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    I Hope Monique Gray Smith Canada, Gabrielle Grimard Canada
    9781459825932 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date:September 13, 2022 Print Run:15000
    $21.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.31 in | 380 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Poignant words from award-winning Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith about all the hopes adults have for the young people in their lives.

      The hopes we have for the children in our lives are endless. We want our young people to thrive and experience all that life has to offer, but we also feel protective of them. Using simple but powerful statements, Monique Gray Smith delivers a touching message about loving, nurturing and wishing the best for our children. Paired with Gabrielle Grimard's warm and enchanting illustrations, the message in I Hope will resonate with all parents, grandparents and caregivers.


      Praise for Monique Gray Smith:

      ★“Joyful and tender...celebrates the activities that bring gladness through family and cultural connections.”—School Library Journal, starred review for My Heart Fills With Happiness

      “Smith's text is heartwarming!”—Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature for You Hold Me Up

      “Gentle…Notably centering Indigenous families and characters of color in personal and communal activities—and encouraging readers to evaluate their actions toward others.”—Publisher's Weekly for When We Are Kind

      ★“Smith tackles difficult and complex conversations with straightforwardness and compassion.”—School Library Journal, starred review for Speaking Our Truth

      Bio

      Monique Gray Smith is an award-winning, bestselling author and public speaker. Her books cover a broad spectrum of ages, topics and emotions. Woven into all of Monique’s writing and her speaking engagements is the teaching that Love is Medicine. Her books include Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation, My Heart Fills With Happiness, You Hold Me Up, Lucy and Lola, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, Tilly and the Crazy Eights, When We Are Kind and I Hope. She has also created the young adult adaptation of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Monique is Cree and Scottish. She lives with her family on the Traditional Territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples.



      Gabrielle Grimard has been drawing since she was young. Her passion for drawing and painting led her to pursue studies in fine arts and arts education at Concordia University. After she had her first child, she began her career as an illustrator. She is the illustrator of The Library Bus, which is a Governor General’s Literary Award finalist, and Stolen Words, which was a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, a Kirkus Best Picture Book of the Year, and the winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award. She lives in Waterville, Quebec, with her family.

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        Marketing and Promotional Plans

        • Print and online advertising campaigns
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
        • Blog and social media promotion
        • Outreach in Orca newsletters
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      “Comforting, encouraging sentiments that adult readers and their little ones will appreciate.”
      “The ingredients for happiness…A good platform to discuss children’s hopes, which is useful in both group and one-on-one settings.”
      “Walks the line of cultural specificity and broad relatability, offering readers multiple ways to connect to the narrative…[An] excellent option for parents looking for something to read with their young children.”
      “Grimard’s artwork along with Gray Smith’s messages of hope create a synergy and context…Together they successfully teach intangible moments.”
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    9780316629829 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 14 - 99, Grade (US) from 9 - 17, Reading age from 14 - 99 On Sale Date:October 11, 2022
    $22.99 CAD 5.9 x 8.55 x 1.5 in | 1 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Poppy
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      Five Feet Apart meets Kate in Waiting in this timely story of two best friends navigating the complexities of friendship while their world is turned upside down by a global pandemic, from the author of Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card.

      The lives of high school seniors Parisa Naficy and Gabriela Gonzales couldn't be more different. Parisa, an earnest and privileged Iranian American, struggles to live up to her own impossible standards. Gabriela, a cynical Mexican American, has all the confidence Parisa lacks but none of the financial stability. She can't help but envy Parisa's posh lifestyle whenever she hears her two moms argue about money. Despite their differences, as soon as they met on the first day of freshman year, they had an "us versus the world" mentality. Whatever the future had in store for them—the pressure to get good grades, the litany of family dramas, and the heartbreak of unrequited love—they faced it together. Until a global pandemic forces everyone into lockdown. Suddenly senior year doesn't look anything like they hoped it would. And as the whole world is tested during this time of crisis, their friendship will be, too.

