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    Canadian Women Now and Then More than 100 Stories of Fearless Trailblazers Elizabeth MacLeod Canada, Maïa Faddoul Canada, Maia Faddoul, Maïa Faddoul
    9781525300615 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 On Sale Date:April 07, 2020
    $19.99 CAD 8 x 10 x 0.7 in | 1.09 lb | 80 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      This timely and relevant collection of fascinating stories about groundbreaking Canadian women, present and past, offers an inspiring, one-of-a-kind look at Canadian history. Canadian women have long been trailblazers, creating art, making discoveries and setting records --- and often battling incredible odds and discrimination in the process. Here, award-winning children's writer Elizabeth MacLeod presents biographies of more than one hundred of these remarkable women, from the famous, such as Margaret Atwood, to the lesser known, such as multi-award-winning mathematician Karen Yeats. There are stories of activists and architects, engineers and explorers, poets and politicians and so many more. Each category pairs a historical groundbreaker with a present-day woman making her mark in that same field. Included are stories of Indigenous women, immigrants, women with disabilities and women from the LGBTQ+ community. Together, they tell the story of Canada. And together they offer a vision of what's possible, to inspire all children to blaze trails of their own. This unique look at Canadian history is engagingly written with a storyteller's touch, making this a book that will be read for both research and pleasure. Organized by profession, it includes women in science, the arts, sports, politics, activism, law, business and more. The clean, modern design, along with the color portraits of each woman by Maia Faddoul, make the pages accessible and inviting. This excellent resource for social studies lessons also contains a time line of significant dates in Canadian women's history, a list of author's sources, further resources and an index.
      Bio
      Elizabeth MacLeod has written many children's books, including nine titles in the Snapshots Biography series, numerous titles in the Kids Can Read, Kids Books Of and Kids Can Do It series, Why Do Horses Have Manes?, What Did Dinosaurs Eat?, and Monster Fliers. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Light Reads, Great Stories List, Ontario Library Association 2021, Winner
      Light Reads, Great Stories List, Ontario Library Association 2021, Winner
      Reviews
      An inspiring resource for readers as well as a springboard for research.
      Whether or not they are immediately recognizable, all of these women are unforgettable.
      A recommended purchase for upper elementary and middle school libraries needing to build their reference section or nonfiction collection about women's history.
      Canadian Women Now and Then ... should be required reading for everyone!
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    Series: Escargot
    A Book for Escargot Dashka Slater, Sydney Hanson
    9780374312862 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 4 - 6 On Sale Date:April 07, 2020 Print Run:50000
    $22.99 CAD 10.26 x 9.34 x 0.41 in | 400 gr | 40 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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      *An Amazon Best Book of the Year and Indie Bestseller!*

      InA Book for Escargot, the standalone sequel toEscargot--written by award-winning andNew York Times-bestselling author Dashka Slater and illustrated by Sydney Hanson--we follow a funny and charming French snail through a library to find the book of his dreams.


      Bonjour!
      It is moi, Escargot, your favorite French snail.
      Today I am going on a trip to the library, where there are so many stories to choose from!
      Stories about dog superheroes…
      guinea pig detectives....
      and flamingo astronauts.


      But sadly, none of these books is about a daring snail hero who saves the day. What is that you say? Perhapsthisis the book about the snail hero? Ooh-la-la!

      Bio

      Dashka Slater is theNew York Times-bestselling author ofThe 57 Buswhich also won the Stonewall Book Award and was a YALSA finalist.She has also written many other books, includingEscargotwhich won the Wanda Gag Book Award,Baby Shoes, The Antlered Ship,which was a Junior Library Guild Selection and received four starred reviews, andDangerously Ever After.She is also an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared inNewsweek,Salon, The New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones.She lives in California.

      Sydney Hanson
      is a children's book illustrator and Pixar animator. She lives in Sierra Madre, California.

