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New Releases: Kids and Teen Highlights April 2015

by Dan
March 30, 2015

Epic Yarns, Darth Vader, and more books for kids and teens available this month: 

KIDS

STAR WARS

Star Wars Epic Yarns by Jack & Holman Wang 
Jedi apprentices and little princesses will delight in this (heart)felt retelling of the Star Wars saga. And so will Star Wars fans of any age! The series launches with the original trilogy, and every word counts in these small but perfectly formed yarns.

Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope 
ISBN 9781452133935 | $13.50 cl

Star Wars Epic Yarns: The Empire Strikes Back
ISBN 9781452134994 | $13.50 cl

Star Wars Epic Yarns: Return of the Jedi
ISBN 9781452135007 | $13.50 cl

Available April 14


Darth Vader and Friends

Jeffrey Brown

ISBN 9781452138107 | $19.95 cl

In this funny and sweet new book in the bestselling Darth Vader™ series, Eisner Award-winning author Jeffrey Brown offers an intimate look at the friendships between best pals in the Star Wars universe, from Darth Vader and the Emperor to Leia and her Ewok pals, Han and Chewie, C-3PO and R2-D2, the bounty hunters, and other favourite characters. 

Available April 28


KIDS FICTION

The Skunk

Mac Barnett & Patrick McDonnell

ISBN 9781596439665 | $20.50 cl

When a skunk first appears in the tuxedoed man's doorway, it's a strange but possibly harmless occurrence. But then the man finds the skunk following him, and the unlikely pair embark on an increasingly frantic chase through the city, from the streets to the opera house to the fairground. What does the skunk want? It's not clear - but soon the man has bought a new house in a new neighbourhood to escape the little creature's attention, only to find himself missing something...

Available April 14


MIDDLE-GRADE

Ellie's Story

A Dog's Purpose Novel

W. Bruce Cameron

ISBN 9780765374691 | $19.50 cl

Every dog has work to do. Every dog has a purpose.

Ellie's Story is a heart-warming and inspiring tale for young animal lovers by W. Bruce Cameron, bestselling author of the acclaimed novel A Dog's Purpose. Adorable black-and-white illustrations by Richard Cowdrey bring Ellie and her world to vibrant life. A discussion and activity guide at the end of the book will help promote family and classroom discussions about Ellie's Story and the insights it provides about humankind's best friends.

Ages 8-12

Available April 14


Sugar and Spice 

The Cupcake Club

Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk

ISBN 9781402283369 | $8.99 pb

The girls of Peace, Love, and Cupcakes might be sugar and spice and everything nice, but the same can't be said for Meredith, whose favourite hobby is picking on Lexi. So when the PLC gets a cupcake order from the New England Shooting Starz—the beauty pageant Meredith is competing in—the girls have a genius idea: enter Lexi into the competition so she can show Meredith once and for all that she's no better than anyone else. Problem is, PLC has to make Lexi a pageant queen—and 1,000 cupcakes-all in a matter of weeks!

Have the girls of Peace, Love, and Cupcakes bitten off more than they can chew?

Ages 8-12

Available April 22


TEEN

CONTEMPORARY

The Truth About Us 

Janet Gurtler

ISBN 9781402278006 | $13.99 pb

A powerful and gripping contemporary YA novel from the author of I'm Not Her.

The truth is that Jess knows she screwed up.
She's made mistakes, betrayed her best friend, and now she's paying for it. She pretends it's all fine. That her "perfect" family is fine. But it's not. And no one notices the lie… until she meets Flynn. He's the only one who really sees her. The only one who listens. But Flynn is the definition of "the wrong side of the tracks." When Jess's parents look at him they only see the differencesnot how much they need each other. They don't get that the person who shouldn't fit in your world… might just be the one to make you feel like you belong. 

Ages 12-18

Available April 7


All the Rage 

Courtney Summers

ISBN 9781250023490 | $19.50 cl

From Courtney Summers, the author of Cracked Up To Be and This is Not a Test, comes a powerful new young adult novel with a shocking conclusion, and writing that will absolutely knock you out. 

The sheriff's son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn't speak up.

Ages 14-18

Available April 14


One Thing Stolen

Beth Kephart

ISBN 9781452128313 | $23.95 cl

Something is not right with Nadia Cara. While spending a year in Florence, Italy, she's become a thief. She has secrets. And when she tries to speak, the words seem far away. Nadia finds herself trapped by her own obsessions and following the trail of an elusive Italian boy whom only she has seen. Can Nadia be rescued or will she simply lose herself altogether? Set against the backdrop of a glimmering city, One Thing Stolen is an exploration of obsession, art, and a rare neurological disorder. It is a celebration of language, beauty, imagination, and the salvation of love.

Ages 14-18

Available April 14


ACTION & ADVENTURE

Skandal

Lindsay Smith

ISBN 9781626720053 | $20.50 cl

The dramatic sequel to Sekret, this psychic Cold War espionage thriller follows Yulia to Washington, DC, where she fights to discover the truth about her family without losing control of her mind. 

Life in Washington, D.C. is not the safe haven Yulia hoped for when she risked everything to flee communist Russia. Her father is reckless and aloof, and Valentin is distant and haunted by his past. Her mother is being targeted by the CIA and the US government is suspicious of Yulia's allegiance. And when super-psychics start turning up in the US capitol, it seems that even Rostov is still a threat. Ultimately, Yulia must keep control of her own mind to save the people she loves and avoid an international Skandal.  

