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    The Silent Unseen A Novel of World War II Amanda McCrina
    9780374313555 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical Age (years) from 12 - 18 On Sale Date:April 05, 2022 Print Run:100000
    $24.99 CAD 5.38 x 8.25 x 1.12 in | 370 gr | 320 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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      A mesmerizing historical novel of suspense and intrigue about a teenage girl who risks everything to save her missing brother.

      Poland, July 1944. Sixteen-year-old Maria is making her way home after years of forced labor in Nazi Germany, only to find her village destroyed and her parents killed in a war between the Polish Resistance and Ukrainian nationalists. To Maria’s shock, the local Resistance unit is commanded by her older brother, Tomek—who she thought was dead. He is now a “Silent Unseen,” a special-operations agent with an audacious plan to resist a new and even more dangerous enemy sweeping in from the East.

      When Tomek disappears, Maria is determined to find him, but the only person who might be able to help is a young Ukrainian prisoner and the last person Maria trusts—even as she feels a growing connection to him that she can’t resist.

      Tightly woven, relentlessly intense, The Silent Unseen depicts an explosive entanglement of loyalty, lies, and love during wartime, from Amanda McCrina, the acclaimed author of Traitor, a debut hailed by Elizabeth Wein as “Alive with detail and vivid with insight . . . a piercing and bittersweet story.”

      Bio
      Amanda McCrina was homeschooled through high school and graduated from the University of West Georgia with a BA in history and political science. For three years, she taught high school English and government at an international school in Madrid, Spain, and is now a bookseller in Franklin, Tennessee. She is the author of Traitor and The Silent Unseen.
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      “McCrina soars in her writing as she depicts this complicated piece of forgotten history. Well researched, accurate, and smartly written, this is a page-turner, weaving together the horrors of war and its psychological consequences beautifully. With a touch of romance thrown in, this suspenseful thriller is . . . a must-buy.” —School Library Journal, starred review

      “[A] well-researched, thrilling account of two teens in 1944 Poland . . . Clever plot twists highlight this fast-moving tale of espionage, loyalty, and survival, plus a budding romance. Readers will no doubt be drawn to the Ukrainian element, given current events, and better appreciate that country's situation in light of its history.” —Booklist

      “Fierce and astonishing. It has the sweep and scale of a big historical novel, yet is filled with exquisite nuances that make this a powerfully affecting work. You will finish The Silent Unseen glad for what you have heard and seen in this quietly devastating yet ultimately uplifting novel.” —Andrew Fukuda, author of This Light Between Us

      “Taut, twisting, and eloquently gritty, The Silent Unseen brings the shifting realities of post-war Europe to harrowing, heartbreaking life.” —Sharon Cameron, author of The Light in Hidden Places and Bluebird

      “Maria and Kostya are complex characters with realistic romantic chemistry, maintaining different agendas and using lies to get what they want in a world where surviving is more important than romance . . . A historical, high-stakes novel with a fitting romantic subplot.” —The Bulletin

      Vividly wrought. ” —Publishers Weekly

      “McCrina paints a vivid post-war world that expertly shows the true and ugly complexities of conflict, told in such a gripping way that readers will race through each page to find out the fate of characters that quickly become beloved . . . She is a master of YA historical fiction.” —Cindy Otis, former CIA analyst and author of True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News and At the Speed of Lies

      The Silent Unseen is an exquisite tale filled with terror and beauty on every page. McCrina’s fully-realized characters search for moments of mercy amidst their desperate circumstances, and find compassion for their enemies in the face of great suffering. A powerful piece of WWII history that is richly and painfully brought to life.” —Carolyn Tara O’Neil, author of Daughters of a Dead Empire

      The Silent Unseen transported me to a corner of Eastern Europe during World War II and its forgotten slice of history. With the two main characters pitted against each other and the reader immediately pulling for both of them, this fast-paced story drew me in from the first page and refused to let go. Absolutely riveting.” —Kip Wilson, author of White Rose and The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin

      “A haunting gem of a story, steeped in sorrow and hope. McCrina draws you into a perilous world of heartbreak and hope—and keeps you ensnared until the very last page.” —Cory Anderson, author of What Beauty There Is

      The Silent Unseen is a historical fiction that is both incredibly immersive and well researched. McCrina has spun a haunting and captivating tale.” —June Hur, author of The Silence of Bones, The Forest of Stolen Girls, and The Red Palace

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    Operation Do-Over Gordon Korman Canada
    9781443193788 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 Publication Date:March 01, 2022
    $22.99 CAD 5.72 x 8.55 x 1 in | 0.91 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Canada
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      Gordon Korman’s new novel poses the question: what would you do if you were given the chance to do things over?