      With equal parts humor and heart, Parisa's and Gabriela's stories unfold in a mix of prose, text messages, and emails as they discover new dreams, face insecurities, and confront their greatest fears.

      Bio

      Sara Saedi is the author of the memoir Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card and the Never Ever series. She is also a television writer, most recently working on the upcoming Green Lantern series for HBO Max. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

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      Awards
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      * "Saedi’s sensitive, witty writing style, both personable and deeply personal, makes this work more than yet another Covid fictionalization. The heavy subject matter is masterfully handled….Memorable and beautifully vulnerable."—Kirkus Reviews
      "Sara Saedi's I Miss You, I Hate This is a book you'll miss as soon as you put it down. This magical novel is like being inside a friendship, with all the love, heartache, and laughter a best friend brings us. Saedi poignantly reminds us that connection is always more powerful than isolation."—Abdi Nazemian, author of Stonewall Honor book Like a Love Story and The Chandler Legacies
      "...Sure to resonate with teens who have grappled with anxiety, isolation, or ambivalence during COVID-19.... The story is supportive of teens’ complicated feelings and mental health issues, while being realistic in its incorporation of the demands placed on essential workers versus those who are able to work from home."—Booklist
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    9781338749281 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 14, Grade (US) from 9 Publication Date:September 06, 2022
    $24.99 CAD 5.82 x 8.55 x 1.09 in | 0.94 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:18 Canadian Rights: Y PUSH
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      From the author of The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali and Zara Hossain Is Here. Ayesha is on her own, far from home, when she's faced with a choice that will change her life forever.

      Ayesha is a world away from home when she meets the boy of her dreams. Like her, Suresh is from India but going to high school in Illinois. Once they get together, they are inseparable... until a twist of fate takes Suresh back to India right when Ayesha discovers she's pregnant. Suddenly she feels she's on her own, navigating the biggest decision she'll ever make.

      Seventeen years later, Ayesha's daughter Mira finds an old box with letters addressed to her from her birth mother. Although Mira loves the moms who adopted her, she's intrigued to discover something more about her history. In one letter, Ayesha writes that if Mira can forgive her for what she had to do, she should find a way to travel to India for her eighteenth birthday and meet her.

      Mira knows she'll always regret it if she doesn't go. But is she actually ready for what she will learn?

      From the author of the "heart-wrenching yet hopeful" (Samira Ahmed) novel, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali, comes a timely story about two teenage girls forced to understand the power and consequences of their choices.

      Bio
      Sabina Khan writes about Muslim teens who straddle cultures. She was born in Germany, spent her teens in Bangladesh, and lived in Macao, Illinois, and Texas before settling down in British Columbia with her husband, two daughters, and the best puppy in the world. Visit her online at sabina-khan.com.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      Praise for Meet Me in Mumbai

      “Thought-provoking . . . compassionate . . . hopeful.” – Publishers Weekly

      Praise for Zara Hossain Is Here:

      Featured in The New York Times

      ★ "[Zara Hossain Is Here] establishes Khan as a powerful rising voice in YA." Booklist, starred review

      "Fans of Samira Ahmed, Tahereh Mafi, and Randa Abdel-Fattah will find Khan's powerful work timely and affecting." School Library Journal

      "Khan's examination of the legal difficulties many immigrants face on their road to citizenship, and the precariousness of the immigrant experience more generally, fortify this timely novel." — Teen Vogue

      ★ "Khan unapologetically tackles prejudice in its various manifestations while simultaneously engaging openly with the complexities of accountability. The myriad forms of oppression the most vulnerable face in our society intersect in the character of Zara, challenging readers to ask what it means for some to feel at home in a country whose systems feel built to exclude them. A vivid account exploring issues many immigrant teens face." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      "Khan creates a gripping story line centering the conflict between prejudice and tolerance." Publishers Weekly

      Praise for The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali:

      Featured on NBC News and the BBC

      A Junior Library Guild Selection

      A Teen Indie Next List Pick (IndieBound)

