Charlesbridge Children's Books, Fall 2017

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    Baby Loves Thermodynamics! Ruth Spiro, Irene Chan
    9781580897686 Board book JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) to 3, Grade (US) to P, Age (years) to 3, Grade (US) to P On Sale Date: September 05, 2017
    $10.99 CAD 7.06 x 7.06 x 0.53 in | 20 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Charlesbridge
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Big, brainy science for budding baby scientists.

      Babies are natural scientists, discovering and experimenting every minute. With bright, quirky illustrations and simple text, this adorable board book illustrates a practical and accessible example of thermodynamics:  the science of heat and energy. All the energy in Baby comes from the sun. Explore the transfer of energy as it flows from sun to apple to Baby. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!

      With tongue firmly in cheek, the Baby Loves Science series introduces highly intellectual science concepts to the littlest learners.


      Series Overview: The Baby Loves Science series features little books about big ideas, introducing complex scientific concepts to the littlest learners.
      Bio
      Ruth Spiro is the author of the Baby Loves Science series, published by Charlesbridge. These adorably illustrated board books contain expert-reviewed science, yet are simple enough for the very youngest readers. Another new picture book series, Made by Maxine, will be published by Penguin/Dial beginning in 2018. Her debut picture book, Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist (Dutton), won awards from Writer’s Digest and Willamette Writers and was a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year. Ruth is a frequent speaker at schools and conferences, and recent presentations include the Early Childhood STEM Conference at CalTech and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Visit Ruth on her website here.

      Irene Chan is the illustrator of Baby Loves Quarks! and Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering! She is also an art director, designer, artist, and amateur photographer. She currently lives in Atlanta, GA. Visit Irene at www.eneri.net.


      Author Residence: Chicago, IL

      Author Hometown: Deerfield, IL

      Irene Chan is the illustrator of Baby Loves Quarks! and Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering! She is also an art director, designer, artist, and amateur photographer. www.eneri.net

      Illustrator Residence: Atlanta, GA

      Illustrator Hometown: Hong Kong
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Select advertising

        Author visits in the Chicago-area



        Publicity: National print and online media campaign

        Outreach to science media, including Kids’ Science News, Science, and Wired



        Author Website: www.ruthspiro.com

        Author Social Media: Facebook; @RuthSpiro
    • Comparable Titles

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      9781423637417BabyLit PrimerJennifer Adams Board bookJul 17, 2014$13.99Gibbs Smith
      9781423622024BabyLit PrimerJennifer Adams Board bookJul 07, 2011$13.99Gibbs Smith
      9781580897693Baby Loves Quantum Physics!Ruth Spiro Board bookSep 05, 2017$10.99Charlesbridge Children's Books
      9781580895408Baby Loves Quarks!Ruth Spiro Board bookOct 04, 2016$10.95Charlesbridge Children's Books
      9781580895415Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering!Ruth Spiro Board bookOct 04, 2016$10.95Charlesbridge Children's Books
      9781419709548Mini Myths: Play Nice, Hercules!Joan Holub Board bookSep 16, 2014$6.95Harry N. Abrams
      9781602190658Good Night GalaxyAdam Gamble Board bookMay 09, 2012$9.95Good Night Books
      9781442459892Baby Loves to Rock!Wednesday Kirwan Board bookJan 29, 2013$6.99Little Simon
      9780553521030Hello, World! Solar SystemJill McDonald Board bookMar 08, 2016$10.50Random House Children's Books
      9780615487663HTML for BabiesJohn C Vanden-Heuvel Sr Board bookJul 01, 2011$9.95Code Babies
      9781927018125Cozy Classics: Pride and PrejudiceJack Wang Board bookNov 13, 2012$9.95Simply Read Books
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      Awards
      Reviews
      A baby explores heat and energy through a sunny day and a bite of an apple. A white, onesie- and hat-wearing baby greets a smiling sun as Spiro’s text, one or two sentences per double-page spread, discusses how the sunshine gives us warmth and helps trees grow. In this case, it is an apple tree. Baby eats one of the fruits, and it gives the little one energy to play and grow. The coda states: “All living things get their energy from the sun.” Chan’s paintings in cheerful colors adroitly capture the young child’s wonder and joy in exploration. While adults may understand that the sun’s energy is fueling the growth of the apple tree and, in turn, providing the energy needed for the babe to develop into a toddler, most board-book readers will not begin to grasp the conservation of energy and thermodynamics as the title promises. The companion title, Baby Loves Quantum Physics! tackles an even more abstract concept: Schrödinger’s cat and quantum physics. A different tyke, with a slightly tanner complexion and brown hair, plays with a kitten. When Cat hides in the box, the child imagines the possibility that the feline is either awake or asleep (not, thank goodness, living or dead). As a game of hide-and-seek, the project is delightfully developmentally appropriate, but it takes a leap of huge proportions for this book to successfully explain to a toddler a concept most adults are hard-pressed to understand. While children may enjoy the inviting art in these pages, the concepts, like sun shining in the sky, will be way, way over their heads. 
      —Kirkus Reviews

      When you break down science into simple concepts, they actually do make interesting and wonderful books to read to young children. Baby Loves Thermodynamics! is accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the transfer of energy as it flows from the sun to an apple to baby. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!  If you love this title, be sure to check out the follow-up books in the Baby Loves Science series, Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering! and Baby Loves Quantum Physics!
      —Momma’s Bacon
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    Baby Loves Quantum Physics! Ruth Spiro, Irene Chan
    9781580897693 Board book JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) to 3, Grade (US) to P, Age (years) to 3, Grade (US) to P On Sale Date: September 05, 2017
    $10.99 CAD 7 x 7.06 x 0.56 in | 20 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Charlesbridge
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners.

      Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book engages readers in a game of hide-and-seek with Schrodinger’s famous feline. Can cat be awake and asleep at the same time? Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!

      With tongue firmly in cheek, the Baby Loves Science series introduces highly intellectual science concepts to the littlest learners.


      Series Overview: The Baby Loves Science series features little books about big ideas, introducing complex scientific concepts to the littlest learners.
      Bio
      Ruth Spiro is the author of the Baby Loves Science series, published by Charlesbridge. These adorably illustrated board books contain expert-reviewed science, yet are simple enough for the very youngest readers. Another new picture book series, Made by Maxine, will be published by Penguin/Dial beginning in 2018. Her debut picture book, Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist (Dutton), won awards from Writer’s Digest and Willamette Writers and was a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year. Ruth is a frequent speaker at schools and conferences, and recent presentations include the Early Childhood STEM Conference at CalTech and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Visit Ruth on her website here.

      Irene Chan is the illustrator of Baby Loves Quarks! and Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering! She is also an art director, designer, artist, and amateur photographer. She currently lives in Atlanta, GA. Visit Irene at www.eneri.net.


