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  • 1
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    9781338733891 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / General Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 Publication Date:June 07, 2022
    $23.99 CAD 5.81 x 8.58 x 0.66 in | 0.63 lb | 176 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Scholastic Press
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      From the award-winning author of George, a phenomenal novel about queerness past, present, and future.

      Sam is very in touch with their own queer identity. They're nonbinary, and their best friend, TJ, is nonbinary as well. Sam's family is very cool with it... as long as Sam remembers that nonbinary kids are also required to clean their rooms, do their homework, and try not to antagonize their teachers too much.

      The teacher-respect thing is hard when it comes to Sam’s history class, because their teacher seems to believe that only Dead Straight Cis White Men are responsible for history. When Sam’s home borough of Staten Island opens up a contest for a new statue, Sam finds the perfect non-DSCWM subject: photographer Alice Austen, whose house has been turned into a museum, and who lived with a female partner for decades.

      Soon, Sam's project isn't just about winning the contest. It's about discovering a rich queer history that Sam's a part of -- a queer history that no longer needs to be quiet, as long as there are kids like Sam and TJ to stand up for it.

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      Alex Gino loves glitter, ice cream, gardening, awe-ful puns, and stories that reflect the diversity and complexity of being alive. Their first novel, Melissa, was a winner of the Children’s Stonewall Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Children’s Choice Book Award. For more about Alex, please visit them at alexgino.com.

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      Praise for You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!:

      * "Gino's sophomore effort is every bit as affecting and important as their first novel, George." -- School Library Journal, starred review

      * "[You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!'s] thoughtful handling of characters and dynamics offers fodder for further discussion about privilege in all its forms." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

      * "A necessary and rewarding addition to any middle-grade collection." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      Praise for George:

      Winner of the Children's Stonewall Award

      Winner of the Lambda Literary Award

      A Children's Choice Book Awards Debut Author

      * "Profound, moving, and -- as Charlotte would say -- radiant, this book will stay with anyone lucky enough to find it." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

      * "Warm, funny, and inspiring." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      * "There is pain in George, but not without the promise of a better tomorrow." -- School Library Journal, starred review

      * "George is an appealing, thoroughly believable character and her best friend Kelly adds humor and zest." -- Booklist, starred review

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    Series: Amy Wu
    Amy Wu and the Warm Welcome Kat Zhang, Charlene Chua
    9781534497351 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3, Reading age from 4 - 8 Publication Date:May 03, 2022
    $23.99 CAD 279.4 x 228.6 x 12.7 mm | 1.09 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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      Amy Wu does her best to make her new classmate feel welcome in this warmhearted and playfully illustrated follow-up picture book to Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao and Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon.

      Amy’s class has a new student from China! Amy tries hard to make Lin feel included, but she can’t draw him out of his shell. Then she sees Lin chattering happily in Chinese with his family. The gears in her head start to turn, and a plan blossoms. Step one: invite Lin to her dumpling party…

      ?With a little help from her grandma and a shiny new banner, can Amy give Lin the warmest welcome?
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      Kat Zhang loves traveling to places both real and fictional—the former have better souvenirs, but the latter allow for dragons, so it’s a tough choice. A writer of books for teens and children, she spends her free time scribbling poetry, taking photographs, and climbing atop things she shouldn’t. You can learn more about her at KatZhang.com.

      Charlene Chua draws many things, from baos to dragons, and everything in-between. When they are not drawing, they enjoy cooking, reading, and playing with their cats. Charlene grew up in Singapore, and now lives in Canada. Her favorite baos are still char siu baos, and her favorite dumplings are air-fryer wontons!
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    Be a Good Ancestor Leona Prince Canada, Gabrielle Prince Canada, Carla Joseph
    9781459831407 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Visionary & Metaphysical Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date:May 17, 2022 Print Run:8000
    $21.95 CAD 10 x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 360 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Rooted in Indigenous teachings, this stunning picture book encourages readers of all ages to consider the ways in which they live in connection to the world around them and to think deeply about their behaviors.

      Addressing environmental issues, animal welfare, self-esteem and self-respect, and the importance of community, the authors deliver a poignant and universal message in an accessible way: Be a good ancestor to the world around you. Thought-provoking stanzas offer a call to action for each one of us to consider how we affect future generations. Every decision we make ripples out, and we can affect the world around us by thinking deeply about those decisions.

