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April 2019 Fiction: Young Adult

Mera: Tidebreaker
By (author): Danielle Paige Illustrated by: Stephen Byrne
9781401283391 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 12 - 14, Grade (US) from 7 - 9 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes Apr 02, 2019
$22.99 CAD
Active 6.02 x 8.99 x 0.45 in 192 pages DC Comics DC Ink
Princess Mera is teenage royalty and heir to the throne of Xebel, a penal colony ruled by the other no-so-lost land under the sea, Atlantis. Her father, his court and the entire kingdom are expecting her to marry and introduce a new king. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown….

When the Xebellian military plots to overthrow Atlantis and break free of its oppressive regime, Mera seizes the opportunity to take control over her own destiny by assassinating Arthur Curry—the long-lost prince and heir to the kingdom of Atlantis. But her mission gets sidetracked when Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love. Will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side, or will he die under her blade as she attempts to free her people from persecution?

An astonishing graphic novel that explores duty, love, heroism and freedom, all through the eyes of readers’ favorite undersea royalty.

From New York Times best-selling author Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die) and artist Stephen Byrne comes a Mera and Aquaman origin story that explores Mera’s first steps on land, and her first steps as a hero or villain, forcing her to choose to follow her heart or her mission to kill.

Featured launch title for DC Books for Young Readers, a new line of original graphic novels for young adult readers

Comprehensive promotional campaign plan with more than $200k marketing budget

Features a strong female protagonist

Timed with the DVD/Blu-Ray release of new feature film Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa and Amber Heard as Aquaman and Mera

Aquaman was a breakout character in the 2017 theatrical release Justice League

Danielle Paige is a New York Times best-selling writer of young adult fiction

Fills a hole in the market for young adult original graphic novels.

This type of YA material is sorely lacking in the superhero graphic novel space and will be one of the few standout titles in the genre

Perfect for girls 13+

Danielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series, and the Stealing Snow series (Bloomsbury, 2016). In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she’s received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City.

Stephen Byrne was born in Dublin, Ireland, where he studied animation at the Irish School of Animation. He has worked in Ireland and the United States in the fields of animation, TV advertising, satirical newspaper cartoons, and video games. He now lives in London, where he works on his true passion, comics.

Author Residence: New York City

Stephen Byrne was born in Dublin, Ireland, where he studied animation at the Irish School of Animation. He has worked in Ireland and the United States in the fields of animation, TV advertising, satirical newspaper cartoons, and video games. He now lives in London, where he works on his true passion, comics.

Illustrator Residence: London, UK

Illustrator Hometown: Dublin, Ireland

Marketing: Featured launch title for DC Books for Young Readers

Extensive marketing budget for the launch of DC Books for Young Readers

Feature title at ALA Midwinter 2018 and ALA Annual 2018

Physical galleys made available for libraries, independent bookstores and retailers

Galley mailing November 2018

Digital galleys available on Edelweiss and NetGalley November 2018

Sales kits distributed November 2018

In-book advertising and national print and online advertising: Facebook, Goodreads, Library Journal, Shelf Awareness

Shelf Awareness dedicated issue, DC Books for Young Readers, Fall 2018

Publisher Weekly Winter 2018 cover and insert ads

School Library Journal full page ad, November 2018

Bookseller homepage take over in December 2018

Author appearance, signing, and panels at ALA Midwinter 2019

Promotion on;

Promotion through DC Comics social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogs)

E-blasts with links to digital galleys sent to bookstores, libraries and media

Goodreads and Shelf Awareness giveaways

Promotional co-op allowance

Promotional posters available

Publicity: National Media Campaign including National Public Radio and national print features and review coverage.

Extensive online support including, EW, USA Today, Pop Matters, Ain’t It Cool News, IGN, CBR, Comicvine, Newsarama, and various comic book blogs and pop culture sites.

Trade review campaign including Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, Library Journal, and Horn Book Review

Author Website:

Author Social Media: @daniellempaige

“An exciting and romantic look at a lesser known superhero, for DC comics followers and newcomers alike.” —School Library Journal

“Mera is a compelling, easy-to-admire character. She readily proves her worthiness as a warrior, and readers will see in her plenty of parallels to Wonder Woman. This graphic novel is sure to be a hit.”  —Booklist

“Paige has rendered a sassy, take-no-prisoners heroine who may look like Disney’s Ariel but who is imbued with grit and substance.” —Kirkus Reviews
Mera: Tidebreaker offers a riveting new portrayal of the ocean’s fiercest princess. With her passion, strength, and willfulness, Mera is sure to capture the hearts of both longtime readers and those who are discovering Atlantis for the first time.” —Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles 

Mera: Tidebreaker will pull readers through the waves and down into an immersive world full of intrigue, heroism, and romance. This royally enchanting origin story will captivate you until the very last page and leave you questioning what you’d do if you had to pick between love and duty. A must-read!” —Sasha Alsberg, New York Times bestselling author of Zenith

Mera: Tidebreaker goes beyond Disney princess territory, depicting a future queen of Atlantis who’s a fascinating and sympathetic role model for teens.” —Foreword Reviews

“You don’t need to be a fan of Aquaman or really know anything about him to enjoy this book; you only need to like stories with strong heroines and some political intrigue.” —Manhattan Book Review

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