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        Rep pick: Escargot’s standalone second adventure has him searching the library for the perfect book. Sorry-not-sorry to all those who are going to have to listen to me read parts of this adorable and hilarious picture book aloud in my outrageous French accent! —Dani Farmer
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      An Indie Bestseller!
      A BestReviews Best Book of 2020!
      A Spring 2020 Kids' Indie Next List Pick!


      "Hanson’s soft, colorful illustrations draw readers into Escargot’s miniature world as Slater’s wonderfully silly story is presented through a direct conversation between snail and reader—an incredibly engaging choice . . .Escargotis a treat!" —Booklist

      "Hanson’s illustrations are warm and inviting, making Escargot the cuddliest snail ever . . . a fun interactive book that will have readers practicing their own over-the-top French accent." —School Library Journal

      "Lovely and lovable through and through,A Book for Escargot will be a favorite. The book is a must for home, classroom, and public library collections. And on’t miss the original,Escargot. While each story stands alone, these two books go together like butter and…well…you know!" —CelebratePictureBooks.com

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    9781250229557 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories Age (years) from 13 - 18 On Sale Date:April 21, 2020 Print Run:50000
    $24.50 CAD 5.61 x 8.61 x 1.25 in | 400 gr | 336 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Feiwel & Friends
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      June Hur's elegant and haunting debutThe Silence of Bonesis a bloody YA historical mystery tale perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Renée Ahdieh.

      I have a mouth, but I mustn't speak;
      Ears, but I mustn't hear;
      Eyes, but I mustn't see.


      1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.

      As they delve deeper into the dead woman's secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.

      But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.

      Praise forThe Silence of Bones:

      ABA Indies Introduce Selection
      Junior Library Guild Selection
      A 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee
      A 2021 ALA Rise Selection
      2020 Freeman Award Honorable Mention

      "At oncehaunting and evocative, June Hur'sThe Silence of Bones is a gorgeous, tightly-woven debut. Prepare to delve deep into the lush and dangerous world of Korea in the 1800's fora page-turner you won't soon forget." —Hafsah Faizal,New York Times-bestselling author ofWe Hunt the Flame

      "This gripping drama is definitely one you're not going to want to miss." —Buzzfeed

      Bio
      June Hurwas born in South Korea and raised in Canada, except for the time when she moved back to Korea and attended high school there. She studied History and Literature at the University of Toronto. She began writing her debut novel,The Silence of Bones,after obsessing over books about Joseon Korea. When she's not writing, she works as an assistant for the public library or can be found journaling at a coffee shop. June currently lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.
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        - interview on CTV on June 15th
        - a Room of Your Own book club pick for July
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      Praise forThe Silence of Bones:

      ABA Indies Introduce Selection
      Junior Library Guild Selection
      A 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee
      A 2021 ALA Rise Selection
      2020 Freeman Award Honorable Mention

      "At oncehaunting and evocative, June Hur'sThe Silence of Bones is a gorgeous, tightly-woven debut. Prepare to delve deep into the lush and dangerous world of Korea in the 1800's fora page-turner you won't soon forget." —Hafsah Faizal,New York Times-bestselling author ofWe Hunt the Flame

      "An emotionally gripping journey.The Silence of Bonesis a suspenseful, thrilling read, and readers will be swept away by Hur’s meticulous weaving of historical detail and the depth of her characters’ family ties." —Elizabeth Lim, author ofSpin the Dawn

      "An intriguing tale that touches on class, honor, the value of one's beliefs, and the lengths one is willing to go for loyalty and family. Hur presents such a vivid portrayal of the Joseon Era that it's like stepping back in time. With its breathtaking prose and complex characters, this mystery novel issure to keep you guessing until the very end!" —Kat Cho, author ofWicked Fox

      "Withexquisite prose and an astonishing eye for detail, June Hur’sThe Silence of Bones will keep you up all night reading." —Nafiza Azad, author ofThe Candle and the Flame