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      Leona Prince is from the Lake Babine Nation and Nak’azdli Whut'en and belongs to the Likh Tsa Mis Yu (Beaver) Clan. She is a descendant of Chief Kwah and Stiche. Leona is an award-winning educator and is currently the District Principal of Aboriginal Education for School District 91 (Nechako Lakes). She is the author of A Dance Through the Seasons, published by WaveMaker Press. Leona lives in Burns Lake, British Columbia.



      Gabrielle Prince is from the Lake Babine Nation and Nak’azdli Whut'en and belongs to the Likh Tsa Mis Yu (Beaver) Clan. Gabrielle is presently a full-time student at the University of Northern British Columbia, where she is pursuing a bachelor of science degree, majoring in psychology. She is the co-owner of Fireweed Canada Education Inc.



      Carla Joseph is a Cree artist originally from Prince George, British Columbia. In 2016 Carla was the Artist in Residence for the Prince George Community Arts Council, and she has done design work for several organizations, including the Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia, Northern Health and the First Nations Health Authority. Carla loves the way she makes people feel with her art. It inspires her to continue with her gift, and she loves to challenge herself by taking on many different types of projects, many of which can be seen around her community. Carla lives in Chilliwack, British Columbia.

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        • Print and online advertising campaigns
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
        • Blog and social media promotion
        • Outreach in Orca newsletters
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      “A beautiful call to action…A perfect read for teaching about empathy and demonstrating the ways we are all connected. Highly Recommended.”
      “So much to look at and discuss. In this short book the authors have helped readers begin to think about answers to the question: “How do you live now to help future generations?”…Will surely find a place in classrooms and libraries, especially as talk turns to Earth Day later this spring. Recommended.”
      “A perfect read-aloud for introducing the importance of caring for the earth.”
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    9780593403396 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 12, Grade (US) from 7 On Sale Date:June 07, 2022
    $23.99 CAD 5.88 x 8.5 x 1.19 in | 1.02 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:12 Viking Books for Young Readers
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      “With an iconic heroine, delightful banter and a deeply felt message, this debut proves many times over that Jesmeen Kaur Deo is an invaluable new voice. TJ Powar Has Something to Prove is rife with insight and rich with rom-com joy, often on the same page.” — Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of If I’m Being Honest

      When TJ Powar—a pretty, popular debater—and her cousin Simran become the subject of a meme: with TJ being the “expectation” of dating an Indian girl and her Sikh cousin who does not remove her body hair being the “reality”—TJ decides to take a stand.



      She ditches her razors, cancels her waxing appointments, and sets a debate resolution for herself: “This House Believes That TJ Powar can be her hairy self, and still be beautiful.” Only, as she sets about proving her point, she starts to seriously doubt anyone could care about her just the way she is—even when the infuriating boy from a rival debate team seems determined to prove otherwise.



      As her carefully crafted sense of self begins to crumble, TJ realizes that winning this debate may cost her far more than the space between her eyebrows. And that the hardest judge to convince of her arguments might just be herself. 


      Story Locale: Kelowna, Canada
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      Jesmeen Kaur Deo grew up in northern British Columbia, where she spent most of her childhood daydreaming. She loves books that can make her laugh and tug at her heartstrings in the same paragraph. When not wrapped up in stories, she can be found biking, playing the harmonium, or struggling to open jars. TJ Powar Has Something to Prove is her debut novel. 

      Author Residence: ON, Canada

      Author Hometown: BC, Canada
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      TJ Powar Has Something To Prove is unlike any book I’ve read before. It’s unflinchingly honest, real, and raw in its examination of body image. Every hairy brown girl will see a reflection of their lives in its page.”—Adiba Jaigirdar, author of Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating and The Henna Wars


      “With an iconic heroine, delightful banter and a deeply felt message, this debut proves many times over that Jesmeen Kaur Deo is an invaluable new voice. TJ Powar Has Something to Prove is rife with insight and rich with rom-com joy, often on the same page.”—Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of If I’m Being Honest

      “There’s much to appreciate about this book…fans of school stories will enjoy the humor, romance, and fun characters who navigate lost relationships, friendships that endure, and reminders that some people will always have your back—no matter how hairy it may be.”—Kirkus Reviews

