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Epic New Fantasy from A.G. Howard! @abramsbooks #fantasybooks

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After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest . . . disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight—for she is his true equal. As Lyra finds her way back to her identity, an imposter princess prepares to steal her betrothed prince and her crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass a series of tests—ultimately proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not.

PRAISE

A decadent fantasy anchored in childhood delights with vibrantly detailed writing and brilliantly theatrical subplots.
— Kirkus Reviews
Howard’s latest stand-alone fantasy is a sensuous reimagining set in a distinctly Gothic world; perfect for fans of the author and readers seeking darker retellings.
— School Library Journal
An emotionally complex tale of fate, inner beauty, and found family that illustrates the strength of love born from friendship.
— Publishers Weekly

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2015 Carnegie Medal & Kate Greenaway Medal | SHORT LIST


The following Manda client publisher titles are now on the short lists for the 2015 Carnegie medal and Kate Greenaway (illustration) medal: 

Carnegie Medal

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Tinder by Sally Gardner (Orion, 9781780621494, HC, $15.99, available)

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Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge (Abrams, 9781419714801, HC, $19.95, May 2015)

Kate Greenaway Medal

Tinder

Tinder by Sally Gardner (Orion, 9781780621494, HC, $15.99, available)

The Sunburst Award Society 2014 Shortlist

The Sunburst Award Society recently announced their 2014 shortlist nominees, and we're pleased to announce that a few of our exceptionally talented authors have been recognized! The short-listed works in the ADULT category are:

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Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson Grand Central Publishing/HBG 9781455528400 $17.00 TP

"Acclaimed novelist Nalo Hopkinson is well-known for her unique postmodern mythos, often drawing on Caribbean folklore, and placing complex characters smack in the center of worlds whose magic isn't always kind and in which decisions are rarely easy. Her newest novel, Sister Mine, has a lighter edge than some of her previous work; it's an engaging, messy fable about the interconnectedness of even the little things in our lives...This is a book about family, and Sister Mine remains a suitably imperfect and vibrant story of family in all its unfathomable wonders and annoyances, and the power it holds over us - or gives us."--NPR

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This Strange Way of Dying by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Exile Editions/IPG 9781550963540 $18.95 TP

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mixes Mexican folklore with urban life and throws in a dash of pulp flavour."

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The Vancouver Province

The short-listed works in the YOUNG ADULT category are:

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The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint Little Brown Books for Young Readers 9780316053570 $19.99 HC

"Set in a magical forest populated by Bear People, an Apple Tree Man, and the Father of Cats, the story’s lyrical, folkloric style is well suited to a tale of magic and mystery. Vess’ line-and-watercolor illustrations (not seen in final form) appear throughout; they help to break up the text for younger readers and give form to de Lint’s unusual characters. Give this to fans of Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black’s Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World around You (2005)."--BOOKLIST

Additionally, the jury has chosen to include a list of HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

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Beyond the Rift by Peter Watts Tachyon Publications/Legato/Raincoast 9781616961251 $18.50 TP

"From the award-winning author of the Rifters trilogy (Starfish; Maelstrom; Behemoth) comes a collection that demonstrates Watts's skill with short fiction."--Library Journal

The awards will be presented in the fall of 2014.

The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is an annual award celebrating the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year.

For additional information about the Sunburst Award, the nominees and jurors, as well as previous awards, eligibility and the selection process, please visit the website at www.sunburstaward.org.

Nebula Award Winners

Apparently, we cannot go a few days without announcing another AWARD winner. We're starting to burst with joy for all the nominees and publishers. Hachette Book Group authors were recognized at the Nebula Awards a couple of weeks ago, winning Best Novel (Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie), and Best Young Adult Book (Sister Mine by Canadian Nalo Hopkinson).  Congrats to all the winners!