      Author Residence: Chicago, IL

      Author Hometown: Deerfield, IL

      Irene Chan is the illustrator of Baby Loves Quarks! and Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering! She is also an art director, designer, artist, and amateur photographer. www.eneri.net

      Illustrator Residence: Atlanta, GA

      Illustrator Hometown: Hong Kong
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Select advertising

        Author visits in the Chicago area



        Publicity: National print and online media campaign

        Outreach to science media, including Kids’ Science News, Science, and Wired



        Author Website: www.ruthspiro.com

        Author Social Media: Facebook; @RuthSpiro
    • Comparable Titles

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      9781423637417BabyLit PrimerJennifer Adams Board bookJul 17, 2014$13.99Gibbs Smith
      9781423622024BabyLit PrimerJennifer Adams Board bookJul 07, 2011$13.99Gibbs Smith
      9781580897686Baby Loves Thermodynamics!Ruth Spiro Board bookSep 05, 2017$10.99Charlesbridge Children's Books
      9781580895408Baby Loves Quarks!Ruth Spiro Board bookOct 04, 2016$10.95Charlesbridge Children's Books
      9781580895415Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering!Ruth Spiro Board bookOct 04, 2016$10.95Charlesbridge Children's Books
      9781419709548Mini Myths: Play Nice, Hercules!Joan Holub Board bookSep 16, 2014$6.95Harry N. Abrams
      9781602190658Good Night GalaxyAdam Gamble Board bookMay 09, 2012$9.95Good Night Books
      9781442459892Baby Loves to Rock!Wednesday Kirwan Board bookJan 29, 2013$6.99Little Simon
      9780553521030Hello, World! Solar SystemJill McDonald Board bookMar 08, 2016$10.50Random House Children's Books
      9780615487663HTML for BabiesJohn C Vanden-Heuvel Sr Board bookJul 01, 2011$9.95Code Babies
      9781927018125Cozy Classics: Pride and PrejudiceJack Wang Board bookNov 13, 2012$9.95Simply Read Books
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      Awards
      Reviews
      Spiro takes Schroedinger’s cat and makes it a little kinder to help little ones understand quantum physics. While the book doesn’t really explain why this is physics, it does a fine job explaining this particular conundrum. A great niche book for a science lover of any size—and a good gift for a science teacher on any level.
      —Kiss the Book

      To be fair, I like Spiro’s other board book out this year, Baby Loves Thermodynamics, but of the two this one has my heart. Here is the description on the back: “Play hide-and-seek with Schrodinger’s famous feline.” You read that right, except in this case the cat is both asleep and not asleep when it is in the box. Dead cats are shockingly absent from board books these days.
      —A Fuse #8 Production
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    Old MacDonald Had a . . . Zoo? Iza Trapani, Iza Trapani
    9781580897297 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 2 - 5, Grade (US) to K, Age (years) from 2 - 5, Grade (US) to K On Sale Date: September 12, 2017
    $19.99 CAD 8.81 x 9.94 x 0.4 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 34 Canadian Rights: Y Charlesbridge
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      An extended retelling of the classic children’s song “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” by beloved author/illustrator Iza Trapani featuring zoo animals running amok on the farmstead.

      Iza Trapani is known for her clever twists on classic nursery rhymes. This time she outdoes herself with a vist to longtime favorite Old MacDonald.  His busy little farm—with a moo, moo here and a moo, moo there is out of controwhen zoo animals like kangaroos, elephants, and hippos join the menagerie. What’s a farmer to do? Iza Trapani’s hilarious, jam-packed illustrations are full of details animal-loving readers will point at with glee. And the sweet ending will keep them giggling until the next reading.
      Bio
      Iza Trapani was born in Poland.  When she first came to the United States at the age of seven, she learned English in large part by reading a book of Mother Goose nursery rhymes. She is the author of over two-dozen children’s books, including the best-selling The Itsy Bitsy Spider. She currently lives outside of Poughkeepsie, NY.

      Author Residence: outside Poughkeepsie, NY

      Author Hometown: Poland
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Local author tour

        Possible appearance at Book Expo America

        Extensive social media presence



        Publicity: Publicize in major book industry media

        Blog tour

        Pitch to national media



        Author Website: www.izatrapani.com

        Author Social Media: Twitter
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      9780824956691The View At The ZooKathleen Long Bostrom PaperbackApr 01, 2015$10.99Worthy Publishing
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      9780618737406Pocketful of PosiesSalley Mavor HardcoverSep 27, 2010$29.99Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
      9780763660437EIEIO: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm with a Little Help From a HenJudy Sierra HardcoverFeb 25, 2014$19.00Candlewick
      9780140565959I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a PieAlison Jackson PaperbackSep 16, 2002$10.99Puffin
      9781580896405Gabe and GoonIza Trapani HardcoverJul 05, 2016$18.95Charlesbridge Children's Books
      9781580896320Old King ColeIza Trapani HardcoverAug 04, 2015$17.95Charlesbridge Children's Books
      9781580892469Haunted PartyIza Trapani HardcoverJul 01, 2009$16.95Charlesbridge
      9781580890151Twinkle, Twinkle, Little StarIza Trapani Board bookSep 01, 2008$8.95Charlesbridge Children's Books
      9781580890304How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?Iza Trapani PaperbackFeb 01, 2004$7.95Charlesbridge Children's Books
      9781580890908Mary Had a Little LambIza Trapani PaperbackFeb 01, 2003$7.95Charlesbridge
      9781580890717Baa Baa Black SheepIza Trapani PaperbackJul 01, 2001$7.95Charlesbridge
      9781580890106I'm a Little TeapotIza Trapani PaperbackDec 01, 1998$7.95Charlesbridge
      9781879085695The Itsy Bitsy SpiderIza Trapani PaperbackMar 01, 1997$7.95Charlesbridge
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      Awards
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      Old MacDonald had a—kangaroo?!?It’s just another day on the bespectacled white man’s farm, starting with the milking of his cow and an E-I-E-I-O. But in the pig’s sty, instead of an “oink oink” accompanying the E-I-E-I-O, there’s a hopping kangaroo splattering mud everywhere. An elephant sprays Old MacDonald clean with water from the trough (with an E-I-E-I-O). Then…“Old MacDonald heard a crunch, E-I-E-I-O. / Zebras helped themselves to lunch, E-I-E-I-O. // With a chomp above, and a chomp below, / Here a chomp, there a chomp, / Everywhere a chomp chomp, / What a hungry, messy bunch, E-I-E-I-O.” Then monkeys E-I-E-I-O in the henhouse, and a crocodile E-I-E-I-Os in the garden before Old MacDonald gets fed up. He bundles all the inappropriate animals into his truck and takes them back to the zoo with a vroom vroom and an E-I-E-I-O. Prolific nursery-rhymer Trapani turns the traditional song on its head for a rousing romp with some zoo escapees and some surprised farm denizens. Bright watercolor, acrylic, and ink illustrations, mostly in double-page spreads, are full of expressive animals. This update of the rhyme would be a fine addition to personal collections and will be welcome at storytime. A wild time on the MacDonald farm, with music included at the close.
      Kirkus Reviews
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    Melvin the Mouth Katherine Blanc, Jeffrey Ebbeler
    9781580897143 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Biographical Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3, Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 On Sale Date: September 19, 2017
    $19.99 CAD 9.38 x 9.5 x 0.39 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 34 Canadian Rights: Y Charlesbridge
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Meet young Melvin (the future Mel Blanc of Looney Tunes fame) as he drives everyone a little nuts with the noisy soundtrack to his day-to-day life.