      “Filled with heart, humor, and a swoon-worthy academic rivals-to-lovers romance of my dreams, Jesmeen Kaur Deo proves self-worth isn’t up for debate. Be It Resolved That I’ll be a forever fan!”—Jessica Parra, author of Rubi Ramos’ Recipe for Success
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    Goodnight Racism Ibram X. Kendi, Cbabi Bayoc
    9780593110515 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:June 14, 2022
    $24.99 CAD 11.38 x 9.31 x 0.36 in | 0.99 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Kokila
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      National Book Award–winning and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi (How to Be an Antiracist, Antiracist Baby) returns with a new picture book that serves as a modern bedtime classic.

      As children all over the world get ready for bed, the moon watches over them. The moon knows that when we sleep, we dream. And when we dream, we imagine what is possible and what the world can be.



      With dynamic, imaginative art and poetic prose, Goodnight Racism delivers important messages about antiracism, justice, and equality in an easy-to-read format that empowers readers both big and small. Goodnight Racism gives children the language to dream of a better world and is the perfect book to add to their social justice toolkit.
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      Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. A professor of history and frequent public speaker, Kendi is a contributing writer at the Atlantic. He is the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize, How to Be an Antiracist, and Antiracist Baby.

      Author Residence: Washington D.C.

      Cbabi (pronounced Kuh-bob-bi) Bayoc is an internationally-known visual artist and illustrator residing in St. Louis, Missouri. His subjects include family, children, music and a bunch of other cool stuff designed with line, bold color and phunk! Cbabi spends his time working on a variety of projects, including portraits, community murals, school murals, and children’s book illustrations. Learn more at his website cbabibayoc.com or follow him on Instagram @cbabi.

      Illustrator Residence: St Louis, MO

      Illustrator Hometown: O’Fallon, IL
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      EARLY PRAISE FOR GOODNIGHT RACISM by Ibram X. Kendi and Cbabi Bayoc

      An Amazon Best of the Month for June 2022!


      “An inspiring read to help realize dreams for a better future for all.” —Kirkus Reviews



      PRAISE FOR ANTIRACIST BABY

      #1 New York Times bestseller

      Amazon Editors’ Pick



      “Smart, wise, and hopeful, a reminder that children are born without racism, and it’s up to us to keep it that way.” — Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor



      “[Kendi’s] succinct, impactful prose makes for an accessible guide to anti-racism for everyone.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

      “Boldly outlined, inclusive illustrations by Lukashevsky complement the text by showing a world populated by people of various skin tones, sizes, identities and orientations, religions, and abilities….[A] mindful companion for families striving together toward a more equitable future.” — Publisher’s Weekly

      “Antiracism’s starting point.” — Kirkus Reviews
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    A Dress with Pockets Lily Murray, Jenny Lovlie
    9781529047851 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Clothing & Dress Age (years) from 3 On Sale Date:June 14, 2022
    $28.99 CAD 10 x 10.08 x 0.35 in | 360 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Macmillan Children's Books
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      A funny, fashion-forward picture book with a subtle feminist undertone that celebrates the joy of pockets and the inquisitive, adventurous spirit of all young children. Lucy and Aunt Augusta are dress shopping. And, at the Fabulous Fashion Store, there are dresses to suit just about everyone. There are fancy dresses, frilly dresses, stripy dresses, silly dresses, sun dresses, fun dresses, blue dresses, green... But Lucy doesn't care about frills or lace. She wants a dress WITH POCKETS. And as she wades through the titchy dresses, witchy dresses, very, very itchy dresses, she starts to worry about where she's going to put her leaves, nettles, and delicate petals, her magical spells and beautiful shells. The hunt is on: will Lucy find the dress of her dreams? A fantastic, funny, frock-filled story for modern children who don't just want sequins and sparkles on their dresses, from rising star Lily Murray and Waterstones Prize-winning illustrator, Jenny Lovlie.
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      Lily Murray is a freelance writer who has been writing and editing children's books for over fifteen years. She has written a number of children's books, both fiction and nonfiction, including Hello, Hot Dog!, Dinosaur Department Store, Monet's Cat and Dinosaurium. Jenny Løvlie grew up in Northern Norway on Ekkerøy, a tiny peninsula sticking out into the Barents Sea, where she was the first child to be born in twelve years. Jenny studied Illustration and Animation at Kingston University in London, and graduated with a BA Hons in 2014. She draws inspiration from the wild landscapes of Scandinavia, nordic folklore and Scandinavian design. In 2019, Jenny won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize for best illustrated book for The Girls, written by Lauren Ace. Her favourite things are going on adventures in her van, camping, bird-watching, cooking and reading.
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    The Blur Minh Lê, Dan Santat
    9780593377468 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Superheroes Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:May 03, 2022
    $24.99 CAD 8.81 x 11.31 x 0.41 in | 0.97 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Knopf Books for Young Readers
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      Meet a child with superhero-like abilities…and the parents who are racing to keep up with her in this sweetly funny picture book about the blur of childhood, from the award-winning creators of Drawn Together. A perfect gift to celebrate all of our special milestones—from graduations to birthdays and beyond!