Ages 12-17

Available Now


MYSTERY

The Revelation of Louisa May

Michaela MacColl

ISBN 9781452133577 | $22.99 cl

Louisa May Alcott can't believe it—her mother is leaving for the summer to earn money for the family and Louisa is to be in charge of the household. How will she find the time to write her stories, much less have any adventures of her own? But before long, Louisa finds herself juggling her temperamental father, a mysterious murder, a fugitive seeking refuge along the Underground Railroad, and blossoming love. Intertwining fact, fiction, and quotes from Little Women, Michaela MacColl has crafted another spunky heroine whose story will keep readers turning pages until the very end.

Ages 12-18

Available April 28


FANTASY

Dream a Little Dream 

Kerstin Gier

ISBN 9781627790277 | $20.50 cl

Liv has been dealing with a lot lately. She and her family have just moved in with her mother's new boyfriend in London, and she's starting over (again) at a new school. But Liv isn't sure that explains her dreams, which have gone from odd to… well, bizarre. Lately, her night-time hours have been filled with talking stone statues, mysterious corridors, and creepy rituals conducted by four boys in a graveyard.

The strangest part is that Liv recognizes the boys. They're classmates from her new school, and they seem to know things about her that they couldn't possibly know… unless they actually are in her dreams? Luckily, Liv never could resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute… 

Ages 12-18

Available April 14


NONFICTION

The Mindful Teen 

Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time

Dzung X. Vo

ISBN 9781626250802 | $22.95 pb

The Mindful Teen offers a unique program based in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to help you deal with stress. The simple, practical, and easy-to-remember tips in this book can be used every day to help you handle any difficult situation more effectively-whether it's taking a test at school, having a disagreement with your parents, or a problem you are having with friends.

 

 

Available Now


New Releases: Kids and Teen Highlights March 2015

by Dan
Kids + Picture Books + YA Fiction / March 06, 2015

Here's a look at just a few of the novels, picture books and poetry out this month for kids and teens

TEEN

FANTASY

The Winner's Crime 

Marie Rutkoski

ISBN 9780374384708 | $20.50 cl

Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

A royal wedding is what most girls can only dream about. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement—that she agreed to marry the crown prince just to guarantee Arin's freedom—if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? 

 

Ages 12+

Available Now


Instinct

Chronicles of Nick #6

Sherrilyn Kenyon

ISBN 9781250063861 | $22.99 cl

The next novel in the bestselling Chronicles of Nick series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Zombies, demons, vampires, shapeshifters—another day in the life of Nick Gautier—and those are just his friends. But now that he's accepted the demon that lives inside him, he must learn to control it and temper the very emotions that threaten the lives of everyone he cares for. Something that's hard to do while trying to stay off the menus of those who want his head on a platter. 

Ages 12-18

Available March 31


CONTEMPORARY

The Tragic Age

Stephen Metcalfe

ISBN 9781250054418 | $21.99 cl

A brilliant, debut coming-of-age novel about a misanthropic young man learning to love, trust and truly be alive in an absurd world.

This is the story of Billy Kinsey, heir to a lottery fortune, part genius, part philosopher and social critic, full time insomniac and closeted rock drummer. Billy has decided that the best way to deal with an absurd world is to stay away from it. Do not volunteer. Do not join in. But Billy's life changes when two people enter his life. Twom Twomey, a charismatic renegade who believes that truly living means going a little outlaw, and Gretchen Quinn, who suggests to Billy that the world can be transformed by creative acts of the soul. Billy knows that one is leading him toward disaster and the other toward happiness. The problem is—Billy doesn't trust happiness. It's the age he's at. The tragic age. 

Ages 14-18

Available Now


KIDS

MIDDLE-GRADE

How to Hypnotize a Tiger 

Poems About Just About Everything

Calef Brown

ISBN 9780805099287 | $20.50 cl

This is the first longer-format, middle-grade poetry collection from #1 New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Calef Brown. Moving away from the picture book format offers Calef the opportunity to tackle a variety of themes and poetry styles as well as reach a slightly older audience along the lines of Doug Florian and Shel Silverstein.

Ages 8-12

Available Now


The Boy Who Lost Fairyland

Catherynne M. Valente; illustrated by Ana Juan

ISBN 9781250023490 | $19.50 cl

Here is Book 4 of the 5-book New York Times-bestselling Fairyland series, which TIME Magazine calls "one of the most extraordinary works of fantasy published so far this century."

A young troll named Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland by the Golden Wind, and becomes a changeling in our world, a place no less bizarre than Fairyland in his eyes. Left with a human family in Chicago, Hawthorn struggles with his troll nature and his changeling fate.

When he turns twelve, he stumbles upon a way back home, to a Fairyland changed and Hawthorn finds himself at the centre of a changeling revolution. 

Ages 10+

Available Now


The Whisper

The Riverman Trilogy #2

Aaron Starmer

ISBN 9780374363116 | $19.50 cl

The second book in the Riverman Trilogy is a twisting, turning, riveting roller coaster of a ride through a magical land where nothing is as it seems, and no one is to be trusted.

At the end of The Riverman, the first book in the Riverman Trilogy, twelve-year-old Alistair learns that his friend Fiona has been telling the truth about traveling to a magical land called Aquavania when she goes missing from their hometown of Thessaly, New York. Alistair knows her absence means that her soul has been stolen by a merciless stalker called the Riverman. Unless Alistair can travel to Aquavania to save her, Fiona may never return home. 

