Kids' Indie Next List Spring 2018

Fantastic news! GHOST BOYS is #1 on the Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List!

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And LBYR titles represent in the major list categories:

Additional Top Picks


HELLO LIGHTHOUSE by Sophie Blackall 





Exciting TV news for Stephanie Meyer's THE CHEMIST!

Exciting news just in for Stephenie Meyer’s THE CHEMIST! reports that THE CHEMIST will be adapted into a TV series by Tomorrow studios.

Tomorrow studios is behind the TNT drama series Good Behavior, starring Michelle Dockery, and Snowpiercer, starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs, as well as Hanna for Amazon Studios.

Read the full details here.

(The Chemist; Back Bay Books; July 11, 2017; ISBN: 978-0-316-38784-2)

(The Chemist; Back Bay Books; July 11, 2017; ISBN: 978-0-316-38784-2)




Portugal (9781681121475) Named One of the Ten Best Graphic Novels of 2017

Portugal (NBM Publishing, 9781681121475)

Portugal (NBM Publishing, 9781681121475)

Portugal (NBM Publishing, 9781681121475), previously named one of The Washington Post's Ten Best Graphic Novels of 2017, was reviewed by the Onion's AV Club on January 17. “Digging into the past shows him how to move forward, and Pedrosa turns Simon’s self-discovery into a beautiful journey through a foreign country full of wonders. There’s remarkable precision in the artwork, with each location and character rendered in lush detail.”

The book also received **starred reviews** from both Library Journal (February 1) and Publishers Weekly (January 1). LJ says, "this masterpiece is actually even better than the hype," and PW calls it "a tour de force." 


From the author of the acclaimed Equinoxes comes a return to roots that serves as spiritual renewal. Comics artist Simon Muchat is stuck. Suffering writer's block, uninspired, vegetating as a school art teacher, he is losing direction and his taste for life, until one day he is invited to appear at a comics convention in Portugal, the country his family came from and which he hadn't seen since his childhood. Even though he is a foreigner there, so many elements of the country are familiar to him. Meeting its lively citizens and recounting early memoreis brought by back his distant yet welcoming family all prove reinvigorating—the breath of fresh air he so badly needed. Based on his own experience, Pedrosa narrates this return to his roots in a deeply compelling and warmly human way. This bestselling graphic novel has sold more than 100,000 copies in France and a has won many prizes, including Best Graphic Novel at the Angouleme Festival and FNAC Best GN.



Three Starred Reviews for Monet: Iterant of Light

Monet: Iterant of Light (NBM, 9781681121390)

Monet: Iterant of Light (NBM, 9781681121390)

Publishers Weekly

Monet: Iterant of Light (NBM, 9781681121390) received a **starred review** online on January 5. "This evocative homage to one of the titans of modern art is both a collectible and a joy to read. [...] The quality of the loving production make this a landmark in serious comics about art."

Library Journal

Monet (NBM, 9781681121390) received a **starred review** in print and online on December 8. "This beautiful, evocative story will please fans of biography, art history, and impressionism. Highly recommended."


Monet (NBM, 9781681121390) received a **starred review** in the November 15 issue, in print and online. "Because Efa injects so much of Monet into his own style and Rubio presents fact as fact and conjecture as conjecture, many may think this the best of the many recent comics biographies of artists."




More National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists

Last week The National Book Critics Circle announced its 30 finalists for the outstanding books of 2017. Winners will be announced on Thursday, March 15th!

Here are the nominated books from our publishers:


Adam Rutherford, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes (The Experiment, 9781615194049)


Edmund Gordon, The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography (Oxford, 9780190626846)


Thi Bui, The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir (Abrams, 9781419718779)


Nuar Alsadir, Fourth Person Singular (Oxford University Press, 9781786940193) 

Frank Ormsby, The Darkness of Snow (Wake Forest University Press, 9781930630826)




Orbit Nominated for The Philip K. Dick Award!

