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    Deep Girls Lori Weber Canada
    9781770865310 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Girls & Women Age (years) from 14 - 18 Publication Date:September 30, 2018 Print Run:4000
    $15.95 CAD 5.38 x 8 x 0.25 in | 166 gr | 180 pages Carton Quantity:64 Canadian Rights: Y DCB
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      Deep Girls tells stories that defy the conventions of young adult literature. The clichés of fictional relationships are tossed aside, and instead we read about girls whose relationships with their families are like the real relationships readers see in the world around them.

      There are stories showing family members at their worst: a girl must stand up against expectations put on her by her parents and boyfriend; a sibling’s assault on a parent drives a young woman to dark thoughts, and admiration for a rule-bending classmate; an ill grandmother is cruel to her daughter.

      There are stories about the search for strength: a father and daughter try to survive as a family after a tragedy; a family friend who was victimized by violence returns from a mental hospital; a mother shows her daughter the heart that lies beneath a passive exterior.

      And there are stories about young women adjusting to their emerging sexuality (while reluctantly caring for a neighbour’s children, a teen turns her eyes to the kids’ father), and that of their parents (a father and daughter take a trip to a bar, and each turns their attention elsewhere).

      Deep Girls is an astonishing collection of stories that are rich in tone and emotional complexity.

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      Lori Weber is the author of several books for children, middle-grade readers, and young adults, including Klepto, If You Live Like Me, My Granny Loves Hockey, Strange Beauty, Tattoo Heaven and Lightning Lou. A native of Montreal, Weber lives in Pointe-Claire and teaches English and Creative Writing at John Abbott College.
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      "Written with depth but in common language as to make it accessible for lower level readers. Recommended for purchase for libraries serving high school patrons."
      "A collection of short stories is not a format one often encounters in young adult literature, a genre dominated by hefty full-length novels. Perhaps this is because it can take a long time to create characters teenagers will become attached to. Weber, however, displays a high degree of creativity in crafting nine different heroines and anti-heroines, all intensely real protagonists, in under thirty pages each ... It’s unlikely that any one reader will relate to the struggles of all of these protagonists, but everyone will be pulled in by Weber’s flawless plotting and simple yet perfectly descriptive prose ."

      "Weber accurately and honestly captures snapshots of moments in teen girls’ lives, delving into their complex mental health and familial issues, their thoughts and decisions, but most importantly her lens is a sensitive one. Readers and educators looking for poignant and topical stories featuring strong female characters will not be disappointed." Highly Recommended

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    Giacometti's Girl Sandra Davies Canada
    9781770865419 Paperback POETRY / Subjects & Themes Publication Date:September 28, 2018 Print Run:500
    $18.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.28 in | 170 gr | 96 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y Cormorant Books
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      Threaded through this first collection are a sweetness and a hope which linger in spite of the dark wash of loss the poems bravely reconnoitre.

      Seeking out enduring moments of beauty and human connection that redeem difficult remembering, Giacometti’s Girl attests to the ability of love, along with the passage of time, to heal and to allow for forgiveness and celebration.

      Davies understands what makes people tick. Interweaving decades-old memories with some as recent as yesterday, she conjures vivid and believable portraits of family members and friends both living and departed, and of strangers both real and imagined. In language refreshingly direct, unforced and honest, she shares what she has lived and observed. Story, physical description, and conversation are the foundations upon which she builds her poems. Whether they depict a mother’s dementia, the tragic wake of suicide, the wonderment of first love or the “shocking thrill” of “widowed old age loving”, Davies finds phrases and images which allow us to register what we may have passed over, or to recognize some of the things we’ve experienced in a deeper or different way.

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      Sandra Davies is a retired palliative care nurse who grew up in Toronto and has been writing poetry since childhood. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in nursing, and for the next forty years she practised nursing in Toronto, India (Madya Pradesh), and Kingston, her home since 1989. Since retiring she has participated in creative writing workshops and had poems published in The New Quarterly, CV2, and A Kingston Poet’s Gallery. She has two adult sons and four beloved grandchildren.
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    9781770865334 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure Age (years) from 9 - 11 Publication Date:October 26, 2018 Print Run:4000
    $13.95 CAD 5.38 x 8 x 0.5 in | 210 gr | 196 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y DCB
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      The Band of Merry Kids is a rollicking middle-grade adventure set in the mythical Age of Robin Hood.

      Pip is a 12-year-old boy who idolizes Robin Hood and bristles at the injustice he sees around him. He also considers his father a coward — a mere wool merchant who pales in comparison to Robin and his Merry Men. Pip and his two cousins accompany Pip's father to a country fair. Pip makes some new friends — and fights some difficult battles — and it is here with his cousins and friends that he must face the greatest challenge of his life— saving an innocent family from the Sheriff's dungeon. Along the way, Pip also learns a shocking secret about his father.

      The Robin Hood legend provides the over-arching morality for The Band of Merry Kids, which explores classic topics such as good vs. evil, father-son relationships, loyalty, friendship and bravery in a great historical adventure.

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      David Skuy is the author of award-winning books for young readers. His books focus on the issues young people face, and he uses sports as the vehicle to tell their stories. His work has included the Rocket Blues and Undergrounders series of hockey-themed novels, and the Striker series, which focuses on soccer. Skuy lives in Toronto.
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      "David Skuy's characterization of Pip offers a gentle lesson in maturity for middle-grade-readers yearning for adventure ... The Band of Merry Kids is a pleasant, accessible book that offers a reassuring message wrapped around an action plot. It also provides a gateway into a broader literature about the medieval era in both fiction and non-fiction"

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