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KETCHUP CLOUDS wins Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Novel

On May 1st, KETCHUP CLOUDS by Annabel Pitcher won the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Novel! The awards were presented at the Mystery Writers of America's 68th Gala Banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, NYC. Ketchup Clouds

PRAISE for KETCHUP CLOUDS: Winner of the 2013 Waterstones Children's Book Prize A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick Winner of the 2014 Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Young Adult Fiction

* "It's not just suspense that drives this epistolary page-turner, but Zoe's authentic emotional responses and unyielding wit...[Ketchup Clouds] shows just how easy it is to make mistakes and how hard love can be." span ( Kirkus Reviews (starred review) ).

* "By turns heartbreaking and hilarious... Zoe's voice is witty and introspective as she explores issues relating to family, grief, and love." (Booklist (starred review)).

* "Zoe's introspective and surprisingly humorous voice will strike a chord with readers as they dwell on the space between guilt and innocence." (Publishers Weekly (starred review)).

"Zoe's original mind, turns of phrase, and sprightly narrative style give her story quick, light momentum and moments of lyricism...Sharp, articulate perceptions and a measure of suspense-as well as a lively thread of wit and humor-make this a very engaging read." (The Horn Book).

Read more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/annabel-pitcher/ketchup-clouds/9780316246767/#sthash.lJU8cG8e.dpuf

MY BASMATI BAT MITZVAH Named Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013

Paula J. Freedman's young adult novel MY BASMATI BAT MITZVAH has been named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013:

"The latest spunky heroine of South Asian–Jewish heritage to grace middle-grade fiction, Tara Feinstein, 12, charms readers from the get-go in this strong, funny debut." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Other Praise for My Basmati Bat Mitzvah "Tara’s inquisitiveness, openness, and determination to chart her own path stand out in this warm story of family, faith and the ways people are unique yet intertwined." —Publishers Weekly

"This story will have resonance for many children of many faiths at the cusp of religious adulthood." —Booklist

"As she makes her way through these challenges, she learns a great deal about friendship, family, and heritage. Freedman handles the ethnic and religious diversity of Tara’s family and friends with a light touch, but doesn’t shrink from exploring some of the complexities of a dual heritage." —School Library Journal

About the book During the fall leading up to her bat mitzvah, Tara (Hindi for “star”) Feinstein has a lot more than her Torah portion on her mind. Between Hebrew school and study sessions with the rabbi, there doesn’t seem to be enough time to hang out with her best friend Ben-O—who might also be her boyfriend—and her other best friend, Rebecca, who’s getting a little too cozy with the snotty Sheila Rosenberg. Not to mention working on her robotics project with the class clown Ryan Berger, or figuring out what to do with a priceless heirloom sari that she accidentally ruined. Amid all this drama, Tara considers how to balance her Indian and Jewish identities and what it means to have a bat mitzvah while questioning her faith. With the cross-cultural charm of Bend It Like Beckham, this delightful debut novel is a classic coming-of-age story and young romance with universal appeal.

About the author Paula J. Freedman has another career in digital media, making websites for a well-known children’s publisher, a TV network, and assorted others. She’s pretty much the same person she was in middle school, only nicer and with less acne. She lives with her husband and two parrots in New York City.

Visit Abrams Books at www.abramsbooks.com for more details.

Books Kids Will Love | FALL READING

It's September, which means kids are back in school (parents, rejoice!) and fall books will soon be in bookstores, and libraries across the country.  As kids settle back into school-mode, why not encourage them to continue their summer reading goals into the fall? There are so many great books coming out in the next couple months that it would be a shame to stop now just because they're back in the classroom. Here are a few books we're certain kids will love reading any time of the year:

NERDS Book Five: Attack of the BULLIES

Michael Buckley. ABRAMS BOOKS, $17.95 (9781419708572)

The grand finale to the New York Times bestselling series, Attack of the BULLIES stars Ruby Peet, aka Agent Pufferfish, the team captain with super nanobyte-enhanced allergies. Pufferfish leads the team in their latest case: the kidnapping of the president’s daughter. But the NERDS discover she hasn’t been kidnapped—she’s been recruited. Their former librarian, Ms. Holiday, has started a rival organization called BULLIES, who each have their own nanobyte-enhanced upgrades. The BULLIES’ plan: go back in time to make sure NERDS never existed! When Ruby’s teammates begin to vanish one by one, she enlists Agent Brand and Heathcliff Hodges to go back to the 1970s and help the original nerdy secret agents make sure that the future is not erased from existence! Attack of the BULLIES promises action, humor, and a dramatic conclusion to the series.