      "The detail of a historical plus the puzzle of a mystery. ... I recommend this historical whodunit for its jealous lovers, fugitive priests, and family secrets, but what I adored most was that at its heart, it’s a story about a girl struggling to find her place in the world." —Traci Chee, author ofThe Reader andWe Are Not Free

      "This gripping drama is definitely one you're not going to want to miss." —Buzzfeed

      "A total knockout." —Popsugar

      "Gripping... Anexhilarating thriller, pitting the powerful against the power-hungry, endowing the powerless with affecting agency." —Shelf Awareness

      "In thisstriking debut, Hur has crafted an intriguing historical mystery set in a time period often overlooked in YA ... A compelling mystery for lovers of Victorian murder cases who are ready for an alternative to the London setting." —Booklist

      "This book isbeautifully written, and moves at a brisk pace. ...Engaging and dynamic. Hur’s first novel does an excellent job of exploring a topic that isn’t found widely in YA literature." —School Library Journal

      "The Korean concept of han, as well as customs, language, and politics, are woven flawlessly into the narrative ... Seol’s determined pursuit of literacy and freedom, as well as the bittersweet ending, make fora memorable and worthwhile read." —Publishers Weekly

      "Anexcellent historical mystery thatasks big questions about family, religion, morality, and what it means to belong." —Book Riot

      "Read this book if you enjoy: supporting debut authors, Korean history, the 1800s, atmospheric reads, K-drama dramatics, books in which you start suspectingeveryone." —Goodreads

      "I was struck by the depth of thisgripping story. ... The meditative quality of the narration of this historical mystery felt perfectly suited to the Korean setting and the backdrop of political and religious struggles.Seol’s courage, curiosity, and dedication make her a character I can’t get enough of." —Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Book Company

      "The Silence of Bones is a historic and richly atmospheric mystery that isutterly unique and difficult to put down! ...Mesmerizing." —Sarah True, Joseph-Beth Booksellers

      "A well-written depiction ofa part of history that we rarely see, led by a smart heroine who defies everyone's expectations of her." —Jackie Jou, Mysterious Galaxy Books

      "Had me gripped from the first page!" —Robyn Broderick, The Reading Bug

      "I came out with tears in my eyes and a weight lifted off my soul. ...The Silence of Bonesnot onlybrings something fresh to YA mysteries, but also transcends most adult mystery novels I’ve read ...Stunningly visual." —Sun and Chai

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    9781250179500 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 14 - 18 On Sale Date:April 07, 2020 Print Run:75000
    $22.99 CAD 6.4 x 8.53 x 0.84 in | 690 gr | 352 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y First Second
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      A collection of the second half of the mega-popular webcomic series of the same name,Check, Please!: Sticks and Scones is the last in Ngozi Ukazu's hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

      Eric Bittle is heading into his junior year at Samwell University, and not only does he have new teammates—he has a brand new boyfriend! Bitty and Jack must navigate their new, secret, long-distance relationship, and decide how to reveal their relationship to friends and teammates. And ontopof that, Bitty's time at Samwell is quickly coming to an end...It's two full hockey seasons packed with big wins and high stakes!

      Bio
      Ngozi Ukazu is the creator ofCheck, Please!, a massively popular online graphic novel. She graduated from Yale University in 2013 and received a master's in sequential art in 2015 from the Savannah College of Art and Design. While she used her intensive knowledge of ice hockey to launchCheck, Please! in 2013, Ngozi has a deep interest in sports that ranges from half-marathon training to basketball documentaries. Ngozi also cites '90s sitcoms as a major influence in the quirky, found-family feel of Check, Please!
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        - starred review from Booklist
        - Kirkus review
        - the sequel to Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey which sold nearly 1500 copies in Canada
        - EW.com cover and excerpt reveal
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      "Ukazu excels at drawing action...ultimately, though, this is a love story, one with a romance characterized by sweetness and support. Fans new and old won't be ready for it to end."—Booklist,starred review