Ages 10+

Available Now


PICTURE BOOKS

Farewell Floppy

Benjamin Chaud

ISBN 9781452137346 | $21.99 cl

It was the perfect plan: abandon pet rabbit Floppy in the woods and take a giant leap toward adulthood. Having a bunny that moonlights as a best friend is for babies, right? It's better to cut a pet loose, make new human friends, and not be so dependent on a floppy-eared fur ball bent on chewing electrical cords, right? If saying good-bye to Floppy is required to grow up, why does life without Floppy seem so wrong? From Benjamin Chaud, the critically acclaimed author/illustrator of The Bear's Song and The Bear's Sea Escape, comes this unforgettable, thought-provoking picture book about the power of unlikely friendships.

Ages 3-5

Available Now


Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

Kate Messner; illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

ISBN 9781452119366 | $22.50 cl

In this exuberant and lyrical follow-up to the award-winning Over and Under the Snow, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves... and down in the dirt. Explore the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year! Up in the garden, the world is full of green-leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt exists a busy world-earthworms dig, snakes hunt, skunks burrow-populated by all the animals that make a garden their home.

Ages 5-8

Available Now


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School... 

Davide Cali; illustrated by Benjamin Chaud

ISBN 9781452131689 | $15.99 cl

First, some giant ants steal breakfast. Then there are the evil ninjas, massive ape, mysterious mole people, giant blob, and countless other daunting (and astonishing) detours along the way to school. Are these excuses really why this student is late? Or is there another explanation that is even more outrageous than the rest? From Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud, the critically acclaimed author/illustrator team behind I Didn't Do My Homework Because... comes a fast-paced, actionpacked, laugh-out-loud story about finding the way to school despite the odds-and the unbelievable oddness!

Ages 6-9

Available Now


I Wish You More

Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

ISBN 9781452126999 | $19.99 cl

Some books are about a single wish. Some books are about three wishes. The infallible team of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld have combined their extraordinary talents to create this exuberant book of endless good wishes. Wishes for curiosity and wonder, for friendship and strength, laughter and peace. Whether celebrating life's joyous milestones, sharing words of encouragement, or observing the wonder of everyday moments, this sweet and uplifting book is perfect for wishers of every age.

Ages 5-8

Available March 31


Win a Winnie!

by Alisha
Kids / January 20, 2015

Raincoast Books is celebrating the launch of Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by giving away printer-fresh copies of the book via our Win A Winnie! contest. Participants in our online promotion include Zoomer Magazine, teacher-librarian book reviewers and parent bloggers like Lisa Evans of The Children’s Bookshelf. Lisa was the first to post her review and online contest—and she also interviewed author Sally M. Walker for an inside look behind the bear who inspired an international literary icon:


WINNIE: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh
By Lisa Evans, The Children’s Bookshelf

Like many children, I grew up reading Winnie the Pooh stories and watching the loveable, honey-addicted bear on film. I had no idea at the time that Pooh was based on a real-life bear, purchased by a Canadian soldier during a short stop on a train ride across Canada during World War I.

Author Sally M. Walker tells the story of how the soldier’s pet became an international literary icon in her new book Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

The book follows Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian who enlisted in the Canadian military during the First World War. At a train station, Colebourn encounters a hunter with an orphaned bear cub. He buys the cub for $20, naming her “Winnie” after his hometown, Winnipeg. The loveable bear quickly becomes adopted as the soldiers’ mascot, and when the regiment is shipped out to England, Colebourn takes Winnie with him. But when the soldiers are needed on the front lines, Colebourn realizes he will have to give Winnie up and finds her a permanent home at the London Zoo.

It’s there at the zoo that Winnie begins her career entertaining children, including one young boy named Christopher Robin, who renames his own stuffed animal bear Winnie-the-Pooh, after the zoo bear. Christopher Robin’s father, the famous author A.A. Milne, is inspired by the bear and begins to create bedtime stories to tell Christopher Robin. These stories led to the famous book “Winnie-the-Pooh”, published in 1926.

This heartwarming tale is one that parents and children are sure to love. I always enjoy the opportunity to share a piece of my childhood with my son, and this tale doesn’t disappoint. The book blends illustrations that bring Winnie’s remarkable story to life and also includes real-life photos of Harry Colebourn and Winnie. 


Author Q & A

I had an opportunity to speak with Sally M. Walker, the author of Winnie about her new book. Here’s what she had to say.

Lisa Evans: When did you become aware that the iconic literary figure was based on a real life bear?

Sally M. Walker: It wasn’t until three years ago that I learned that Winnie-the-Pooh was inspired by a real bear. I heard a lecture, given by a mystery writer. She casually mentioned that many Canadian veterinarians served during the war and took care of horses used on the battlefield. She went on to say that one of them, Harry Colebourn, had donated a bear from Canada to the London Zoo, and that she inspired A.A. Milne to write Winnie-the-Pooh. At that point, I knew I had to find out if that was true!

Why did you decide to turn the history of Winnie the Pooh into a children’s book?

Winnie’s story totally captivated me. I love history and I love true stories. The two topics blended naturally into a compelling story. After all, how thrilling is it to discover that an animal you love—Winnie-the Pooh—was, once upon a time, a real bear?