Read the first chapter here: http://www.abramsbooks.com/nerds/attackofthebullies

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Peter Brown. LITTLE, BROWN. $20 (9780316200639)

From School Library Journal:

K-Gr 2–Mr. Tiger lives in a perfectly fine world of prim and proper ladies and gentlemen. One day, the stiff suits, dainty teas, and Victorian manners begin to bore him… and he has a very wild idea. This “it's okay to be different” story stands out from other picture books on the topic thanks to Brown's delightfully clever illustrations and masterful compositions. From the tiger-striped cover that begs to be petted to the ingenious pops of bright orange (Brown's new signature color?) amid muted browns and grays, the award-winning illustrator does not disappoint. Children will appreciate Mr. Tiger's transformation and the way his friends eventually accept his (and their own) uniqueness. Several wordless spreads encourage audience participation while subtle visual clues gently build his character. A full spread featuring the newly liberated Mr. Tiger au naturel is delivered with pitch-perfect comedic timing and is guaranteed to inspire wild giggles. Sure to be an instant read-aloud classic in classrooms and libraries.

Dial M for Morna: The Dead Kid Detective Agency #2

Evan Munday. ECW PRESS, $11.95 (9781770410732)

As the Dead Kid Detective Agency embarks on its second (mis)adventure, October Schwartz and her five deadest friends are back, turning over metaphoric rocks and finding the centipedes underneath. In this latest volume, set against a backdrop of yuletide pandemonium, they discover dark supernatural forces at work in Sticksville and sleuth their way through a mystery involving a blizzard of suffragettes, ice skating disasters, anti-Asian sentiment, and the Titanic. Although the holiday season has descended upon the town like an eggnog rainstorm, October has no time for candy canes or mistletoe. She’s busy dealing with an oddly pleasant new history teacher, her two living friends’ new roles as high school radio DJs, and mysteries to be solved before the year end. October and her ghost friends are hot on the trail of those responsible for Morna MacIsaac’s death in 1914—or as hot as one can be on a 100-year-old trail—when Yumi becomes the target of a sinister harassment campaign at school. Solving dual concurrent mysteries at once won’t be easy, but the intrepid heroine in black eyeliner loves a challenge.

Rufus Goes to School

Kim Griswell & Gorbachev Valeri (Illustrator). STERLING PUBLISHING, $14.95 (9781454904168)

Rufus Goes to SchoolAll Rufus Leroy Williams III wants is to go to school so he can learn to read his favorite book. But there's one problem: he's a pig and Principal Lipid says: “NO PIGS IN SCHOOL!” Rufus even gets a backpack, a lunchbox, and a blanket to prove he's ready. But Mr. Lipid won't budge. Is there ANYTHING Rufus can do to change his mind? Kim Griswell and illustrator Valeri Gorbachev have created a love letter to reading that's also a charming, original, and child-friendly first-day-of-school story.

Read The New York Times Review: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/04/books/rufus-goes-to-school-and-the-day-my-mom-came-to-kindergarten.html

Watch the trailer:

TIME For Kids BIG Book of Why CRAZY, COOL & OUTRAGEOUS

Editors of Time for Kids Magazine. TIME HOME ENTERTAINMENT, $21.95 (9781618930774)

TIME For Kids The NEW BIG Book of Why Crazy, Cool & Outrageous answers the questions that kids commonly ask and adults can rarely answer. Why are our eyes different colors? Why do we put candles on a birthday cake? Why do we high five our friends? Why do elephants have big ears?