      Mason and Ty have been best friends since they were old enough to form thoughts. But one day an atomic warhead walks into their seventh-grade classroom ready to annihilate their friendship: Ava Petrakis, the new transfer student from New York.

      Mason finds himself competing against his best friend for the first time in his life, and it’s not pretty. So they make a pact: a non-Ava treaty. If it worked for the Romulans and the Klingons, it has to work for them. At least that’s what Mason thought until he realized Ava might actually like him back. Before he realizes it, he’s kissing Ava beside the wrecked Tilt-a-Whirl sign in the middle of a freak storm, and his friendship with Ty is obliterated.

      Five years later, Mason’s life is a mess. He has no friends, no girlfriend, his dog has been hit by a Roto-Rooter truck, his parents are divorced and he has just been expelled from school in his senior year. Everything has gone wrong and he can trace all of it back to that one day by the Tilt-a-Whirl sign. If he could go back he would do everything differently. That’s exactly what he’s thinking when his Volkswagen crashes into a furniture van.

      When he wakes up, he’s 12 years old again. This is his chance for a do-over. Will Mason be able to fix everything, or are some things just a matter of fate?

      Bio

      GORDON KORMAN is the beloved author of over one hundred novels for young readers, including hilarious middle-grade classics such as the Macdonald Hall series, I Want to Go Home and Slacker. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Gordon grew up in Thornhill, Ontario, and now lives in New York with his family. Visit him online at www.gordonkorman.com.

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  • 3
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    9781250767080 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy Age (years) from 13 - 18 On Sale Date:March 29, 2022 Print Run:75000
    $24.99 CAD 5.81 x 8.33 x 1.28 in | 430 gr | 384 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Feiwel & Friends
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      A #1 New York Times Bestseller!
      A 2022 PEOPLE Magazine Best Book of Summer!

      Judy I. Lin's sweeping debut A Magic Steeped in Poison, first in a duology, is sure to enchant fans of Adrienne Young and Leigh Bardugo.


      I used to look at my hands with pride. Now all I can think is, "These are the hands that buried my mother."


      For Ning, the only thing worse than losing her mother is knowing that it's her own fault. She was the one who unknowingly brewed the poison tea that killed her—the poison tea that now threatens to also take her sister, Shu.

      When Ning hears of a competition to find the kingdom's greatest shennong-shi—masters of the ancient and magical art of tea-making—she travels to the imperial city to compete. The winner will receive a favor from the princess, which may be Ning's only chance to save her sister's life.

      But between the backstabbing competitors, bloody court politics, and a mysterious (and handsome) boy with a shocking secret, Ning might actually be the one in more danger.

      Praise for A Magic Steeped in Poison:

      A USA Today Bestseller
      A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
      An ABA Indie Bestseller
      An ABA Indies Introduce Selection
      An ABA Indies Next Pick


      "Beautifully written, from the setting to the magic system, A Magic Steeped in Poison is sure to enchant both fantasy lovers and cdrama aficionados. I’ll be inhaling whatever Judy I. Lin brews up next." —Joan He, New York Times-bestselling author of The Ones We're Meant to Find

      "Ning’s unforgettable voice and the lush, atmospheric settings will enchant readers in this high-stakes story of deadly magic. ... Lin blends Chinese folklore with a thrilling mystery. It's the perfect recipe for a page-turner." —Booklist, starred review

      Bio
      Judy I. Lin, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Book of Tea duology (A Magic Steeped in Poison and A Venom Dark and Sweet), was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Canada with her family at a young age. She grew up with her nose in a book and loved to escape to imaginary worlds. She now works as an occupational therapist and still spends her nights dreaming up imaginary worlds of her own. She lives on the Canadian prairies with her husband and daughters.
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        - Canadian author, Judy I. Lin lives in Alberta
        - a March Kids Indie Next Pick
        - School Library Journal review
        - two page feature in Quill & Quire's March issue
        - 75k print run
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        Debut Dozen:
        the first in a YA fantasy duology by a Canadian author; perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Adrienne Young; 75k print run; a Raincoast Rep Pick