What do you hope that children can learn from reading Winnie’s story?

I hope that children, especially, will begin to realize that history holds many interesting stories. We just have to take the time to find them.

How did you research Harry Colebourn’s relationship with the famous bear?

I borrowed a microfilm copy of Harry’s diary from the Archives of Manitoba. After reading it, I went to London, England, and visited the London Zoo. There, I read the Winnie files and the Zoo’s daily log. They contain many documents about Harry and Winnie. For example, Harry’s son, Fred, wrote many letters about his father and Winnie. He knew their story should be remembered. Winnie was so extraordinarily gentle. While much of that had to be part of her personality. I am sure Harry’s kind treatment of her affected her future relationships with humans.

A UK survey named Winnie the Pooh the most beloved children’s book of the past 150 years and he came in second to Anne of Green Gables’ Anne Shirley in CBC Books’ Great Canadian Character Showdown. Why do you think the bear became such a literary legend?

When my sister and I were children, we had hundreds of imaginary adventures with our stuffed animals. My two children did the same with their toys. Any adventure that children share with an animal becomes extraordinary. And I think we all recognize a little bit of ourselves in Pooh’s bumbling character.

What is your favourite memory of reading Winnie the Pooh as a child?

As a child, I thought honey looked like glue and was probably nasty. I ONLY tasted it because Winnie-the-Pooh ate it! (I like maple syrup better.)

This past Christmas, I had the pleasure of reading my book about Winnie to my two-year-old grandson, Donovan (to whom the book is dedicated). He loves Disney’s Winnie-the-Pooh and sings about Winnie in the tree top. He also likes honey. So far, he likes the real pictures of Winnie and Harry the best. That and the part in the book where Winnie and Harry go on the ship. We’ll see how that changes as Donovan grows up.


New Releases: Kids and Teen Highlights October 2014

by Dan
Kids + YA Fiction / October 03, 2014

Here's a quick look at a few of our new books available in October:

TEEN

FANTASY

Unraveled 

Crewel World #3

Gennifer Albin

In the breathtaking conclusion to the Crewel World trilogy, the threads of rule and order start to unravel.

Things have changed behind the walls of the Coventry, and new threats lurk in its twisted corridors. When Adelice returns to Arras, she quickly learns that something rotten has taken hold of the world, and now Cormac Patton needs her to help him reestablish order. However, peace comes at a terrible price. As the Guild manipulates the citizens of Arras, Adelice discovers that she's not alone, and she must let go of her past to fight for mankind's future. She will have to choose between an unimaginable alliance and a deadly war that could destroy everyone she loves.

Ages 12-17

Available October 7


The Spiritglass Charade

A Stoker & Holmes Novel

Colleen Gleason

After the Affair of the Clockwork Scarab, Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes are eager to help Princess Alix with a new case. Seventeen-year-old Willa Aston is obsessed with spiritual mediums, convinced she is speaking with her mother from beyond the grave. What seems like a case of spiritualist fraud quickly devolves into something far more menacing: someone is trying to make Willa "appear lunatic," using an innocent-looking spiritglass to control her. The list of clues piles up: an unexpected murder, a gang of pickpockets, and the return of vampires to London. But are these events connected? As Uncle Sherlock would say, "there are no coincidences." It will take all of Mina's wit and Evaline's muscle to keep London's sinister underground at bay.

Ages 12+

Available October 7


Redeemed 

A House of Night Novel

P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

The final electrifying installment in the #1 New York Times bestselling vampyre series.

Zoey Redbird is in trouble. Having released the Seer Stone to Aphrodite, and surrendered herself to the Tulsa Police, she has isolated herself from her friends and mentors, determined to face the punishment she deserves—even if that means her body will reject the change, and begin to die. Only the love of those closest to her can save her from the Darkness in her spirit; but a terrible evil has emerged from the shadows, more powerful than ever…

Ages 12-17

Available October 14


Mortal Gods

The Goddess of War #2

Kendare Blake

As ancient immortals are left reeling, a modern Athena and Hermes search the world for answers in the second Goddess War novel by the acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood.

Old gods never die…. Or so Athena thought.

As horrific afflictions bring the ancient immortals to their knees, a thoroughly modern Athena and Hermes travel the world searching for answers. What they find is Cassandra, the ordinary girl who can’t remember her extraordinary past life.

This second installment of the series that started with Antigoddess takes the developing war of the gods and goddesses to a whole new level.

Ages 14+

Available October 14


The Accidental Highway Man

Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides

Ben Tripp

The first book of a trilogy, The Accidental Highwayman is a swashbuckling tale of high adventure, otherworldly magic, and true love that you won’t soon forget. Fans of classic fairy-tale fantasies such as Stardust by Neil Gaiman and The Princess Bride by William Goldman will find much to love in this irresistible YA debut by Ben Tripp, the son of one of America’s most beloved illustrators, Wallace Tripp (Amelia Bedelia). Following in his father’s footsteps, Ben has woven illustrations throughout the story.

Ages 12-18

Available October 14


COMICS

In Real Life

Cory Doctorow & illustrated by Jen Wang

From New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow, the story of a girl who gets into gaming—and ends up on a globe-spanning crusade to stop exploitation online.

Anda loves Coarsegold Online. The massively-multiplayer role playing game is a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, and a hero. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer—a poor Chinese kid whose job is to collect valuable objects and sell them to other players for real money. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake...