      From the very beginning, there was something different about this child… An ultrasonic voice. Fantastically elastic limbs. Super-magnetic powers. But it wasn’t until the child took her first steps that she became: THE BLUR!

      Nothing can stand in her way as she takes the world by storm: always on the move and darting into danger! All too soon, she is zipping through the days, and zooming over the years… 

      Framed as an origin story, here is a fun superhero romp for kids, filled with bold and bright illustrations, that will pull at the hearstrings of every parent.
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      Minh Lê is the author of several children’s books, including two others illustrated by Dan Santat, Drawn Together, which won the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and Lift which received five starred reviews. His other books include Let Me Finish! illustrated by Isabel Roxas, and The Perfect Seat, illustrated by Gus Gordon. Minh has written for the New York Times, the Horn Book, and the Huffington Post. He currently lives in San Diego, California with his wife and kids. Visit him online at minhlebooks.com or on Instagram and Twitter @bottomshelfbks.

      Dan Santat is a #1 New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator of over a hundred books. His picture book The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend received the Caldecott Medal. He also illustrated Lift and Drawn Together, both written by Minh Lê, which received critical acclaim. Dan is also the creator of the Disney animated hit The Replacements. He lives in Southern California with his family. Learn more at dantat.com or visit him on Instagram and Twitter @dsantat.


      Author Residence: San Diego, California

      Dan Santat is a #1 New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator of over a hundred books. His picture book The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend received the Caldecott Medal. He also illustrated Lift and Drawn Together, both written by Minh Lê, which received critical acclaim. Dan is also the creator of the Disney animated hit The Replacements. He lives in Southern California with his family. Learn more at dantat.com or visit him on Instagram and Twitter @dsantat.

      Illustrator Residence: Alhambra, California
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        Author Website: minhlebooks.com; dantat.com

        Author Social Media: @dsantat; @bottomshelfbks
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      ★ “A must-purchase.” —School Library Journal, starred review
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    The Marvellers Dhonielle Clayton, Khadijah Khatib
    9781250174949 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic Age (years) from 8 - 12 On Sale Date:May 03, 2022 Print Run:75000
    $22.99 CAD 5.85 x 8.55 x 1.55 in | 440 gr | 416 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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      Dhonielle Clayton makes her middle-grade debut with a fantasy adventure set in a global magic school in the sky an instant New York Times and #1 Indie Bestseller!

      "The Marvellers deserves the highest compliment I can give a book: I want to live in this world." —Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times bestselling–author

      Eleven-year-old Ella Durand is the first Conjuror to attend the Arcanum Training Institute, a magic school in the clouds where Marvellers from around the world practice their cultural arts, like brewing Indian spice elixirs and bartering with pesky Irish pixies.

      Despite her excitement, Ella discovers that being the first isn’t easy—some Marvellers mistrust her magic, which they deem “bad and unnatural.” But eventually, she finds friends in elixirs teacher, Masterji Thakur, and fellow misfits Brigit, a girl who hates magic, and Jason, a boy with a fondness for magical creatures.

      When a dangerous criminal known as the Ace of Anarchy escapes prison, supposedly with a Conjuror’s aid, tensions grow in the Marvellian world and Ella becomes the target of suspicion. Worse, Masterji Thakur mysteriously disappears while away on a research trip. With the help of her friends and her own growing powers, Ella must find a way to clear her family’s name and track down her mentor before it’s too late.