        Rep Pick: This cover should be all you need. Plus, it has everything I love: girls ready to burn down the world for their families, Song Dynasty vibes, Chinese monsters, bloody court politics, a mysterious young man, and assassins. Plus, a magical tea competition! I don’t even drink tea, but I AM IN.—Vanessa Di Gregorio
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      Praise for A Magic Steeped in Poison:

      A #1 New York Times Bestseller
      A 2022 PEOPLE Magazine Best Book of Summer
      A USA Today Bestseller
      A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
      An ABA Indie Bestseller
      An ABA Indies Introduce Selection
      An ABA Indies Next Pick


      "Ning’s unforgettable voice and the lush, atmospheric settings will enchant readers in this high-stakes story of deadly magic. ... Lin blends Chinese folklore with a thrilling mystery. It's the perfect recipe for a page-turner." —Booklist, starred review

      "[A] fast-paced, immersive debut ... The Chinese mythology–inspired world captivates and enthralls, and Lin’s lush descriptions—combined with Ning’s calm yet determined voice—are a feast for the senses." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

      "Beautifully written, from the setting to the magic system, A Magic Steeped in Poison is sure to enchant both fantasy lovers and cdrama aficionados. I’ll be inhaling whatever Judy I. Lin brews up next." —Joan He, New York Times-bestselling author of The Ones We're Meant to Find

      "Blend threads of Chinese and Taiwanese mythology with a generous pinch of courage, a hint of romance, and a underlying note of mystery, then steep in a pot of court intrigue and serve in a bowl of evocative storytelling … Who could resist a fantasy about the magic of tea? In her remarkable debut novel, Judy I. Lin creates a world rich in folkloric magic, in which a young woman must stand up against the machinations of the powerful, centuries of protocol, and her own feelings of guilt in order to save a loved one." —Juliet Marillier, award-winning author of the Sevenwaters series

      "A breathtaking tale with a stunning magic system rooted deep in Chinese mythology and tea-making traditions. Lin's originality truly blew my mind. Love and magic overflows past the brim in this work of beauty." —Xiran Jay Zhao, New York Times-bestselling author of Iron Widow

      "Lush, descriptive prose sells the well-built magic system of this world, and every plot twist surprises and delights, making this a rich fantasy page-turner. As much a political thriller as a fantasy, this is a quieter, excellent companion to Xiran Jay Zhao’s Iron Widow and Chloe Gong’s These Violent Delights. The ending will have readers begging for the sequel." —School Library Journal

      "Vivid descriptions of foods and scents of tea delight the senses, while cinematic prose captures the beauty of the landscapes ... The magic system is unique, and the tea competition, with its well-established importance to the protagonist, adds tension. ... This sophisticated fantasy is as refreshing as a freshly brewed pot of tea, and readers will eagerly await the sequel." —The Bulletin

      "Creative and compelling ... Food as magic is a favorite trope of mine, and tea, with all its variations and real-life medical applications, is a very clever medium to focus on." —NPR

      "Blends traditional tea-making with familiar tropes about magic and medicine to create something that feels wonderfully new." —Paste Magazine

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      With intrigue, inventive magic, and the sequel scheduled for August, make reading this one a priori-tea!" —Buzzfeed

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    Hotel Magnifique Emily J. Taylor
    9780593404515 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy Age (years) from 12, Grade (US) from 7 On Sale Date:April 05, 2022
    $24.99 CAD 5.81 x 8.56 x 1.28 in | 1.1 lb | 400 pages Carton Quantity:12 Razorbill
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      Hotel Magnifique opened the door to a sumptuous and glittering world of magic and mysteries and left me enchanted. Perfect for fans of Caraval and The Night Circus.” –Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows and Small Favors



      Decadent and darkly enchanting, this lavish YA fantasy debut follows seventeen-year-old Jani as she uncovers the deeply disturbing secrets of the legendary Hotel Magnifique.


      All her life, Jani has dreamed of Elsewhere. Just barely scraping by with her job at a tannery, she’s resigned to a dreary life in the port town of Durc, caring for her younger sister Zosa. That is, until the Hotel Magnifique comes to town.