      Melvin is an imaginative and noisy little boy who grows up to be Mel Blanc, Looney Tunes cartoon character pioneer and the voice behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Woody Woodpecker, the Tasmanian Devil, and so many more familiar personalities. Readers are treated to a typical day for young Melvin, when ordinary tasks like getting ready for school, riding the bus, and completing his chores are charged with sound effects and accompanied by his own personal soundtrack. His knack for making funny noises and using the versatility of his voice was like no other—much to the relief of his teachers. Penned by Blanc’s daughter-in-law, this first-person fiction-based-in-reality story is a fun romp and is sure to inspire young readers to turn trouble into triumph!

      “Dandy and dazzling and top-notch fun” — Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

      “Reading this book aloud will guarantee a boisterous romp of a story time in a library or classroom setting” — School Library Journal 

      “A scandalously overdue introduction to Mel Blanc” — Booklist


      Story Locale: San Francisco area, CA
      Bio
      Katherine Blanc is the author of The Boy Who Conquered Everest: The Jordan Romero Story, and the daughter-in-law of the late Mel Blanc, known as the “Man of 1,000 voices” including most of the Looney Tunes characters for Warner Bros. She currently lives in Southern CA.

      Jeffrey Ebbeler has illustrated more than forty picture books, including the Main Street School series (Looking Glass Library/Random House). He has worked as an art director, done paper engineering for pop-up books, created large scale murals for schools and churches, and sculpted puppets. He currently lives in Cincinnati, OH. www.jeffillustration.com


      Author Residence: Southern California

      Author Hometown: California

      Jeffrey Ebbeler has illustrated more than forty picture books, including the Main Street School series (Looking Glass Library/Random House). He has worked as an art director, done paper engineering for pop-up books, created large scale murals for schools and churches, and sculpted puppets. www.jeffillustration.com

      Illustrator Residence: Cincinnati, OH

      Illustrator Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Activity kit for interactive storytime for booksellers and librarians

        Feature at ALA and BEA

        Select author visits

        Select advertising



        Publicity: Pitch to entertainment news/magazines

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      9780399234163Stand Tall, Molly Lou MelonPatty Lovell HardcoverAug 27, 2001$18.00G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
      9781934490587Decibella and Her 6-Inch VoiceJulia Cook PaperbackMar 21, 2014$14.95Boys Town Press
      9780375857218Jim Henson: The Guy Who Played with PuppetsKathleen Krull HardcoverAug 23, 2011$18.99Random House Children's Books
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      9780761375647Lights Out ShabbatSarene Shulimson HardcoverJan 01, 2012$25.95Lerner Publishing Group
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      Awards
      Reviews
      A day in the youth of motor-mouth Mel Blanc, written by his daughter-in-law.Mel Blanc—the “Man of 1,000 Voices,” including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and the ear-splitting Woody Woodpecker—wasn’t born with a wizard’s tongue; he had to work at it—at top volume. Ebbeler’s setting for this tale of young Mel is pleasingly Edwardian, with lovely background plains of graded color or design with deep, inky linework laid over. This intimacy makes Mel’s riotous creations that much more voluble. Out of bed, he is a dragon, “HHHHHhhhhh….” The sounds Mel creates are hand-lettered, drawn to swirl, evoke, and enfold. Mel finds the best acoustical venues for the figments of his imagination at school: a vaulted hallway for a train (“Woooooo…woo”), the tiled bathroom for a giant shark (“Chomp”). He’s a rascal, which doesn’t escape the principal, for instance, or the playground monitor, or the bus driver (all white, just like Mel and his family). But his vocal cords and his robots, race cars, tornadoes, and bulldogs won’t be tamed. “I’m still the fastest mouth in the world,” even when he is sentenced to school-kitchen duty or raking the family lawn. Blanc’s text is trim and keeps a jazzy, upbeat tempo, presenting the story of one very inventive kid rather than a biography of one of the 20th century’s most oft-heard voices (though a biographical note follows). Dandy and dazzling and top-notch fun.
      Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      Mel Blanc, aka the “Man of a 1,000 Voices,” is the star of this rollicking, exuberant picture book biography. Melvin, who was born in 1908, is depicted here dressed in a suit with short pants and a tie. He’s first seen terrorizing his cat and laughing like Woody Woodpecker before insisting to his parents that he’s a dragon. His imaginary ink-drawn dragon looms over him. At school. He can’t sit still and makes noises wherever and whenever he pleases, earning himself trash duty for recess and a “speeding ticket.” His classmates aren’t sure what to make of him. At home, his supportive yet exhausted parents try to rein him in. but chores turn disastrous as the large-headed, bug-eyed youngster simply cannot be contained. The illustrations combine watercolor and ink drawings and Adobe Photoshop, along with hand-lettered sound effects that swoop and swirl across spreads that contain fun period details. While much of the narrative is fictionalized, a short biographical note follows. VERDICT: Reading this book aloud will guarantee a boisterous romp of a story time in a library or classroom setting, especially if time is set aside to share some well-chosen clips of Blanc’s work.
      School Library Journal

      Bugs, Tweety, and countless other well-loved characters can all thank one man for giving them a voice in movies, television, and radio, but before Mel Blanc became an actor, he was a precocious boy with mountains of energy and imagination, earning the nickname Melvin the Mouth. Mel’s daughter-in-law, Katherine Blanc, tells his story with an array of creative artwork from Jeffrey Ebbeler, who fuses lively black-and-white sketches with color spreads, showcasing Mel’s irrepressible spirit.
      Foreword Reviews

      In a scandalously overdue introduction to Mel Blanc—the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian, and approximately 1,500 other characters—from his daughter-in-law, hyperactive young Melvin (“fastest mouth in the world!”) sets school halls ringing as a roaring tiger and whooshing locomotive, becomes a whirling tornado when asked to sweep the floor at home, a hungry hippo at dinner, and finally ends his day (as he began) by impersonating a hissing dragon. Ebbeler dresses the lad, and the discombobulated adults around him, in buttoned-up early-twentieth-century garb and superimposes ghostly black-and-white renditions of Mel’s adopted personas over the genteel settings. If a few anachronisms sneak in, notably references to a “rocket in space” and Melvin using his “robot voice” to count down, views of him leaning insouciantly on an elbow while munching a carrot, or laughing like a certain woodpecker more than compensate as sly visual gags. The author adds an afterword with family photos of her renowned relative as a child and an adult to this exuberant fictionalized tribute.
      Booklist
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    Nina Alice Brière-Haquet, Bruno Liance
    9781580898270 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3, Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 On Sale Date: November 28, 2017
    $19.99 CAD 8.88 x 11.31 x 0.43 in | 40 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Charlesbridge
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      A stunning picture-book biography of the High Priestess of Soul and one of the greatest voices of the 20th century.

