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If there was one book that set our office abuzz this fall, it had to be When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman.  I was  halfway through the book when it dawned on me that it was really something special.  Family, friendship (Jenny Penny will break your heart), relationships of all shapes and sizes are examined and flushed out and made vulnerable before she patches them up to give the reader a renewed sense of hope. The book examines many tragedies (heartbreak, loss of innocence, death, estrangement) all with an eccentric twist that captivates and keeps you reading.  Winman writes with a simple elegance, a light hand that never feels contrived.  I admittedly shed a few tears, but had just as many laughs (out loud - she is funny) and cannot wait for this debut author to come out with another. 

If you're looking for a book to give your mom, best friend, or favourite colleague this holiday season, let it be When God Was a Rabbit.  And if you have a spare moment, leave us a comment below, or like our post on Facebook to win your very own signed copy.

Click HERE for an intimate interview with Manda's Chris Hickey in discussion with the author, Sarah Winman.

When God Was a Rabbit, by Sarah Winman / $24.99, ISBN: 9780755379293 / Hachette Book Group




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Attention all Manda followers! It's Friday, and as far as we're concerned the perfect day of the week to take a moment and send out a heartfelt thank you to all of our facebook / blog / twitter followers.  We love what we do, we love books, and we love sharing our passion with all of you.  To show our appreciation to those of you who read, comment and retweet our thoughts, ideas and opinions, we have come up with what we think is a pretty killer way to say thanks.  Simply send us a quick comment, a virtual thumbs-up or tweet us, and we'll choose one of you lucky people to win a brand spankin' new copy of the new Ian Rankin novel The Impossible Dead.  Who doesn't love Ian Rankin!?  To sweeten the deal, we got it SIGNED for you. Mr. Rankin was in Vancouver this week attending the Vancouver International Writer's Festival and was kind enough to set us up with some signed copies of his latest.  I mean, I don't think there is a better Christmas gift for an Ian Rankin fan than a signed copy of one of his books - if you can bare to give it away that is.  Anyway, a book could be yours if you give us a shout.  Don't be shy, we know you're out there! The Impossible Dead, by Ian Rankin ($24.99, ISBN:9780752889542, Hachette Book Group)





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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, 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.



New YA site launch: YAgazine!

YAgazine.caWe're launching, 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!