Happy Book Birthday BE MY LOVE by Kit Pearson!

For as long as she can remember, Maisie has spent her summers on Kingfisher Island. She and her beloved cousin Una run wild, and Maisie feels the warm embrace of her big, extended family.

This summer Maisie needs that escape more than ever. But now everything on Kingfisher has changed: Una has returned from her mainland school a sophisticated young woman too mature for childish games, and even worse, she has an all-consuming infatuation with David Meyer, both an old friend and an older man. Soon Maisie finds herself playing second fiddle—jealous of Una and David’s closeness, and unsure of what those feelings mean.

When Maisie’s greatest attempt to maintain the special magic of her friendship with Una goes up in smoke, it seems as though all is lost. But with an enormous revelation, and a heartrending intervention, Maisie may finally discover the strength she needs to find the same peace that the island has brought her within herself.

BE MY LOVE was published February 12, 2019 by HarperCollins Canada and has received great acclaim, including being included on the CBC Book’s list of Books to Read for Valentine’s Day, as well as the following blurbs and reviews:
“[Pearson] has a wonderful gift for depicting the inner lives of her teenage characters in a thoughtful and compassionate manner, while never shying away from the hard questions.” – Quill & Quire, starred review

“This is Kit Pearson at the top of her game, leading us heart, line and sinker into a touching story of self-discovery.” – Sarah Ellis, award-winning author of Outside In and Dodger Boy

“Compelling, moving and utterly believable. . . . This is the book I needed when I was twelve. I am so glad it is finally here for all the kids who need it now.” – Robin Stevenson, Stonewall Honor Award-winning author of Pride

Kit Pearson is one of Canada’s most beloved children’s authors. Her award-winning books include A Handful of Time, which has sold more than 250,000 copies since it was published in 1987; the Guests of War trilogy; The Daring Game; Awake and Dreaming, winner of the Governor General’s Award; The Whole Truth, winner of the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award; And Nothing but the Truth; and A Day of Signs and Wonders, finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. She is a recipient of the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. In 2018, Kit was appointed a member of the Order of Canada. She lives in Victoria, BC.

One of Barnes & Noble’s “Most Anticipated Historical YA Novels of The Year”Releases Today: BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER

We are celebrating with Maureen McQuerry today, as her new book BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER takes its long anticipated first steps into the world.

Ten years ago, while the US economy was in a freefall, the manuscript which Maureen had originally titled A Trail of Crumbs was circulating and getting a lot of common feedback referencing her stunning prose; writing that made scenes jump off the page; and “such strong voice.” We were sure we were on a straight path to publication.

But then … we began hearing from editors citing a variety of reasons for passing on it: the economy; uncertainty about positioning; worry that the dual narrative mixed with present and past tense would make it too different. And would fairy tale references in a YA novel really work?

After a time, we set it aside and Maureen turned her attention to other manuscripts which were published to acclaim.

But this story of a family picking up clues and finding its way – in spite of twists in their path, locked doors, and secrets lurking in the shadows – would just not rest. Ten years (almost to the day) from the day of its first submission, this beautiful story found its publishing home with Blink YA Books.

As it turned out the timing of this book’s release is just right: librarians are now asking for more historical YA, Barnes & Noble called it one of their “Most Anticipated Historical YA Novels of The Year”, and it has been 100 years since the Spanish Flu swept through New York; the aftermath of which inspired Maureen to write this book.

Our fondest congratulations to Maureen on today’s release of BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER. We are proud to been part of the journey to finding this stunning book its publishing home.

 

Harper Collins Blink YA

Guest Post on Teen Librarian Toolbox

High Marks on Goodreads

Maureen McQuerry’s Website

Maureen is represented by Sandra Bishop. For inquires, contact: sandra@transatlanticagency.com

Happy Book Birthday to THICKER THAN WATER by Natasha Deen!

Happy Book Birthday to THICKER THAN WATER by Natasha Deen, out January 29, 2019 from Orca Book Publishers!

“Readers will be enticed by the edgy theme and compelling story…multidimensional characters and briskly paced plot.”
School Library Journal

“Readers will definitely keep turning the pages…For reluctant readers with a taste for crime, this title should scratch the itch.”
— Kirkus

THICKER THAN WATER follows Zack Bernard, who has a thing for crime shows, especially the forensic-investigation kind. So when his friend Ella goes missing, Zack can’t help piecing together what he thinks is concrete evidence that could lead to her whereabouts. The problem is, it’s all pointing toward his dad. He knows his dad is lying about not having seen Ella because Zack saw them together at the mall the day she disappeared. What he doesn’t know is why. With the help of his friend Ayo, Zack tries to solve the mystery himself to avoid having to make the terrible choice between losing someone close to him and betraying his family.

