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    Keeping the Beat Marie Powell, Jeff Norton
    9781771387309 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Coming of Age Age (years) from 13 - 18, Grade (US) from 8 - 12 On Sale Date:April 04, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 5 x 7.75 x 1.25 in | 1.08 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      It was supposed to be the best summer of her life. Instead, seventeen-year-old Lucy finds her best friend, Harper, shot dead in an LA swimming pool. How did things ever go so wrong? The story circles back to trace the steps that led to this disaster. Only Harper McKenzie could have taken five girls from their school and reinvented them as Crush, the top prospect to win the international talent contest Project Next. As soon as the band finds its footing, it scores a huge win in the UK semifinal. Next stop, LA! The girls will spend a luxurious summer in Hollywood, living as reality TV stars while they prepare for their performance in the Project Next final. With a mansion to themselves, they're the toast of the town ... living every girl's dream come true. It's way too late when Lucy discovers that Harper's heart has never been in Project Next at all. Joining the competition was just part of Harper's elaborate ruse to reconnect with her no-good ex-boyfriend. Harper will risk anything --- from her friendships to the band's reputation --- to get him back. Meanwhile, the other members of Crush are throwing themselves headfirst into sex, drugs and rock and roll. With the band in crisis and the final approaching, Lucy must decide whether she wants to play to Harper's beat or set the rhythm for the rest of the band. This fast-paced story takes unexpected twists, unraveling the mystery of Harper's murder and exploring the complicated relationships among members of the band. Writing team Marie Powell and Jeff Norton --- with many years in the entertainment business between them --- deliver one-part wish fulfillment and one-part cautionary tale as they go behind the scenes to reveal what no one sees on “reality” TV.
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      Jeff Norton is a UK-based Canadian author. A reluctant reader as an adolescent, Jeff started writing to create the types of books that would be as addictive and compelling as the very best of film, TV and video games. He is the author of the award-winning thriller series MetaWars, the comedic Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie books, the picture book Stomp School and the upcoming sci-fi middle-grade comedy Alienated: Grounded at Groom Lake. Originally from Burlington, Ontario, Jeff now lives in London, UK, with his wife and two young sons.

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      Setting a novel in the music business is hard---there's just so much that you need to get right for it to be believable. Keeping the Beat nails it.
      The theatrical plot, easy-to-read dialogue, and fun cast of showbiz characters make the book a quick read.
      ... a page-turning thriller ...
      ... readers who enjoy realistic fiction about complex friendships will enjoy this novel.
      ... a well laid out story with several intertwining plots.
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    9781771387934 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 14 - 18, Grade (US) from 9 - 12 On Sale Date:May 02, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 1.14 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:22 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      What begins as just a normal Tuesday becomes a day that will shatter sixteen-year-old Kai's life forever. All it takes is a letter, tucked into a pile of their family's mail. It's from Kai's older sister, Jen, who lives nearby. And it begins, “If you are reading this, I am already gone.” Jen has committed suicide. Dazed, Kai helps to plan Jen's funeral and tries to cope with their devastated parents, all the while searching for answers. How could Jen do this, and why? Kai is heartbroken and furious, and soon she's caught in a vicious downward spiral, self-medicating and lashing out at the people she loves. That's when her parents shock her: they're sending her to the Tree House, a summer camp for grieving teens. Kai is not a happy camper at first. But when she meets other kids who are grappling with loss, she begins to share her feelings, find a way forward, even laugh ... and fall in love. Just a Normal Tuesday offers a roadmap for anyone who has been touched by loss and anyone who is looking for hope in a broken world. Author Kim Turrisi won a Daytime Emmy for her work as co-creator, executive producer and writer of Venice: The Series. Kim also wrote for ABC Family's webisode series Pretty Dirty Secrets, an online companion to Pretty Little Liars. This is her first novel.
