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Sex & Violence has been named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2013!

Congratulations to Sex & Violence author Carrie Mesrobian!

The complete list of Best Books 2013 can be found here <> .

Sex & Violence

Sex has always come without consequences for seventeen-year-old Evan. Until he hooks up with the wrong girl and finds himself in the wrong place at very much the wrong time. After an assault that leaves Evan scarred inside and out, he and his father retreat to the family cabin in rural Minnesota—which, ironically, turns out to be the one place where Evan can’t escape other people. Including himself. It may also offer him his best shot at making sense of his life again.

Two highly anticipated releases tomorrow: World After and The Hedge Knight

Tomorrow marks the release of two of the seasons most highly anticipated new releases, World After and The Hedge Knight

World After

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world. When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans, where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Susan Ee’s debut novel was the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days series). Angelfall has been translated into 19 languages and the film rights have been purchased by Sam Raimi of Spiderman fame.

The Hedge Knight

Contains an all new exclusive short story by George R. R. Martin! An adaptation of Martin’s hit novel, bringing the world of A Song of Ice and Fire to life in comic book form. Night falls over the life of one noble knight and brings the dawn of his squire’s knighthood. Dubbing himself “Ser Duncan the Tall,” The Hedge Knight sets forth to the tourney at Ashford Meadow in search of fame and glory and the honor of upholding his oath as a knight of the Seven Kingdoms. Unfortunately for him, the world isn’t ready for a knight who keeps his oaths, and his chivalrous methods could be the very cause of his demise. 

Three titles included in Best Books for Kids and Teens Fall 2013

This season we have three titles included in The Canadian Children’s Book Centre biannual publication Best Books for Kids & Teens. The magazine is a guide to the best new Canadian books, magazines, audio and video for children and teens. Congratulations to QUICKSILVER, Compliance and Hoop Genius! Details on where to find the full publication can be found by following the link below.

The Waiting Tree nominated for Forest of Reading White Pine™ Award

We are excited to announce The Waiting Tree by Lindsay Moynihan has been nominated for the Forest of Reading® White Pine™ Award.

The Forest of Reading is Canada’s largest recreational reading program and helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library. The White Pine Award reading program offers high school-aged teens at all grade levels the opportunity to read the best of Canada’s recent young adult fiction and non-fiction titles.

The winner of the White Pine Award will be announced in Toronto on May 14-15, 2014. Congratulations to Lindsay! 

Click here for a full list of White Pine nominees.

The Waiting Tree

The real me? I thought. What was I now, the fake me? Would I suddenly wake up and discover I’d dreamt up this entire year or had been in some sort of coma? Eighteen-year-old Simon Peters wants to stand up for the truth about who he is. His love for Stephen is unwavering, but does he have the courage to defend it when his entire church community, including his eldest brother Paul, have ostracized him? Will Stephen’s feelings change now that he’s been banished to the Waverly Christian Center to learn how to be “normal” again? Trapped in a cashier’s job he hates, struggling to maintain peace with his brothers after their parents have died, and determined to look after his mute twin and his friend Tina, Simon puts everyone else’s needs before his own. It takes a courageous act on the part of Jude, his devoted twin, to change both of their lives forever. Jude, who is wiser than anyone ever knew. Jude, who understands that the meaning of the fig tree blooming in their scrappy backyard can finally set them free.

Starred Review for Waluk in Publishers’ Weekly

A starred review for the graphic novel, Waluk appeared in Publishers’ Weekly this week. Full review and link are below.


This exceptional English-language debut for the author/artist team of Ruiz and Miralles will make readers hope more translations are underway. The basic plot of their Arctic tale is familiar—two outcasts find they can survive when they cooperate—but the two are polar bears, not humans, and their fates are linked to the circumstances of climate change. Miralles resists romanticizing the Arctic landscape; her honest documentation of the scars humans have left on the land—trash, fences, highways—is especially moving. Waluk is a cub just abandoned by his mother, while Manitok is an ancient bear close to the end of his life, with few teeth and little speed left. Their efforts to hunt enough protein to feed themselves draws them together, and the drama that unfolds when Manitok is captured by scientists helps Waluk become a leader. Heartbreaking moments (“I saw how the humans had taken the skin off my mother and sister… as if they were seals”) are never overplayed, and humor always leavens the sadness. Suggestions of a polar bear spiritual world add yet another layer of interest. Ages 7–11. (Nov.)

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Starred review for A Bag of Marbles

A starred review for the graphic novel, A Bag of Marbles appeared in Publishers’ Weekly last week. Full review and link are below.

A Bag of Marbles: The Graphic Novel

This marvelously conceived and executed graphic memoir, adapted from Joffo’s 1973 book of the same name, tells the story of four Jewish brothers who spend WWII hiding from Nazi soldiers in Vichy France. When the Germans arrive, the boys’ father sends them off in pairs to separate destinations, instructing them never to reveal their Jewish identities to anyone. The two younger boys, Jo (the author) and Maurice, travel from city to city, always one step ahead of arrest. Sometimes they’re saved by decent French citizens (“Oh, the children are with me,” says a priest, casually). More often, desperation makes the boys quick-witted, as when they persuade an interrogator that what appears to be circumcision is the result of surgery for adhesions. The brothers’ courage, Joffo makes clear in the story’s early pages, has its source in their father’s valor. He dies in the camps, but his wife and sons survive. Bailly’s artwork carries much of the story’s emotional impact—every character is drawn with care, and every scene is crammed with atmospheric detail. Not to be missed. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)
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Starred Reviews for Don’t Spill the Milk and Sex & Violence

Two additional Starred Reviews! The first in Kirkus Reviews for Don’t Spill the Milk and the second in Publishers’ Weekly for Sex & Violence. Full reviews below.