Best Novel: Ancillary Justice By Ann Leckie 9780316246620 $17.00. Paperback

Book Description: From Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke Award nominated debut author, Ann Leckie, comes Ancillary Justice, a stunning space opera that asks what it means to be human in a universe guided by artificial intelligence. On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren--a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body. And only one purpose--to revenge herself on Anaander Mianaai, many-bodied, near-immortal Lord of the Radch.

"By turns thrilling, moving and awe-inspiring." (The Guardian)

Read more at hachettebookgroup.com

 


Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book: Sister Mine By Nalo Hopkinson 9781455528400 $17.00. Paperback

Book Description: We'd had to be cut free of our mother's womb. She'd never have been able to push the two-headed sport that was me and Abby out the usual way. Abby and I were fused, you see. Conjoined twins. Abby's head, torso, and left arm protruded from my chest. But here's the real kicker; Abby had the magic, I didn't. Far as the Family was concerned, Abby was one of them, though cursed, as I was, with the tragic flaw of mortality.

Now adults, Makeda and Abby still share their childhood home. The surgery to separate the two girls gave Abby a permanent limp, but left Makeda with what feels like an even worse deformity: no mojo. The daughters of a celestial demigod and a human woman, Makeda and Abby were raised by their magical father, the god of growing things--a highly unusual childhood that made them extremely close. Ever since Abby's magical talent began to develop, though, in the form of an unearthly singing voice, the sisters have become increasingly distant.

Today, Makeda has decided it's high time to move out and make her own life among the other nonmagical, claypicken humans--after all, she's one of them. In Cheerful Rest, a run-down warehouse space, Makeda finds exactly what she's been looking for: an opportunity to live apart from Abby and begin building her own independent life. There's even a resident band, led by the charismatic (and attractive) building superintendent.

But when her father goes missing, Makeda will have to discover her own talent--and reconcile with Abby--if she's to have a hope of saving him . ..

"While the fantastical is ever-present, it's the personal and familial that make Sister Mine engaging and captivating. Self-doubt, interpersonal conflict and the struggle for acceptance are just as powerful as the novel's magical objects. Hopkinson's deeply saturated, poetic language is perfect to relate this story, which is deeply felt." (Globe and Mail)

Read more at hachettebookgroup.com!

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

Dreams of Gods and Monsters Window Display

To celebrate the release of Dreams of Gods & Monsters, the final novel in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, which released on APRIL 8th, Mabel's Fables in Toronto, ON created this gorgeous window: Toronto-20140410-00261

Go check it out! Their amazing window will be on display for the next month.

PRAISE

"In the final book of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Taylor revives the strong interweaving of reality and fantasy that gave the first story such cross-genre appeal." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[An] ambitious, gorgeously edgy drama lit up by its coruscating characters and prose." - Kirkus

"New revelations, characters, multiple love stories, and constant plot twists and suspense will not disappoint Taylor's many fans." - Booklist

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Edgar Award Nominees from Hachette Book Group

Congratulations to the following Hachette distributed authors on their nominations for the 2014 Edgar Awards. Winners will be announced May 1, 2014.

Best Novel

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Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin (Orion Books / HUK) 9781409109402; $15.99 Trade Paperback 9781409109419; $10.99 Mass Market Paperback

A series of seemingly random disappearances - stretching back to the millennium. A mother determined to find the truth. A retired cop desperate to get his old life back...It's been some time since Rebus was forced to retire, and he now works as a civilian in a cold-case unit. So when a long-dead case bursts back to life, he can't resist the opportunity to get his feet under the CID desk once more. But Rebus is as stubborn and anarchic as ever, and he quickly finds himself in deep with pretty much everyone, including DI Siobhan Clarke. All Rebus wants to do is uncover the truth. The big question is: can he be the man he once was and still stay on the right side of the law?