      The hotel is legendary not only for its whimsical enchantments, but also for its ability to travel—appearing in a different destination every morning. While Jani and Zosa can’t afford the exorbitant costs of a guest’s stay, they can interview to join the staff, and are soon whisked away on the greatest adventure of their lives. But once inside, Jani quickly discovers their contracts are unbreakable and that beneath the marvelous glamour, the hotel is hiding dangerous secrets.



      With the vexingly handsome doorman Bel as her only ally, Jani embarks on a mission to unravel the mystery of the magic at the heart of the hotel and free Zosa—and the other staff—from the cruelty of the ruthless maître d’hôtel. To succeed, she’ll have to risk everything she loves, but failure would mean a fate far worse than never returning home.
      Bio
      Emily J. Taylor was born and raised in California and has since refused to stay put. She’s lived in four states and on two continents, all of which have conveniently given her an endless amount of story fodder. She currently works as a creative director in Minneapolis, where she spends the long winters dreaming up glittering worlds to spin into dark tales.  Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @emilycanwrite, or find her on her website at emilyjtaylorauthor.com.

      Author Residence: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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      ★ “A wondrous read for anyone searching for a bit of magic.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      ★ “Clear and creative worldbuilding, exquisite set pieces, and emotionally complex, intersectionally diverse characters complement the twist-riddled plot of Taylor’s spellbinding debut. The stakes mount in tandem with Jani and Bel’s romantic tension, captivating readers and catapulting the tale to a spectacular, cathartic close.” Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

      “This impressive debut novel is set in a fictional, magical version of France. The level of detail is engrossing, and the sinister touches of the hotel’s secrets will keep readers hooked.” Booklist

      “Taylor has built an enchanting world.  Even those who are not drawn to fantasy will enjoy this fast-paced, magical adventure.” SLJ

      “In Hotel Magnifique, Emily J. Taylor creates a world both dazzling and dark. Readers won’t want to turn the final page.” –Laura Sebastian, New York Times bestselling author of the Ash Princess trilogy

      Hotel Magnifique opened the door to a sumptuous and glittering world of magic and mysteries and left me enchanted. Perfect for fans of Caraval and The Night Circus.” –Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows and Small Favors

      “Like the hotel contained in its pages, Hotel Magnifique will sweep you away to an enchanting world filled with mystery and spectacle.” –Katy Rose Pool, author of The Age of Darkness series

      “Dazzling, enchanting, and expertly crafted, with the perfect amount of gritty secrets that kept me flying through the pages. Emily J. Taylor is my new auto-buy author. The debut was impossible to put down and had me positively spellbound from start to finish.” –Adalyn Grace, New York Times bestseller of All the Stars and Teeth

      “Readers longing for magic and adventure need look no further than Emily J. Taylor’s stunning debut. Hotel Magnifique is a glittering, glamorous voyage to Elsewhere (no passport required).” –Mara Rutherford, author of Luminous

      “Prepare to be spellbound. Once you enter the wildly imaginative world of Hotel Magnifique, you’ll never want to leave. Emily J. Taylor has spun a gem of a story.” –Joan He, New York Times bestselling author of Descendant of the Crane and The Ones We’re Meant to Find

      “Hotel Magnifique
      is full of magic and bursting with wonder, with enough mystery to make readers devour the pages right up until the very end.” –Lynette Noni, #1 bestselling author of The Prison Healer

      “The poetic descriptions of fantastic new locations, whimsical hotel rooms, a dizzying number of magical terms and concepts create a fantastical setting.” –BCCB
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    The Aquanaut: A Graphic Novel Dan Santat, Dan Santat
    9780545497602 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:March 15, 2022
    $34.99 CAD 6.34 x 9.25 x 0.84 in | 1.56 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Graphix
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      Dive in to this whimsically adventurous graphic novel from Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat!

      Ever since her father was lost at sea, Sophia has been moping around Aqualand, the marine theme park her dad and uncle created. But Sophia's world is turned upside down when an "aquanaut" breaks into the park's research lab.

      To her amazement, Sophia discovers that the aquanaut is not what it seems -- inside lives a band of four goofy sea creatures! And when they all realize that Aqualand has evolved into something much darker than Sophia's dad had envisioned, Sophia is determined to help the aquanaut crew free the park's captive marine life before it's too late.