Ages 12-17

Available October 14


KIDS

Little Humans

Brandon Stanton

Street photographer and storyteller extraordinaire Brandon Stanton is the creator of the wildly popular blog "Humans of New York." He is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Humans of New York. To create Little Humans, he's combined an original narrative with some of his favorite children's photos from the blog, in addition to all-new exclusive portraits. The result is a hip, heartwarming ode to little humans everywhere.

Ages 4-8 

Available October 7


Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads

Bob Shea & illustrated by Lane Smith

Drywater Gulch has a toad problem. Not the hop-down-your-britches, croaking-all-night toad kind of problem. The thievin', hootin' and hollerin', steal-your-gold never-say-thank-you outlaw toad kind of problem.

Then hope rides into town. Sheriff Ryan might only be seven years old, and he might not know much about shooting and roping. But he knows a lot about dinosaurs. Yes, dinosaurs. And it turns out that knowing a thing or two about paleontology can come in handy when it comes to hoodwinking and rounding up a few no-good bandits.

Ages 4-8

Available October 7


Rock & Roll Highway

The Robbie Robertson Story

Sebastian Robertson & illustrated by Adam Gustavson

Canadian guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson is known mainly for his central role in the musical group the Band. But how did he become one of Rolling Stone's top 100 guitarists of all time? Written by his son, Sebastian, this is the story of a rock-and-roll legend's journey through music, beginning when he was taught to play guitar at nine years old on a Native American reservation. Rock and Roll Highway is the story of a young person's passion, drive, and determination to follow his dream.

Ages 6-9

Available October 21


New Releases: Kids & Teen Highlights August 2014

by Dan
Board Books + Kids + Picture Books + YA Fiction / July 29, 2014

Is it really almost August? Oh my, summer is really flying by! Fortunately we still have lots of great books for you to read before school starts again. Here's a sneak peek at just a few of the books we have coming out next month for Kids, Middle Grade, and Teen:

TEEN

CONTEMPORARY

Some Boys

Patty Blount

A gut-wrenching, powerful love story told from alternating points of view by the acclaimed author of Send.

When Grace meets Ian, she's afraid. Afraid he'll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses Zac, the town golden boy, of rape, everyone turns against her. Ian wouldn't be the first to call her a slut and a liar.

Except Ian doesn't reject her. He's the one person who looks past the taunts and the names and the tough-girl act to see the real Grace. He's the one who gives her the courage to fight back.

He's also Zac's best friend.

Ages 13-17

Available August 5


A Little Something Different

Sandy Hall

Swoon Reads proudly presents its first novel—an irresistible and original romance between two college students told from 14 different viewpoints. 

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together.

Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out. But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it.

Ages 12-17

Available August 26


FANTASY

The Island of Excess Love

Francesca Lia Block

Pen has lost her parents. She’s lost her eye. But she has fought Kronen; she has won back her fragile friends and her beloved brother. When a foreboding ship appears in the harbour across from their home, they all start having strange visions of destruction and violence. In a trance, they head for the ship, and their new battles begin—battles that will test their love for one another. 

This companion to Love in the Time of Global Warming follows Pen as she searches for love among the ruins, this time using Virgil’s epic Aeneid as her guide. A powerful and stunning book filled with Francesca Lia Block’s beautiful language and inspiring characters.

Ages 14+

Available August 26


MIDDLE GRADE

The League of Seven

Alan Gratz & illustrated by Brett Helquist

The League of Seven is the first book in an action-packed, steampunk series by the acclaimed author of Samurai Shortstop, Alan Gratz.

Young Archie Dent knows there really are monsters in the world. His parents are members of the Septemberist Society, whose job it is to protect humanity from hideous giants called the Mangleborn. Trapped in underground prisons for a thousand years, the giant monsters have been all but forgotten-but now they are rising again as the steam-driven America of 1875 rediscovers electricity, the lifeblood of the Mangleborn. When his parents and the rest of the Septemberists are brainwashed by one of the evil creatures, Archie must assemble a team of seven young heroes to save the world.

Ages 10-15

Available August 19

"Action, banter and steampunk-style tech aplenty—plus truly icky foes inspired, the author acknowledges, by the creations of H.P. Lovecraft—make this an appealingly fast-paced trilogy opener."Kirkus Reviews


KIDS

The Wonderful Wizard of OZ: A BabyLit Colors Primer

Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver

BabyLit® is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar's Alison Oliver, these books are a must for every savvy parent's nursery library.

Frankenstein: A BabyLit Anatomy Primer

Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver

"Will delight bookish babes of all ages."—Cool Mom Picks

"The simplicity of these books is its genius."—Kid Lit Review

 

 

Ages infant-4

Available Now


Doodle Lit

Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver

Now kids can celebrate classic literature in doodle form! With Doodle Lit, artists can use their imaginations to complement favorites such as Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland, and many more. 

Sprinkled throughout are also designs with perforated edges, perfect for popping out and crafting! Illustrated in the same colourful and playful style as the acclaimed BabyLit board book series. 