      With evocative black-and-white illustrations and moving prose, readers are introduced to Nina Simone, jazz-music legend and civil-rights activist. Shared as a lullaby to her daughter, a soulful song recounts Simone’s career, the trials she faced as an African American woman, and the stand she took during the Civil Rights Movement. This poignant picture book offers a melodic tale that is both a historic account of an iconic figure and an extraordinary look at how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go for social justice and equality. A timeless and timely message aptly appropriate for today’s social and political climates.


      ♦ “A good introduction to Simone’s life, from her early love of music to her rise to the status of legend” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      ♦ “Strikingly illustrated” —Booklist, starred review

      ♦ “Hauntingly beautiful illustrations” —Foreword Reviews, starred review

      “Stirring and powerful…” —BookPage
      Bio
      Alice Brière-Haquet teaches high school literature and has published several books for children, including ONE Very Big Bear (Abrams) and Zebedee’s Balloon (Auzou). She lives in France.

      Bruno Liance is an illustrator, dad, and music lover. He has been making art full-time for fifteen years after studying decorative arts in Paris. He lives in France. http://brunoliance.blogspot.com/


      Author Residence: France

      Author Hometown: France

      Bruno Liance is an illustrator, dad, and music lover. He has been making art full-time for fifteen years after studying decorative arts in Paris. He lives in France. http://brunoliance.blogspot.com/

      Illustrator Residence: France

      Illustrator Hometown: France
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Book trailer

        Extensive social media presence

        January ’18 postcard mailing in anticipation of Black History Month and Women’s History Month



        Publicity: Pitch to major book industry media

        Blog tour

        Publicize to national media



        Author Website: http://le-wonderblog.blogspot.com/

        Author Social Media: Facebook
    • Comparable Titles

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      9782733819425Zebedee's BalloonAlice BriEre-Haquet HardcoverDec 01, 2012$18.95Auzou Publishing
      9782733819401Big Picture BookAlice Briere-Haquet HardcoverMay 15, 2012$24.95Auzou Publishing
      9781419721175ONE Very Big BearAlice Brière-Haquet HardcoverOct 04, 2016$14.95Harry N. Abrams
      9783899557558Madame EiffelAlice Brière-Haquet HardcoverNov 01, 2015$21.95Little Gestalten
      9781580896269Wangari MaathaiFranck Prévot HardcoverJan 06, 2015$19.95Charlesbridge Children's Books
      9781452103143JosephinePatricia Hruby Powell HardcoverJan 14, 2014$24.99Chronicle Books
      9780763617332Skit-Scat Raggedy CatRoxane Orgill HardcoverAug 24, 2010$21.00Candlewick
      9780375869730Harlem's Little BlackbirdRenee Watson HardcoverOct 23, 2012$20.99Random House Children's Books
      9781600608988Little Melba and Her Big TromboneKatheryn Russell-Brown HardcoverApr 15, 2014$21.95Lee & Low Books
      9780439269674When Marian SangPam Munoz Ryan HardcoverOct 01, 2002$24.99Scholastic Inc
      9781580896733Esquivel! Space-Age Sound ArtistSusan Wood HardcoverSep 06, 2016$21.95Charlesbridge Children's Books
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      Awards
      Reviews
      Nina Simone probably won’t be a familiar name to primary graders, but that doesn’t matter much in this captivating book focusing on the young Nina and how early events in her life shaped her adult passions. This begins with Nina singing a lullaby she’s written to her daughter. At bedtime, she tells the child stories of her own youth. When she first saw a piano, she noticed the black keys were smaller than the white ones—and that could have become a metaphor for the world. “Black people were nothing but half notes on a huge ivory keyboard. But no. I did not agree with this.” Another incident, after she’s become an accomplished musician: at a concert, her mother is seated up-front until white audience members arrive. But Nina won’t play if her mother must move, so her mother stays put. Later, Martin Luther King becomes “her symphony.” But his dream must be nurtured, she murmurs as her daughter sleeps. This French import is strikingly illustrated in black-and-white. A two-page spread in which white people sit, while black people stand behind them, arms raised, conveys a historical drama made even more powerful by the medium. Perhaps because of its French origin, there’s no author’s note, nothing that further details Simone’s career. But this stands on its own. 
      —Booklist starred review

      A soft lullaby sung to comfort a sleepy little girl turns into theinspiring story of remarkable musical talent blossoming in theface of racial inequalities in Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-RightsActivist Nina Simone, by Alice Brière-Haquet. Hauntingly beautifulillustrations from Bruno Liance are in shades of black and white,light and shadow, to cast a dreamlike resonance over youngNina’s piano playing as she notices, reflects, and rises above theprejudice around her. 
      —Foreword Reviews 
      starred review


      A biography about the legendary singer told as a lullaby from Simone to her daughter.

      With black-and-white illustrations that evoke a dreamy, old-time feel, Simone (appropriately portrayed with an afro) sings her daughter a lullaby interspersed with the story of her life. At 3, Simone starts piano lessons, connecting the appearance of the piano keys to the oppression of black people in the US. Music offers Simone an escape (“Music has no color”), though the fact that the “important men in powered wings from past centuries” whose music she plays are all white is addressed only in the illustration. (Here young Simone is also depicted with white hair which will probably require some assistance from caregivers to unpack). When 12-year-old Simone gives a church performance, she refuses to play until her mother, who had given up her front-row seat for a white attendee, is reseated in the front row setting a precedent for her activist future. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is cited as an inspiration (though without the honorific), and a spread with protest signs adds humor with Simone happily pointing to her own sign, which reads, “Young, Gifted, and Black,” a nod to her future song. Though the softly textured illustrations in this French import are sometimes obscure, they are always beautiful. A good introduction to Simone’s life, from her early love of music to her rise to the status of legend.
      Kirkus Reviews starred review

      A mother sings her restless child to sleep, offering up a story from her own childhood to help ease the transition to bedtime. The mother is Nina Simone, talking about her own girlhood and the discrimination she faced as she came into her own and discovered her love of music.

      The adult Nina, looking back, remembers a church performance at the age of 23, during which her proud mother was asked by white people to remove herself from the front row where she planned to watch her daughter perform. Author Alice Brière-Haquet uses a set of piano keys as a metaphor for the racial injustices of the time: “Black people were nothing but half notes on a huge ivory keyboard.” Later, the adult Nina tells her own child that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of racial harmony helped turn the tide. Here, illustrator Bruno Liance brings readers black and white protesters with signs; young Nina herself holds one that reads, “Young, Gifted, and Black,” referencing her 1970 song that became an anthem of the Civil Rights movement.

