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    Taking the Ice Lorna Schultz Nicholson Canada
    9781443182393 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 Publication Date:September 07, 2021
    $9.99 CAD 5.03 x 7.76 x 0.69 in | 0.54 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Canada
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      Can Aiden learn to stand his ground on his new home ice?

      Meet Aiden Mallory. He’s trying to find his bearings while coping with the loss of his father — an NHL player who died in a car accident — and moving back to his dad’s hometown of Prairie Field, where he is STILL a big deal.

      Aiden loves hockey, but his feelings about moving and his dad’s death cause him to struggle at tryouts. Then the minor hockey association announces a brand-new U13 tournament: the Luke Mallory Memorial. As Aiden tries to find his place on his new team, and among his new teammates, he will do anything he can to live up to his dad’s legacy. But what happens when Aiden’s determination to play well puts everything else at risk?

      From Lorna Schultz Nicholson comes a powerful portrayal of a boy’s experiences with anxiety as it relates to sports and friendship and grief.

      Bio

      LORNA SCHULTZ NICHOLSON grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario, and as a child loved to read, write and compete in all kinds of sports. She is the respected author of many middle-grade and YA novels, the Puckster picture book series, and several non-fiction books about hockey, including the Amazing Hockey Stories series. Lorna lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her family. Not surprisingly, she is a HUGE Edmonton Oilers fan. Visit her online at www.lornaschultznicholson.com.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, Sundogs 2023, Nominated
      Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection 2022, Commended
      Reviews
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    9781443133432 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Historical Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 Publication Date:October 05, 2021
    $9.99 CAD 5 x 7.76 x 0.51 in | 0.38 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:64 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Canada
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      A gripping story of survival and hope from acclaimed author Carol Matas.

      Ruth survived the Holocaust and the long journey to Palestine. Now she finds herself once again in a war zone as Israel battles for its existence. Her brother is on the front lines. Ruth and her boyfriend are injured and cannot fight, so they care for children in a hospital. Ruth tells the children stories to distract them and help them make sense of their situation. As she recovers, she too must return to the fight.

      A trauma forces her back to another time when she told stories: to her fellow prisoners in Auschwitz. We discover what Ruth went through in the camps, the horrors she saw, the friends she made and lost. Through it all Ruth comes to understand that she must find a new way to live, a way that does not give up on hope.

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      CAROL MATAS is an internationally acclaimed author of more than 45 books for children and young adults. Her best-selling work has been translated into sixteen languages and has received over 100 awards and honors including the Sydney Taylor Award, the Geoffrey Bilson Award, the Silver Birch Award, and Canadian Jewish Book Award. She has twice been nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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    Traitors Among Us Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch Canada
    9781338754292 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Historical Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:November 01, 2021
    $9.99 CAD 5.27 x 7.58 x 0.69 in | 0.42 lb | 288 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Press
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      World War II may be over, but two sisters are far from safe.

      Inspired by true events, this is the latest gripping and powerful novel from the acclaimed author of Making Bombs for Hitler.

      Sisters Krystia and Maria have been through the worst — or so they think. World War II ravaged their native Ukraine, but they both survived, and are now reunited in a displaced persons camp.

      Then another girl accuses the sisters of being Nazi collaborators. Nothing could be further from the truth; during the horrors of the war, both sisters resisted the Nazis and everything they stood for. But the Soviets, who are now in charge, don’t listen to the sisters’ protests. Krystia and Maria are taken away and interrogated for crimes they never committed.

      Caught in a dangerous trap, the sisters must look to each other for strength and perseverance. Can they convince their captors that they’re innocent — or escape to safety before it’s too late? Traitors Among Us continues the story of sisters Krystia and Maria from Don’t Tell the Nazis and Trapped in Hitler’s Web.