      Bio
      Dan Santat wrote and illustrated the graphic novel Sidekicks, and has also illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including The Guild of Geniuses and The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, which won the Caldecott Medal. He lives in Alhambra, California, with his family. Visit his website at dantat.com.

      Dan Santat wrote and illustrated the graphic novel Sidekicks, and has also illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including The Guild of Geniuses and The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, which won the Caldecott Medal. He lives in Alhambra, California, with his family. Visit his website at dantat.com.
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      ? "Kinetic panel artwork impresses throughout, with smart pacing that swings between hilarity and suspense." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

      "The art in this graphic tale is something special... Santat's vividly expressive visuals are, even more than usual, riveting." -- Kirkus Reviews

      "A spirited and thrilling story." -- Shelf Awareness

      "A humorous and heartwarming tale." -- BookPage

      Praise for Sidekicks:

      "Hilarious and heartfelt... a charming and well-told tale about friendship." -- Kazu Kibuishi, creator of Amulet

      "The lovable menagerie of crime-fighting pets offers lots of laughs and a boisterous and exuberant storyline; Santat's illustrations are clear, engaging, and neatly stacked into easy-to-read panels." -- Kirkus Reviews

      "Lively, insightful, and just plain fun, this convergence of capes and creatures will find a wide audience in animal lovers and superhero fans alike." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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    All My Rage A Novel Sabaa Tahir
    9780593202340 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 14, Grade (US) from 9 On Sale Date:March 01, 2022
    $25.99 CAD 5.81 x 8.5 x 1.19 in | 1.06 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:12 Razorbill
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      From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir comes a brilliant, unforgettable, and heart-wrenching contemporary YA novel about family and forgiveness, love and loss, in a sweeping story that crosses generations and continents.

      Lahore, Pakistan. Then.

      Misbah is a dreamer and storyteller, newly married to Toufiq in an arranged match. After their young life is shaken by tragedy, they come to the United States and open the Clouds’ Rest Inn Motel, hoping for a new start.



      Juniper, California. Now.

      Salahudin and Noor are more than best friends; they are family. Growing up as outcasts in the small desert town of Juniper, California, they understand each other the way no one else does. Until The Fight, which destroys their bond with the swift fury of a star exploding.  



      Now, Sal scrambles to run the family motel as his mother Misbah’s health fails and his grieving father loses himself to alcoholism. Noor, meanwhile, walks a harrowing tightrope: working at her wrathful uncle’s liquor store while hiding the fact that she’s applying to college so she can escape him—and Juniper—forever.



      When Sal’s attempts to save the motel spiral out of control, he and Noor must ask themselves what friendship is worth—and what it takes to defeat the monsters in their pasts and the ones in their midst.  



      From one of today’s most cherished and bestselling young adult authors comes a breathtaking novel of young love, old regrets, and forgiveness—one that’s both tragic and poignant in its tender ferocity.
      Bio
      Sabaa Tahir is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Ember in the Ashes series, which has been translated into over thirty-five languages. She grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s eighteen-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash, and playing guitar badly. She began writing books while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks, and all things nerd. Visit Sabaa online at SabaaTahir.com and follow her on Instagram @SabaaTahir.
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        Extensive consumer advertising campaign 

        Major online promotion and social media outreach 

        Promotion at consumer festivals 

        Librarian and educator outreach 

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      ****EIGHT starred reviews****
      2022 Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Winner
      Paste Magazine Best YA Book of March 22 Selection

      A Junior Library Guild Selection
      An Amazon Editors Personal Early Pick
      A Kids Indies Next Pick March/April 22
      An Amazon Best YA of March 22


      “This is not the Sabaa Tahir you know…but it’s the Sabaa Tahir you NEED to know.  All My Rage is a gorgeous, star-crossed story about the costs of the American Dream and the way unexpected routes appear when you need them most.  I read this in a single day.” - Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Two Ways

      Searing. Riveting. Beautiful. All My Rage takes the reader on an unforgettable journey into the heart of love. Exploring the painful truths of hidden traumas and the crush of broken dreams, Sabaa Tahir shows us the healing, redemptive power of forgiveness, of hope, of connection in her stunning contemporary debut.“ —Samira Ahmed, New York Times bestselling author of Internment
       