Best Fact Crime

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After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

Cullen's murderous career in the world's most trusted profession spanned sixteen years and nine hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. When, in March of 2006, Charles Cullen was marched from his final sentencing in an Allentown, Pennsylvania, courthouse into a waiting police van, it seemed certain that the chilling secrets of his life, career, and capture would disappear with him. Now, in a riveting piece of investigative journalism nearly ten years in the making, journalist Charles Graeber presents the whole story for the first time. Based on hundreds of pages of previously unseen police records, interviews, wire-tap recordings and videotapes, as well as exclusive jailhouse conversations with Cullen himself and the confidential informant who helped bring him down, THE GOOD NURSE weaves an urgent, terrifying tale of murder, friendship, and betrayal.

Best Fact Crime

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The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and the Medics Behind Nazi Lines by Cate Lineberry (Little, Brown & Company / HBG) 9780316220224; $30.00 Hardcover 9780316220248; $18.00 Trade Paperback (coming June 2014)

The compelling untold story of a group of stranded U.S. Army nurses and medics fighting to escape Nazi-occupied Europe.

When 26 Army nurses and medics-part of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron-boarded a cargo plane for transport in November 1943, they never anticipated the crash landing in Nazi-occupied Albania that would lead to their months-long struggle for survival. A drama that captured the attention of the American public, the group and its flight crew dodged bullets and battled blinding winter storms as they climbed mountains and fought to survive, aided by courageous villagers who risked death at Nazi hands to help them.

A mesmerizing tale of the courage and heroism of ordinary people, THE SECRET RESCUE tells not only a new story of struggle and endurance, but also one of the daring rescue attempts by clandestine American and British organizations amid the tumultuous landscape of the war.

Best Juvenile

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Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (Disney-Hyperion / HBG) 9781423164913; $17.99 Hardcover

A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see-and eradicate-these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall's legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?

Readers who enjoyed the action, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud's internationally best-selling Bartimaeus books will be delighted to find the same ingredients, combined with deliciously creepy scares, in his thrilling and chilling Lockwood & Co. series.

Best Young Adult

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Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / HBG) 9780316246767; $20.00 Hardcover

Zoe has an unconventional pen pal--Mr. Stuart Harris, a Texas Death Row inmate and convicted murderer. But then again, Zoe has an unconventional story to tell. A story about how she fell for two boys, betrayed one of them, and killed the other.

Hidden away in her backyard shed in the middle of the night with a jam sandwich in one hand and a pen in the other, Zoe gives a voice to her heart and her fears after months of silence. Mr. Harris may never respond to Zoe's letters, but at least somebody will know her story--somebody who knows what it's like to kill a person you love. Only through her unusual confession can Zoe hope to atone for her mistakes that have torn lives apart, and work to put her own life back together again.

Rising literary star Annabel Pitcher pens a captivating second novel, rich with her distinctive balance between humor and heart. Annabel explores the themes of first love, guilt, and grief, introducing a character with a witty voice and true emotional resonance.

For a complete list of nominees, go here: http://theedgars.com/nominees.html.

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.

REALITY BOY | Winter 2013-2014 Kids' Indie Next List Top Ten

Exciting news: REALITY BOY by A.S. King has been chosen as a Top Ten title featured on the Winter 2013-2014 Kids' Indie Next List!

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* "Heart-pounding and heartbreaking...This is no fairy-tale romance, but a compulsively readable portrait of two imperfect teens learning to trust each other." - Kirkus Reviews

* "This is a story about healing, and although Gerald stumbles as he takes his first steps, his candor invites sympathy from the first page." -Publishers Weekly

* "King’s trademarks–attuned first-person narrative, convincing dialogue, realistic language, and fitting quirkiness–connect effectively in this disturbing, yet hopeful novel." -School Library Journal

About the Book In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child "star" struggling to break free of his anger.

Gerald Faust started feeling angry even before his mother invited a reality TV crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he's still haunted by his rage-filled youth--which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle--and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school. No one cares that Gerald has tried to learn to control himself; they're all just waiting for him to snap. And he's starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that...until he chooses to create possibilities for himself that he never knew he deserved.

Read more at www.hachettebookgroup.com. 