      An Amazon Best Book of the Month for February

      "An intersectional, diverse coming of age story that will break your heart in the best way." Bustle

      ★ "With an up-close depiction of the intersection of the LGBTQIA+ community with Bengali culture, this hard-hitting and hopeful story is a must-purchase for any YA collection." School Library Journal, starred review

      "This book will break your heart and then, chapter by chapter, piece it back together again. A much-needed addition to any YA shelf." — Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi and From Twinkle, With Love

      "Heart-wrenching yet hopeful, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali is an insightful and honest look at the tangled web of identity, culture, familial loyalty, and love. Sabina Khan crafts a powerful, poignant story about finding yourself, about speaking your truth, and about stepping out of the shadows and into the light." — Samira Ahmed, New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate and Other Filters

      "A daring and timely novel, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali delves head-and-heart-first into the universal complexities of navigating duty and desire, tradition and modernity, and friends and family—the one we are born into and the one we choose; the friends who are family, and the family we strive to befriend—all through the prism of multicultured identity. Political, personal, page-turning. Sabina Khan is one to watch." — Tanuja Desai Hidier, author of Born Confused and Bombay Blues

      "Bold, heartbreaking, yet hopeful. A story that will stay with you for years to come." — Sara Farizan, Lambda Award-winning author of If You Could Be Mine

      "The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali unapologetically explores the complex ties between families, friends, and intersectional diversity. Khan brings talent and voice in this brilliant novel that will keep you reading until the very last page." — Nisha Sharma, author of My So-Called Bollywood Life

      "[The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali] takes LGBTQ fiction to another level and will help open readers' eyes to the realities that many face in these changing times." Shelf Awareness

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    A Wee Boo Jessica Boyd Canada, Brooke Kerrigan Canada
    9781459827639 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Ghost Stories Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date:September 13, 2022 Print Run:5000
    $21.95 CAD 7.75 x 10.75 x 0.31 in | 400 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description

      This heartwarming ghost story will make readers laugh out loud and sympathize with a ghost who is too cute to be scary.

      Wee Boo is a ghost who wants nothing more than to earn her haunting license like all the other accredited ghosts. The problem? She’s far too cute to scare anyone! She’s given one last chance, with extraordinarily low standards: Boo doesn’t need to make anyone scream or gasp or shudder, she just needs one “whoa” to earn her place as a certified ghost. But she's running out of chances and her final haunting is not going well—that is until she meets a baby. When Boo makes the baby laugh, she realizes something: although she’s terrible as a scary ghost, she might just make an outstanding imaginary friend. And a baby laughing in a crib at an invisible friend might just be enough to spook someone after all—the baby's parents.

      Bio

      Jessica Boyd has been a creative writer for over 16 years. She loves writing, reading, baking delicious treats for her delightful friends and hanging out with her wonderful daughters and husband. Jessica reviews kid lit titles on her popular blog, Jess Reviews a Book. Jessica grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, but now lives outside of Toronto. She has yet to see a ghost at her house.



      Brooke Kerrigan has loved to draw ever since she was a little girl, so it seemed only natural that she would grow up to be an artist. Of all her creative endeavors, illustrating children's books is her favorite. Born in Toronto, she currently lives with her husband in the French Alps, in a little town that inspires her every day.

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        Marketing and Promotional Plans

        • Print and online advertising campaigns
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
        • Blog and social media promotion
        • Outreach in Orca newsletters
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
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      “A charming story...Boo’s attempts at frightening animals and people are humorous and guaranteed to make more than babies smile. Delightful illustrations are digitally created...The result is pleasing to the eye and adds so much to the enjoyment of the tale. Recommended.”
      “Snappily paced; Boo is an endearing protagonist; and the humor in both text and mixed-media art will keep readers engaged.”
      “Instantly lovable...The cute ghost who is unable to scare will resonate with many little readers. When you’re small and cute it’s hard to be taken seriously by bigger kids and adults. But as this story proves, the goal is not to be like others – it’s to find a way to be your unique self.”
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    Beautiful You, Beautiful Me Tasha Spillett-Sumner Canada, Salini Perera Canada
    9781771474528 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) from 1, Grade (US) from 1 Publication Date:October 15, 2022
    $19.95 CAD 8.25 x 11 x 0.38 in | 442 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Owlkids
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      A child who looks different from her mother finds beauty and belonging in this new book from the creator of the New York Times bestseller I Sang You Down from the Stars

