GOOD RECEPTION: The Painting received a great review from Kirkus!
FOLLOW-UP TO SUCCESSFUL DEBUT: The Swallow has netted almost 13k copies to date and garnered rave reviews. This book will build on that success. This TR edition publishes alongside the TR edition of Charis’s new novel, The Ghost Road.
STRONG CHARACTERS: Charis gives incredible life to Claire and Annie, as well as Maisie, the artist and Claire’s mother; readers will identify with these characters.
EXCEPTIONAL WRITING: Charis is incredibly talented, and her writing perfectly suits this age range. She is definitely one to watch, and this book has major award potential.
STRONG STORY OF FRIENDSHIP: Annie and Claire develop a strong bond, and their friendship will resonate with readers.
CELEBRATION OF ART: There are beautiful descriptions of Maisie’s paintings in the book, and Charis shows the impact that art has on the lives of the different characters.
PRAISE FOR The Painting:
One of CCBC’S Best Books for Kids & Teens (2018)
“[A] cleverly constructed, compellingly paced mystery that’s part time-slip story, part ghost story, part meditation on the power of dreaming…. Full of emotional truth and connection.”—Kirkus Reviews
ACCOLADES AND PRAISE FOR The Swallow:
Winner, IODE Violet Downey Book Award
Selected, VOYA Top Shelf honoree of 2014
Listed, OLA Best Bet, Junior Fiction Top 10
Listed as #3 in Amazon.ca Best Books of September for Children and Teens
Nominated, Saskatchewan Young Reader’s Choice Diamond Willow Award, 2014
Selected, one of the Kidlit Books of the Year (2014) by Quill & Quire
Nominated, Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, 2015/2016
Nominated, Cooperative Children’s Book Centre Choices 2015
Nominated, Red Cedar Award 2015
Honored, CLA Book of the Year for Children 2015
Shortlisted, Rocky Mountain Book Award 2015
“Middle-grade storytelling at its very best—extraordinary.”—Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
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