Ages 8+

Available August 1


The Bear's Sea Escape

Benjamin Chaud

More adventures await The Bear's Song's Little Bear and Papa Bear. When the bears seek warmth from their chilly perch atop the Paris Opera House, Little Bear is mistaken for a toy bear and whisked away... to a tropical island! Papa Bear sets out on a frenzied journey to find Little Bear, travelling to a bustling wharf, beneath a sea brimming with coral and mermaids, onto a busy beach, and all the way to a sun-drenched island. As in The Bear's Song, Little Bear is featured in every spread. Will Papa Bear—and the reader—find him? Children and parents alike will savor Chaud's lush, detail-rich illustrations and the sweet story as well as the book's bonus seek-and-find elements.

Ages 3-5

Available August 5

"As charming as two bears can be."Kirkus Reviews

"It’s like a wonderfully Gallic cousin to Where’s Waldo?, and don’t think that Chaud doesn’t know it—there’s a familiar-looking fellow in a striped hat and glasses tucked away in a crowded traffic scene"—Publishers Weekly (starre


Flashlight

Lizi Boyd

Inside a tent it's cozy. But what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! Told solely through images and using a spare yet dramatic palette, artist Lizi Boyd has crafted a masterful exploration of night, nature, and art. Both lyrical and humorous, this visual poem-like the flashlight beam itself-reveals that there is magic in the darkness. We just have to look for it.

Ages 2-6

Available August 12

 

 

"Contemplative children will spend hours on each page, noticing such subtleties as reappearing animals and the slowly rising moon over the course of one night in the forest."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


Homer Henry Hudson's Curio Museum

Zack Rock

With a nose for adventure and an eye on history, Homer Henry Hudson travels the world for pieces to add to his exhibits at the Curio Museum. Author and illustrator Zack Rock crafts a tale brimming with curiosities, not the least of which is the true identity of the museum's canine caretaker, who, as he reflects on the exotic collection at his paws, becomes inspired to venture out into the unknown once again. 

Ages 6-8

Available August 19


New Releases: Kids & Teen Highlights April 2014

by Dan
Kids + YA Fiction / March 10, 2014

Here's a sneak peek at some of the fantastic new books for kids and teens coming in out next month!  

TEEN

Love Letters to the Dead

Ava Dellaira

"I simply loved this book. Love Letters to the Dead is more than a stunning debut. It is the announcement of a bold new literary voice."—Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did...

 

 

"Laurel and her friends’ struggles and hard-won successes are poignant, and seeing Laurel begin to forgive herself and May is extremely moving."Publishers Weekly

Ages 12-17

Available April 1


Illusion

Chronicles of Nick

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Old enemies and new friends square off for a major battle that will either restore Nick to his real world, or end him forever in Sherrilyn Kenyon's fifth novel in the #1 bestselling series The Chronicles of Nick.

Ages 12-17

Available April 1

 


Going Over

Beth Kephart

It is February 1983, and Berlin is a divided city with a miles-long barricade separating east from west. But the city isn't the only thing that is divided. Ada lives among the rebels, punkers, and immigrants of Kreuzberg in West Berlin. Stefan lives in East Berlin, in a faceless apartment bunker of Friedrichshain. Bound by love and separated by circumstance, their only chance for a life together lies in a high-risk escape. But will Stefan find the courage to leap? Or will forces beyondhis control stand in his way? National Book Award finalist Beth Kephart presents a story of daring and sacrifice, and love that will not wait.

"A stark reminder of the power of hope, courage, and love."Booklist (starred review)

"An excellent example of historical fiction focusing on an unusual time period."School Library Journal (starred review)

Ages 14+

Available April 1


Always Emily

Michaela MacColl

Emily and Charlotte Brontë are about as opposite as two sisters can be. Charlotte is practical and cautious; Emily is headstrong and imaginative. But they do have one thing in common: a love of writing. This shared passion will lead them to be two of the first published female novelists and authors of several enduring works of classic literature. But they're not there yet. First, they have to figure out if there is a connection between a string of local burglaries, rumours that a neighbour's death may not have been accidental, and the appearance on the moors of a mysterious and handsome stranger. The girls have a lot of knots to untangle—before someone else gets killed.

"Reimagined as detectives, the Brontë sisters kick-start their writing careers by solving a mystery... Equal parts gothic melodrama and Nancy Drew derring-do."—Kirkus Reviews 

"satisfyingly action-filled and breathtakingly resolved."Publishers Weekly

 
Ages 12+

Available April 8

Expiration Day

William Campbell Powell

Tania Deeley has always been told that she's a rarity: a human child in a world where most children are sophisticated androids manufactured by Oxted Corporation. When a decline in global fertility ensued, it was the creation of these near-perfect human copies called teknoids that helped to prevent the utter collapse of society.

Though she has always been aware of the existence of teknoids, it is not until her first day at The Lady Maud High School for Girls that Tania realizes that her best friend, Siân, may be one. Returning home from the summer holiday, she is shocked by how much Siân has changed. Is it possible that these changes were engineered by Oxted? And if Siân could be a teknoid, how many others in Tania's life are not real?  

"In this coming-of-age diary, a girl navigates life in a dystopic near-future... An auspicious debut."Kirkus Reviews

Ages 13-18

Available April 22


KIDS

The 26-Story Treehouse

Andy Griffiths & illustrated by Terry Denton

Andy and Terry live in a 26-story treehouse. (It used to be 13 stories, but they've expanded.) It has a bumper car rink, a skate ramp, an antigravity chamber, an ice cream parlor with 78 flavors, and the Maze of Doom-a maze so complicated that nobody who has gone in has ever come out again. Well, not yet, anyway.