Reality BoyPublisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Price: $20.00 CAN Pages: 368 Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4" ISBN-13: 9780316222709 On Sale Date: 10/22/2013

Forest of Reading Awards

Congratulations to authors K. L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr on the nomination of Loki’s Wolves for the Ontario Library Association’s 2014 Forest of Reading Red Maple Award!

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The Red Maple Award is is given to the best fiction books for readers ages 12 -15 as selected by Ontario's young readers.

Read more at: https://www.accessola.org.

 

Praise for Loki's Wolves:

"Norse mythology brought to life with engaging contemporary characters and future volumes that promise explosive action; ideal for Percy Jackson fans who want to branch out." (Kirkus Reviews).

"Loki's Wolves brings Norse mythology to the modern world...The background and explanation of the legends are clear and a natural fit to the story and dialogue, bringing life to lesser-known Norse mythology...Recommended for those who enjoyed Rick Riordan's 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' series." (School Library Journal).

"This smart, fast-paced, action-packed novel...offers readers a solid adventure story that still manages not to skimp on character...An excellent what-to-read-next for Percy Jackson fans, this novel will also please young readers of Marvel's Thor and myth-lovers already familiar with Norse lore..." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books).

Best Books for Kids & Teens

Last week we highlighted new fall kids’ books that will be releasing in the next couple of months. We are clearly excited, hence all the exclamation points, BOLD italicized type and effusive praise. But, we missed a couple of gems that deserve your attention. So, go grab your mid-afternoon chocolate bar....er, we mean coffee, and let your inner child or (or your actual child) ogle over these amazing books. 

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Valkyrie

Kate O’Hearn. HODDER CHILDREN'S, $9.99 (9781444907551)

VALKYRIE by Canadian author Kate O'Hearn, is the first book in the series about a strong female character challenging the rules to find the family of a fallen solider. It has also been selected by The Canadian Children's Book Centre for the fall 2013 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens.

Here's the book blurb from Kate O'Hearn's website: Freya is dreading turning fourteen – that marks the official end of her childhood and she must now take up the full duties of a Valkyrie – a collector of souls from humanity’s battlefields.  But Freya is unlike any other Valkyrie. She doesn’t want to follow in the footsteps of the legends before her. As she observes Earth from Asgard, she tries to understand what it is to be human: to make friends with girls her own age and laugh with boys, without the fear of causing their death with one touch.  Little does she know that her dreams will soon be realized: on her first battlefield mission, Freya reaps the soul of a soldier with unfinished business that will send her to the human world on a deadly quest.  Freya must do battle with both ordinary and extraordinary enemies to create a new VALKYRIE LEGEND.

 

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ALPHABLOCK

Christopher Franceschelli. ABRAMS BOOKS, $18.95 (9781419709364)

The next book we are super excited about is ALPHABLOCK by Christopher Franceschelli. With thick pages cut into the shape of each letter, children and parents will enjoy this peek-through guessing game around the letter form itself. Sprinkles, hot fudge, and cherries hint at I’s ice cream sundae, while aquarium accessories hint at F’s fish. As readers interact with the pages, they will familiarize themselves not only with the 26 letters and associated words, but also with each letter’s physicality—angles, holes, and curves, both front and back. With Peskimo’s animated, stylish visuals, this fresh ABC book encourages readers to manipulate the alphabet in a whole new way. See more at Abrams Books: http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/Alphablock-9781419709364.html.

Praise for Alphablock "The straightforward vocabulary, cheery vintage-style graphics, and neat incorporation of cut-out letters make for a sharply designed package." —Publishers Weekly

"With a pleasing, retro feel, Peskimo’s art uses bold colors in a slightly muted hue and the weathered look of woodblock prints… A visually captivating delight for careful little ones." —Kirkus Reviews

 

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David LaRochelle. STERLING PUBLISHING, $15.95 (9781402792267)

David LaRochelle's ARLOS ARTAGEOUS ADVENTURE is a fun, lift the flap art adventure book that kids will love reading aloud.