REVENGER by Alastair Reynolds (Orbit TP, 9780316555562) and SIX WAKES by Mur Lafferty (Orbit TP, 9780316389686) have been nominated for The Philip K. Dick Award! The award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust and honors distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form. This year's award will be presented on Friday, March 30th as part of the Norwescon science fiction convention.


Winner of the 2017 Locus Award

Revenger is a rocket-fueled tale of space pirates, buried treasure, and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism... and of vengeance...

Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest crew members of the legendary Captain Rackamore's ship, using their mysterious powers as Bone Readers to find clues about their next score. But there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen, in particular.

The galaxy is filled with treasures... if you have the courage to find them.


On a space ship far from earth, someone is murdering the crew. And the crew's newly awakened clones will have to find their killer--before he strikes again!

Maria Arena awakens in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. She has no memory of how she died. This is new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.

Maria's vat is one of seven, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it can awaken. And Maria isn't the only one to die recently...



The Globe & Mail Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2018

We have five books on The Globe and Mail's hot debuts list!!! They wrote, "From hot debuts to heralded returns, novels to soon-to-be-dog-eared cookbooks, 2018 is lining up a bumper crop for bibliophiles." We couldn't agree more!

Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy By Morton, Andrew 9781455566976 | $36.50. Hardcoer | Pub Date: 2/13/2018 | Grand Central Publishing / Hachette Book Group

Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy By Morton, Andrew

9781455566976 | $36.50. Hardcoer | Pub Date: 2/13/2018 | Grand Central Publishing / Hachette Book Group

For fans of the Netflix series The Crown and from the author of the New York Times bestseller 17 Carnations comes a captivating biography of Wallis Simpson, the notorious woman for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne. 

The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip By Barclay Michael 9781770414365 |$34.95. Hardcover | Pub Date: 4/3/2018 |ECW Press / Jaguar Book Group

The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip By Barclay Michael

9781770414365 |$34.95. Hardcover | Pub Date: 4/3/2018 |ECW Press / Jaguar Book Group

In the first print biography of the Tragically Hip, Michael Barclay talks to dozens of the band’s peers and friends about not just the Hip’s music but about the opening bands, the American albatross, the band’s role in Canadian culture, and Gord Downie’s role in reconciliation with Indigenous people...This is a book not just for fans of the band: it’s for anyone interested in how culture can spark national conversations.

Adjacentland By Maharaj, Rabindranath 9781928088561 | $22.00 Paperback | Pub Date: 5/8/2018 | Wolsak & Wynn / University of Toronto Press Distribution

Adjacentland By Maharaj, Rabindranath

9781928088561 | $22.00 Paperback | Pub Date: 5/8/2018 | Wolsak & Wynn / University of Toronto Press Distribution

Today is a new day but yesterday was the same day. In this disquieting new work from award-winning novelist Rabindranath Maharaj, a man awakens in a strange institution called the Compound with no memory of his past. 

Who Took My Sister? By Webb-Campbell, Shannon 9781771663984 | $18.00 Paperback | Pub Date: 3/20/2018 | BookThug / LitDistCo Distribution

Who Took My Sister? By Webb-Campbell, Shannon

9781771663984 | $18.00 Paperback | Pub Date: 3/20/2018 | BookThug / LitDistCo Distribution

Joining a host of important contemporary voices such as Gregory Scofield, Liz Howard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Mi'kmaq writer Shannon Webb-Campbell's Who Took My Sister? is a collection of poems and texts that hold and carry trauma; they are a choir and a haunting testament.

Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs By Hughes, Susan / Boivin, Valérie 9781771386531 | $19.99. Hardcover | Pub Date: 4/3/2018 | Kids Can Press / Hachette Book Group

Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs By Hughes, Susan / Boivin, Valérie

9781771386531 | $19.99. Hardcover | Pub Date: 4/3/2018 | Kids Can Press / Hachette Book Group

In this lively and engaging informational picture book, award-winning author Susan Hughes provides a fictionalized story of the life of Jane Jacobs, one of the world's greatest urban thinkers and activists.