      "
      An upbeat story of love and acceptance."—Kirkus

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    Series: Dewdrop
    Dewdrop K. O'Neill, K. O'Neill
    9781620106891 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 6 - 9, Grade (US) from K - 3, Reading age from 6 - 9 Publication Date:April 07, 2020
    $22.49 CAD 228.6 x 228.6 x 10.16 mm | 0.84 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Oni Press
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      "The axolotl-cheerleader picture book you didn't know you were waiting for." - Kirkus

      From the author of The Tea Dragon Society comes Dewdrop, the delightful children's tale of an adorable axolotl who cheers on his underwater friends as they each bring their talents to the pond's sports fair!

      Dewdrop is an easygoing, gentle axolotl who enjoys naps, worm pie, and cheerleading. When the yearly sports fair nears, he and his friends—Mia the weightlifting turtle, Newman the musical newt, and three minnows who love to cook—get ready to showcase their skills to the whole pond! However, as the day of the fair gets closer, Dewdrop's friends can't help putting pressure on themselves to be the best. It's up to Dewdrop to remind them how to be mindful, go at their own pace, and find joy in their own achievements.
      Bio
      K. O'Neill is an Eisner and Harvey Award-winning illustrator and graphic novelist from New Zealand. They are the author of Princess Princess Ever After, Aquicorn Cove, The Tea Dragon series and Dewdrop, all from Oni Press. Their books reflect their interest in tea, creatures, things that grow, and the magic of everyday life.
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      "Playful, friendly, goodhearted fun."
      "A sweet, early age graphic novel–style tale with an encouraging message."
      "This had me at adorable axolotl. It had me again with O’Neill’s glorious artwork. And it had me again again (that’s not even English but forgive me!) with its gentle lessons about conservation and kindness. It’s just so lovely."
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    9781338214604 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:March 03, 2020
    $23.99 CAD 5.81 x 8.57 x 1.49 in | 1.27 lb | 512 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Press
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      This special edition of the #1 New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire series soars back in time to give readers a glimpse of Pyrrhia through new eyes.

      In the shadow of wings . . . humans fight for survival. Ivy doesn't trust the Dragonslayer. He may be her father and the beloved ruler of Valor, but she knows he's hiding more than the treasure from the sand dragon he killed two decades ago. Leaf doesn't trust dragons. They're the reason his favorite sister, Wren, is dead, and now he'll do whatever it takes to slay even one. Wren doesn't trust anyone. She swore off humans after her village tried to sacrifice her to the dragons. She only has one friend, a small, wonderful mountain dragon named Sky, and they don't need anyone else. In a world of dragons, the humans who scramble around underfoot are easy to overlook. But Ivy, Leaf, and Wren will each cross paths with dragons in ways that could shape the destiny of both species. Is a new future possible for all of them . . . one in which humans can look to the skies with hope instead of fear?
      Bio

      TUI T. SUTHERLAND is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Wings of Fire series, the Menagerie trilogy, and the Pet Trouble series, as well as a contributing author to the bestselling Spirit Animals and Seekers series (as part of the Erin Hunter team). In 2009, she was a two-day champion on Jeopardy! She lives in Massachusetts with her wonderful husband, two awesome sons, and two very patient dogs. To learn more about Tui's books, visit her online at tuibooks.com.

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      Awards
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      Praise for The Lost Heir (Wings of Fire, Book Two):

      "[A] perfect adventure for young fantasy fans to sink their teeth into." -- School Library Journal

      Praise for The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire, Book One):

      "Dramatic battle scenes, double-crosses, and one seriously deranged queen makes Wings of Fire a series that should have broad appeal for middle-grade fantasy fans." -- Booklist

      "Fast-paced and detailed, this first installment in a new adventure series is entertaining." -- Kirkus Reviews

      "Readers of all ages will be enchanted by the humanistic storyline and the page-turning excitement." -- Library Media Connection

      "A thrilling new series for dragon-lovers." -- Austin Family
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    Marie Curie and the Power of Persistence Karla Valenti, Annalisa Beghelli, Micaela Crespo Quesada Dr.
    9781728213569 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 4 - 8 On Sale Date:April 07, 2020
    $24.99 CAD 8.75 x 11.25 x 0.43 in | 480 gr | 48 pages Carton Quantity:34 Canadian Rights: Y Sourcebooks Explore
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      What if superheroes didn't have supernatural powers but instead were humans with amazing brain power?

