Happy US Paperback Book Birthday to FOE by Iain Reid

Happy US paperback book birthday to FOE by Iain Reid, out now from Gallery Books! FOE has also been sold in Canada, the UK, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Turkey, the Czech Republic, France, and Portugal, and has been optioned for Film/TV by Anonymous Content.
“Foe is a tale of implacably mounting peril that feels all the more terrifying for being told in such a quiet, elegantly stripped-down voice. Iain Reid knows how to do ‘ominous’ as well as anyone I’ve ever read.”
—Scott Smith, author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan

A taut, psychological mind-bender from the bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things. In Iain Reid’s second haunting, philosophical puzzle of a novel, set in the near-future, Junior and Henrietta live a comfortable, solitary life on their farm, far from the city lights, but in close quarters with each other. One day, a stranger from the city arrives with alarming news: Junior has been randomly selected to travel far away from the farm…very far away. The most unusual part? Arrangements have already been made so that when he leaves, Henrietta won’t have a chance to miss him, because she won’t be left alone—not even for a moment. Henrietta will have company. Familiar company.

Told in Reid’s sharp and evocative style, Foe examines the nature of domestic relationships, self-determination, and what it means to be (or not to be) a person. An eerily entrancing page-turner, it churns with unease and suspense from the first words to its shocking finale.

Happy Book Birthday to MOLES by Rachel Poliquin!

Happy book birthday to MOLES by Rachel Poliquin and illustrated by Nicholas John Firth, out now from HMH Books for Young Readers!
“Exuberant….Readers will never again regard these ‘bionic burrowers’ as pests–or, at least, not as ordinary ones.”–Booklist, STARRED review

“Following series opener Beavers (2018), another field guide and another nuanced look at an underappreciated species…. [C]ombining a bit of snark with a lot of information…. Pick up a copy.” —Kirkus

Funny and fact-filled, MOLES is another installment in the SUPERPOWER FIELD GUIDES series by author Rachel Poliquin, featuring full-color illustrations by Nicholas John Frith that will engage readers with witty narration and fun visual elements, inspiring readers to dig deep and see the world, both above and below ground, with new eyes.

Meet Rosalie, a common mole. The first thing you need to know about Rosalie is that she is shaped like a potato. Not a new potato, all cute and round, but a plain old lumpy potato. She may be small. She may be spongy. But never underestimate a mole.

I know what you’re thinking: moles are just squinty-eyed beasts that wreck your lawn. You’re right! Those squinty eyes and mounds of dirt are proof that moles have superpowers. There is absolutely nothing common about the common mole.

Rachel Poliquin is a writer engaged in all things orderly and disorderly in the natural world. With a cross-disciplinary background in visual arts, cultural history and natural history, she holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of British Columbia and a Post-Doctoral Degree in History from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Poliquin is the author of the Superpower Field Guide series, and has also written for Science Friday, The Believer Magazine, and The New York Times.

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.

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to WITHIN THESE LINES by Stephanie Morrill

Book Launch Day is here, along with our best wishes to Stephanie Morrill for the release of WITHIN THESE LINES, a Junior Library Guild GOLD STANDARD book, published by Harper Collins/Blink YA Books.

The dimensional characters in this timeless tale portray a time in US history when fear and hatred overshadow logic.

Taichi and Evalina thought that keeping their interracial relationship under wraps was difficult enough — but, when 1942 headlines of the San Francisco News announce “First Japanese Ready to Leave Coast,” and Taichi and his family are soon forced into containment at Manzanar Relocation Center, both families are exposed to something truly sinister — the degrading treatment of Japanese American citizens contained against their will.

Fueled by Taichi’s courage, determined Evalina faces down her own fears, risks her own family’s reputation, and becomes a voice who dares to educate the ignorant and expose the hypocrisy of those who are complicit in denying American citizens due process.

“Morrill produces a historical novel that blends devastating true events with lifelike fictional characters as it brings history to life.”
~ Booklist

“… the author’s extensive research helps to create a rich and engaging atmosphere that will transport readers.”
~ School Library Journal

“A well-plotted mystery with plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings.”
~ Publishers Weekly

“Precise in its history, intimate in detail, … sensitively written novel brings to life a shameful era of American injustice.”
~ Janet Taylor Lisle, ALA notable author and Newbery Honor author

“Within These Lines is a moving story of love, hope, and family set against the dark history of Japanese internment in America. This book had me captivated!”
~ Maureen McQuerry, YALSA award-winning author

Stephanie Morrill is the author of 1920’s mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, and the author of several contemporary young adult series. Since 2010, Stephanie has been encouraging the next generation of writers at her website, GoTeenWriters.com. She lives in the Kansas City area, where she loves plotting big and small adventures to enjoy with her husband and three children.