Gazette and other Postmedia newspapers across the country. Several of her feature stories have also been published in Maclean’s Magazine. A graduate of Marianopolis College in Montreal in 1979, she has been teaching English and Humanities there since 1985

Happy book birthday to MOON MISSION: THE EPIC 400-YEAR JOURNEY TO APOLLO 11 by Sigmund Brouwer

Happy book birthday to MOON MISSION: THE EPIC 400-YEAR JOURNEY TO APOLLO 11 by Sigmund Brouwer, out today from Kids Can Press!

“… a high-flying commemoration …” ―Kirkus Reviews

This riveting narrative told from the astronauts’ points of view offers a unique approach to the story behind Apollo 11’s successful–though nearly disastrous–1969 moon landing. Readers are brought along on the ride of a lifetime, as they relive every step of the mission, including the nail-biting (and relatively unknown) crucial moments when it came close to failure. From ignition to moon walk to splashdown, the story is structured in eleven exciting episodes. And, setting this book apart, each episode is linked to the innovations and discoveries from the past four centuries that made it possible–from Copernicus to Einstein, the sextant to Velcro. It’s a new perspective on an epic journey, and the science, technology, engineering and math that set it in motion!

Bestselling and award-winning author Sigmund Brouwer offers children an original look at the historic feat that captivated the world in July of 1969. The information is thoroughly researched and includes NASA-sourced photographs throughout. Highly readable and with a compelling modern graphic design, this engaging book is sure to generate interest among a broad range of readers. At the same time, it’s teeming with math, engineering, science and technology lessons that give young readers the opportunity to make the connections between what they learn in school and awesome things that happened in the real world. There are strong curriculum links here, including earth and space systems, physical sciences, chemistry, math, engineering, technology and applied science, as well as history.

Sigmund Brouwer is the bestselling author of scores of books across many genres, from early chapter books to historical fiction. He lives in Red Deer, Alberta.

Happy book birthday to BEASTLY PUZZLES: A BRAIN-BOGGLING ANIMAL GUESSING GAME by Rachel Poliquin and illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler

Happy book birthday to BEASTLY PUZZLES: A BRAIN-BOGGLING ANIMAL GUESSING GAME by Rachel Poliquin and illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler, out today from Kids Can Press!

 “Definitely bamboozling–but in a good way, as exercises in unconventional logic.” ―Kirkus Reviews

This book asks children: If you’re given a list of features and characteristics, can you guess which animal they make? This might seem easy enough. But solving the puzzles in this book is deviously, outrageously, almost impossibly tricky! Though the thirteen animals included are easily recognizable–such as polar bear, snail, ostrich, pufferfish–the clues are unexpected. For example: 3 billiard balls, dinosaur feet and five feather dusters. And to further complicate matters, the clues are presented in scenarios unrelated to the animals–the ostrich is composed of items in a gentlemen’s den and the pufferfish clues are items in a spy submarine. Once readers make a guess (or if they get stumped!), they can open the gatefold to reveal the animal, with each clue explained and lots of additional fascinating facts.

Rachel Poliquin is a writer and curator with a background in visual arts, cultural history and natural history. She is also the author of the critically-acclaimed Superpower Field Guides series for children, including BEAVERS (2018) and MOLES (2019). Rachel lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Happy Book Birthday to ME, TOMA AND THE CONCRETE GARDEN by Andrew Larsen

Happy publication day to Andrew Larsen’s ME, TOMA AND THE CONCRETE GARDEN, a delightful new story from one of Canada’s best-loved picture book writers, published by Kids Can Press. Praise is already flowing:

“This is a book of the beauty of interaction; the neighbors who come together in the garden, the boys who become fast friends, and the seeds hidden in deceptively simple dirt balls. All it takes is a bit of nourishment and care” —School Library Journal

“A sweet story that celebrates community coming together to create something wonderful.” — Kirkus Reviews

Happy Book Birthday to CASTLE OF LIES by Kiersi Burkhart

CASTLE OF LIES by Kiersi Burkhart celebrates its book birthday today. This epic high fantasy was pitched as Game of Thrones meets Gossip Girl. This is what Booklist has to say “”Though the kingdom thinks of her as Princess Corene’s closest companion, Thelia schemes to steal the throne from the cousin who, intentionally or not, has never been on her side. But Thelia’s plans are put on hold when the castle is captured by enemy elves, and she and her scheming cousin Parsifal are imprisoned. Guarding them is a nonbinary elf named Sapphire, whose sympathies for the humans grow every day. But an old magic is waking in the castle, and Parsifal may be able to access it―if it doesn’t destroy him first. With queer characters and a polyamorous relationship, there is a diversity in gender and sexual identity here that is often lacking in fantasy novels.” Published by Carolrhoda.

Happy Book Birthday to A WOLF CALLED WANDER by Rosanne Parry

Happy Book Birthday to Rosanne Parry’s middle grade novel A WOLF CALLED WANDER, which is published in the UK by Andersen Press and in the North America by Greenwillow/HarperCollins. Rosanne’s book about the epic journey of a young wolf across Western America, based on a true story, is already garnering starred reviews – the SLJ says “deserving of a place alongside Sheila Burnford’s The Incredible Journey, Jack London’s White Fang, and other classic animal adventure novels”. Rights have already been sold in seven languages, including Japan and China.

Multiple Transatlantic Authors Shortlisted for the Atlantic Book Awards

Multiple Transatlantic authors have been nominated for the Atlantic Book Awards! The Atlantic Book Awards are presented annually to thirteen writers who represent the best of Atlantic Canadian writing and publishing. The finalists will be announced Thursday, June 6th in St. John’s, N.L., at the Atlantic Book Awards Gala.

 

The Boat People by Sharon Bala (McClelland & Stewart) has been shortlisted for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award for Fiction and the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Notes for the Everlost: A Field Guide to Grief  by Kate Inglis (Shambhala Publications) has been shortlisted for the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award. Hysteria by Elisabeth de Mariaffi (HarperCollins Publishers) has been shortlisted for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. And Short for Chameleon by Vicki Grant (HarperCollins Publishers) has been shortlisted for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature. Congratulations all!

To see the full list of nominees, please visit: http://atlanticbookawards.ca/