      “We all know Sabaa Tahir is a master at creating epic fantasy worlds filled with terrifying, imaginary monsters. Here, Sabaa turns her considerable talent and skill to the real—but no less terrifying—monsters that dwell in the human heart. In richly evocative prose and with characters so well crafted I’m sure I know them, All My Rage takes a clear-eyed look at the ways in which we hurt and heal each other. It’s a gorgeous meditation on grief and love and the possibilities each of us have for redemption. This book will stay with me for a long time to come.” —Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Is Also a Star
       
      All My Rage is an unflinching, profound force that will rattle your heart and toughen your soul. Sabaa Tahir’s razor-sharp writing never shies away from the world’s harshness while always finding the light in the dark for our special, unforgettable narrators.“ —Adam Silvera, New York Times bestselling author of They Both Die at the End

      All My Rage is an expert study in all that’s tangled within the closest of our relationships—the pain and the love, the ugliness and the beauty, the potential to break and the potential to repair. Painful, powerful, hopeful, and magnificently crafted.” —Randy Ribay, author of Patron Saints of Nothing

      ”Tahir packs an absolutely unforgettable punch in her first contemporary YA….This is the kind of book that positively climbs into your bones and steals your breath in the very best way.“ —Buzzfeed Books

      ★ “Tahir’s lyrical prose unpacks both the beautiful and the brutal. She deftly captures the layers of grief, rage, family, examination of faith, and forgiveness, while managing to inject levity into dire situations and provide a semblance of hope…Put this book at the top of your list.—SLJ, starred review

      ★ “
      Tahir brilliantly shows how interconnected societal forces shape communities and people’s lives through the accumulated impact of circumstances beyond their control. A deeply moving, intergenerational story. An unforgettable emotional journey.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

      An unyieldingly earnest generational story for contemporary audiences, Rage is a knife-sharp narrative with an obliterating impact that will leave readers thinking of it long after turning the last page.” Booklist, starred review

      ”A gift every step of the way.“Bookpage, starred review

      ”Heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful, this memorable novel leaves the characters with what they deserve most: a future.“ BCCB, starred review

      ”This standalone novel feels timely and important and should be on every library shelf for teens.”School Library Connection, starred review

      “[A] powerful, viscerally told novel.“Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      ★“This unforgettable multigenerational contemporary YA novel delivers pain, heartache and anger – but also love, hope and redemption." Shelf Awareness (starred review)

      “Some of the best contemporary fiction out there is YA, and ‘All My Rage’ is one of the strongest new examples. This moving—and at times devastating—book follows best friends Noor and Salahudin as Sal tries to save his family’s motel and Noor tries to strike out on her own.”
      Marie Claire

      This powerful novel tackles everything from systemic racism to the fragile bonds of friendship.”
      —PopSugar

      “The first-person prose vibrates with adolescent intensity—of grief, desire, and above all searing rage—as Tahir’s young heroes are faced with grown-up choices they feel ill-equipped to make. But equipped they are: with poetry, music, tradition, and their capacity to love.” —Entertainment Weekly
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    9780735270879 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation Age (years) from 12, Grade (US) from 7 On Sale Date:March 15, 2022
    $23.99 CAD 5.81 x 8.56 x 1.06 in | 0.93 lb | 312 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Teen Canada
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      Fifteen-year-old Fawad has big dreams about being the world’s first Pakistani to be drafted into the NBA. A first-generation Pakistani coming-of-age story for fans of David Yoon and Ben Philippe.

      Fifteen-year-old Fawad Chaudhry loves two things: basketball and his mother’s potato and ground beef stuffed parathas. Both are round and both help him forget about things like his father, who died two years ago, his mother’s desire to arrange a marriage to his first cousin, Nusrat, back home in Pakistan, and the tiny apartment in Regent Park he shares with his mom and sister. Not to mention his estranged best friend Yousuf, who’s coping with the shooting death of his older brother.