Award-winning author Natasha Deen loves stories: exciting ones, scary ones and, especially, funny ones! As a kid of two countries (Guyana and Canada), she feels especially lucky because she gets a double dose of stories. When she’s not working on her books or visiting schools, she spends a lot of time trying to convince her dogs and cats that she’s the boss of the house.

Happy British Book Birthday to FOE by Iain Reid

FOE by Iain Reid, the acclaimed author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things, was published January 24th by Scribner UK and has already garnered glowing praise:

‘I couldn’t put it down.  It infected my dreams. A creepy and brilliant book.’      –  Zoe Whittall, author of The Best Kind of People

‘Foe reads like a house on fire, and is almost impossible not to finish in one sitting…an otherworldly hothouse of introversion and fantasy.’  – The Toronto Star

‘Not a step is misplaced over the course of a three-act structure that sustains this shrill note of unease all the way through to its jarring reveal.’ – The Irish Independent

Foe tells the story of long-married couple Junior and Henrietta, who live a quiet, solitary life on their farm, where they work at the local feed mill and raise chickens. Their lives are simple, straightforward, uncomplicated until the day a stranger arrives at their door with alarming news: Junior has been chosen to take an extraordinary journey, a journey across both time and distance, while Hen remains at home. Junior will be gone for years. But Hen won’t be left alone.

As the time for his departure draws nearer, Junior finds himself questioning everything about his life – even whether it’s really his life at all.

An eerily entrancing page-turner, Foe churns with unease and suspense from the first words to its shocking finale. Perfect for fans of Humans, Westworld and Black MirrorFoe is a book you will never forget.

Iain Reid is the author of two critically acclaimed, award-winning books of nonfiction. His internationally bestselling debut novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, has been published in more than twenty countries. Oscar-winner Charlie Kaufman is writing and directing a film based on the novel, which Reid will co-produce. His second novel, Foe, was an instant bestseller and feature film rights have been acquired by Anonymous Content, with Reid set to executive produce.

Happy Book Birthday to WHAT BLOWS UP by Ted Staunton

Happy book birthday to THE ALMOST EPIC SQUAD: WHAT BLOWS UP, written by Ted Staunton and illustrated by Britt Wilson, out January 1st from Scholastic Canada!

WHAT BLOWS UP, the second in the ALMOST EPIC SQUAD series, follows thirteen-year-old Gary Lundborg and his quest to master his basketball skills and his other, special skills.

Gary often knows all the right moves, but in the middle of an epic growth spurt, his execution is more disastrous than dazzling these days. Can he master his new powers and become the basketball star he wants to be? Well, first he must save the world!

It turns out there are forces both good and evil who have had their eyes on Gary and three other “special” kids since their exposure at birth to a mysterious element called reidium. Gary’s gifts are called on by secret government Department C, in charge of problems no one else takes seriously, to thwart the evil mastermind The Boss and her equally evil henchwoman Malevia Spleene in their quest to secure all the world’s reidium!

Ted Staunton is the award-winning author of over forty books for young people, including Bounced, and a roots/blues musician in whatever time is left over. A busy and popular presenter at schools across Canada, Ted also teaches writing at George Brown College in Toronto.

Happy Book Birthday to Anna Humphrey’s CLARA HUMBLE AND THE KITTEN CABOODLE!

Happy book birthday to Anna Humphrey‘s CLARA HUMBLE AND THE KITTEN CABOODLE, illustrated by Lisa Cinar, now published with Owlkids!

When Clara and her best friend, Bradley, go treasure hunting in an abandoned lot, they stumble upon something even better—a cat about to have kittens! To Clara, their mission is clear: make the best shelter ever and secretly care for the feline family until they can convince their parents to adopt the cats. But Clara and Bradley agree less than ever, and keeping the cats fed comes with a cost. Clara hatches a brilliant plan to raise kibble cash by producing the cutest internet cat video ever. But when condo developers start to bulldoze the lot, Clara and Bradley have to work together to save the kittens. Can Clara pull it off? Or will it turn into one big cat-astrophe?

Anna Humphrey is the author of several books for young readers, including the Clara Humble series and MEGABAT. When she isn’t hard at work on a new book, she can usually be found watching internet cat videos. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with her two kids, two cats, and one husband.

Advance Praise:

“A fun, funny, and friendly episode in the saga of the indomitable Clara Humble.”
—Kirkus Reviews

Happy Book Birthday to CLIFFORD by Harold Johnson!

Happy book birthday to Harold Johnson‘s CLIFFORD, publishing today with House of Anansi Press!

CLIFFORD has been lauded as a “genre-dying” work, bridging the imagined and the true in one breathtaking story that starts with the author going home for his brother Clifford’s funeral and a chair that stands on three legs.