      Liance’s illustrations—soft-focus and hazy, just as memories are wont to be—are in black-and-white, matching the author’s sentiment: “Music has no color.” There are moments of great drama on several spreads. More than one features lush trees or flowers bursting forth in unexpected places (from a piano, from the bed of the child Nina is lulling to sleep). One features a line-up of white composers (Mozart, Liszt and the like), followed by young Nina, the only black person pictured, who “played all the important men in powdered wigs from past centuries.” A couple of spreads show a defiant Nina, pushing down her anger to sing to her dismissed mother in the crowd.
      Stirring and powerful, the book can be an effective conversation-starter with children about racial injustice.
      BookPage
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    Bertha Takes a Drive Jan Adkins, Jan Adkins
    9781580896962 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (US) from K - 3, Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (US) from K - 3 On Sale Date: October 03, 2017
    $21.99 CAD 9.81 x 10.88 x 0.4 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Charlesbridge
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      In this nonfiction joyride, Bertha Benz and her sons drive across Germany in the world’s first automobile.

      It’s 1888 and Bertha Benz’s husband, Karl, has invented the prototype Benz motorwagen. But the German government declares the vehicle illegal, and the church calls it the devil’s work. Unbeknownst to her husband, Bertha steals away with her two sons and drives nearly one hundred miles to prove just how amazing the motorwagen is. Bertha’s mechanical savvy gets the boys to Grandma’s house safely, and the remarkable mother/son road trip reduces global concern about moving vehicles.


      Story Locale: Germany
      Bio
      Jan Adkins is an odd bird, excited by things tiny and by enormous concepts. He’s published about forty-five books but they seem to be only excuses to find new stories and learn new facts. He’s been called “The Explainer General” because most of his work unsnarls complicated knots of confusion and re-builds them as simple paths to understanding. He explains bright bits of the world in pictures and words, often to young people. He’s written about sandcastles, bridges, pirates, knights, cowboys, maps, sailing, knots, coal, oil and gold. He’s got a long list of things he still wants to figure out and explain. Adkins (this is what his grandsons call him) believes real history and real science are ten or twelve times cooler than fairy tales and magic.

      Author Residence: Gainesville, FL

      Author Hometown: Wheeling, WV
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      Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go; we steal father’s car, we are going quite far, and mother cooks up the whole show. In the town of Mannheim in Germany, in 1888, Bertha Benz decides to take her husband’s car, the Benz Motorwagen, to grandmother’s house, 60 miles distant in the town of Pforzheim, on roads that were more suited for—to all intents and purposes likely made by—sheep, horses, goats, and cows. Emperor Wilhelm II and the church are not amused by the self-propelled Motorwagen, so Bertha is out to prove them wrong. Bertha and her two sons push the car out of the garage in the early morn, but as they motor along, they meet up with internal-combustion-engine problems that the ingenious Bertha—who had worked with her husband to build the car—solves: she invents the brake shoe along the way, made for her by a cobbler. Adkins tells the tale with brio and dash and illustrates it with nifty, time-gone-by details like roadside alms boxes (hello, toll roads), springs disgorging through gargoylelike face into basins to refresh weary travelers, and naphtha as fuel. The artwork is mostly pleasing, with 1888 European countrysides and villages. The characters’ faces are often obscured by hat brims; when doffed, they often reveal unsettlingly wooden expressions. The story is a hoot of ingenuity and an exhilarating tip of the hat to unsung women heroes, and Adkins has a good time telling it. Even though grandmother meets the Motorwagen with the same disgruntlement as the emperor, everybody else cheers the contraption’s epic voyage.
      Kirkus Reviews


      Adkins presents a whimsical episode from automobile history. Bertha Benz, business partner and wife of Karl Benz, was the first person to embark on a long-distance car trip. It’s 1888 and Karl Benz’s Motorwagen is forbidden by the then–German emperor and the church. However, Bertha is not deterred, and she, along with her two teenage sons, sets out on a journey that will change the world, proving once and for all that the Motorwagen should be celebrated and not banned. But faced with bumpy roads, mechanical problems, and skeptics, Bertha and the boys will have to do some ingenious thinking in order to pull the stunt off. Adkin’s narrative is engaging and complimented by the richly detailed illustrations. Although a lot of subject-specific vocabulary is used regarding the vehicle, most of it is explained within the text. There is no date mentioned in the story; however, there is a time line marking Bertha’s drive and several other momentous occasions in the evolution of cars. There are also diagrams of the Motorwagen and its engine, an author’s note, and a map showing where Bertha traveled. The author’s note is written in a kid-friendly language, but the time line is wordy and difficult to follow. A few period-specific terms such as apothecary and garters are used without explanation, but overall this adventure from a vastly different time ­period is well told for contemporary readers. VERDICT Not a must buy, but an intriguing story for readers interested in the history of cars or joyful true-life escapades.
      School Library Journal


      In 1888, Bertha Benz made the first long-distance auto trip (60 whole miles!) without the knowledge or permission of the kaiser, the church, or her husband, Karl (of Mercedes-Benz fame). It certainly wasn’t smooth sailing, but every time something went wrong, Bertha figured out how to fix it. Example: clearing a clogged fuel line with a hat pin. She wanted to show that “the Motorwagen” wasn’t a toy, and thanks to her determination and marketing savvy, she changed the way most of us travel. Digitally rendered art clearly sets the scene in nineteenth-century Germany and depicts the journey from various visual perspectives. Back matter includes an illustrated time line of car history, diagrams of the artist’s interpretation of the vehicle and its motor, and an afterword (though the only source cited is a vague reference to YouTube). This third-person account of a brave, smart woman ably illustrates a key moment in early automobile development, which had a significant impact in legitimizing car travel forever.
      Booklist Online


      Bertha Benz was a creative, determined, and brave woman living in the late 1880’s in Germany with her husband and four children. Bertha’s husband had designed the Benz Motorwagon III and Bertha worked with him learning the mechanics of the automobile. Bertha decided to prove that the Benz Motorwagon III was fit to travel at least sixty miles on the unpaved roads, traveling the distance with her two sons. Bertha “showed” her skills as an inventor, mechanic, and determined woman as she traveled in the automobile. Readers will experience traveling the journey with Bertha and her two sons in one of the first automobiles invented. The journey continued with Bertha as she demonstrated her skill as an inventor and mechanic when she used a hatpin to clean the fuel line. She was credited with inventing “brake pad linings” as she realized the brakes needed linings to prevent them from pressing against the wheel rims. Readers can visualize how the automobile emerged into the cars of today comparing the diagrams of the engines with engines today. Jan Adkins is the author of more than forty books for children and writes a regular feature for “Wooden Boat”. His illustrations for the book are from photographs taken during the 1880”s. In “Looking Back Writing Forward” included in the Appendix, the author relates his journey in recreating Bertha’s view of the world by studying the history of the era. There was no documentation as to Bertha’s actual words so the author wrote the story as he “imagined” what Bertha would say.  The Appendix includes a time line of the Automobile Evolution from 1880 to the present time and a diagram of the Benz Motorwagon III. This book exemplifies STEM as it embraces real world design, innovation, and invention with the engineering of a new product.
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    Last Laughs: Prehistoric Epitaphs Jane Yolen, J. Patrick Lewis, Jeffrey Stewart Timmins
    9781580897068 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Poetry Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5, Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 On Sale Date: October 10, 2017
    $19.99 CAD 9.75 x 10.81 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Charlesbridge
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      Poems framed as epitaphs for extinct prehistoric animals hit the proverbial (coffin) nail on the head in this darkly humorous collection from expert poets Jane Yolen and J. Patrick Lewis.