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      MARSHA FORCHUK SKRYPUCH is a Ukrainian Canadian author acclaimed for her nonfiction and historical fiction, including Making Bombs for Hitler (Faire des bombes pour Hitler), The War Below (Soldat clandestin), Stolen Child (Enfant volée,et), and Don't Tell the Enemy (Ne dis rien l'ennemi). Marsha lives in Brantford, Ontario, and you can visit her online at www.calla.com.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2022, Commended
      Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People 2022, Short-listed
      Reviews

      Praise for Traitors Among Us:

      * "Told in alternating chapters narrated in the first person by Ukrainian sisters Krystia, 16, and Maria, 14, this gripping novel tells a lesser-known story of the war's horror... this is ultimately a story of the strength of the human spirit. Krystia and Maria are survivors, and they never give up, drawing strength from remembering their parents' belief in them as they struggle to stay alive. Gripping, harsh, and superbly written." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      Praise for Don't Tell the Nazis:

      "The first-person account, based on the real-life Krystia's memories as told to Skrypuch, reads like a memoir; despite the historically accurate body count, it retains a sense of hope. An accessible entry in a crowded, vital field, honoring those who risked everything to save others." -- Kirkus Reviews

      Praise for Stolen Girl:

      "The author once again deftly sheds light on lesser-known aspects of the Ukrainian experience during WWII . . . A gripping exploration of war-induced trauma, identity, and transformation." -- Kirkus Reviews

      "A fascinating, compelling read." -- Booklist

      "In addition to helping children understand conditions that immigrants face in current times, this stands as a deeply personal, relatable study of the long-term psychological effects of war on children, making it a useful addition to a Holocaust or World War II curriculum." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

      "Excellent back matter . . . gives context to Nadia's story . . . This is a strong addition to World War II historical fiction collections, shining a light on a little-known aspect of the Nazi regime's insidious programs." -- School Library Journal

      Praise for The War Below:

      "Skrypuch offers a compelling, visceral novel of survival that provides an unusual view of the war... The suspenseful story carries the reader along to its satisfying conclusion." -- Booklist

      "Skrypuch continues to shed light on the double jeopardy that many Ukrainians experienced... A page-turning window into a complex piece of World War II history." -- Kirkus Reviews

      "This story, full of numerous acts of compassion and valor, sheds welcome light on a less familiar battleground of World War II." -- Publishers Weekly

      "A riveting read." -- YA Books Central

      Praise for Making Bombs for Hitler:

      "A gripping story that asks: What would you do to survive?" -- Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of Refugee

      "Inspired by real, historical accounts, this is a powerful, harrowing story of transformation." -- Booklist

      "Skrypuch draws on real-life stories of survivors in telling Lida's poignant tale, and she creates a cast of young people who are devoted to one another in both thought and deed.... A well-told story of persistence, lost innocence, survival, and hope." -- Kirkus Reviews

      "The story [has a] strong undercurrent of friendship and loyalty; an author's note gives further background on this important piece of history." -- Publishers Weekly

      "Students will admire Lida's pluck amid such heinous conditions.... An absorbing read about the lesser-known Ukrainian experience during World War II, this is a solid choice for curricular ties and for middle school historical fiction collections." -- School Library Journal

      "Skrypuch has written a gripping, emotional novel of one Ukrainian girl's perseverance during the horrors of war.... This is a vivid picture of what youth experienced during World War II and the hopelessness of displaced populations of all backgrounds and religions." -- Voice of Youth Advocates

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    Linked Gordon Korman Canada
    9781338629118 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 Publication Date:July 20, 2021
    $23.99 CAD 5.79 x 8.56 x 0.87 in | 0.78 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Inc.
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      An unforgettable novel from the New York Times bestselling Gordon Korman.

      Link, Michael, and Dana live in a quiet town. But it's woken up very quickly when someone sneaks into school and vandalizes it with a swastika.

      Nobody can believe it. How could such a symbol of hate end up in the middle of their school? Who would do such a thing?

      Because Michael was the first person to see it, he's the first suspect. Because Link is one of the most popular guys in school, everyone's looking to him to figure it out. And because Dana's the only Jewish girl in the whole town, everyone's treating her more like an outsider than ever.

      The mystery deepens as more swastikas begin to appear. Some students decide to fight back and start a project to bring people together instead of dividing them further. The closer Link, Michael, and Dana get to the truth, the more there is to face-not just the crimes of the present, but the crimes of the past.

      With Linked, Gordon Korman, the author of the acclaimed novel Restart, poses a mystery for all readers where the who did it? isn't nearly as important as the why?