      Izzy’s favorite place to be is in Mama’s arms—skin to skin, safe and warm. One night, cuddled up on Mama’s lap, Izzy notices something she’s never noticed before: her skin is the color of chocolate, but Mama’s skin is the color of sand.

      When Izzy realizes she’s different from Mama in other ways, too, she feels sad and confused. She wants to be beautiful like Mama! But Mama addresses Izzy’s disappointment with a gentle, loving refrain: You’re part of me, and I’m part of you. I’m beautiful like me, and you’re beautiful like you. Finding lessons from nature and repeating her affirming message, Mama encourages Izzy to see her own unique beauty.

      This story about a multiracial child navigating identity and belonging draws from author Tasha Spillett-Sumner’s own experience growing up as an Afro-Indigenous girl. Lyrical text and warm, lively illustrations show Izzy’s journey as she learns to celebrate the differences that make her uniquely beautiful, and the connection to her mother that transcends physical traits.

      Bio

      TASHA SPILLETT-SUMNER is an Inninewak (Cree) and Trinidadian award-winning poet and author who is also working on her doctoral degree in Indigenous land–based education. She makes her home in Treaty 1 territory, Manitoba, where she raises her daughter, Isabella, with her husband. She is the author of the New York Times best-selling picture book I Sang You Down from the Stars and the award-winning Surviving the City graphic novel series. 



      SALINI PERERA has been making art for as long as she can remember — and making art for picture books is a lifelong dream come true. She was born in Sri Lanka and now lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and their three cats, Victoria, Albert, and Alice.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      A Loan Stars Jr. Top 10 Selection 2022, Commended
      Reviews

      "Spillett-Sumner’s quiet text strikes a steady rhythm of call and response: Izzy’s uncertainties and her mother’s answering refrain that celebrates rather than dismisses the pair’s differences ... A lovely accompaniment to any cuddle."


      "This could give rise to story hour discussions of differences that matter and those that do not ... [A] sweet portrait of a mother-daughter relationship."


      "Readers will be touched by the bond between mother and daughter. The illustrations are also warm and reveal the tenderness between the two."


      "The key takeaway for us was the ability to recognize that everyone is beautiful – even if their beauty is different than ours."

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    9780735269491 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 On Sale Date:October 25, 2022
    $23.99 CAD 8.38 x 8.31 x 0.41 in | 0.78 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:24 Tundra Books
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      Scaredy Squirrel is exactly the character kids need today — a little bit anxious, a lot adorable and totally lovable. Join Scaredy on a hilarious adventure as he learns to brave the doctor for a check-up!

      Scaredy Squirrel keeps himself in peak physical condition. He exercises, eats a balanced diet, sings opera (to keep his lungs in shape, of course) and brushes his teeth. You might think it’s to stay fit, but no — he’d rather keep a healthy distance from the doctor’s office! After all, who’d want to expose themselves to the the aches and pains of pricking, poking and squeezing? It’s a prescription for disaster!

      Scaredy can’t avoid the doctor forever though, and when he realizes that he needs to make a quick visit to Dr. Vet to get his health certificate, he does whatever it takes to keep safe while he waits at the clinic…including covering himself in bubble wrap. Things don’t go according to plan, and Scaredy ends up discovering that his doctor’s visit leaves him feeling better than ever!