      "A marvelous gift of a novel! With fantastical twists at every turn, Clayton has created a world that readers won't want to leave.” —Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Hate U Give and Concrete Rose

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      Dhonielle Clayton spent most of her childhood under her grandmother's table with a stack of books. She hails from the Washington, D.C. suburbs on the Maryland side. She is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Belles series, Shattered Midnight, co-author of Blackout, and the co-author of The Rumor Game and the Tiny Pretty Things duology, a Netflix original series. She taught secondary school for several years, and is a former elementary and middle school librarian. She is COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books, and President of Cake Creative, an IP story kitchen dedicated to diverse books for all ages. She’s an avid traveler, and always on the hunt for magic and mischief. The Marvellers is her middle-grade fantasy debut.
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        - starred review from Kirkus
        - starred review from Publishers Weekly
        - the middle grade debut from the NYT bestselling author
        - received rave blurbs from Rick Riordan, Angie Thomas, and more
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        Rep Pick
        : Set in a magic school in the clouds, 11-year-old Ella and her new friends will learn and practice the magic arts. This new middle grade fantasy novel was inspired by folklore and has an inclusive and diverse cast of characters.—Laureen Cusack
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      "The Marvellers deserves the highest compliment I can give a book: I want to live in this world. You can stop looking at admissions brochures for all those other schools of magic. The Arcanum Training Institute for Marvelous and Uncanny Endeavors is definitely where you want to apply." —#1 New York Times bestselling–author Rick Riordan

      "An enthralling fantasy adventure full of bravery, love, and humor." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      "[A] myriad [of] global cultural traditions with an intersectionally inclusive, fantastical adventure." —Publisher's Weekly, starred review

      "An exemplary example of diversity with a Black girl protagonist, and characters representing a variety of cultures, skin tones, gender identities, sexual orientations, and religious affiliations. This fun, immersive tale is a must-purchase." —School Library Journal, starred review

      "This middle-grade debut will have readers buzzing as much for its best-selling author as for the desperately needed fresh take on magic schools." —Booklist

      "The Marvellers is only the start of Ella’s journey, but Clayton has carefully given Ella everything she needs to one day join the likes of Percy Jackson, Morrigan Crow and Aru Shah in the middle grade fantasy hall of fame." —BookPage

      "[An] inclusive fantasy worlds filled with magic, lore, and beauty. A marvelous middle-grade adventure, indeed." —Horn Book

      "Immersive, inclusive, and downright fantastical, this magical boarding school tale is going to shake up the fantasy landscape. Get ready!" —Nerdist

      “A gorgeous world filled with enchanting characters, The Marvellers will dazzle readers from beginning to end!” —Kwame Mbalia, New York Times-bestselling author of Tristan Strong series

      "A marvelous gift of a novel! With fantastical twists at every turn, Clayton has created a world that readers won't want to leave. The Marvellers is magical!” —Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Hate U Give and Concrete Rose

      The Marvellers is a rich, enchanted melting pot of magic, thrills, and color . . . filled with heart, wit, and humor. Reinventing the magic school trope is a tall order, but author Dhonielle Clayton is well up to the task . . . A tantalizing introduction to an exhilarating fantasy universe.” —Soman Chainani, New York Times-bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil series

      "Never in all my years of reading have I encountered a book that so seamlessly weaves together mind-bending marvels, cultural relevance and powerful historical themes . . . all in richly imagined world I would give anything to live in. The Marvellers fully reignited my belief in magic." —Nic Stone, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Dear Martin

      "A 'Marvellerous' middle-grade debut! Delightful, charming, exceptionally clever, and filled with suspense and humor. Fantasy fans will be entranced by Ella’s magical journey." —Lisa McMann, New York Times–bestselling author of the Forgotten Five Series

      "A fresh, intricately imagined world paired with a clever, endearing cast of characters. I can't wait for every reader to find themselves in this story and dream of becoming a Marveller." —Shannon Messenger, New York Times-bestselling author of Keeper of the Lost Cities