      But Fawad has plans: like, asking out Ashley, even though she lives on the other, wealthier side of the tracks, and saving his friend Arif from being beaten into a pulp for being the school flirt, and making the school basketball team and dreaming of being the world’s first Pakistani to be drafted into the NBA. All he has to do now is convince his mother to let him try out for the basketball team. And let him date girls from his school. Not to mention somehow get Omar, the neighborhood bully, to leave him alone… 

      Bio
      H.N. KHAN is a first-time author. Born in Pakistan, he immigrated to Canada at age seven and grew up in Regent Park, a low-income community housing project. After graduating with a business degree he decided to drop out of law school to pursue a career in Toronto’s start-up scene. Since then, he’s helped build and market software that’s used by millions around the world. He is a recent graduate from Humber’s School for Writers’ correspondence program.

      Author Residence: Toronto, Ontario

      Author Hometown: Pakistan
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      ". . . Wrong Side of the Court is finely crafted and well paced, it's hard to believe it's [Khan's] literary debut. . . . The writing is crisp and visual, and the story is so well fleshed out." —STARRED REVIEW, Quill & Quire
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    Agents of SLAM Dave Scheidt, Scoot McMahon, Heidi Black
    9781637150221 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 9 - 12, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:April 26, 2022
    $17.99 CAD 152.4 x 228.6 x 15.24 mm | 0.82 lb | 160 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Oni Press
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      "This brilliantly animated, wonderfully written comic is such a fun read! I loved it and highly recommend it." — Rebecca Quinn aka Becky Lynch, Professional Wrestler

      DING DING DING! Enter the wrestling ring in this all-new graphic novel from Wrapped Up creators Dave Scheidt and Scoot McMahon!

      The Agents of S.L.A.M. aren’t your average professional wrestlers. They’re led by the fearless and famous Bruno Bravado and work for the president of the United States to protect people from all kinds of threats—both on Earth and in space! And they’ve just been joined by their newest recruit, Katie Jones, a twelve-year-old wrestling vlogger who just might know more about wrestling than the wrestlers themselves. S.L.A.M. will need Katie’s knowledge and skills if they’re going to keep protecting Earth, especially when their toughest rival challenges them!
      Bio
      Dave Scheidt is a writer from Chicago, Illinois. When he’s not making comic books, he enjoys eating pizza. He’s the writer and co-creator of Wrapped Up with Scoot McMahon, and Mayor Good Boy with Miranda Harmon.

      Scoot McMahon is a versatile cartoonist based out of Rossford, Ohio. His catalogue of comics includes Wrapped Up (ONI/Lion Forge), Tales from the Con (IMAGE), Aw Yeah Comics (Dark Horse), Sami the Samurai Squirrel, and Spot on Adventure (Action Lab). Scoot is currently working on books for Source Point Press and DC Comics. When Scoot isn't cartooning, he enjoys dropping flying elbows from the top rope!

      Heidi Black makes art magic in their Cincinnati apartment. Their other works include a piece in the Eisner-winning anthology Puerto Rico Strong and the graphic novel series Sons of Fire, both written by Adam L. Garcia. Heidi also spends a good deal of time playing video games, and even more time keeping their cat off of their art (usually unsuccessfully).
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      "Raucous fun for middle-grade readers who are starting to grow out of Dog Man."
      Agents of S.L.A.M. takes the simple and awesome concept of professional wrestling and a young fan and turns it up to one hundred. It’s got everything you’d want from a graphic novel: superhero pro wrestlers, a world in jeopardy, heel turns, gruesome grannies, friendship, families, and treacherous villains."
      “I’ve known for years that Dave Scheidt and Scoot McMahon were talented comic creators, and now, they’re poised to win gold with Agents of S.L.A.M.! Tagging in Heidi Black’s vibrant colors to the team, they’ve made an amazing combination of superheroes, professional wrestling, and all-ages action!! Championship material through and through!!”
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    9780759556621 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7, Reading age from 8 - 12 On Sale Date:April 05, 2022
    $30.99 CAD 5.95 x 8.65 x 1.1 in | 1.35 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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      Newell’s perfectly comfortable life is turned upside down when Mrs. Hendricks announces the upcoming school dance (Fart.) and he discovers his dad is dating his math teacher (Double Fart!), forcing Newell to embrace change and grow.

      At first, Newell is excited when Mrs. Hendricks announces a school dance! The seventh grade dance last year was awesome, and Newell used it to invent his signature move: The Shake and Slide. But when Newell realizes this dance is for the entire school, not just the eighth grade, he starts to stress about his friends coupling up and the dance ultimately breaking up the gang. Things go from bad to worse when Skyler jinxes Newell: he stubs his toe, breaks his arm, and even misses Mr. Todd slip across the cafeteria on a banana peel! And if that wasn’t enough, Newell’s dad has started dating again...and specifically starts dating Newell's math teacher, Miss Tanner!