      This first book in the My Super Science Heroes series is about Marie Curie and her power of persistence. Using a fictionalized storytelling approach, readers will learn about Marie Curie's achievements and feel empowered to become superheroes themselves.

      This new series is scientifically vetted and promoted by the Marie Curie Alumni Association, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting research and curiosity and to enhancing research and professional collaboration.
      Bio
      Karla Arenas Valenti is a children's book author with a bilingual background and law degree. She has lived all over the world but currently resides in the Chicagoland area with her husband and children.
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    Series: Orca Origins
    Powwow A Celebration through Song and Dance Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane Canada
    9781459812345 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:April 21, 2020 Print Run:10000
    $24.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.5 in | 520 gr | 88 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      ★ “Clearly organized and educational—an incredibly useful tool for both school and public libraries.” —School Library Journal, starred review

      Powwow is a celebration of Indigenous song and dance. Journey through the history of powwow culture in North America, from its origins to the thriving powwow culture of today. As a lifelong competitive powwow dancer, Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane is a guide to the protocols, regalia, songs, dances and even food you can find at powwows from coast to coast, as well as the important role they play in Indigenous culture and reconciliation.
      Bio

      Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane is an Anishinaabe dancer, educator, writer, artist and orator from Wiikwemkoong on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Her grandparents, maternal and paternal, come from Wiikwemkoong. Her parents are residential school survivors. Karen is a PhD candidate in Educational Policy Studies/Indigenous Peoples Education at the University of Alberta and is an Assistant Professor at Mount Royal University in the Treaty Seven region. She is cross-appointed to the Department of General Education, Of?ce of Teaching and Learning, and the Department of Humanities–Indigenous Studies. Karen lives in Little Current, Ontario.

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        Marketing and Promotional Plans
        • Local and national media initiatives
        • Print and online advertising campaigns
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution
        • Author interview on blog and social media promotion
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      Awards
      JLG Gold Standard Selection 2020, Commended
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2020, Commended
      Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2020, Commended
      OLA Best Bets Top Ten 2020, Commended
      Reviews
      ? “Clearly organized and educational—an incredibly useful tool for both school and public libraries…This comprehensive primer of the history and importance of the powwow in North American Indigenous culture is a necessary purchase.”
      “An enriching, information-rich resource that centers an Indigenous perspective.”
      “Attractive, informative, and essential for diverse collections.”
      “Authentic, informative and celebratory. Highly Recommended.”
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    Series: Runecaster
    The Stone of Sorrow Brooke Carter Canada
    9781459824393 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 Publication Date:April 07, 2020 Print Run:8000
    $14.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.75 in | 400 gr | 312 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      In a land of myth and ice, seventeen-year-old Runa Unnursdóttir is not the runecaster her clan has been hoping for. She spends her days daydreaming of sailing away and exploring the world instead of studying the runes and learning her spells. The villagers consider her odd, in looks and in manner. She’s nothing like her talented sister, Sýr, keeper of the sacred moonstone that ensures the village’s continued survival. But when a rival clan led by an evil witch raids the village and kidnaps her sister, Runa is forced to act. With a fallen Valkyrie by her side, and the help of a gorgeous half-elf Runa is not quite sure she can trust, the apprentice must travel to the site of an ancient runecasting competition to try to win back the magical gem. But the journey will not be easy; the three unlikely companions encounter malevolent and supernatural creatures at every turn. Somehow, Runa must summon the courage and strength to face her destiny, a destiny she never wanted. Or die trying.
      Bio

      Brooke Carter is the author of several contemporary books for teens, including Double or Nothing, Learning Seventeen and The Unbroken Hearts Club from the Orca Soundings line.

