Congratulations to the following authors and illustrators nominated for 2015 Forest of Reading Awards!

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The Blue Spruce Award
Young Frank, Architect
Frank Viva
Abrams
Hardcover: 978087070893

 

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Young Frank, Architect, MoMA’s first storybook for kids ages three to eight, follows the adventures of Young Frank, a resourceful young architect who lives in New York City with his grandfather, Old Frank, who is also an architect. Young Frank sees creative possibilities everywhere, and likes to use anything he can get his hands on—macaroni, old boxes, spoons, and sometimes even his dog, Eddie—to creates things like chairs out of toilet paper rolls and twisting skyscrapers made up of his grandfather’s books. But Old Frank is skeptical; he doesn’t think that’s how REAL architects make things.
One day, donning matching bow ties, straw boater hats, and Le Corbusier-inspired glasses, they visit The Museum of Modern Art, where they see the work of renowned architects like Frank Gehryand Frank Lloyd Wright. And they learn that real architects do in fact create wiggly chairs, twisty towers, and even entire cities. Inspired by what they see, Young Frank and Old Frank return home to build structures of every shape and size: “tall ones, fat ones, round ones, and one made from chocolate chip cookies.”

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The Silver Birch Fiction Award
Dial “M” for Morna (The Dead Kid Detective Agency)
Evan Munday
ECW Press
Paperback: 9781770410732

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 October Schwartz and her five deadest friends are back. The holiday season has descended upon the town of Sticksville like an eggnog rainstorm, but October has no time for candy canes or mistletoe. She’s busy dealing with an oddly pleasant new history teacher, her living friends’ new roles as high-school radio DJs, and two (!) new mysteries that need solving before the new year. October and her ghost friends are hot on the trail of the person (or persons) responsible for Morna MacIsaac’s death in 1914 — or as hot as one can be on a 100-year-old trail — when October’s friend Yumi finds herself the target of anti-Asian harassment at school. Solving two mysteries at once won’t be easy, but our intrepid heroine in black eyeliner loves a challenge. Follow October, Cyril, Tabetha, Morna, Kirby, and Derek as they sleuth their way through a blizzard of suffragettes, iceskating disasters, mystical telephones, and boats named Titanic, all set against a backdrop of yuletide pandemonium.

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The Red Maple Non-Fiction Award
We Are Canada
Rikia Saddy & Cameron McLellan
Simply Read (Ingram Publisher Services)
Hardcover: 9781927018200
Paperback: 9781927018309

 

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This is a story of Canada unlike any you’ve heard before.  Illustrated and evocative, it conjures up a new understanding of who we are and what we’ve built, together. We Are Canada tackles tough questions about Canadian identity, underpinned by the simple idea that we are one.

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The Governor General’s Shortlists

Welcome to fall readers! We’ve been mildly debating about how much rain is normal in October (so far, it seems…normal), how long we can delay pulling out our winter gear (we’re naively hoping for November) and if drinking Pumpkin Spiced Lattes is actually basic. That being said, we’re not too worried since we’ve also been busy basking in the glow of our recent award nominations (see what we did there) and congratulating each other by buying pumpkin spiced everything. Sterling Publishing’s “The Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookbook” has been particularly helpful for new recipe tips.

Congratulations to the following authors, publishers and overall amazing individuals that were nominated for the Governor General’s Shortlists this past week:

In the CHILDREN’S LITERATURE (ILLUSTRATION) category:

Once Upon a Memory illustrated by Renata Liwska, text by Nina Laden and (ISBN 9780316208161 / $19.00 / Hardcover – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers//HBG)

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In the POETRY category:

Night Vision by Christopher Levenson (ISBN 9781927443583 / $18.00 / Paperback – Quattro Books//LitDistCo)

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Lake of Two Mountains by Arleen Paré (ISBN 9781926829876 / $20.00 / Paperback – Brick Books//LitDistCo)

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Light Light By Julie Joosten (ISBN 9781927040836 / $18.00 / Paperback – BookThug//LitDistCo)

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And in the ENGLISH LANGUAGE DRAMA category:

Secret Mask by Rick Chafe (ISBN 9781770911901 / $16.95 / Paperback – Playwrights Canada Press//UTP)

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That Elusive Spark by Janet Munsil (ISBN 9781770912045 / $16.95 / Paperback – Playwrights Canada Press//UTP)

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Age of Minority by Jordan Tannahill (ISBN 9781770911949 / $19.95 / Paperback – Playwrights Canada Press//UTP)

Age of Minority

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The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Book Trailer

Next month, The Diary of the Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (9781419711893) will be lining bookshelves across the country. Check out Abrams Books first exclusive book trailer below to find out what happens to Greg and his family.

Want to know more? Don’t fret! From now until November 4th, Abrams Books and Jeff Kinney will release a new trailer on www.youtube.com/WimpyKid!

A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun . . . unless, of course, you’re the Heffleys. The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns. Gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a runaway pig—not exactly Greg Heffley’s idea of a good time. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure—and this is one the Heffleys won’t soon forget.

Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and four-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in southern Massachusetts, where he is opening a bookstore.

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AWARD NEWS: Joshua Ferris Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize 2014

TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR by Joshua Ferris has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014!

To Rise Again At A Decent Hour

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is beautifully written. It’s also funny, thought-provoking, and touching. One hesitates to call it the Catch-22 of dentistry, but it’s sort of in that ballpark. Some books simply carry you along on the strength and energy of the author’s invention and unique view of the world. This is one of those books.” (Stephen King)

The full list of nominees can be found here and the winner will be announced on October 14th.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A big, brilliant, profoundly observed novel about the mysteries of modern life by National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris, one of the most exciting voices of his generation

Paul O’Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn’t know how to live in it. He’s a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God.

Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. What begins as an outrageous violation of his privacy soon becomes something more soul-frightening: the possibility that the online “Paul” might be a better version of the real thing. As Paul’s quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future in a life disturbingly split between the real and the virtual.

At once laugh-out-loud funny about the absurdities of the modern world, and indelibly profound about the eternal questions of the meaning of life, love and truth, TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR is a deeply moving and constantly surprising tour de force.

Read more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com

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