      Newell is on a desperate mission to keep his life from changing too much, will he succeed or embrace the dance of life?

      Don't miss the rest of the Middle School Misadventures series:
      Middle School Misadventures
      Middle School Misadventures: Operation Hat Heist
      Bio
      Jason Platt is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, and in 2016, was accepted into the National Cartoonists Society by a unanimous vote. He is also the creator of the popular webcomic series Mister & Me. He and his family live in Davenport, Iowa.
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      Praise for Middle School Misadventures:

      "This hilarious graphic novel is a great read for anyone in middle school or for adults who know someone that age."—School Library Connection
      "Bill Watterson-flavored artwork in full color makes this adventure entertaining and approachable even to novice graphic novel readers, yet Platt's humor is refreshingly distinct in both text and image."—BCCB
      "Newell's story is filled with a building anxiety that will fill middle-schoolers with urgent suspense and the sweet relief of recognition."—Booklist
      "Tweens will find themselves effortlessly involved in this mostly stand-alone story of a young man who must learn to accept change and find his own role within it."—SLJ
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    All the Best Liars A Novel Amelia Kahaney
    9781250312709 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense Age (years) from 14 - 18 On Sale Date:April 05, 2022 Print Run:75000
    $24.99 CAD 8.26 x 5.95 x 1.12 in | 410 gr | 336 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Flatiron Books
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      Amelia Kahaney's All the Best Liars is a dark, modern psychological thriller and coming-of-age story about obsession, manipulation, and the intensity of those first friendships that take hold of you and never let go

      Tic-tac-toe, three girls in a row. Nine years old and inseparable. Friends for life, or so they think . . .

      Best friends Syd, Rain, and Brie grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in the stifling California desert, desperately wishing for a way out.

      When a deadly fire is set two weeks before the end of high school, nothing will ever be the same. In the end, each of them will escape—but not in the way any of them expects. One will do it by dying, another by lying, a third by taking the fall.

      With gorgeous, taut prose and twists to the very last page, All the Best Liars alternates between the present and the past to unravel the truth behind the fire and the cost of the secrets at the heart of their friendship.

      Bio
      Amelia Kahaney is the author of The Brokenhearted series. Her short fiction has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, One Story, and Crazyhorse, among other publications. She teaches writing in New York City, where she lives with her husband and son.
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      “A searing and provocative exploration of friendship, desire, envy and obsession, of girls pushed to the very edge. Amelia Kahaney has written a beautifully twisted and unsparing thriller that will have readers holding their breath until its fiery conclusion.”
      Courtney Summers, author of The Project and Sadie

      “Haunting, propulsive, and totally sinister. With stunning prose and gut-punch twists, All the Best Liars is a moving portrayal of the desperation that comes with being a girl trying to make a better life for herself.”
      Jessica Goodman, author of They'll Never Catch Us and They Wish They Were Us

      All the Best Liars opens with the slow burn of intense teen friendship and accelerates into a roaring blaze that will consume you in the best—and darkest—way. I’m still shaking!”
      Kit Frick, author of I Killed Zoe Spanos and Very Bad People

      “Insanely addictive and gorgeously written. With vivid characters and a plot that keeps twisting, All The Best Liars took me right back to those early, intense female friendships and kept me reading through the night.”
      Laura Sims, author of Looker

      “An atmospheric, richly drawn thriller about the complex nature of friendship. Amelia Kahaney unflinchingly captures the obsessive intensity of our earliest relationships, where trust is hard to come by, resentments simmer and burn, and whole friendships can go up in flames—literally.”
      —Kass Morgan, author of The Ravens

      "A dynamic, suspenseful tale of friendship and betrayal."
      —Kirkus Reviews

      "A fast-paced, suspenseful, and thoroughly dramatic thriller . . . Older teens and fans of Pretty Little Liars and Riverdale will devour the dark drama."
      —School Library Journal

      "From the very first paragraph, you can tell that Amelia Kahaney’s eerie psychological thriller is going to be something special."
      —CrimeReads

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