      Series Overview: Nutty worrywart Scaredy Squirrel is on the constant lookout for danger, but his convoluted plans to foil Gary the Germ and other threats (aliens, quicksand, kittens…) rarely work out in this hilarious picture book series.
      Bio
      Author and illustrator MELANIE WATT is the bestselling creative genius behind many beloved picture books for children, including the Scaredy Squirrel series, the Chester series and Bug in a Vacuum, and the new graphic novel series, Scaredy’s Nutty Adventures. Her books have received numerous starred reviews from journals including Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and have won many state awards, such as the Virginia Readers’ Choice Award, North Carolina’s Children’s Book Award and Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Award. She is a multiple winner of the Ontario Library Association’s Blue Spruce Award and the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award.

      Author Residence: Montreal, Quebec
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    Still This Love Goes On Buffy Sainte-Marie Canada, Julie Flett Canada
    9781771648073 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date:September 27, 2022
    $22.95 CAD 9.15 x 11.25 x 0.65 in | 480 gr | 40 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Greystone Kids
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      A New York Times / New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2022!

      "A love letter to family, home, and Indigenous traditions ? This story reminds readers of the joy we experience upon returning to those whom we love and who love us."—Kirkus STARRED Review

      From Cree-Métis artist Julie Flett and Academy Award-winning icon Buffy Sainte-Marie comes a celebration of Indigenous community, and the enduring love we hold for the people and places we are far away from.

      Based on Sainte-Marie's song of the same name, Still This Love Goes On combines Flett's breathtaking art with vivid lyrics to craft a stunning portrait of a Cree worldview. At the heart of this picture book is a gentle message about missing our loved ones, and the promise of seeing each other again.

      This gem of a picture book features:

      • Sheet music of Buffy Sainte-Marie?s beloved song
      • Notes from Sainte-Marie and Flett about their inspiration for the song and illustrations

      Brimming with love for community and the land, Still This Love Goes On is destined to be read and sung for generations.

      Bio

      Buffy Sainte-Marie is a world-renowned and Academy Award-winning Cree singer–songwriter, activist, educator, and visual artist. Her other books for kids include Hey Little Rockabye, illustrated by Ben Hodson, and Tâpwê and the Magic Hat.

      Julie Flett is a Cree–Métis author, illustrator, and artist who has received numerous awards for her books, including two Governor General’s Awards and the American Indian Library Association Award. Her work has been reviewed widely, including in the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, and Publishers Weekly. Her books Birdsong and We All Play, also published by Greystone Kids, earned multiple starred reviews and appeared on many best of the year lists.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • National Media Campaign
        • Influencer Outreach Campaign (Bookstagram and TikTok)
        • Digital and Print Advertising Campaign
        • Major Promotion at Select National School/Library/Bookseller Conferences
        • Extensive Outreach to Key Educators and Library Contacts
        • Edelweiss E-Galley Promotion
        • Educator and Library Blogger Campaign
        • F&G Mailing Campaign
        • Greystone Kids E-Newsletter and Social Features
        • SEO Optimization for Digital Consumers
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      "Flett?s signature style—with its nature-evoking colors, simple, sweeping lines, and expansive composition? suggests movement into limitless space and time? Gorgeous."
      Horn Book STARRED Review


      "This ode to Indigenous culture and the deeply rooted experience of reservation life speaks to the experience of holding a place dear throughout life's seasons... hinting at a love for and connection to home that "goes on and on"... Encourages readers to think about the people and places you love most in your own life."
      Publishers Weekly STARRED Review


      "Perfect for bedtime reading... [An] excellent option... for parents looking for something to read with their young children, and especially those looking for books by Indigenous authors."
      Quill & Quire


      "A love letter to family, home, and Indigenous traditions."
      Kirkus STARRED Review


      "A heartfelt ode to finding meaning in traditions and the ways love and memories can endure."
      Booklist Review


      "Highly recommended. If Still This Love Goes On is not on your must-buy list yet, put it there right now. Better yet, order it, right now! ...A magnificent gift to us all."
      —American Indians in Children's Literature


      "Beautiful... celebrates familial love and nature... gorgeous and joyous... would make a lovely gift to a new parent."
      Book Riot