Breaking News: Jennifer Lawrence to star in and produce Hannah Kent's BURIAL RITES

Jennifer Lawrence to star in and produce the film adaption of Hannah Kent’s BURIAL RITES!

(9780316243926/$15.00/April 1, 2014

(9780316243926/$15.00/April 1, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence will star in and produce Burial Rites, based on Hannah Kent's debut novel. Directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name), the film's producers also include Allison Shearmur and Justine Ciarrocchi, with Gary Ross and Jerry Kalajian executive producing. TriStar Pictures has worldwide rights to the picture.

TriStar president Hannah Minghella, who, with Shary Shirazi, will oversee the production, said, "Luca is a rare talent. His movies capture an exquisite sense of place inextricably linked to the emotional state of the complex characters he creates. I can't imagine a more thrilling partnership than Luca and Jennifer coming together to bring Agnes' beautiful and tragic story to life."

Shearmur added that Guadagnino is "a masterful storyteller who brilliantly captures the nuance of the human condition in his films. I cannot wait for him to bring his original voice to the raw, visceral brutality, and poetry of Hannah Kent's haunting true story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland, for the murder of two men."



National Book Award Nominee

National Book Award nominee PACHINKO will be released in trade paperback just in time for the awards ceremony on November 14th!


Watch her terrific video essay for PBS News Hour here:

When Min Jin Lee sees the latest headlines about nuclear weapons in North Korea, she thinks of her father, who fled the republic when he was 16, losing touch with his family. But she also thinks of the millions of people in that nation who are like hostages in their own land.


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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: THE GETAWAY


Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town.

With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family.

But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family's vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?



Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a six-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 Plainville, Massachusetts, where they own a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.

The *NEW* Diary of a Wimpy Kid book is now on-sale! Visit for more! Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town. With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation.

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New Release: ENGINEERED!

With energetic, colorful visuals and layouts, plus real-world problem-solving applications, this offers an engaging, accessible introduction to engineering ...
— Booklist, August 2017


Written by Shannon Hunt

Illustrated by James Gulliver Hancock

 How do you land a rover on Mars, resolve a perpetual traffic jam or save a herd of caribou from potential extinction? Ask an engineer! Author Shannon Hunt presents nine real-life problems for which engineers designed inventive (and even crazy!) solutions. Each was solved using a different field of engineering --- from aerospace and mechanical to the new field of geomatics. A helpful seven-step flowchart of the engineering design process is also featured: define the problem, investigate the requirements, develop solutions, design a prototype, test it, improve it and share the idea. These steps are highlighted in each chapter with helpful icons that refer back to the flowchart. Sidebars, biographies of the engineers and fun detailed illustrations by James Gulliver Hancock help flesh out the stories and bring them to life.

This terrific introduction to some fascinating practical applications of engineering is sure to inspire the natural engineer in every child. With its emphasis on real-world connections to the math, science and technology skills applied with critical thinking and creative problem solving, this book is a natural for encouraging STEM education (science, technology, engineering, math). With so many direct curriculum applications for grades three to seven, and in following with the guidelines in the Next Generation Science Standards, this book is a perfect resource for classrooms and libraries, as well as anywhere a makerspace is found. Includes a table of contents, glossary and index.

Eye-opening, encouraging, and attractive ...
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, May 2017



Elizabeth Reapy Wins Rooney Prize for Irish Literature

Red Dirt takes the modern Irish immigrant experience and turns it into a thought-provoking, vibrant novel that grips the reader from the start.
— The Irish Times

Exciting news!  Elizabeth Reapy's debut book RED DIRT has won the Roony Prize for Irish Literature.  They said, "Red Dirt is timely in its subject matter – the migration of Ireland’s young generation - inventively narrated in three voices, and displays a sure-footed mastery of the novel form.” 