      Macabre, ironic, and witty epitaphs share how prehistoric creatures like the terror bird, the woolly mammoth, and the T-rex met their demise.  The ever-entertaining J. Patrick Lewis and the inimitable Jane Yolen offer a collection organized by era, with posthumous poems paired with short secondary text providing additional, factual information about each creature.
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      Jane Yolen is the award-winning author of more than three hundred children’s books including Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs, Bad Girls (with Heidi E. Y. Stemple), Owl Moon (Penguin), and the How Do Dinosaurs…? series (Scholastic). She currently lives in Western MA.

      J. Patrick Lewis is the author of more than seventy books for children and served as US Children’s Poet Laureate from 2011 through 2013. His books include Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs, Take Two! (Candlewick), and Poem Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems (Schwartz & Wade Books). He currently lives in Westerville, OH.

      Jeffrey Stewart Timmins is a children’s book illustrator whose books include A Whole Nother Story, Another Whole Nother Story (Bloomsbury), and Play It Loud! The Rebellious History of Music (Capstone). He currently lives in Toronto, ON, Canada.


      Author Residence: JY: Western MA & Scotland; JPL: Westerville, OH

      Author Hometown: JY: NYC & Westport, CT; JPL: Gary, IN

      Jeffrey Stewart Timmins is a children's book illustrator whose books include A Whole Nother Story, Another Whole Nother Story (Bloomsbury), and Play It Loud! The Rebellious History of Music (Captsone).

      Illustrator Residence: Toronto, ON, Canada

      Illustrator Hometown: Toronto, ON, Canada
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      “Trilobites the Dust,” and so do the rest of a cast of extinct creatures in this sequel (prequel?) to Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs (2012). In chronological order from the Paleozoic to the Cenozoic eras, dinosaurs, prehistoric, reptiles, and early mammals offer memento mori in pithy verse. “Iguanodon, Alas Long Gone,” for example runs: “Iguano dawned, / Iguano dined, / Iguano done, / Iguano gone.” With similar brevity, “Plesiosaur Sticks His Neck Out” of Loch Ness and has it chopped through by a Pict (a foot-note admits the anachronism), and unknown agents leave “Pterrible Pterosaur Pterminated.” In later times, a saber-toohed cat (“Tiger, tiger, hunting bright / near the tar pits, late at night”), a dire wolf, and a woolly mammoth are all depicted trapped in the gooey much. Each poem comes with an explanatory note, and a prose afterword titles “A Little About Layers” discusses how the fossil record works. Timmins reflects this secondary informational agenda in his illustrations without taking it too seriously – providing a spade-bearded, popeyed paleontologist who resembles a spud in shape and color to usher readers through galleries of fossil remnants or fleshed-out specimens meeting their ends with shocked expressions.
       
      The poetry and prose form more of an uneasy détente than an integrated whole, but the comical pictures and the wordplay in these dino demises provide sufficient lift.
      Kirkus Reviews

      In this follow-up to Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs, Lewis and Yolen accomplish a rare feat — creating a sequel superior to the first. Timmins illustrates the demise of prehistoric creatures using an appropriately somber palette. The collection of poetry is certainly an introduction to dark humor, but given the well-known fact of all prehistoric animals’ extinction, it is decidedly less macabre than the earlier title. After all, as the first poem appropriately reminds readers, “Do we miss them? Now and then./But we survivors say, ‘Amen.’” Though the cover illustration depicts extinction by asteroid, many of the featured beasts meet more commonplace demises by predators. Several lesser-known animals are included, from the trilobite to the dire wolf and to the “vegan” dinosaur, Minmi. Lewis and Yolen seamlessly integrate nonfiction paleontological information, subdividing the book according to prehistoric eras and periods. They also follow each poem with a concise factual note, clearly delineating fact from creative license. Older children will enjoy punny inclusions such as “puncturation mark,” and adult readers may reminisce over a nod to William Blake: “Tiger, tiger, hunting bright/near the tar pits, late at night.” The text ends with an invitation for readers to create their own dino epitaphs, a perfect classroom or poetry celebration connection. VERDICT A witty poetry read-aloud that just may spark independent research in dinosaur enthusiasts. 
      School Library Journal

      Elegiac tombstone inscriptions have long been targets for good-natured skewering (think Disney’s Haunted Mansion) and even sharper-edged satire, and the idea of R.I.P.s directed at deceased dinos is promising. Execution doesn’t match concept here, though, as Lewis and Yolen present a variety of verse that’s more often miss than hit. The poems, neatly arranged chronologically from the Paleozoic through Cenozoic Eras (with specific periods noted as well), are seldom the concise tributes with startling punchlines that readers will probably expect, and few would fit on a tombstone. Instead the content is a grab bag of general comments on the featured creatures accompanied by a few italicized lines of scientific commentary or, in the disappointing instance of Plesiosaur, a tacit apology for how the information is incorrect. Nor does the boneyard theme enjoy visual treatment; a wackily cartoon-styled paleontologist Prof. M. Piltdown (sorry, kids, no explanation of the joke is given) appears in most scenes, re-imagining how his subjects may have met their demise. A closing note about geological layers in which dino bones are found lends curricular utility, and Yolen’s pithy “Holy Moly, Woolly Mammoth” is clever enough to make readers understand how this project might have worked. As the authors themselves suggest, “Maybe you could write your own epitaphs to round out our collection.” 
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    A Black Hole Is Not a Hole Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano, Michael Carroll
    9781570917844 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Technology Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 On Sale Date: October 17, 2017
    $11.99 CAD 7.5 x 10 x 0.31 in | 80 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Charlesbridge
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      Budding astronomers and scientists will love this humorous introduction to the extremely complex concept of black holes. With space facts and answers about the galaxies (ours, and others) A Black Hole is NOT a Hole takes readers on a ride that will stretch their minds around the phenomenon known as a black hole.

      In lively and text, the book starts off with a thorough explanation of gravity and the role it plays in the formation of black holes. Paintings by Michael Carroll, coupled with real telescopic images, help readers visualize the facts and ideas presented in the text, such as how light bends, and what a supernova looks like.