      Praise for We All Play, written and illustrated by Julie Flett


      "The Cree-Métis Flett pairs rhythmic alliterative verse about animals at play with repeating silhouettes of frolicking children to celebrate our interconnectedness."
      The New York Times

      "Lively and beautifully illustrated."
      —Horn Book STARRED REVIEW


      "Cree-Métis artist Flett starts with quiet, elegant portraits of animals.... In spare compositions, [she] aptly underlines [the kinship between animals and people] by showing animals and humans embracing play in similar ways."
      Publishers Weekly STARRED Review


      "Everyone loves to play! Award-winning author/illustrator Flett shares the joyful antics of young animals as they romp in much the same way as human children. Simple text and bold, graphic illustrations celebrate our interconnection with the creatures who share our world."
      Kirkus STARRED Review

      Praise for Birdsong, written and illustrated by Julie Flett


      AN AMERICAN INDIAN YOUTH LITERATURE HONOR TITLE


      "Flett's simple story explores the difficulties of moving but also shows young readers how new friends can sometimes ease them; that this friendship is an intergenerational one between fellow artists is an especially sweet touch.... Emotionally stunning."
      Kirkus STARRED Review


      "Simple and profound, this tender story is a reminder that finding a new friend can make a new place feel like home. Highly recommended for purchase."
      School Library Journal STARRED Review


      "Flett's subtle, sensitive story delicately traces filaments of growth and loss through intergenerational friendship, art making, and changing moons and seasons. Cree-Métis words (defined in a small glossary) add an intimate layer of identity to the child's lustrous narration, which shines against the spare beauty of rich illustrations by Flett (who is Cree-Métis)."
      Publishers Weekly STARRED Review


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    9780525555285 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBTQ+ Age (years) from 14, Grade (US) from 9 On Sale Date:October 04, 2022
    $24.99 CAD 5.81 x 8.56 x 1.06 in | 0.99 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:12 Dutton Books for Young Readers
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      Description
      Award-winning author Malinda Lo returns to the Bay Area with another masterful coming-of-queer-age story, this time set against the backdrop of the first major Supreme Court decisions legalizing gay marriage. And almost sixty years after the end of Last Night at the Telegraph Club, Lo’s new novel also offers a glimpse into Lily and Kath’s lives since 1955.

      Aria Tang West was looking forward to a summer on Martha’s Vineyard with her best friends—one last round of sand and sun before college. But after a graduation party goes wrong, Aria’s parents exile her to California to stay with her grandmother, artist Joan West. Aria expects boredom, but what she finds is Steph Nichols, her grandmother’s gardener. Soon, Aria is second-guessing who she is and what she wants to be, and a summer that once seemed lost becomes unforgettable—for Aria, her family, and the working-class queer community Steph introduces her to. It’s the kind of summer that changes a life forever.
      Bio
      Malinda Lo is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of several young adult novels, including most recently Last Night at the Telegraph Club. Her novel Ash, a lesbian retelling of Cinderella, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and was a Kirkus Best Book for Children and Teens. She has been a three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda’s nonfiction has been published by the New York Times Book Review, NPR, the Huffington Post, The Toast, the Horn Book, and in many anthologies. She lives in Massachusetts with her wife.

      Author Residence: Boston, MA

      Author Hometown: Denver, CO
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: 6-copy prepack with L-card (9780525489627; $113.94, $149.94 CAN) 

        National media campaign 

        Consumer advertising campaign 

        Online promotion at social media outreach 

        Librarian and educator outreach 

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      An NPR Books We Love Title

      “Full of yearning, ponderances about art and what it means to be an artist, and self-revelation, A Scatter of Light has a simmering intensity that makes it hard to put down.“—NPR 

      ★ ”Raw and bittersweet…[an] expansive tale of yearning, self-discovery, and first love.“—Publishers Weekly, starred review

      ★ ”Aria’s story is…about what it means to be an artist, a friend, a daughter and a granddaughter, and about how identities of all kinds can converge and crystallize as part of the process of growing up.“—BookPage, starred review

