Second Story Press: Spring 2019

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    Series: A Mighty Muskrat Mystery
    The Case of Windy Lake Michael Hutchinson Canada
    9781772600858 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: March 18, 2019
    $10.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.5 x 0.32 in | 134 pages Carton Quantity: 80 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      Sam, Otter, Atim, and Chickadee are four inseparable cousins growing up on the Windy Lake First Nation. Nicknamed the Mighty Muskrats for their habit of laughing, fighting, and exploring together, the cousins find that each new adventure adds to their reputation. When a visiting archeologist goes missing, the cousins decide to solve the mystery of his disappearance. In the midst of community conflict, family concerns, and environmental protests, the four get busy following every lead. From their base of operations in a fort made out of an old school bus, the Mighty Muskrats won’t let anything stop them from solving their case!
      Bio
      Michael Hutchinson is a member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation, north of Winnipeg. He currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario where he works at the Assembly of First Nations, which advocates for First Nation families and communities across Canada.
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         Key Selling Points:

        • Four cousins, known as the Mighty Muskrats, try to solve a mystery on the Windy Lake First Nation.
        • Key themes: Indigenous environmental protection; Indigenous rights to land and natural resources; civil rights and environmental protest; protection of cultural ceremonies and Indigenous knowledge.
        • An Indigenous spin on the classic Hardy Boys or Three Investigators books.
        • Michael Hutchinson based the Windy Lake First Nation on the many First Nation communities he has visited working in Indigenous journalism and advocacy.
        • Michael Hutchinson is a journalist and worked for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).


    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Second Story Press Indigenous Writing Contest 2018, Joint winner
      Reviews
      The Case of Windy Lake, a contemporary mystery featuring a group of four Indigenous kids, is a game changer....The Muskrats feel like the kind of real kids that have been missing in children's books for quite some time.
      ...Chickadee's rez-tech savvy pairs well with her cousin Otter's bushcraft skills, and, along with Atim's brawn and brother Samuel's leadership, the four make a fine team. From Cree author Hutchinson, an Indigenous version of the Hardy Boys full of rez humor.
      The Case of Windy Lake is smart and thought-provoking mystery for middle grade readers.
      "...there’s overall an old-fashioned classic mystery feel along with a look at contemporary rez life in this first instalment of a series."
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    Series: A Feminist History Society Book
    Two Firsts Bertha Wilson and Claire L’Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada Constance Backhouse Canada
    9781772600933 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Lawyers & Judges Publication Date: March 08, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.55 in | 312 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Bertha Wilson and Claire L’Heureux-Dubé were the first women judges on the Supreme Court of Canada. Their 1980s judicial appointments delighted feminists and shocked the legal establishment. Polar opposites in background and temperament, the two faced many identical challenges. Constance Backhouse’s compelling narrative explores the sexist roadblocks both women faced in education, law practice, and in the courts. She profiles their different ways of coping, their landmark decisions for women’s rights, and their less stellar records on race. To explore the lives and careers of these two path-breaking women is to venture into a world of legal sexism from a past era. The question becomes, how much of that sexism has been relegated to the bins of history, and how much continues?
      Bio
      Constance Backhouse is a Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa. She has published a number of prize-winning books such as Petticoats and Prejudice: Women and Law in Nineteenth-Century Canada; Colour-Coded: A Legal History of Racism in Canada, 1900-1950; and Carnal Crimes: Sexual Assault Law in Canada, 1900-1975. Her latest book, Claire L’Heureux-Dubé: A Life, was published in 2017. She was named to the Order of Canada in 2008.
      Marketing & Promotion
        Key Selling Points:
        • A compelling biography of the first two women who were the first female judges on the Supreme Court of Canada.
        • Major themes/topics: sexism, sexism in the law; women’s rights.
        • This is the first biography that compares and contrasts the first two female judges, as well as their rulings on key cases in history.
        • Constance Backhouse is a Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa. She was published numerous prize-winning books. She was also named to the Order of Canada in 2008.
        • A book launch will be held at the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as one at the Law Society of Toronto.