      Back matter includes a timeline which sums up important findings discussed throughout, while the glossary and index provide a quick point of reference for readers. Children and adults alike will learn a ton of spacey facts in this far-out book that’s sure to excite even the youngest of astrophiles.
      Bio
      Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano is the author of Leonardo’s ABC’s, as well as the acclaimed nonfiction middle grade read, A Black Hole Is Not a Hole. Aside from writing for children, Carolyn is also science educator and principal consultant with Blue Heron STEM Education. She has developed science programs with NASA and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Carolyn lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

      Internationally known artist Michael W. Carroll has been painting astronomical subjects for over 20 years. His art has appeared in several hundred magazines throughout the world, including TimeSmithsonianNational Geographic, and Astronomy. His paintings have aired on NOVA, COSMOS, and various TV specials, and have embellished albums and numerous books. Michael lives at the foot of the Rockies in Littleton, Colorado.


      Author Residence: near Boston, MA

      Author Hometown: Rhode Island

      Michael Carroll is the illustrator of Big Bang! and Max Goes to Jupiter (Big Kid Science), and is the author and illustrator of Drifting on Alien Winds, Living Among Giants, and Alien Seas (Springer). Carroll is a science journalist and lectures and teaches internationally on the topics of writing, art, and astronomy. www.stock-space-images.com

      Illustrator Residence: Littleton, CO

      Illustrator Hometown: Littleton, CO
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      Oh, my stars! As the cover proclaims, a black hole may not be an actual hole, but readers will be glad they fell into this book. The volume guides readers on a (literally) out-of-this-world tour, dealing with topics and concepts that, in the hands of a less-gifted writer, might have remained obscure and unclear. DeCristofano handles the material with wit, style and singularly admirable clarity, frequently employing easy-to-understand and, yes, down-to-earth ideas and scenarios to help make complex principles comprehensible to readers of all ages. Carroll’s illustrations, diagrams and charts, along with superb telescopic photographs (many courtesy of NASA) are splendid and filled with the drama and excitement of the limitless vastness of space. The handsome design and visuals greatly enhance the text and add much to readers’ grasp of the subject. Stargazers will be entranced, and even those not especially attuned to matters celestial will come away feeling smarter, awestruck and with a sense of finally understanding this fascinating, other-worldly phenomenon. An excellent resource.
      Hole-y astronomy!
      Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      Writing with rare verve (“A black hole is nothing to look at. Literally.”), DeCristofano condenses recent astronomical discoveries into a high energy account of what we know or guess about one of the universe’s deepest and most unobservable secrets. Covering the life cycle of stars; the formation of black holes and weird optical and physical effects associated with them; more recent revelations of super-sized black holes at the centers of galaxies; and the general effects of mass on space, light, and matter, she presents a clear, well-rounded picture of the strange structure and stranger physics of black holes. After leading a wild ride over a black hole’s event horizon (“Right away, you would need a new nickname—something like Stretch….”) and explaining theories about gravity from Newton’s notions to “Einstein’s Spacey Ideas,” DeCristofano leaves readers to ponder the truth of her claim that a black hole isn’t a hole—but “NOT exactly NOT a hole either.” Enhanced by a time line and a generous set of further resources—and illustrated with plenty of cogent diagrams, space photographs, and Carroll’s dramatic images of stellar whirlpools and mammoth jets of gas around cores of impenetrable blackness—this book will snatch readers from their orbits and fling them into a lasting fascination with nature’s most attractive phenomena. Literally.
      Booklist, starred review
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    9781580897754 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 10, Grade (US) from 5, Age (years) from 10, Grade (US) from 5 On Sale Date: October 10, 2017
    $19.99 CAD 5.69 x 8.5 x 0.98 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Charlesbridge
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      Twelve-year-old movie-loving Maisie is in need of a distraction from her current romantic dilemma when her Uncle Walt comes to stay with her family after being hurt on the set of the movie he’s filming in Hollywood.

      Maisie’s best friend, Cyrus, has been hanging out a lot with Gary Hackett, whose last-name sounds to Maisie like a cat barfing up a hairball. When it seems as if Hackett might like Maisie romantically, she’s none too pleased, and Cyrus is even less impressed.

      Uncle Walt has a way of pointing Maisie in the right direction, and Maisie’s love of movies also keeps her centered. Heading to the local independent theater on Saturdays to see old movies helps Maisie stay grounded as she struggles with growing up, family tensions, a grandma who seems to be losing her memory, and a love triangle she never expected.
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      Ellen Wittlinger is the author of fifteen YA and middle-grade novels. Her novel Hard Love won both a Printz Honor Award and a Lambda Literary Award. Her books have been on numerous ALA Best Books lists, Bank Street College of Education lists, and state award lists. Wittlinger has taught at Emerson College in Boston and in the Simmons College Writing for Children MFA program. She currently lives in Haydenville, MA.

      Author Residence: Haydenville, MA

      Author Hometown: Belleville, IL
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      Twelve-year-old film buff Maisie’s weekly routine of seeing movies with her friend Cyrus is disrupted when Gary joins in. Maisie may not feel ready for dating or anything like it, but Gary has an evident crush on her, Cyrus has a secret crush on Gary, and suddenly everything’s complicated. Meanwhile, her grandmother is showing signs of dementia, and her sympathetic but flighty uncle is staying with the family while he recovers from an injury—all of which fuels conflicts about family duty. Distinctive characterization is a significant strength here, and Maisie’s response to Cyrus’s coming-out is all her own—she’s upset at first not for conventional reasons but because of her fear of change and maybe, just maybe, because of her own feelings for Gary. A late-in-life romance for Grandma makes the family story line lighter than it otherwise might be, but the novel acknowledges that, like the many films it references, its story ends at “a good stopping point,” which doesn’t mean everything’s perfect. Tweens who are wondering what their relationships, and their romantic relationships, will look like as they grow up should find plenty to think about in this honest novel.
      The Horn Book


      Twelve-year-old Maisie loves seeing old movies at the local theater with her best friend Cy, and she worships her Uncle Walt, who is in Hollywood trying to make it as an actor. When Walt injures himself on set and comes to stay with Maisie’s family, she’s overjoyed to have him visit. Less excited is Maisie’s mother, who feels that Walt has abandoned his family responsibilities, especially after Maisie’s grandmother starts displaying signs of memory loss. Worried about her grandmother, Maisie is also grappling with the fact that Gary, a classmate with a crush on her, has started horning in on her time with Cy. When Cy reveals that he “like likes” Gary, Maisie tries to figure out how it will affect their relationship and her own changing feelings for Gary. Wittlinger (Local Girl Swept Away) packs this sensitive coming-of-age story with movie references and trivia, but even readers less cinema obsessed than Maisie will sympathize with her conflicting desires to grow up and stay young forever. Her loyalty to Cy is especially moving, as is Wittlinger’s portrait of dementia’s impact.
      Publisher’s Weekly