Here's the official Book Summary: Arlo's not thrilled when his grandmother says they're going to the museum WHETHER HE LIKES IT OR NOT. But when the paintings start coming hilariously to life, Arlo's in for a big surprise. With 50 fabulously funny flaps to flip, children will discover how cool art can be . . . if you let your imagination run wild.

 

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Lockwood & Co The Screaming Staircase

Jonathan Stroud. DISNEY HYPERION, $17.99 (9781423164913)

An in house favourite, Jonathan Stroud's  LOCKWOOD & CO THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE is a superb, middle grade supernatural thriller that has been described as "Sherlock Holmes meets Ghost Hunter." 

Here's the synopsis: A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see-and eradicate-these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall's legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?

Readers who enjoyed the action, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud's internationally best-selling Bartimaeus books will be delighted to find the same ingredients, combined with deliciously creepy scares, in his thrilling and chilling Lockwood & Co. series.

 

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Night Before Christmas

Poem by Clement Clarke Moore. Illustrations by Holly Hobbie. LITTLE, BROWN FOR YOUNG READERS, $20.00 (9780316070188)

Lastly, THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a beautiful, hardcover, picture book of a classic Christmas story, reinterpreted by the acclaimed watercolourist Holly Hobbie.

In her fresh imagining of Clement C. Moore's timeless classic, acclaimed watercolorist Holly Hobbie introduces an entirely new character to capture the magic and heighten the wonder of this exciting, mysterious time. Her inimitable illustrations glow with warmth and feeling and will transport you to a place where anything can happen.  See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/holly-hobbie/the-night-before-christmas/9780316070188/#desc.

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

Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown | Little Brown

I blame The Lost Boys, as I’m sure does every straight woman raised in the 80s. If it hadn’t been for that vampire gateway-drug, I probably never would’ve picked up a single Anne Rice book. I think without The Lost Boys, we wouldn’t have Twilight Moms… for most of those women? 1987 was a formative year. I was just entering my own adolescent angst period, and I blame my love of vampire novels (and angsty teenage stories) entirely on The Lost Boys. Have a thing for tormented bad boys? Check! Do you like the pretty boys who just want to fit in and make you happy? Check! All-night parties and angst-filled declarations of love your thing? CHECK! Really, the vampire novel is the ultimate expression of teenage emotion. Imagine, then, my excitement when I learned that Holly Black, mistress of all things dark and cool YA, had written a teen vampire novel: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (Little Brown, 9780316213103 $21.00). The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Be warned: these are not your cuddly sparkly vampires. While they most definitely live up to the vampire lore and tradition of lush, lavish, over-the-top glamorous lives, these are ruthless and (of course!) tormented creatures who don’t exhibit Edward’s restraint when it comes to the blood-lust. In a place not far from our own, vampirism is an infection that can be held off if the bitten victim does not consume human blood for 88 days. At least it can in theory—no one’s ever seen it happen. When Tana is one of two survivors of an attack on a teenage house party, she and her ex-boyfriend Aidan (who is Cold, or infected) head to the nearest Coldtown (a ghetto where all vampires are legally required to live, which attracts Colds and humans alike) with a ‘rescued’ vampire in tow. The vampire is Tana’s ticket out—she will turn in her charming and annoying ex, along with the vampire as bounty and thereby earn herself a marker to get back out.  What follows is a gripping story with plenty of humour and self-awareness as we watch Tana try to balance doing so many right things that you know she’s going to fail. The culmination of events happens at the most gorgeous and self-indulgent of vampire parties and it is replete with the required jewels, gowns, blood and gore. There had better be a sequel, and fast, because I have questions and I need tormented vampire answers!!!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, #1)

Awesome WARP Book Trailer!