      ★ ”Tells the powerful story of one young woman’s life-changing summer of self-discovery….Both newcomers and longtime fans of Lo’s work should enjoy this narrative of a young woman coming to understand herself and her wants better.“—Shelf Awareness, starred review

      ★ ”An excellent coming-of-age and coming-out story. Characters are complicated and messy but in a realistic and relatable way. The story is driven by Aria’s truthful narration, which is beautifully reflective of an 18-year-old at that time…. A must-have.”—SLJ

      “A Scatter of Light is not one but many love letters—to art, to first crushes, and to friendships that span decades and ground you while letting you grow.”—Booklist

      “This deeply perceptive bildungsroman thoughtfully explores several absorbing topics, but first and foremost it is an intimate, exhilarating story of first love.”—Horn Book

      A Scatter of Light is a book of crashes (and crushes) with effects that reverberate across time. It is queer in the best of ways — messy, raw, heartbreaking, freeing, and imperfect.”—Autostraddle 

      Praise for Last Night at the Telegraph Club, a New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the National Book Award

      “Lo’s writing is so rich you can practically feel the glow of neon bar lights radiating off the page.”—bestselling author Casey McQusiton for Entertainment Weekly

      “A must-read.”—Us Weekly

      “Lush, ambitious and layered, Malinda Lo’s sweeping historical novel is the queer romance we’ve been waiting for.”—Ms. Magazine

      “This stunning work of historical fiction effectively depicts both the thrills of young queer love and the horrors of racism and the Red Scare.”—Boston Globe

      “This queer coming-out and coming-of-age story reverberates with dangers, dilemma and a dream deferred.”—San Francisco Chronicle
       
      “An enthralling historical lesbian romance.”—WBUR

      “A joy to read.”—The Advocate

      “Tender and meditative.”—Glamour

      “Malinda Lo is an absolute icon.”—BuzzFeed
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    Finding My Dance Ria Thundercloud, Kalila J. Fuller
    9780593093894 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 On Sale Date:September 13, 2022
    $24.99 CAD 10.44 x 10.31 x 0.36 in | 1.09 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Workshop
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      Description
      In her debut picture book, professional Indigenous dancer Ria Thundercloud tells the true story of her path to dance and how it helped her take pride in her Native American heritage.

      At four years old, Ria Thundercloud was brought into the powwow circle, ready to dance in the special jingle dress her mother made for her. As she grew up, she danced with her brothers all over Indian country. Then Ria learned more styles—tap, jazz, ballet—but still loved the expressiveness of Indigenous dance. And despite feeling different as one of the only Native American kids in her school, she always knew she could turn to dance to cheer herself up.    



      Follow along as Ria shares her dance journey—from dreaming of her future to performing as a professional—accompanied by striking illustrations that depict it while bringing her graceful movements to life. 
      Bio
      Ria Thundercloud (she/her) is from the Ho-Chunk Nation and Sandia Pueblo. She holds strong ties to her kinship in the Southwest and North, practicing both styles of traditional dance. She started training in classical dance at the age of thirteen, went professional at sixteen, and has traveled internationally as a cultural ambassador and professional dancer. Ria is a 2019 graduate from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Indigenous Liberal Studies and is a holistic yoga teacher from the Healing Lotus Center. Her art is influenced by the women who came before her, reclaiming stories of matriarchs that highlight the resilience and knowledge of Indigenous women.

      Kalila J. Fuller (she/her) was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, where she continues to draw inspiration from her childhood amongst the fir trees. She graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art with a degree in illustration. She loves dogs, watching cartoons, and drinking chai lattes.

      Illustrator Hometown: Portland, Oregon
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      Awards
      Reviews
      A School Library Journal Best Nonfiction Book of the Year!