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        Marketing and Promotional Plans
        • Print and online advertising campaigns
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution, including LibraryThing and NetGalley
        • Blog post interview with author
        • Social media promotion
        • Planned appearance at local writers festival
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      Awards
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      “An atmospheric fantasy steeped in Norse mythology—my delight in this story grew with each page!”
      The Stone of Sorrow is darkly magnificent and filled with wonders. The story of Runa and her quest is raw and terribly beautiful and I cannot wait for the next installment in the Runecaster trilogy. The most exciting fantasy I have read in a very long time.”
      “Fast-paced, engaging narrative...An appealing story for readers interested in fantasy and myth.”
      “Readers who enjoy Norse mythology, magic and adventure will find The Stone of Sorrow, with its hints of humor and its complicated characters, a compelling read. Highly Recommended.”
      “Spirited...A magical alternate Iceland results in evocative atmospherics...Empathy is a major theme, and a queer relationship and a nonbinary character are inclusive additions to the novel.”
      “Bold, subversive, feminist…It’s a fresh, character-focused read with genuinely surprising twists; the fact that it is the first instalment of a series makes it all the more enticing.”
      "Carter has done a wonderful job writing this book. It shows strong emotions and the courage of a single character rising up against a powerful force."
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    Girl Crushed Katie Heaney
    9781984897343 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance Age (years) from 12, Grade (US) from 7 On Sale Date:April 07, 2020
    $24.99 CAD 5.81 x 8.63 x 1.09 in | 1 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Knopf Books for Young Readers
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      Description
      Leah on the Offbeat meets We Are Okay in this pitch-perfect queer romance about falling in love and never quite falling out of it—heartbreak, unexpected new crushes, and all.

      Before Quinn Ryan was in love with Jamie Rudawski, she loved Jamie Rudawski, who was her best friend. But when Jamie dumps Quinn a month before their senior year, Quinn is suddenly girlfriend-less and best friend-less.

      Enter a new crush: Ruby Ocampo, the gorgeous and rich lead singer of the popular band Sweets, who’s just broken up with her on-again, off-again boyfriend. Quinn’s always only wanted to be with Jamie, but if Jamie no longer wants to be with her, why can’t Quinn go all in on Ruby? But the closer Quinn grows to Ruby, the more she misses Jamie, and the more (she thinks) Jamie misses her. Who says your first love can’t be your second love, too?

      Katie Heaney is a full-time senior writer for the Cut, a former editor at BuzzFeed, and the author of the memoirs Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date and Would You Rather? Girl Crushed is her YA debut.


      Story Locale: San Diego, CA
      Bio
      Katie Heaney is the author of the memoirs Never Have I Ever and Would You Rather?, and the novels Dear Emma and Public Relations. She is a senior health writer at the Cut, and you can find her on Twitter at @KTHeaney.

      Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

      Author Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
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        Author Website: www.katieheaney.com

        Author Social Media: @KTHeaney
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      "The pacing is spot-on, and the exploration of lesbian relationships—particularly post-breakup—is handled deftly. Fresh and charming." —Kirkus Reviews

      "This charming romance also addresses the all-too-common practice of discounting or ignoring the queer identity of people in hetero relationships, the complicated road back to friendship after a romantic relationship ends, and the importance of adjusting expectations as you go." —SLJ

      “Hilarious and heartbreaking, often all at once. I loved Girl Crushed, which radiates with humor, awkwardness, and heart. It’s a joy to have Katie Heaney’s voice in young adult literature.” —Amy Spalding, bestselling author of The Summer of Jordi Perez

      Girl Crushed is the perfect book about queer longing, immediately relatable for anyone who’s ever obsessed over someone impossibly cool. I’m smitten.” —Britta Lundin, author of Ship It

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