From the publisher: “Exquisitely crafted, funny, visionary, and wholly moving, Clifford is an extraordinary work for the way it defies strict category and embraces myriad forms of storytelling. To read it is to be immersed in a home, a family, a community, the wider world, the entire cosmos.”

Join Harold on October 2nd for a reading of CLIFFORD at McNally Robinson Winnipeg. More information about the event available here: Mcnallyrobinson.com//An-Evening-with-Harold-R-Johnson

Advance Praise and Accolades for CLIFFORD:

On the CBC Books list of “10 Canadian books coming out in August we can’t wait to read

Open Book interview: “Harold R. Johnson’s newest book combines his expertise in fiction and non-fiction, in a genre-blending work that is being hailed as the crown jewel of an already acclaimed oeuvre.”

“Memoir, fantasy, fiction? Genre bends in Clifford. Clifford, refuses to distinguish fact from fantasy or fiction from biography…the story’s meditations on loss, family, and fateful actions prove absorbing from the opening page.”
Toronto StarThestar.com/memoir-fantasy-fiction-genre-bends-in-clifford

Clifford is a luminous, genre-bending memoir. Heartache and hardship are no match for the disarming whimsy, the layered storytelling shot through with love. The power of land, the pull of family, the turbulence of poverty are threads woven together with explorations of reality, tackling truth with a trickster slant.”
—Eden Robinson, author of Son of a Trickster

“Harold R. Johnson is a wonderful writer, and Clifford is his best
work yet. For fans of Jack Finney and Richard Matheson, this terrific book is a wonderfully human tale of memory both bitter and sweet, as well as a poignant exploration of time’s hold over all of us.”
—Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award–winning author of Quantum Night

Clifford is a story only Harold Johnson could tell. By turns soft and harsh, intellectual and emotional, Johnson weaves truth, fiction, science, and science fiction into a tapestry that is rich with meaning and maybes. A natural storyteller, Johnson seeks imagined pasts and futurity with equal parts longing and care. This work allows readers and writers the possibility of new and ancient modes of storytelling.”
—Tracey Lindberg, author of Birdie

Clifford is unlike anything I’ve read—it is at once a story of science and magic, love and loss, and a case for the infi nite potential of humanity. It is a book of profound wisdom—an unpacking of the deepest truths of science in an effort to transform the pain of grief and regret into healing and forgiveness.”
—Patti Laboucane-Benson, author of The Outside Circle

Book Release: SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN by Joanne Bischof

It’s always such fun to unbox agency copies of our client’s latest books.

Today, when I stopped at my mail store to pick up my agent copies of Joanne Bischof’s latest historical romance, SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN and opened it up so I could recycle the packaging on the spot, the mail clerk literally swooned at the cover when she peeked inside.

Of course I was happy to pass along a copy, promising that if she’s a fan of historical fiction (she is!) she’d really enjoy the story.

What I didn’t pass along are some of the “other” stories that came to mind: what the author was going through personally while writing it; why she chose to write a hero who uses American Sign Language, or ASL, to communicate; and that she felt compelled to try hard cider for research, but discovered she doesn’t really like it terribly much!!

Congratulations to you, Joanne. We’re proud to be a part of your stories — told and untold.

“Transported” seems to be one of the key words readers use when describing their response when reading Joanne’s books. Check out for yourself what first readers are saying about SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN on Bookbub and Goodreads.

And for further insight into Joanne’s books, visit her website.

Joanne is represented by Sandra Bishop.

 

 

 

Happy US Book Birthday to The Honey Farm by Harriet Alide Lye!

Happy Book Birthday to Harriet Alida Lye on Liveright’s US publication of THE HONEY FARM! The novel was just published in Canada with Vagrant Press and in Australian with Penguin Random House Australia. Film rights have been optioned by Hawkeye Pictures.

THE HONEY FARM is a Barnes & Noble​ Discover Pick! Barnesandnoble.com/2018-bn-discover-great-new-writers-selections and we expect some exciting reviews in the coming weeks.

From the publisher:

Lily King meets Patricia Highsmith in this slyly seductive debut set on an eerily beautiful farm teeming with secrets.

The drought has discontented the bees. Soil dries into sand; honeycomb stiffens into wax. But Cynthia knows how to breathe life back into her farm: offer it as an artists’ colony with free room, board, and “life experience” in exchange for backbreaking labor. Silvia, a wide-eyed graduate and would-be poet, and Ibrahim, a painter distracted by constant inspiration, are drawn to Cynthia’s offer, and soon, to each other.