      ★ “A warmly illustrated memoir of dance and culture, this will have broad appeal about using art for expression and to overcome difficulties.” —School Library Journal, starred review

      “A moving picture book about the resilience one can find in one’s cultural inheritance.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “An inspiring story about following one’s passion.” —Booklist

      “In a heartfelt, personal-feeling narrative, Thundercloud encapsulates many Indigenous traditions…” —Publishers Weekly
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    Moonflower Kacen Callender
    9781338636598 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / General Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 Publication Date:September 06, 2022
    $23.99 CAD 5.82 x 8.57 x 0.9 in | 0.81 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Press
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      Description
      Kacen Callender, National Book Award winner of King and the Dragonflies, delivers a stunning novel that invites readers into a child’s struggles with mental health, and their journey to wholeness.

      Moon’s depression is overwhelming. Therapy doesn’t help, and Moon is afraid that their mom hates them because they’re sad. Moon’s only escape is traveling to the spirit realms every night, where they hope they’ll never return to the world of the living again.

      The spirit realm is where they have their one and only friend, Wolf, and where they’re excited to experience an infinite number of adventures. But when the realm is threatened, it’s up to Moon to save the spirit world.

      With the help of celestial beings and guard­ians, Moon battles monsters and shadows, and through their journey, they begin to learn that a magical adventure of love and acceptance awaits them in the world of the living, too.

      This story of hope shows readers that our souls blossom when we realize that we are as worthy and powerful as the universe itself.

      Bio

      Kacen Callender is a bestselling and award-winning author of multiple novels for children, teens, and adults, including King and the Dragonflies, winner of the National Book Award, Coretta Scott King Honor and Lambda Literary Award and Hurricane Child, winner of the Lambda Literary Award and Stonewall Honor Award, and the bestselling novel Felix Ever After. They live in US Virgin Islands.



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      Awards
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      Praise for King and the Dragonflies:

      Winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Young People's Literature!

      Winner of the 2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and Poetry!

      *"[A] dynamic tale that will resonate with children struggling to reconcile who they are with what they think society wants them to be."-Booklist, starred review

      *"Callender tackles some serious issues...with finesse and a heady sense of the passions and pangs of youth...this title solidifies Callender's merit as a powerful middle grade and YA author... An intense, gripping tale of love, loss, and friendship featuring a black youth grappling with his dreams and his identity."-School Library Journal, starred review

      *"Callender masterfully balances resonant themes of grief, love, family, friendship, racism, sexuality, and coming-of-age...deeply affecting, memorable."-The Horn Book, starred review

      *"[A] powerful tale of grief, intersectional identity, and love."-Publishers Weekly, starred review

      "From the opening sentence, King and the Dragonflies sings the complications of loving and caring for imperfect and wounded people. Callender sets us deep into King's mind and life, and never lets go of the reins. They don't pull punches...and thank goodness for that!"-Alex Gino, the Stonewall and Lambda Literary Award-winning author of George

      "This sensitive and powerful story speaks to any reader trying to find the courage to be themselves in a complicated world. King's heartbreaking, beautiful, and ultimately hopeful journey helps him come to terms with family loss and his own complex identity."-Veera Hiranandani, Newbery Honor Award Winning author of The Night Diary

      "Young readers will find friends and allies aplenty in Kacen Callender's vital novel, King and the Dragonflies, which flutters with life, love, loss, and resilience, a story as iridescent and complex as a dragonfly's wings."-Alex London, author of Proxy and Black Wings Beating

      "King and the Dragonflies is a lyrical coming of age tale about grief, friendship, family, belonging, identity, and hope. I honestly could not put this book down. This is a story that will stay with you long after you finish reading."-Aisha Saeed, New York Times bestselling author of Amal Unbound

      Praise for Hurricane Child:

      * "Lush descriptions bring the Caribbean environment to vivid life...An excellent and nuanced coming-of-age tale."-School Library Journal, starred review

      * "Set against the richly evoked backdrop of the Caribbean, Callender's novel captures the exquisite agony and pain that accompanies rejection and abandonment. Caroline's search for answers provides a steady through line for the story, but it's the deeper questioning and reflection that set this book apart.... Visceral, pensive, and memorable." -Booklist, starred review

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