 

 

 

 

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Ages 8-12

Available April 1


Here Comes Destructosaurus

Aaron Reynolds & illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

Watch the unstoppable destructive force of a raging temper tantrum! Tremble at the enormous mess and disrespectful roaring! Despair as no amount of scolding can stem the heedless fury! Someone is heading for a time-out, Mister! Anyone who has witnessed (or been) a toddler in the throes of a full-blown fit will delight in this clever book's movie-monster rampage, and may just come away from it with a bit more sympathy for toddler and caregiver.

Ages 2-3

Available April 1


Dinner with the Highbrows

Kimberly Willis Holt & illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker

Bernard has never been to dinner at a friend's house before. His mother gives him quite the list of rules to follow—no elbows on the table, put your napkin on your lap, don't talk with food in your mouth, and so on. But Bernard isn't prepared to discover that the Goldsmiths think the table is the best place for elbows and feet, never put their napkins on their laps, and talk with food in their mouths! How will Bernard survive dinner with such an obnoxious crew?

Ages 4-7

Available April 8


The Open Ocean

Francesco Pittau and Bernadette Gervais

Guess a sea creature from its silhouette, shell, or scalesand just lift the flap to discover the answer! This lush, oversized book about marine life features a variety of guessing games and special features, and provides hours of educational entertainment. With elegant, graphic illustrations, plus intriguing facts about each animal, learning about ocean life has never been so fun or interactive.

Ages 5-8

Available April 8


Tea with Grandpa

Barney Saltzberg

In this sweetly simple, rhyming picture book by acclaimed author/artist Barney Saltzberg, a little girl tells us about her daily tea ritual with her grandfather where they sing and laugh and clink their teacups with the help of their computers and a video chat.

 

Ages 3-8

Available April 15


New Releases: Kids & Teen Highlights March 2014

by Dan
Kids + Picture Books + YA Fiction / February 24, 2014

There are so many great books for kids and teens coming in out in March! Here's a look at some of the highlights.... 

TEEN

My Life with the Walter Boys

Ali Novak

Wattpad's most loved story with over 26 million views, published for the first time!

Sixteen-year-old Jackie Howard is devastated when her parents are killed in a car accident. She has no one to turn to except for her mom's best friend Katherine Walter. Jackie quickly discovers that Katherine is no stranger to being a mom—she's got twelve boys! And every single one is a handful...

Ages 12-17

Available March 1


The Winner's Curse

Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart. In the tradition of Kristin Cashore and Cassandra Clare,it is a brilliant, unputdownable, star-crossed romance about the curse of winning.

Ages 12-17

Available March 4

 


Paperback Original

Searching for Beautiful

Nyrae Dawn

From the bestselling author of Charade, a heartbreaking look at a failed teen pregnancy and how a broken girl can love again, told in alternating chapters from the before and the after.

Ages 13+

Available March 4


The Nightmare Dilemma

Arkwell Academy #2

Mindee Arnett

Following The Nightmare Dilemma, the thrilling new fantastical Arkwell Academy mystery series from YA author Mindee Arnett continues with The Nightmare Dilemma. 

Ages 13-18

Available March 11


16 Things I Thought Were True 

Janet Gurtler

Morgan isn't thrilled to take a summer job at the local amusement park the summer before her senior year. Her super-hot manager, Adam, makes it bearable...until she gets fired. And when Morgan's mom gets sick and confesses that Morgan's dad is not actually dead, she becomes determined to find him. To her shock, Adam agrees to help. Road trip with a cute guy? Summer is finally starting to look up.

Ages 13+

Available March 11


KIDS

Canada Doodles 

Megan Radford & illustrated by Peter Cook

Explore the rugged beauty of Canada's varied landscape as you travel on highways, in trains and planes, and even floating in bathtubs. Enjoy a plate of poutine and other tasty treats, admire the world's biggest tomahawk, and take in a hockey game.

Ages 8+

Available Now


Edgar Gets Ready For Bed

A BabyLit First Steps Picture Book

Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Ron Stucki

Meet the plucky toddler Edgar the Raven! He's mischievous, disobedient, and contrary. Dinnertime, clean-up time, and bedtime are all met with one word: NEVERMORE! But as the evening winds to a close, Edgar's mom knows just what to do to get her son into bed—a bedtime story.

Infant to 3

Available Now


The Big Book of Superheroes

Bart King

As a child, Bart King discovered he could punch people into outer space. Sadly, he lost a lot of friends that way. Today, Bart is one of the world's most in-demand superhero experts. So if you're wondering if you have what it takes to be a superhero-of course you do! All you need is a burning desire to fight evildoers. Oh, and also a secret identity, the perfect name, a cool costume, some terrific superpowers, and an archenemy. Actually, you know what? You better get this book!

 

Ages 8+

Available March 1


The Cupcake Club: Baby Cakes

Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk

Delaney is shocked to find out her mom is expecting twins! She LIKES being an only child. It's been 10 years, and she's had her parents-and her room-all to herself. But her cupcake club pals are excited to bake for the baby shower-until Delaney's mom wants a giant stork made out of cupcakes! Meanwhile, Delaney wonders what kind of a big sis she'll be. She's never babysat and definitely has never changed a diaper. The girls of Peace, Love & Cupcakes are about to give her a crash course in Baby 101!