      Bio

      GORDON KORMAN is the #1 bestselling author of three books in The 39 Clues series as well as eight books in his Swindle series: Swindle, Zoobreak, Framed, Showoff, Hideout, Jackpot, Unleashed, and Jingle. His other books include This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall! (published when he was 14); The Toilet Paper Tigers; Radio Fifth Grade; Slacker; Restart; Whatshisface; Level 13; the trilogies Island, Everest, Dive, Kidnapped, and Titanic; and the series The Hypnotists and On the Run. Gordon grew up in Thornhill, Ontario and he lives in New York with his family. Visit him online at www.gordonkorman.com.


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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Sydney Taylor Family Book Award 2022, Winner
      OLA Best Bets 2022, Commended
      OLA Red Maple Award, Fiction 2022, Nominated
      Cybils (Children's and Young Adults Bloggers' Literary Awards), Middle-Grade Fiction 2021, Short-listed
      National Jewish Book Award 2021, Winner
      Reviews

      Praise for War Stories:

      * "This weave of perceptive, well-told tales wears its agenda with unusual grace." — Kirkus, starred review

      Praise for Restart:

      * "A fresh approach to the familiar topic of bullying, kept credible by believable characters and events, with typical Korman humor and just the right touch of mystery." — School Library Journal, starred review

      Praise for Slacker:

      "Upbeat, inspiring, and full of Korman's signature sense of humor." — Publishers Weekly

      "Korman makes comedy look deceptively easy." — Booklist

      Praise for Swindle:

      "Scary, funny, and hysterical adventures!" — Chicago Tribune

      "Pure fun from top to bottom." — School Library Journal

      Praise for The Hypnotists:

      "Fast-paced... an entertaining mix of intense action and goofy fun." — Publishers Weekly

      Praise for Ungifted:

      "A gem for readers looking for a book where the underdog comes out on top." — Voice of Youth Advocates

      "Funny and insightful." — Publishers Weekly

      Praise for Schooled:

      * "This rewarding novel features an engaging main character and some memorable moments of comedy, tenderness, and reflection." — Booklist, starred review

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    9781443189897 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 10 - 14, Grade (US) from 5 - 8 Publication Date:June 01, 2021
    $14.99 CAD 5.38 x 8.23 x 0.85 in | 0.72 lb Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Canada
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      The thrilling sequel to award-winning author Arthur Slade’s fantasy adventure!

      Carmen has defeated her twin brother, Corwin, thanks to the pact she made with Brax the dragon. Now it’s time for her to fulfill her end of the bargain.

      Brax takes Carmen to Drachia, the land of beasts, where Carmen soon learns that Brax had been banished from his father’s kingdom for accidentally killing his sister, Brenna.

      But soon after their arrival in the dragon capital, the two of them are quickly embroiled in plots and schemes to take the crown away from Brax’s father, King Xerx.

      When Carmen becomes separated from Brax, she finds herself alone as an outsider in a strange land where she is seen as either a slave or food. She must use her assassin training, and the magical bond she shares with Brax, to survive and set out to save him.

      Arthur Slade delivers with another exciting, fast-paced read full of action, magic and a healthy dash of humour.

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      ARTHUR SLADE was raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan. He wanted to be a writer from the time he was young, and finished his first novel when he was still in his teens. Now he is the author of eighteen acclaimed novels for young readers in a variety of genres, including science fiction, horror, mystery, historical fiction and graphic novels. His book The Hunchback Assignments won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and Dust won of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection 2022, Commended
      Reviews

      Praise for Dragon Assassin:

      Although there is a lot of action in Dragon Assassin, there is also surprising dimensionality to the characters of Carmen and Braxos. Braxos’ dry wit adds a touch of humor to this action-heavy tale.” —CM

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    Screamers Joel A. Sutherland Canada
    9781443182782 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Horror Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 Publication Date:August 03, 2021
    $8.99 CAD 5.28 x 7.63 x 0.41 in | 0.33 lb | 160 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Canada
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      New middle-grade horror from the award-winning author of the Haunted Canada series!

      When the hit television show Screamers announces a contest for young fans to appear on an upcoming episode, it’s all kids can talk about. So when Sai, Jason, and Aaliyah, strangers from different parts of the country, are selected from the thousands of applicants, they can't believe their luck. They pack their bags and travel to Winnipeg, excited to work with Zoë Winter, the show’s biggest star!

