Stan Lee – THE ZODIAC LEGACY

Watch comic book writer and author Stan Lee talk about his new magical middle grade series THE ZODIAC LEGACY. About 

When twelve magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, a Chinese-American teenager named Steven will be thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He’ll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.

Book 1: The Zodiac Archives (9781423180852) released early this week! Visit http://disneyzodiac.com for more details.

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ON SALE TODAY The Terrible Two

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It’s an exciting day for us, as Abrams Books is releasing the highly anticipated new middle grade novel: The Terrible Two (9781419714917) by bestselling authors Mac Barnett and Jory John.

Advance Praise for The Terrible Two
“A double helping of fun and mischief!”
—Jeff kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series

“The pranks, the brotherhood, the art, the heart! What’s not to love about the Terrible Two?”
—Sara Pennypacker, author of the Clementine series

“You don’t have to be a cow, like cows, or even know a cow to love the Terrible Two.”
—Dave Eggers

“This book is terrible! Terribly funny, terribly full of pranks, and terribly wonderful.”
—Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man and the Frank Einstein series

“The Terrible Two are my kind of kids. And what’s more, they’re kids’ kind of kids.”
—Annie Barrows, author of the Ivy & Bean series

“Hilarious.”
—Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series

To read more about The Terrible Two visit http://www.abramsbooks.com.

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The 2014 Governor General’s Award Winners

It’s old news, we know, but we’re still thrilled that LITERARY PRESS GROUP has won the 2014 Governor General’s Awards for Poetry and Drama!  Congratulations to Arleen Paré, author of Lake of Two Mountains (Poetry) and Jordan Tannahill, author Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays (Drama).

From BRICK BOOKS:

Lake-of-Two-Mountains-webLake of Two Mountains (ISBN 9781926829876), Arleen Paré’s second poetry collection, is a portrait of a lake, of a relationship to a lake, of a network of relationships around a lake. It maps, probes and applauds the riparian region of central Canadian geography that lies between the Ottawa and the St. Lawrence Rivers. The poems portray this territory, its contested human presences and natural history: the 1990 Oka Crisis, Pleistocene shifts and dislocations, the feather-shaped Ile Cadieux, a Trappist monastery on the lake’s northern shore. As we are drawn into experience of the lake and its environs, we also enter an intricate interleaving of landscape and memory, a reflection on how a place comes to inhabit us even as we inhabit it.

flint-dark far-off
sky on the move across the lake
slant sheets closing in
sky collapsing from its bowl
shoreline waiting taut
stones dark as plums

~from “Distance Closing In”

Praise for Lake of Two Mountains:

“When has a body of water said so much, been looked at so many ways, spoken in so many voices? Arleen Paré’s “lake” is an astonishing creation, alive and changeable, as multifaceted as light on water. “Lake of Two Mountains” is a literal place, yes, but it is also a place with spiritual, personal, religious and political dimensions. A kind of all-seeing deity, it observes human life and measures the passing of time. I am in awe of this lake, its reach and complexities rooted in the specifics of flora and fauna. I am also in awe of Paré’s marvelous and deeply authentic poems.
—Patricia Young

“Arleen Paré’s poems are monastic prayers of forgiveness, intense simplicities that praise all we have lost, all we have left. She is a gift the world has given us. Read her and then in deep quiet read her again.”
—Patrick Lane

From PLAYWRIGHTS CANADA PRESS:

9781770911949Three of Jordan Tannahill’s fresh and riveting works are featured in this collection, including Get Yourself Home Skyler James, Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes, and rihannaboi95.

Based on a true story, Get Yourself Home Skyler James follows the harrowing journey of a young lesbian who defects from the army when she is outed by fellow soldiers. Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes chronicles the last hour of Peter Fechter’s life, a teenager in East Berlin shot while attempting to cross the Berlin Wall in 1962 with his companion. Finally, the award-winning  rihannaboi95 centres around a Toronto teen whose world comes crashing in when YouTube videos of him dancing to songs by his favourite pop heroine go viral. Together these solo plays explore the lives of three queer youth and their resilience in the face of violence and intolerance.

“…one of Canada’s most promising young independent theatre artists.”—Alison Broverman,Toronto Star

Check out a performance of rihannaboi95 on YouTube. Owais Lightwala is Sunny in this viral play, produced by Suburban Beast.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

The long wait is finally over! Jeff Kinney’s much anticipated ninth Diary of a Wimpy Kid book The Long Haul is now available in bookstores across Canada.9781419711893-350x521

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the book

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.

About the author
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.

 

Watch Jeff discuss the new book below and visit www.wimpykid.com to download games and activities based on the new novel.

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