    • Awards & Reviews

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      Backhouse depicts Wilson and L’Heureux-Dubé as the admirable pioneers they were, and as individuals fully capable of human frailty. Two Firsts is exactly the kind of well-researched, currently relevant, straightforward, non-memoir non-fiction that gives the genre such power. It’s not a biography of either woman, but a well-told story of the similar extraordinary circumstances that made both of them “firsts,” and how this big job played out in each of their lives and in the life of Canada.
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    Series: A Russell and Leduc Mystery
    The Birds That Stay Ann Lambert Canada
    9781772600919 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective Publication Date: February 19, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.68 in | 344 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      In a small village in the Laurentians, north of Montreal, a reclusive older woman is found strangled outside her home. Roméo Leduc, Chief Inspector for Homicide, is one day away from his first vacation in years but reluctantly answers the call on the case. Marie Russell lives in the same small community. She did not know her elderly neighbour, and she does not expect to become embroiled in solving her murder. But when a startling new clue emerges, Marie becomes an inadvertent detective. As Marie and Roméo combine wits to find the killer, they are forced to face demons from their own pasts as they confront a case where no one and nothing is really as it seems.
      Bio
      Ann Lambert has been writing and directing for the stage for thirty-five years. Several of her plays, including The Wall, Parallel Lines, Very Heaven, The Mary Project and Two Short Women have been performed in theatres in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. She has been a teacher of English literature at Dawson College for almost twenty-eight years in Montreal, Quebec, where she makes her home.
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        Key Selling Points:
        • The murder of an older woman proves that the sins from the past are never forgotten.
        • Major themes/topics: murder mystery, female manipulation and abuse, repressed collective memory.
        • Written as a murder mystery in the vein of Louise Penny, it’s set in specific regions of Quebec, Canada. It also centres on an instance that happens in the past, which has great bearing on the present circumstances.
        • Ann is a teacher of English literature at Dawson College in Montreal. She has been writing and directing for the stage for 35 years. This is her first novel.
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Book Riot's List of "33 Highly Anticipated Crime Novels", January-March 2019 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      The Birds That Stay is populated with complex characters, not one of whom has been untouched by some form of trauma, be it divorce, addiction, abuse, abandonment, or betrayal. The skillful way in which these characters are rendered is part of what makes the book so engaging.
      "...a fascinating and gripping tale of suspense, and there’s even a hint of romance here."
      With many references to Quebec that will be familiar to those who know the province, the book may also appeal to fans of Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series.
      In her debut murder mystery, Ann Lambert manages to elevate an escapist genre into a meditation on the repercussions of horrendous crimes on generations to come.
      Lambert’s craft is honed by years of playwriting, teaching literature, and observing the human condition. She depicts believable characters whose worlds collide when history, in its insidious way, encroaches on the present, and affects future generations.
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    Skateboard Sibby Clare O'Connor Canada
    9781772600872 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: March 18, 2019
    $10.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.5 x 0.37 in | 162 pages Carton Quantity: 64 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      Eleven-year-old Sibby Henry liked her old life. Now she's living in a new town with her nan and pops, and is mad at her dad for messing everything up. On her first day of school, she sees a dope skateboard park. But she can’t use it because her precious board is gone forever. To make things worse, Freddie, a super skater and a super jerk, dominates the park. Sibby tries to stay cool, but when Freddie gets in the face of Sibby’s friend Charlie Parker Drysdale, things get too hot for chill. Never one to back down, Sibby accepts when Freddie challenges her to a skateboarding competition. She won’t let anything stop her from proving herself.
      Bio
      Clare O'Connor is a communications professional and writer. She now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her family and still owns a skateboard.
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        Key Selling Points:
        • An eleven-year-old skater girl who has recently had to move ends up making new friends, completing a skateboarding challenge and realizing that oftentimes there’s a reason why someone is a bully.
        • Key themes: sexism, since many skateboarders are not female; bullying in middle school and how often there’s a reason someone is a bully (Sibby and the class bully, Freddie, become friends by the end); goal setting; self-esteem; friendship.
        • This is a book about a girl skateboarder. There are many female skateboarders out there, but not many middle-grade fiction books about female skateboarders. 
        • The author herself is a skateboarder who started when she was seven. She still has her own board. She is a communications professional. This is her first book.
        • Because the author is a skateboarder herself, she is plugged into that community. The lingo used in the book is authentic, and the tricks that are described are all accurate and possible.