A group of young Irish migrants leave a man called Hopper for dead on an outback road in Australia. They barely know him; no-one will miss him in their world of hostel wild nights on cheap wine and grinding work on isolated farms. In this powerful novel about the discovery of responsibility, three young people—Fiona, Murph and Hopper—flee the collapse of their country's economy. In the heat and endless spaces of Australia they try to escape their past, but impulsive cruelty, shame and guilt drag them down, and it is easy to make terrible choices



2017 Cundill History Prize longlist


The longlist for the 2017 Cundill History Prize has been revealed. The prize for the best history writing in English is the richest in the world for the genre, awarding $75,000 to the winner and $10,000 each to two runners-up.

Congratulations to Oxford University Press author Stephen Smith! His book, Russia in Revolution, has been longlisted! 

Read more here: The winner will be honoured at a gala in Montreal on November 16th. 



Announcing the 2018 Forest of Reading Nominees!


Ontario Library Association (OLA) has announced the English and French nominees for the 2018 Forest of Reading program, the largest recreational reading award program in Canada.


Congratulations to the following nominees!

2018 Blue Spruce Award

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days 9781454913948

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days 9781454913948

The Branch 9781771385640,

The Branch 9781771385640,

A Squiggly Story 9781771380164

A Squiggly Story 9781771380164

2018 Silver Birch Fiction

Brave 9780316363181

Brave 9780316363181

From Ant to Eagle 9781771681117

From Ant to Eagle 9781771681117

2018 Silver Birch Non-Fiction

Monster Science 9781771380546

Monster Science 9781771380546

2018 Silver Birch Express

The Banana-Leaf Ball 9781771383318

The Banana-Leaf Ball 9781771383318

The winners of the 2018 program will be announced and awarded live at the Festival of Trees in May!

“The Forest program delivered by schools and libraries across Canada is designed to get kids excited about reading,” says Shelagh Paterson, Executive Director, Ontario Library Association. “Research reveals that a love of reading cultivates empathy and increases student success in other subject areas.” 

For more information visit FOREST OF READING!



New Release: Take A Bath


About This Book

The bathroom is multifaceted: the room where you start your morning routine and unwind at the end of a long day; a sanctuary within one’s own four walls; or a place to pause before rushing out the door. From the utilitarian to the luxurious and from the Victorian-influenced to the modern, these rooms are showcases of stunning design.

Designers and dwellers discuss the details of creating these practical and splendid spaces; insider insight shows how to combine materials to craft tantalizing textures and statements. Whether looking for resourceful solutions for a guest bathroom or rich details to add to a decadent master bath, one is sure to find inspiration within the pages of Take A Bath.

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Available Now! EAT SMART: What to Eat in a Day--Every Day by Niomi Smart

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Eat healthy, all day, every day, with these delicious vegan meals tailored to your lifestyle!
With its tempting all-natural, plant-based meals, Eat Smart makes it simple to boost your health and your energy. In her much-anticipated first cookbook, popular blogger Niomi Smart helps you learn to love a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables, rather than advocating a rigid diet that restricts food options. She creates flavorful dishes filled with superfoods, herbs, and spices—and, thanks to her menus, you can tailor what you eat to coordinate perfectly with your level of physical activity. It’s never been so easy, creative, or fun to EAT SMART!
Recipes include:
Smooth Banana + Blueberry Oatmeal*  Açaí Smoothie Bowl*  Roasted Fennel, Lentil, + Fig Salad*  Farmhouse Vegetable Soup*  Mexican Wild Rice Lettuce Wraps*  Cauliflower “Steak” With Chimichurri*  Shepherd’s Pie*  Spring Garden Risotto*  Pecan Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Sauce*  and much more!


Niomi Smart is a lifestyle blogger and cofounder of the healthy snack delivery service SourcedBox. After transitioning to a plant-based diet in 2014, she began to create her own recipes and share them with her audience on her Instagram, YouTube channel, and blog. Some of the most popular videos in her “What I Eat in a Day” series inspired this, her first book. Niomi Smart lives in London.



