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Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers Fall 2019

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The Painting
By (author): Charis Cotter
9780735263215 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 JUVENILE FICTION / Ghost Stories Sep 03, 2019
$12.99 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.69 in 288 pages Tundra Books
A haunting, beautiful middle-grade novel about fractured relationships, loss, ghosts, friendship and art.

Annie and her mother don’t see eye to eye. When Annie finds a painting of a lonely lighthouse in their home, she is immediately drawn to it—and her mother wishes it would stay banished in the attic. To her, art has no interest, but Annie loves drawing and painting.

When Annie’s mother slips into a coma following a car accident, strange things begin to happen to Annie. She finds herself falling into the painting and meeting Claire, a girl her own age living at the lighthouse. Claire’s mother Maisie is the artist behind the painting, and like Annie, Claire’s relationship with her mother is fraught. Annie thinks she can help them find their way back to each other, and in so doing, help mend her relationship with her own mother.

But who IS Claire? Why can Annie travel through the painting? And can Annie help her mother wake up from her coma?

The Painting is a touching, evocative story with a hint of mystery and suspense to keep readers hooked.

Story Locale: Toronto and Newfoundland

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.

CHARIS COTTER grew up in downtown Toronto beside a cemetery and developed an early love of reading and acting at her local library, where she appeared in plays. She studied English in university and went to drama school in London, England. Charis’s The Swallow was nominated for countless awards and received many honors. Cotter has toured Canada from coast to coast, engaging children with her lively school presentations that feature games, storytelling and her entertaining alter egos: Queen Elizabeth II and the Scottish Silky Ghost. She lives in a particularly haunted part of Newfoundland, where she has been working with children to publish their own books of traditional local ghost stories.

Author Residence: Newfoundland

Author Hometown: Toronto, ON

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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


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 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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