 

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All Eoin Colfer fans mourning the end of the Artemis Fowl Series take note: there is new game in town in the form of Colfer's series WARP, and more specifically in the shape of a young Victorian boy named Riley. Chassed through time and space all the way to the 21st century by a deadly assassin, Riley is forced to team up with Chevie, an FBI covert agent for the Witness Anonymous Relocation Program in an attempt to save the world as we know it ... and maybe his own hide too. Watch the trailer for the first book Warp: The Reluctant Assassin! You'll be instantaneously hooked.

 

 

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

Looking Forward to... Icons

I'm always interested in a good alien story and, coming up in May, it looks like we're going to have a really amazing YA title that might be the next great humans vs. aliens tale. Margaret Stohl, #1 best-selling co-author of the Caster Chronicles series (aka Beautiful Creatures), has a new book coming out called Icons (9780316205184, Little Brown). Take a look at the great teaser-trailer for a hint of what to expect.

Icons

Wow! Right?

Humans losing a war they didn't know they were fighting? Four teens fighting to save the world? And this killer tag-line:

Your heart beats only with their permission.

Look for Icons in May, 2013. I will be!

Beautiful Creatures Trailer

beautiful-creatures-character-posterThe first novel in The Beautiful Creatures Series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl has been made into a movie! I always enjoy seeing how the movie turns out after experiencing the wonderful inner world a book creates in your mind. And who doesn't love Emmy Rossum? Watch the trailer HERE. If you haven't had a chance to read these addictive YA novels yet, Little, Brown has a new edition of the book with a new cover, as well as the Beautiful Creatures: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion, and a new Manga edition with stunning art work all available!!!

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The movie compendium!

 

The manga!

 

After Alice ...

Splintered by A.G. Howard (Abrams, 1419704281)  is a mesmerizing YA novel that just came out on January 1st and is a fantastic read! It is along the lines of Michael Buckley's The Sisters Grimm series. Both a tribute to and a continuation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, (available from Dover Publications, 0486416585) Howard plays with the dark undertones in Carroll’s novels and draws inspiration from his real life muse, Alice Lidell.

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Howard's debut novel produces a hatter who is just a bit madder, a Moth King who spouts red herrings and flies on gossamer wings,  and a Wonderland that is macabre but grand, alluring but perhaps just a sleight of hand. You’ll be drawn into the story by nostalgia, but you’ll soon fall head over heels down the rabbit hole, eagerly navigating the plots surprising twists and turns.

Alyssa Gardner is your typical skateboarding, rainbow-hair-extension-wearing, sixteen year old girl... except that she is Alice Lidell’s great, great, great granddaughter and her mother is in an insane asylum. Alyssa is concerned that she has inherited the family curse – hearing talking plants and insects can make you a bit paranoid after all. She follows her delusions through the looking glass to save her mother from madness by breaking the curse and fixing everything Alice once put amok. Upon arrival in Wonderland, she discovers that her over-protective crush, Jeb, has followed her on this adventure, and she must rely on the alluring but devious King Morpheus, to guide her on a magical mission.

At its heart, Splintered is a quirky coming-of-age story with a vivacious cast of characters.  Alyssa must grapple with the challenges of growing up which is confusing when you can’t decide who you trust, if you like the good boy or the bad boy, or even who you are.  In the end, will Alice be able to break the curse, fix Wonderland, and get herself and Jeb back home … with their heads still intact?

bk-CarrollBestOfLewisCarrollNot only is this story enchanting and whimsical, but it inspired me to read The Best of Lewis Carroll (Book Sales, 0785813268)  - some of my all time favourites - all over again. Howard's descriptions are vivid and draw on Steampunk, Gothic, and Tim Burton imagery, and her Splintered Pinterest boards are gorgeous!

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid NEW COVER & TITLE REVEAL!

I hope you're as excited about this bit of news as we are: Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams has revealed the title and cover for the latest book in the Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. The title for book 7 is... Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel! And here is the awesome cover: 

ISBN: 9781419705847 CAD: $16.95 

We love it! Greg looks so heartbroken... I really hope this book has a happy ending.

What do you think??