      "An exquisite and star-filled world of wonder. Dhonielle Clayton’s beautiful prose showcases how honoring differences and sharing gifts can build the strongest friendships. Most of all, The Marvellers illuminates stellar storytelling through the lens of a Black girl learning to embrace the full potential of her magic." —Karen Strong, author of Just South of Home and Eden’s Everdark

      "This is the fantasy adventure the world needs. The Marvellers is a cultural reset, the kind of thorny, exciting, and magical story that I’ve needed my whole life. Clayton’s detailed and heartfelt world—all seen through the eyes of the brilliant Ella Durand—is going to capture the imagination of readers in an instant. Where’s book two? I already need it!" —Mark Oshiro, author of The Insiders

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    Itzel and the Ocelot Rachel Katstaller, Rachel Katstaller
    9781525305061 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:June 07, 2022
    $21.99 CAD 8.5 x 11 x 0.6 in | 1.05 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:34 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      A gorgeous picture book inspired by a traditional Central American Indigenous story about a snake with the power to bring the rain, told in lyrical language and evocative art, and subtly conveying an environmental theme. Itzel listens as her nana tells the story of when the giant snake would be awakened from its sleep: “And first with a whisper that would rustle the leaves, and then with a deep thunderous cry, the giant snake would bring the arrival of the rainy season.” But now, since many no longer believe in the snake, her nana says, “It has returned to the place where the water is born.” Now, Itzel and her nana are desperate for rain to water their bone-dry crops. So Itzel decides she must find and awaken the snake herself. She sets out in the night alone, but soon she is joined by an ocelot, and a bevy of other jungle creatures in need of the rain. And Itzel worries, is she leading them on a fruitless journey? This rich, beautifully told folk tale from author and illustrator Rachel Katstaller was inspired by a traditional story she heard growing up in El Salvador. The story features words from an Indigenous language, Nawat, that was once on the verge of extinction and animals native to Central America, including the ocelot who becomes Itzel's guardian spirit. Lush dark-toned illustrations play with shadow and light to evoke the thrilling feel of a night spent deep in the jungle, giving the book a magical quality. An author's note provides further context and a glossary of Spanish and Nawat words. A perfect choice for character education lessons on courage, optimism and perseverance, with an environmental message sure to resonate with today's readers.
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      Rachel Katstaller is a children's book illustrator from El Salvador, a tiny country in the tropics of Central America. She now lives and works in a studio perched in the Austrian Alps, where she daydreams about eating croissants in Paris. Her cat, Hemingway, was named after a famous writer who was once mentored by Gertrude Stein.
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      An inspiring adventure.
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    Noodle and the No Bones Day Jonathan Graziano, Dan Tavis
    9781665927109 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3, Reading age from 4 - 8 Publication Date:June 07, 2022
    $23.99 CAD 254 x 254 x 10.16 mm | 0.94 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Margaret K. McElderry Books
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      An instant #1 New York Times bestseller!

      From the creator of the viral “Bones or No Bones” TikTok videos comes a sweet and entertaining picture book following Noodle the pug and his human as they navigate Noodle’s first No Bones Day—a day for being kind to yourself!


      Noodle is a sweet, silly old pug who enjoys doing all his favorite activities with his favorite human, Jonathan. But one day when Jonathan goes to take Noodle on his morning walk, he finds Noodle still comfortable in bed. When Jonathan lifts Noodle up, Noodle just flops over. It’s almost like Noodle woke up without any bones!

      Noodle isn’t sick or sad—but he also isn’t interested in going for walks or sitting outside (he will accept snacks, though). Today, all he needs are extra snuggles and belly rubs. Jonathan soon learns that not every day can be a Bones Day, and sometimes a No Bones Day is exactly what you need to get through the week.
      Bio
      Jonathan Graziano is a Rochester native who currently resides in New York City with his geriatric pug and muse, Noodle. Together they enjoy people watching, snacking, and spending time together on the couch. It is Jonathan’s hope (he has learned not to speak for Noodle) that people find joy in this story and seek to rescue or adopt a dog next time they want to bring one into their family. You can find Jonathan and Noodle on TikTok at @JonGraz.

      Dan Tavis is illustrator living in New Hampshire. He has been doodling ever since his first math class in elementary school! He is the illustrator of Common Critters and Fluffy McWhiskers Cuteness Explosion, among other projects. Learn more at DanTavis.com.
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