Don’t Spill the Milk

Penda, a young Fulani girl from Niger, takes a long journey by herself to bring her shepherd father a nourishing bowl of milk.

She travels through sand dunes, crosses a river, walks through the plains and treks up a mountain. She sees camels, desert jinns (are they imaginary?), masked dancers and the unusual pale giraffes of West Africa. She endures a smelly fishing boat. She admonishes herself not to spill a drop, telling herself, “Don’t shiver, don’t quiver, don’t fall in the river, girl.” That’s why it’s so sad when a final accident of fate upsets her plans for a successful end to her task, but her wise father has a different perspective. In an author’s note, Davies explains that he has visited the region where the book is set from his home in Burkina Faso. He has worked with the artist in the past and wanted to give him an opportunity to picture the area’s diverse geography. The intensity of the colors used in these gouache paintings will keep eyes riveted to the pages. The naïve, flattened style emphasizes the colorful clothing, and a double-page spread in which Penda walks through a mass dance is quite striking.

A satisfying story, perfect for reading aloud, set in a part of Africa that is rarely shown in children’s books. (Picture book. 4-7)

Sex & Violence

As the title suggests, debut author Mesrobian takes aim at big topics, but what she’s most interested in is the aftermath. Used to being the new guy, 17-year-old Evan may not be much at making friends, but he’s great at finding “left-of-normal” girls to sleep with. When he gets involved with Colette, who’s been labeled a slut by her ex—Evan’s jockish jerk of a boarding school roommate—things go very wrong. Colette is raped, and Evan is badly beaten, which makes his workaholic father finally pay attention. The two move to a lakeside Minnesota town, where Evan is all but forced to engage with a crew of recent high school graduates, when he’d rather lock himself in his room all summer. As Evan heals physically and mentally, he has ample time to consider the part of himself he calls “Dirtbag Evan” and reevaluate his attitudes toward girls and sex. By focusing on Evan, Mesrobian talks about hookup culture in a way that is character-based, not agenda-driven, and showcases a teenager who grows and changes without becoming unrecognizable or saintly. Ages 14–up. (Oct.)

Starred Review in Publishers Weekly for Into That Forest

Starred review in the August 3rd edition of Publishers Weekly for Into That Forest:

Into That Forest

A distinctive narrative voice opens this startling and mesmerizing tale, which is told as one long story with minimal breaks: “Me name be Hannah O’Brien and I be seventy-six years old.” Recalling her early life in the same Tasmanian house that now crumbles around her, Hannah describes the fateful day 70 years ago when her parents took her and another girl, Becky, for a picnic. A sudden storm, the drowning of Hannah’s parents, and the girls’ dramatic rescue by tigers lead to their gradual transformation. Over time, they lose their clothes and language, becoming den-dwelling, nocturnal, growling hunters (“Becky jumped up… and buried her face in the wallaby’s bloody insides”) with keen senses of sight, hearing, and smell, like their tiger rescuers, which they name Dave and Corinna. Australian playwright and novelist Nowra manages to make the initial disaster pale in comparison to the girls’ traumatic rescue four years later by Becky’s anguished father, their forced separation from the tiger parents they have grown to depend on, and their brutal reentry into civilization. A thrilling and heartbreaking tale of survival. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)

Starred Review in Publishers Weekly for Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment

Starred review in today’s Publishers Weekly for Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment.

Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football's Make-Or-Break Moment

Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment
Carla Killough McClafferty. Carolrhoda, $20.95 (96p) ISBN 978-1-4677-1067-1 
McClafferty (The Many Faces of George Washington) sounds a dire warning about the dangers of playing football, especially at the youth level. As the first four of the book’s 16 chapters point out, controversy surrounding football is as old as the sport itself: “As the number of football-related injuries and deaths grew during the 1905 season, even Roosevelt wondered if this would ultimately lead to the death of the game.” The author, who readers later learn lost her toddler son to successive head injuries, presents story after poignant story of high school and professional players who suffered brain damage or worse. Among their profiles are details of research studies, photos of MRI images and damaged brain tissue, and explanations of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and second-impact syndrome. The book builds a damning case against playing high-risk-of-concussion sports, though the narrative doesn’t preach: “This is not now and will not ever be a simple issue,” writes McClafferty in closing. This thoroughly researched and of-the-moment work concludes with appendices that include concussion symptoms and return-to-play guidelines. Ages 11–18. (Sept.)
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A Book with a Double-Sided Puzzle to Match

What’s better than a getting a great new book? Getting a matching puzzle included with the book! This season, Tiger Tales has two lovely book and puzzle sets, The Crunching Munching Caterpillar and I Don’t Want to go to Bed! Both puzzles are double-sided with a full colour puzzle on one side and a black and white version on the reverse for kids to colour. With a great story, a puzzle and a puzzle to colour in, this set should keep kids interested for a long time.

The Crunching Munching Caterpillar: Storybook and Double-Sided Jigsaw

I Don't Want To Go To Bed!