      Zoë is famous, respected, and making more money than she ever thought she would . . . and she’s not even in high school yet! But money doesn’t buy happiness, and Zoë longs for a normal life with normal friends, which is why she’s just as excited about the contest as the three lucky winners. But little does she know that her life is about to imitate her art while filming the latest episode on location.

      The creepy set, an abandoned amusement park called Pennyland, is haunted by a real ghost straight out of their worst nightmares: the park’s original mascot, Beauregard, an old clown with smeared makeup and threadbare clothes. Beauregard isn’t willing to accept that Pennyland closed years ago, and he’s determined to stage one final show for his captive young audience . . .

      Zoë’s talent for screaming is going to be put to good use. Sai, Jason and Aaliyah are going to prove themselves quick studies. And their visit to Pennyland is going to be anything but amusing.

      Bio

      JOEL A. SUTHERLAND is the Silver Birch and Hackmatack Award-winning author of numerous Haunted Canada books and the Red Maple Award Honour Book Summer’s End. His middle-grade fiction series, Haunted, has been praised by Goosebumps author R.L. Stine. Joel lives with his family in southeastern Ontario where he works as a library manager and is always on the lookout for ghosts. Visit him online at www.joelasutherland.com.


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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2022, Commended
      Reviews

      “A great premise, a cool twist, and an exciting climax . . .” (Summer’s End) — Allan Stratton, author of The Dogs

      “Canada’s answer to R.L. Stine.” (The House Next Door and Kill Screen) — Quill & Quire

      “This book is chilling. LOVED it!” (The House Next Door) — R. L. Stine

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    Like a Duck Deborah Kerbel Canada
    9781443175760 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:March 02, 2021
    $9.99 CAD 5.04 x 7.73 x 0.62 in | 0.48 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Canada
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      From the author of My Deal with the Universe, a lighthearted, tender story of a girl and her steadfast duck.

      I spend a lot of time thinking about what Grandad said that day Webster first went missing. How if you spend too much time dwelling on the things you’ve lost, you might not notice what you’ve got in its place. And how sometimes those things can be just as wonderful. But in a different way.

      Sarah is turning twelve. For the last ten years, ever since her dad mysteriously left, Sarah and her mom have always celebrated together for an entire birthday week. But when Sarah finds out that this year her mother has to work, and that she’s signed Sarah up last minute for a week of culinary school instead, things go from bad to worse.

      At least the camp has agreed to let Sarah bring her duck, Webster. Sarah knows that with Webster by her side, she can handle whatever comes her way. But then Webster goes missing, just as Sarah’s search for her absent father comes up empty as well. Will she have to say yet another painful goodbye?

      In a story about love, friendship, search for identity, and the hardship of loss, Sarah finds joy and strength in unexpected friendships and learns that when we focus so much on chasing answers we can forget to notice what we already have.


      Bio

      Deborah Kerbel was born in London, England, and now lives in Thornhill, Ontario with her husband, son and daughter, and a rescue dog named Freddie. Deborah has written a number of picture books, and is the author of four young adult and two middle-grade novels, including My Deal with the Universe. Her books have been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association’s YA Book Award, and many readers’ choice awards. Visit her online at www.deborahkerbel.com.

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      Awards
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      Praise for My Deal with the Universe:

      Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers’ Choice), 2020,

      Short-listed, Diamond Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice), 2020

      Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children’s Choice), 2020

      Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2018

      “Excellent . . . Deborah Kerbel has created a perfect storm of wildly clashing values and gentle personal growth at the centre of this story and has managed it with grace and honesty.”— Resource Links

      “Remarkable . . . I actually found myself missing the characters once I was done. Highly recommended.” 4/4 stars — CM: Canadian Review of Materials

      “Lightness and sparkle . . . Deborah Kerbel makes it clear that normal is different for everyone . . .” — CanLit for LittleCanadians

      My Deal with the Universe is a tender story about learning to love what makes you different, featuring the coolest house I’ve ever read about.” — Vikki VanSickle, author of The Winnowing



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    Up the Creek Natalie Hyde Canada
    9781443175746 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 On Sale Date:January 05, 2021
    $9.99 CAD 5.03 x 7.75 x 0.6 in | 0.48 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Canada
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      Has Chris Dearing finally broken his family’s run of bad luck? Find out in this hilarious, high-stakes companion to Mine!