CBC's Fall book preview: Arleen Paré's Poetry Collection Picked As One To Watch For


A long poem memorializing the art and lives of sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle

Arleen Paré, in her first book-length poem after her Governor General Literary Award–winning Lake of Two Mountains, turns her cool, benevolent eye to the shared lives of Florence Wyle and Frances Loring, two of Canada’s greatest artists, whose sculptures she comes face to face with at the National Gallery of Canada. In the guise of a curator, Paré takes us on a moving, carefully structured tour through the rooms where their work is displayed, the Gallery’s walls falling away to travel in time to Chicago (where they met at art school and fell in love in the 1910s), New York, and Toronto (where they lived and worked for the next six decades). Along the way, Paré looks at fashions in art, the politics of gender, and the love that longtime proximity calls forth in us. The Girls with Stone Faces is one of the finest collections of poetry about the lives of artists—and most importantly their work—to appear in Canada in many years.

Although Wyle and Loring were well known during their lifetimes, they have dropped out of common memory. Paré’s collection is art loving art, women loving women, words loving shape, poetry loving stone, the curve of jaw, the trajectory of days.

… Like the sculpted female figures she describes as ‘tacking their bodies against the history of storm,’ Paré has positioned her own graceful, finely chiselled lines to recast the history of women in art, in society, in love.
— Anita Lahey
Paré’s poems vibrate with contextual awareness: the artists’ personal lives, their professional milieu, the painting in the next room as the poet meets Loring and Wyle’s sculptures for the first time. . . . A distinctive and memorable book, sympathetic and gloriously questioning.
— Stephanie Bolster



Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards Finalists

We're delighted to announce our Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) finalists for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction ($10,000, Sponsored by the Fleck Family Foundation) and the John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000 Sponsored by John Spray). 

Congratulations to Elizabeth MacLeod and Sydney Smith, author and illustrator of Canada Year by Year, and Casey Lyall, author of Howard Wallace, P.I., for your respective nominations. 

The nominated books exemplify some of the very best work by Canadian authors and illustrators from across the country. The winners of the English-language awards will be announced at an invitation-only gala event at The Carlu in Toronto on November 21, 2017. Read more at:


Canada Year by Year Written by Elizabeth MacLeod (Toronto, ON) Illustrated by Sydney Smith (Toronto, ON) Kids Can Press for ages 8-12 “MacLeod has divided the established and unheard-of facts into ten eras covering Canada’s history and influential cultural moments that had global success… Canada Year by Year captivates readers with facts, trivia and quotes, as it covers culture, politics, art and sports… This fascinating book is ideal to pick up and read excerpts or to read from front to back covers.” 


Howard Wallace, P.I. Written by Casey Lyall (Strathroy, ON) Sterling Children’s Books for ages 8-12 “A great introduction to film noir, with a voice that carries you to another time period entirely… Laced with quirky characters and related moments, Howard Wallace P.I. is perfect for reading by flashlight or while tucked in the corner of a treehouse… A humorous, clever, warm-hearted middle grade story that makes a terrific introduction to the mystery genre for any young reader.” 



SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA - Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Shortlist!

The Center For Fiction has announced their short list for the 2017 First Novel Prize, including Jaroslav Kalfar’s SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA!

The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1 and December 31 of the award year. The author of the winning book is awarded $10,000 and each shortlisted author recieves $1,000.The winner will be announced at The Center for Fiction’s Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner held on December 5th this year. This year's judges are: Sonya Chung, Anne Landsman, Fiona Maazel, Rick Moody, and Kia Corthron, who won the 2016 Prize for her debut novel The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter.

(HC - March 7, 2017 - ISBN: 978-0-316-27343-5 - $26.00 - 288 Pgs)

(HC - March 7, 2017 - ISBN: 978-0-316-27343-5 - $26.00 - 288 Pgs)

frenetically imaginative…booming with vitality and originality…Kalfar’s voice is distinct enough to leave tread marks…He has such a lively mind and so many ideas to explore…an exhilarating flair for imagery.
— Jennifer Senior, The New York Times