    • Awards & Reviews

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      Written by first-time Halifax author Clare O'Connor, Sibby beautifully captures kid feelings, life, and language.
      Skateboard Sibby provides a story about change and bullying with its novel theme of skateboarding. Keen skateboarders or readers interested in something new will find Skateboard Sibby a quick read...Recommended.
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    The Mozart Girl New edition Barbara Nickel Canada
    9781772600896 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: March 18, 2019
    $10.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.5 x 0.45 in | 190 pages Carton Quantity: 56 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      Nannerl Mozart’s twelfth-birthday wish is to become a famous composer. She’s already considered a brilliant musician, touring eighteenth-century Europe with her little brother, Wolfgang, and playing for queens and kings in the great courts. But Papa doesn’t take her seriously as a composer because she is a girl, Mama usually has a list of chores for her to do, and Wolfi manages to steal everyone’s attention. But Nannerl is not ready to give up her dream. Can she defy expectations and take control of her musical destiny?
      Bio
      Barbara Nickel is an award-winning poet and author of books for young people. Her work has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and won the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize. Her most recent picture book, A Boy Asked the Wind, was shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award. Barbara lives in Yarrow, B.C. with her husband and two sons.
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        Key Selling Points:
        • What if Mozart’s sister had had her moment in the spotlight?
        • Key themes: standing up for yourself; pursuing your dreams; sexism; music; and the history of the time period.
        • It highlights Nannerl as an amazing composer and musician, and raises the question of what she might have accomplished if she had been given the same chance as her brother to succeed. It then brings to mind other women throughout history who couldn't exercise their talents simply because they were women.
        • Barbara has written two middle-grade books about young girls and music. Both books focus on siblings or daughters of famous composers, and the incredible talent they have that they aren't able to share easily.
        • This is a reissue. The book was originally published in 1996 as The Secret Wish of Nannerl Mozart.
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
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      "(T)he novel truly shines in its descriptions of Nannerl playing and composing music"
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    What Makes Girls Sick and Tired Lucile de Pesloüan Canada, Geneviève Darling Canada
    9781772600964 Paperback YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 12 - 18, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 - 18 Publication Date: March 04, 2019
    $13.95 CAD 7.5 x 9.25 x 0.12 in | 48 pages Carton Quantity: 74 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      A feminist manifesto in graphic novel form that denounces the discrimination against and unfairness felt by women from childhood to adulthood. Illustrated in a strikingly minimalist style with images of girls with varied body types and personalities, invites teenagers to question the sexism that surrounds us, in ways that are obvious and hidden, simple and complex. The book’s beginnings as a fanzine shine through in its honesty and directness, confronting the inequalities faced by young women, everyday. And it ends with a line of hope, that with solidarity, girls will hurt less, as they hold each other up with support and encouragement.
      Bio
      Lucile de Pesloüan began to publish fanzines in 2012, which were distributed by alternative media as well as traditional bookshops. Her writing is intimate, direct, poetic, and committed. What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is her first book. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

      Geneviève Darling’s illustrations' core topics are softness, connectedness, and the reclamation of space. Her work tries to challenge heteronormativity and make queer relationships between women more visible. What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is her first book. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.
      Marketing & Promotion
        Key Selling Points:
        • What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is a feminist manifesto that denounces the discomforts felt by women from childhood to adulthood from society.
        • In the wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp, society is starting to pay attention to the plight of women and girls in terms of inequality, sexism and abuse. This book sheds further light on those issues.
        • A graphic novel with poignant words and illustrations, this book is perfect for reaching out to young women who are hungry for change and for their issues to be talked about.
        • The author is well known in Quebec for her popular zines. This is her, and the illustrator's, first book.
        • The text of this book was originally published as a zine that was so popular it was expanded and made into a graphic novel in Quebec, which also sold well.
    • Awards & Reviews

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      And the Hit Lit goes to What Makes Girls Sick and Tired, an illustrated run down of the most egregious discrimination, sexual violence, and sexist commentary targeting women young and old...Order this book by the dozen.
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    A Friend Like Iggy Kathryn Cole Canada, Ian Richards, Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre
    9781772600841 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date: April 15, 2019
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 11 x 0.25 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      The true story of Iggy, a special dog who helps kids navigate difficult times. When children disclose abuse, they often navigate an unfamiliar chain of events, sometimes testifying in court. Iggy is a specially trained facilitator dog, and his job is to make each child he meets comfortable with the job they have to do. Iggy eases their path with his gentle, non-judgmental friendship. He can be present for police interviews, counseling sessions, court preparation, and testifying. He helps children aged three to eighteen feel more comfortable and confident. It’s a big job, but not too big for a dog with an even bigger heart.
      Bio
      Kathryn Cole has had a forty-five-year career in children’s books and is the author of the I’m a Great Little Kid Series with Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre. Kathryn volunteered as a support to parents for thirteen years with Boost in their crisis support and court preparation groups.



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        Key Selling Points: 

        • A photo-based storybook about Iggy, a dog trained to support children who have experienced abuse.
        • Key themes: Trained facilitator and support dogs; navigating child abuse and trauma; court-protection services and police services. 
        • A gentle look at a very hard topic that is not commonly explored in children’s books.
        • Kathryn Cole is the author of the I'm a Great Little Kids series - a complete series of picture books with the Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre to teach kids about communication, self-esteem and making good choices.
        •  Iggy is a real dog who works in Toronto, Ontario.

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      Warm text and cheery images make this accessible title a wonderful tool for children in need of emotional support.
      A Friend Like Iggy is slim, the presentation visually inviting. The up-close, often full-page photos make it highly suitable for sharing. Readers/listeners will identify with the volunteer youngsters posing in the photos...Highly Recommended

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