      After a lifetime of bad luck, Chris Dearing is sure his family fortunes have finally turned around. With the help of some friends, he’s reclaimed his granddad’s old land in Dawson City, Yukon, and is adjusting to life with his new foster parents. While he waits for his dad to get out of jail — and get sober — Chris turns his attention to his next challenge: finding the gold that he knows is somewhere on his family’s claim.

      What’s standing in his way? A few things: a) he doesn’t know a thing about gold mining, and it turns out there’s a lot more to it than a pan in a creek; b) Lucy, the attack goose guarding the local junkyard; c) the fact that Family Services keeps getting in the way; d) two Filthy Rats trying to swindle Chris’s dad out of the gold; oh, and last but not least, e) the rumours that Chris’s grandfather didn’t actually find his gold — he stole it.

      The stakes are high and the hijinks even higher in this touching, witty companion to Mine!

      Bio

      Natalie Hyde writes fiction and non-fiction for middle-grade and young adult readers. Her fiction titles include Mine!, Saving Armpit, I Owe You One and Hockey Girl. She is also the author of over forty educational non-fiction books, as well as trade non-fiction titles: Cryptic Canada, Glow-in-the-Dark Creatures and Stay Strong: A Musician’s Journey from Congo to Canada. Her books have garnered award nominations in both Canada and the U.S. She lives in Southern Ontario, with her family.


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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
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      Praise for Mine!:

      Shortlisted, OLA Silver Birch Award, Fiction, 2019

      Shortlisted, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers’ Choice), 2018

      Commended, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, 2018

      Mine! has a quick-paced plot, with enough twists and turns to keep readers turning pages, and it will appeal to strong readers of all genders in its target age bracket.”— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

      “With twists and turns, literally and figuratively, and hopes dashed, raised and dashed again, author Natalie Hyde brings her customary light touch to this adventure.” — Canadian Children’s Book News

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    9781338580877 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 14, Grade (US) from 9 Publication Date:April 06, 2021
    $24.99 CAD 5.73 x 8.55 x 0.91 in | 0.75 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Press
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      Zara's family has waited years for their visa process to be finalized so that they can officially become US citizens. But it only takes one moment for that dream to come crashing down around them.

      Seventeen-year-old Pakistani immigrant, Zara Hossain, has been leading a fairly typical life in Corpus Christi, Texas, since her family moved there for her father to work as a pediatrician. While dealing with the Islamophobia that she faces at school, Zara has to lay low, trying not to stir up any trouble and jeopardize their family's dependent visa status while they await their green card approval, which has been in process for almost nine years.

      But one day her tormentor, star football player Tyler Benson, takes things too far, leaving a threatening note in her locker, and gets suspended. As an act of revenge against her for speaking out, Tyler and his friends vandalize Zara's house with racist graffiti, leading to a violent crime that puts Zara's entire future at risk. Now she must pay the ultimate price and choose between fighting to stay in the only place she's ever called home or losing the life she loves and everyone in it.

      From the author of the "heart-wrenching yet hopeful" (Samira Ahmed) novel, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali, comes a timely, intimate look at what it means to be an immigrant in America today, and the endurance of hope and faith in the face of hate.

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

        • Select author appearances

        • National review mailing

        • Extensive ARC distribution

        • Social media promotion and advertising

        • Sneak Peek at Spring Fiction promotion

        • I Read YA promotion

        • The Power of Story: Diverse Books campaign

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection 2021, Commended
      Reviews

      Praise for The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali:

      Featured on NBC News and the BBC

      A Junior Library Guild Selection

      A Teen Indie Next List Pick (IndieBound)

      An Amazon Best Book of the Month for February

      Oprah Magazine's Best YA Books You'll Love in 2019

      Seventeen.com's Best YA Books of 2019

      B&N Teen Blog's Most Anticipated LGBTQAP Books of 2019

      Hypable's Most Anticipated LGBTQ YA Books of 2019

      Parade's Buzzworthy YA Books to Read in 2019

      BookRiot's Most Anticipated 2019 LGBTQ YA of 2019

      Paste Magazine's Best YA Books of January 2019

      “[T]he fact that stories about LGBTQ Muslim teens are few and far between makes this an absolutely essential book.” — Quill & Quire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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