      Maisie, 12, is in the midst of several quandaries. She and her best friend, Cy, have become a trio, and Maisie is afraid that new addition Gary Hackett likes her. Then it becomes clear that Cy likes Gary. Ménage à trouble! In addition, Maisie’s actor uncle has moved back to their small house to recover from an accident, her grandmother is showing signs of dementia, and her mother loses her job. Tensions boil, but Maisie finds relief at the old movie theater in town, where she and Cy are regulars. The theater is owned by grumpy Mr. Schmitz, who has had his own decades-long crush—on Maisie’s grandmother. If this sounds like a full plate, it is, but each morsel is quite tasty, and veteran writer Wittlinger balances plots with aplomb. Some scenarios are more rosy than realistic, as in the cases of Cy’s coming out to an unruffled Gary. Yet it is the novel’s hopeful aspects that make this such an enjoyable read. Happily, all the (many) movies referenced throughout are listed at the book’s conclusion.
      Booklist


      For twelve-year-old Maisie, watching old movies at the Lincoln Theater every Saturday with her best friend Cyrus provides a much-needed escape from the uncertainties she faces in real life. Her grandmother’s increasing forgetfulness and her family’s tight financial situation mean everyone but Maisie is less than thrilled when Uncle Walk — who is an actor in Hollywood — comes to stay after a recent on-set injury. Since Uncle Walt is one of the few adults who always understands her, Maisie is delighted, and when she finds herself in the center of a middle-school love triangle between herself, Cyrus, and their new friend, Gary, she needs Uncle Walt’s guidance more than ever. The book provides entertaining yet affecting portrayals of the different types of young love people experience and witness — from love between family members and friends to budding romantic love to even love found late in life, which Maisie witnesses through her grandmother’s unexpected reconnection with an old flame. The Use of first-person narration adds authenticity to Maisie’s perspective as readers gain insight into her inner thinking and responses to pivotal life situations (e.g. when Cyrus tells Maisie that he is gay and that he likes Gary). Wittlinger presents a moving coming-of-age story that will feel relevant to tween readers, particularly those wrestling with the notion of what it means to grow up and what it means to experience and witness love in its many forms.
      The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
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    Falcon Wild Terry Lynn Johnson
    9781580897884 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure Age (years) from 10, Grade (US) from 5, Age (years) from 10, Grade (US) from 5 On Sale Date: September 19, 2017
    $19.99 CAD 5.75 x 8.5 x 0.76 in | 176 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Charlesbridge
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      An action-packed, contemporary novel about surviving in the wilderness.

      Thirteen-year-old Karma is desperate to become a certified falconer. At her dad’s bird education center, she helps give demonstrations to guests and can fly the birds. But when her favorite rescued falcon, Stark, hurts Karma, her parents insist that they return the bird to its previous owner—in Canada. On the way to bring Stark back, a car accident in the middle of nowhere leaves Karma’s dad trapped, and it’s up to Karma to find a way to rescue him and her younger brother. When Karma loses her way trying to get help, she crosses paths with Cooper, a troubled teenaged boy. Lost for three days, the two figure out how to survive, and Karma teaches Stark to hunt like an actual bird of prey. Karma may be closer than she thinks to becoming a real falconer and having a real friend.


      Story Locale: Montana
      Bio
      Terry Lynn Johnson is the author of middle grade adventures based on her experiences in the wilds of northern Ontario, Canada, including Ice Dogs, Sled Dog School, and Survivor Diaries, a series for reluctant readers (HMH). She is an award-winning member of the Outdoor Writers of Canada and currently works as a Conservation Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

      Author Residence: Whitefish Falls, ON, Canada

      Author Hometown: TK
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      Awards
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      Karma, a 13-year old falconer-to-be, has to give her beloved bird, Stark, back to Stark’s original owner. As she and her father and brother head out into the back-country of Montana to return Stark, things suddenly start to go wrong when their van crashes. Karma finds herself in the middle of nowhere searching for help for her family. This book is an adventurous coming-of-age tale with a  rich and beautiful natural setting. The imagery of the woods and country will make readers feel as if they are journeying alongside the protagonist. The details about the birds and what it takes to survive in the mountains are enlightening. VERDICT A strong choice for middle grade readers who appreciate nature, animals, and survival stories; an accessible read that could also spark discussions within a classroom setting.
      School Library Journal

      In Terry Lynn Johnson’s Falcon Wild, 13-year-old Karma is lost in the Montana wilderness with her falcon, Stark, and a runaway boy, looking for help for her dad and brother who have been in an accident. The accident happened while the family was on their way to return Stark, a rescued bird, to his original owner in Canada, even though Karma doesn’t want to part with him. Lost in the wilderness, her bond with the bird only grows stronger as they face wild animals, injury, and severe weather together.
      New Moon Girls

      Lost in the Montana wilderness, two white children and a tame gyrfalcon learn to trust one another. Thirteen-year-old home-schooled Karma lives in Montana on her family’s bird-of-prey education center, where she helps her white father train raptors. Karma longs to have friends but worries she talks too much about hawks and falcons—her favorite is a rescued white gyrfalcon named Stark. When Stark’s owner reclaims her, Karma reluctantly drives with her father and younger brother to deliver her. Shortly after letting off an unfriendly teenage-boy hitichhiker named Cooper, their van blows a tire and crashes. With her father and brother injured and Stark escaped, Karma sets out to find help. After she falls into a crevice, she is rescued by the mysterious Cooper, who spotted her thanks to the white bird circling overhead. Overjoyed to find Stark, Karma continues her search for help. As she and Cooper hike into the wilderness, they endure a slew of unfortunate events that would make Lemony Snicket proud (grizzly, near-drowning, falling, infection, thunderstorm/hail), and Cooper gradually reveals his past. Karma’s simple present-tense, first-person narration is inconsistent in her worry for her father and brother, and interesting information on falconry and raptors is imparted in an academic style that lacks smooth integration into the story. The components are there; the cohesion is not.
      Kirkus Reviews

      This is an in-depth survival story with deep characters and a believable but not overly mature plot—a perfect fit for your middle grade readers who love adventurous drama. The plot centers on Karma, a not-so-typical 13-year-old girl who is lost in the wilderness of Montana with Cooper, a runaway boy she just met, and her trained falcon, Stark. After a car accident leaves Karma, her brother, and her father stranded on a backcountry road, Karma goes to find help but winds up lost in the wilderness, fighting for survival. Karma is a homeschooled falcon trainer, yet she still has the normal anxieties and issues of any teenage girl. Overall, the characters, dialogue, and plot of this book are excellent and truly suspenseful. However because of the focus on falconry, I fear it may not be a runaway hit with readers who are looking for something more relatable to their lives. Overall I would recommend adding this book to your collection, though it may take some selling to get students to read it.
      School Library Connection

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