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      After graduating from Florida State University, Kim Turrisi began her career in film and television. After a year of on-set production, Kim segued into the development side of the business. She first worked as a development executive at Columbia TriStar and eventually shepherded many projects in family entertainment for Disney, Viacom and Hallmark.Kim created and wrote an online web series for which she won a Daytime Emmy. She wrote for ABC Family's webisode series Pretty Dirty Secrets, an internet companion piece to smash hit Pretty Little Liars.Born in Hawaii, Kim credits her love of travel to her life as an Air Force brat who moved every two years. When she isn't writing or reading, she can be found obsessing over her dogs, Riley and Rocco.
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      The anguish of loss. The hope in recovery. A brave, real, impassioned debut.
      There is grief and there is grace, and this book is full of both. A look at love, loss, and learning to live with questions that have no answers. Kim Turrisi is an exquisite new voice.
      Just a Normal Tuesday is raw, real, and absolutely beautiful. It's a rare book that can make you cry, laugh, swoon, and cheer. I loved this wholeheartedly and never wanted it to end.
      ... the timeless themes of love, loss, and moving forward will find a readership among those who are also grieving and need to know they're not alone.
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    Textrovert Lindsey Summers
    9781771387354 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Coming of Age Age (years) from 14 - 18, Grade (US) from 9 - 12 Publication Date:May 02, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 1.1 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      It's bad enough when high-school senior Keeley grabs the wrong phone while leaving her small town's end-of-summer fair. It's even worse when she discovers that the phone she now has belongs to the obnoxious, self-centered Talon and that he's just left for football camp ... with her phone. Reluctantly, the two agree to forward messages for a week. And as Keeley gets to know Talon, she starts to like him. Keeley learns there's more to Talon than the egocentric jock most people see. There's more to Keeley, too. Texting Talon, she can step out of the shadow of her popular twin brother. Texting Talon, she can be the person she's always wanted to be. Sparks fly when the two finally meet to exchange their phones. But while Keeley has been playing a part online, Talon has been keeping a secret. He has a different connection to Keeley --- one that has nothing to do with phones, and one that will make their new relationship all but impossible. Knowing what she now knows, can Keeley trust him? And can love in the present erase mistakes of the past? Lindsey Summers's page-turning romance is funny, surprising and full of heart. With its device-centered story, snappy dialogue, looping subplots and depiction of first love, this title offers something for every reader.
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    Zenn Diagram Wendy Brant
    9781771387927 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance Age (years) from 14 - 18, Grade (US) from 9 Publication Date:April 04, 2017
    6 x 9 in | 328 pages Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Eva Walker is a seventeen-year-old math genius. And if that doesn't do wonders for her popularity, there's another thing that makes it even worse: when she touches another person or anything that belongs to them --- from clothes to textbooks to cell phones --- she sees a vision of their emotions. She can read a person's fears and anxieties, their secrets and loves ... and what they have yet to learn about calculus. This is helpful for her work as a math tutor, but it means she can never get close to people. Eva avoids touching anyone and everyone. People think it's because she's a clean freak --- with the emphasis on freak --- but it's all she can do to protect herself from other people's issues. Then one day a new student walks into Eva's life. His jacket gives off so much emotional trauma that she falls to the floor. Eva is instantly drawn to Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist who also has a troubled home life, and her feelings only grow when she realizes that she can touch Zenn's skin without having visions. But when she discovers the history that links them, the truth threatens to tear the two apart. Zenn Diagram, Wendy Brant's sparkling debut novel, offers an irresistible combination of math and romance, with just a hint of the paranormal. Readers will swoon over Zenn and connect instantly with Eva, the most fully drawn prodigy in teen fiction today.
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      At age ten, Wendy Brant wrote her first book, My Mysterious Double, the story of a girl and an imposter pretending to be her. Years later, after graduating with a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and completing the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver, Wendy wrote adult fiction (albeit unpublished) while working as an HR manager and being a mom. But when she started reading the same YA books as her kids, her attention and passion shifted. Now she likes to write about isolated teenagers who somehow find a way to connect with others, and she's also a sucker for a little romance. Wendy lives in the Chicago area in the best neighborhood in America (as crowned by Good Morning America in 2010) with her husband, teenage daughter and son, and guinea pigs Mac and Tosh.
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