Packed with hundreds of new brain busting questions with easy to understand answers that made the first Big Book of Why a best seller. The book is divided by subject area - humans, animals, environment/nature, technology and space - and written in an upbeat manner, each answer is accompanied by either a photo or an illustration to show the reasons why.

TIME For Kids The NEW BIG Book of Why Crazy, Cool & Outrageous is a must-have book to satisfy the most curious of kids. Kids will be desperate to shar what they've learned with their parents, teachers, and friends...and anyone else who will listen!

Architecture According to Pigeons

Stella Gurney. PHAIDON PRESS, $19.95 (9780714863894)

Architecture According to Pigeons is a fun, lively introduction for children to world's most beautiful buildings. In this delightful book, Speck Lee Tailfeather reveals that he and his fellow pigeons are in fact great aficionados of architecture. Speck delivers his account of a journey around the globe, offering a "bird's eye view" of the Colosseum, the Taj Mahal, Golden Gate Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, and dozens of other buildings to delight children and parents alike.

Pegasus and the Flame

Kate O'Hearn. HACHETTE CHILDREN'S, $9.99 (9780340997406)

From war-torn Olympus to stormy New York City, mythology and reality collide in a breathtaking adventure. When Pegasus, the?majestic winged-stallion, crashes on to her roof in the middle of a storm that blacks-out New York City, 13-year-old Emily's life becomes that of legend: epic battles with gruesome monsters, desperate chases from a corrupt governmental agency, captivating flights astride the beautiful winged-stallion, and?one?heroic quest to save Olympus before the Olympic flame burns out ...

A must for fans of Percy Jackson!

Anna May's Cloak

Christiane Cicioli & Susan Pearson. SIMPLY READ BOOKS (IPS) $16.95 (9781897476819)

When Anna May is young, her grandmother makes her a beautiful blue cloak. When she wears it, Anna May feels like a queen. Soon the cloak is too small for her--but Anna May never forgets her favorite piece of clothing. Snip, snip, snip...see how Anna May's cloak is transformed as her family grows.

Halifax Hal

Nick Thran, Gabe Foreman (Illustrator). LPG $9.95 (9781897411773)

LPG Fall 2013A truly Canadian poem for young adults from two award-winning authors. The poem is about a lobster, Halifax Hal, who had always wanted to play a guitar.

Friends in the tank, enemies, clergymen, I ask you to remember me just as you knew me As Halifax Hal, your Lobster Pal Twenty-six indispensable years in the industry....

2011 Trillium Book Award for Poetry winner, Nick Thran has authored two volumes of poetry. Illustrator Gabe Foreman, award-winning poet and visual artist, works in a Montreal soup kitchen.

Book Trailer & Reviews for THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black

"Black's writing is quick packed and thought-provoking.  A must-have…" School Library Journal

"You may be ready to put a stake in vampire lit, but read this first: It's dark and dangerous, bloody and brilliant." Kirkus Reviews

"This superior, dread-soaked tale will satisfy vampire addicts of all ages." Publishers Weekly

"Will enthrall Black's fans from start to finish." Booklist

12813630The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Format: Hardcover Book Price: $21.00 CAN ISBN-13: 9780316213103 On Sale Date: 09/03/2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

Read more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/holly-black/the-coldest-girl-in-coldtown/9780316213103/#sthash.sVXbGE3v.dpuf

Carnegie Medal & Kate Greenway Nominees

Untitled-4More exciting news from our publishers! We are pleased to announce that we have the following two titles on short list for the Carnegie Medal:

Established in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), the Carnegie Medal is a British literary award that annually recognizes one outstanding new book for children or young adults.

Pirates 'n' Pistols by Chris Mould, Hodder Children's Books, has also been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal, which was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children.

The winners will be announced in June!

9781419701689A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle, Abrams, 9781419701689

Mary O’Hara is a sharp and cheeky 12-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Granny is dying. But Granny can’t let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary’s street with a message for her Granny, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure. The woman is the ghost of Granny’s own mother, who has come to help her daughter say good-bye to her loved ones and guide her safely out of this world. She needs the help of Mary and her mother, Scarlett, who embark on a road trip to the past. Four generations of women travel on a midnight car journey. One of them is dead, one of them is dying, one of them is driving, and one of them is just starting out.

