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.

Welcome Lorna Schultz Nicholson to the Transatlantic

Lorna grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario and as a child loved to read and write, and participate in sports. Over the years she has had many jobs, from hosting a radio show to co-hosting a fitness television show. But her passion was always in writing. Well, and sports too! To date, Lorna has published picture books (the Puckster series), middle grade fiction, YA fiction, and non-fiction hockey books. Her books have been nominated for the OLA Forest of Reading Red Maple award, MYRCA award, Alberta Literary Guild award, Willow award(s) and Red Cedar award. A frequent presenter in schools, Lorna also speaks at writing workshops and conferences. She is represented by Amy Tompkins. 

Married with three adult children, Lorna lives with her husband, Bob, in Edmonton, Alberta. Visit her website at: www.lornaschultznicholson.com.

DEAL NEWS: BROKEN CRAYONS STILL COLOR by Eric Walters

World rights to BROKEN CRAYONS STILL COLOR by multi-award-winning author Eric Walters to Andrew Wooldridge at Orca Book Publishers, by Amy Tompkins at the Transatlantic Agency. Thirteen-year-old Robbie is growing up in poverty, all but ignored by his single father. His world is cracked open by Harmony, the new kid in school who has been placed in a local foster home.

Deal News: NOTHING THE SAME, EVERYTHING HAUNTED by Gary Barwin

Credit: George Qua-Enoo

North American English-language rights for Gary Barwin’s novel, NOTHING THE SAME, EVERYTHING HAUNTED, to Anne Collins at Random House Canada for publication in Spring 2021. This extraordinary work is a cross-pollination between cowboy fiction and Holocaust literature, featuring Motl, a middle-aged Lithuanian Jew, who imagines he’s in a Western novel as a way of surviving the displacement and genocide of WWII.  Barwin’s debut work, Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada), was the winner of the 2017 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, the Canadian Jewish Literary Award, and the Hamilton Literary Award,  and a finalist for both the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. The deal was arranged by Shaun Bradley of the Transatlantic Agency.