But something lies beneath the surface. The Edenic farm is plagued by events that strike Silvia as ominous: taps run red, scalps itch with lice, frogs swarm the pond. One by one, the other residents leave. As summer tenses into autumn, Cynthia’s shadowed past is revealed and Silvia becomes increasingly paralyzed by doubt. Building to a shocking conclusion, The Honey Farm announces the arrival of a bold new voice and offers a thrilling portrait of creation and possession in the natural world.

Advance Praise

“An aura of mystery, faintly tinged with menace, permeates Canadian author Lye’s sensuous debut novel. . . . An achingly lyrical excursion into a lost Eden.” — Publishers Weekly

“Lush, poetic. . . . Each lyrical line feels like a gift left at the reader’s altar. A honey-mouthed debut ruminating on creation, possession, and faith.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Lye evokes gothic tropes and an aura of foreboding that recall Shirley Jackson and Daphne du Maurier by way of the tortured Catholicism of Flannery O’Connor.”
-Editor’s Pick Quill and Quire

“Mysterious, suspenseful, and unnerving, The Honey Farm offers a thrilling narrative that examines the distorted realities and conflicting perceptions that often exist in the quietest places.” — Iain Reid, bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things

“The Honey Farm delves into the intimate mysteries of art, madness, religion, and love through a story built with beautiful language and lush sensory detail. Gothic and subtly menacing, it’s a book as rich as the sweet substance at its core.” — Grace O’Connell, author of Magnified World

“The secret world of bees and the sensuous natural order in all its peril and glory come alive in this mesmerizing, suspenseful novel. Harriet Alida Lye is a writer of prodigious talent and The Honey Farm a thrilling, chills-inducing debut. Brava!” — Carol Bruneau, award-winning author of Glass Voices and These Good Hands

“I loved this book. The way Harriet Alida Lye captures and registers moments of encounter with gentleness and specificity, like bees bumping against flowers – there’s magic afoot here.” — Lauren Elkin, author of Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London

“Harriet Alida Lye has created a modern-day Eden, shot through with innocence and foreboding. The landscape of this gripping debut is alive with tension and temptation, and I found myself seduced alongside Lye’s unforgettable characters. Laying bare faith, identity, and love, this book presents a world where nothing is quite as it seems.” — Adrienne Celt, author of The Daughters

“In this sensuous debut, the honey is golden and enchanting, with an unexpected taste. Relatable as they are, Lye’s characters are true artists—it was impossible to fathom what they’d do next (and with whom!). Impetuous and passionate and utterly unpredictable, you’ll want to spend your entire summer on The Honey Farm.” — Courtney Maum, author of Touch

“Beguiled by the promise of a writers’ retreat, Silvia leaves her staunchly Catholic family home for the uncertain territory of a honey farm in Northern Ontario. The Honey Farm offers readers an accomplished meditation on love, creativity and the wonder of the natural world, and a gripping exploration of a community that is perhaps not as it seems.” — Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author of The Painted Girls

“The Honey Farm is a delightful and mistily enigmatic story…I am putting The Honey Farm on the 2018 longlist for a ‘Very Best!’ Book Award for fiction.”
The Miramichi Reader

Happy Book Birthday to Pat Schmatz!

We’re delighted to be saying Happy Book Birthday to Pat Schmatz! In her latest novel, THE KEY TO EVERY THING, published by Candlewick Press, Pat Schmatz introduces readers to a tenacious, fiercely loyal girl struggling to let go of the fantasies and fears of her childhood . . . and say yes to everything that lies ahead. This middle grade novel is emotionally true, incredibly moving and a literary tour de forcePat Schmatz is the author of the critically acclaimed Bluefish as well as Lizard Radio, which won the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award for exploring and expanding the understanding of gender. Pat Schmatz lives in Minneapolis.

Get a free preview of the book here: http://insight.randomhouse.com/widget/v4/?width=600&height=860&isbn=9780763695668&shortCode=&author=Pat%20Schmatz&title=The%20Key%20to%20Every%20Thing&refererURL=www.penguinrandomhouse.com

Advance Praise

“The novel will take some readers outside their comfort zones, into the sometimes scary arena of health care facilities and the never-easy subject of death. But the strong presentation of Tash’s viewpoint is reassuring, and so is the straightforward depiction of her discomfort, anger, jealousy, remorse, reconciliation, and sadness. A simply written, emotionally resonant narrative.” —Booklist, starred review

“The author skilfully creates empathy for the prickly Tash, a complex and challenging character…Readers will relate to Tash’s grit in finding a way to deal with life when it doesn’t go to plan.” —BayViews

“Traumatized by past neglect at the hands of an alcoholic parent, an ‘almost-sixth-grader’ faces her phobia of being alone after her elderly friend is injured…Tash’s volatile emotions and Kevin’s gentle steadiness ring true, adding dimension to the tear-jerking trope…A bittersweet but hopeful take on loss, trauma, and the many meanings of family.
Kirkus Reviews