9781780620091Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, Indigo/HUK, 9781780620091

Have you ever had the feeling that you've lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar, even though you've never been there before, or felt that you know someone well, even though you are meeting them for the first time? It happens. In 2073 on the remote and secretive island of Blessed, where rumour has it that no one ages and no children are born, a visiting journalist, Eric Seven, and a young local woman known as Merle are ritually slain. Their deaths echo a moment ten centuries before, when, in the dark of the moon, a king was slain, tragically torn from his queen. Their souls search to be reunited, and as mother and son, artist and child, forbidden lovers, victims of a vampire they come close to finding what they've lost. In a novel comprising seven parts, each influenced by a moon - the flower moon, the harvest moon, the hunter's moon, the blood moon - this is the story of Eric and Merle whose souls have been searching for each other since their untimely parting. Beautifully imagined, intricately and cleverly structured, this is a heart-wrenching and breathtaking love story with the hallmark Sedgwick gothic touches of atmosphere, blood-spilling and sacrifice.

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Pirates 'n' Pistols by Chris Mould, Hodder Children's Books, 9780340999349

Following on from the fabulous Dust 'n' Bones and Fangs 'n' Fire, comes Pirates 'n' Pistols - ten swashbuckling pirate tales. Come face-to-face with some of the most villainous and scurrilous rogues ever to sail the seven seas in these stories about pirates from all around the world. This special giftbook edition is packed full of traditional pirate myths and legends, as well as some new and original tales, re-told and illustrated by the award-winning Chris Mould. Stories include: Davy Jones, Treasure Island, The Tenth Man, The Gold Bug, Dead Man's Ink, Dionysus, Cross-legged Jack, Mochimitsu's Music, Jewel of Bengal and Ghost in the Cupboard. Read more about Chris Mould at http://www.chrismouldink.com/.Piratesnpistols_9780340999349

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The Carnegie medal shortlist in full

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan, Bloomsbury A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle, Marion Lloyd Books Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, Hot Key Books In Darkness by Nick Lake, Bloomsbury Wonder by RJ Palacio, Bodley Head Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, Indigo A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton, David Fickling Books Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Electric Monkey

The Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist in full

Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb, Macmillan Children's Books Again! by Emily Gravett, Macmillan Children's Books Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton, Walker Books I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, Walker Books Pirates 'n' Pistols by Chris Mould, Hodder Children's Books King Jack and the Dragon by Helen Oxenbury (illustrator) and Peter Bently (author), Puffin Books Black Dog by Levi Pinfold, Templar Publishing Just Ducks! by Salvatore Rubbino (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author), Walker Books

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David Ward reading at Harbourfront, and book giveaway

Above is a clip of David Ward reading from his new book, Between Two Ends (Amulet; ISBN 9780810997141). The reading took place at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto as part of ALOUD: A Celebration for Young Readers. This is part of Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™, the largest children's literary event in Canada with over 8000 young readers attending from May 11-12, 2011. For more information on these hugely successful events please see here and here. Thank you to the event organizers and hosts, and David Ward himself! You were all so helpful and we really appreciate being able to get some video coverage.

Between Two Ends, by David WardWe're giving away a signed copy of Between Two Ends at YAgazine.ca, our website for young readers, so head over there now to enter!

David Ward was born in Montreal and grew up in Vancouver. He was an elementary school teacher for eleven years before completing his master's degree. He is the author of the Grassland trilogy and is a writer and university instructor in children's literature. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and their three children. Visit his website!

Amulet Books is an imprint of ABRAMS.

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New YA site launch: YAgazine!

YAgazine.caWe're launching YAgazine.ca, a brand new site geared towards readers of books for young adults (and we know those readers are often not-so-young adults)! Check it out – we've just posted a link to an exclusive free download of the first seven chapters of Colleen Houck's epic fantasy-romance, Tiger's Curse. YA fans should subscribe to or follow this site as we have a couple of big giveaways coming up soon!

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