 

Ages 9-12

Available March 4


Daddy Wrong Legs

Nina Laden

Every daddy is different—and here's the proof! Featuring Nina Laden's colourful artwork and trademark humour, this interactive format will delight the youngest readers (and their fathers) as they mix and match the split pages to create a bevy of daddies that are part hairy, part scaly... and wholly fun.

Infant to 3

Available March 4


I Didn't Do My Homework Because...

Davide Cali & illustrated by Benjamin Chaud

How many excuses are there for not doing homework? Let us count the ways: Giant lizards invaded the neighbourhood. Elves hid all the pencils. And then there was that problem with carnivorous plants...The excuses go on and on, each more absurd than the next and escalating to hilarious heights.

Ages 6-9

Available March 4


642 Things to Write About

Young Writers Edition

826 Valencia

Write a to-do list for a villain. Describe your dream tree house. Create a haiku about your shoes. Young writers will get their creative juices flowing with this collection of smart, funny, and thought-provoking writing exercises. Kids can open to any page to find inspiration, express themselves, and jump-start their literary genius.

Ages 8-12

Available March 4


Bedtime Math 2

This Time It's Personal

Laura Overdeck & illustrated by Jim Paillot

Inside Bedtime Math 2, families will find fun, mischief-making math problems to tackle-math that isn't just kid-friendly, but actually kid-appealing. With over 100 math riddles on topics from missing socks and glitter to your favorite wild pet and how fast you can run, kids will find math isn't just fun, it can be found in their everyday lives.

Ages 3-8

Available March 11


The Riverman

Aaron Starmer

Alistair Cleary is the kid who everyone trusts. Fiona Loomis is not the typical girl next door. Alistair hasn't really thought of her since they were little kids until she shows up at his doorstep with a proposition: she wants him to write her biography. What begins as an odd vanity project gradually turns into a frightening glimpse into the mind of a potentially troubled girl.

Ages 10-14

Available March 18


Presto Change-o!

A Book of Animal Magic

Edouard Manceau

See the raccoon hiding in a magic cauldron? The owl pretending to be a clock? The lion masquerading as a flower? A rabbit hiding in a hot-air balloon? Kids will love working magic with just a few simple turns-and a few rhyming verses-that transform everyday objects into familiar creatures.

Ages 3+

Available March 18


Two Hands to Love You

Diane Adams & illustrated by Paige Keiser

With two loving hands, an adoring mother cradles her baby after bath time and a devoted father lifts his newborn to look into a nest. Sister, brother, grandma, and grandpa all can't wait to share what they love best with their newest family member. And when it is time to step out into the world, this caring family is right there alongside their littlest one. 

Ages 2-4

Available March 25


Lately Lily

The Adventures of a Travelling Girl

Micah Player

Where has Lily been lately? Everywhere! In this heartfelt picture book from illustrator Micah Player, Lily—a world travelling girl with boundless curiosity—goes on enviable adventures with her best friend Zeborah, travelling by plane, train, boat, and even by camel. Whether venturing far away or staying close to home, Lily knows that the joy of discovery is the best way to travel each and every day.

Ages 3-5

Available March 25


The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza

James Kochalka

The Glorkian Warrior isn't the brightest bulb in the box, so it's good he's got his trusty talking backpack to advise him as they set out on a perilous journey to deliver a pizza. The pizza's got clams and peanut butter on it, so it's not clear who's going to want it, but deliver it they will. With bright, lively illustrations and classic pratfalls, this graphic novel for kids is 112 pages of super icky gross-out humor and ludicrously bad decisions

Ages 5-9

Available March 25



Monstergarten by Daniel J. Mahoney and Jef Kaminsky

by Dan
Kids + Picture Books / August 16, 2013

Monstergarten

“It's a great book if you're starting kindergarten.

The pictures are funny and I like the characters/creatures.”

Sorren – age 4.

Sorren is starting kindergarten in September and turning 5 in October. He lives in Vancouver with his parents, his younger brother and their cat Jane. Sorren is an avid reader and has read Monstergarten five times. 

Monstergarten


Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

by Chelsea
Kids + Picture Books / August 12, 2013

Bully Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger is one of those rare picture books that creates a meaningful, emotive story with just a few simple words and illustrations. Kids of all ages will empathize with the characters and learn that it’s better to be a friend, not a bully.

First, Bully the Bull is yelled at in the barnyard by an older bull. Instead of seeking friendship, he goes on to treat the other farm animals in the exact same way. “BUZZ OFF!” he yells at the bee; “YOU STINK!” he says to the skunk. He grows in size all the while, inflated by the false sense of being bigger than everyone else. Finally, Bully is forced to look at himself and realize what he really is: just a big, mean bully. That’s when Bully shrinks down to his normal size and apologizes to his friends.

Bullying is a destructive cycle that can be hard to stop without empathy for those involved. In only 36 pages and 22 words, Seeger shows us why people start bullying others, why it makes them feel good, the negative effect it has on themselves and everyone else, and the healing power of friendship.


I Want to Go to the Moon Launch!

by Dan
Events + Kids / January 11, 2012

I Want to go the Moon cover

Author Tom Saunders and illustrator Cynthia Nugent will be launching their new book I Want To Go To The Moon 6-9pm on Friday at the Scottish Cultural Centre in Vancouver.

Check out this cute video invite for the event:

 

I Want To Go To Moon Launch
6-9pm, January 13th 2012
Scottish Cultural Centre
8886 Hudson Street
Vancouver, BC V6P 4N2


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