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July 2019 Canadian Fiction

Alis the Aviator
By (author): Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail Illustrated by: Kalpna Patel
9781101919057 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 JUVENILE FICTION / Transportation / Aviation Jul 02, 2019
$21.99 CAD
Active 9.31 x 9.5 x 0.43 in 40 pages FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT Tundra Books
Come along on an aviation journey with Alis! This spunky female guide will take you through an ABC of planes featuring gorgeous cut-paper art.

An A to Z of planes past and present, this book has stunning cut-paper art and a cute-as-a-button guide named Alis. Named for Dr. Alis Kennedy, likely one of the first Indigenous women to obtain a commercial pilot licence in Canada, Alis will take you on an aviation tour from the Avro Arrow to the Zeppelin and everything in between.

Meticulously researched and uniquely crafted, this is a one-of-a-kind book that will delight aviation fans big and little.

FEMALE PROTAGONIST: Alis appears throughout the book, interacting with planes along with her dog and her horse.

DIVERSE: Alis is inspired by Dr. Alis Kennedy, the first Indigenous female commercial pilot in Canada. There will be an About Alis spread that tells her story.

UNIQUE ART: Stunning and eye-catching paper art created by a hugely talented first-time illustrator.

STEAM CONNECTIONS: aviation, makers, engineering

EVERGREEN SUBJECT: Planes and things that go are an ever-popular and perennial favorite.

HISTORICALLY ACCURATE: The author is a historian and writer of aviation books.

NONFICTION CONTENT: there will be a glossary of planes at the back of the book, and the illustrations throughout are based on the actual planes.

DANIELLE METCALFE-CHENAIL is a historian and a former Historian Laureate for the city of Edmonton, as well as a former president of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society. She has written For the Love of Flying: The Story of the Laurentian Air Services and Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North, and edited In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation. This is Danielle’s first book for children. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

Author Residence: Edmonton, AB

Author Hometown: Ottawa, ON

KALPNA PATEL is an artist, jeweler and crafter living in Toronto, Ontario. About a third of her life is spent around books--reading books, selling books and cutting books up and making stuff with them. She creates window displays for independent businesses, is an event decorator and organizer for City of Craft and works part time at a bookstore, all while making jewelery and creating art installations around the city. Alis the Aviator is Kalpna's first book for children.

Illustrator Residence: Toronto, ON

Marketing: Tundra Illustrator Studio video

Include in Ready4School campaign

Group trade advertising

Alphabet books round-up

Promo piece: paper airplane craft, designed by Kalpna

Teacher’s guide

Look into Historica Canada contest

TYPE window

Publicity: Reach out to CNE airshow

Local events for Kalpna (TO)

Local events for Danielle (ON)

Leverage author’s aviation connections

Pitch to En route, air and flight magazines (Porter, Air Canada)

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Author Social Media: Instagram: @ghostfaceknitta Twitter: @GhostfaceKnitta

PRAISE FOR Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the Arctic by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail:

“Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail brings us an extraordinarily intimate, engaging and all-encompassing chronicle of Canadian flight north of the 60th parallel. Metcalfe-Chenail proves herself a remarkable historian and writer, weaving factual accounts with compelling stories of risk, heroism and adventure.”—Carol Shaben, author of Into the Abyss

“Metcalfe-Chenail has captured a rich heritage in great detail, and yet woven it all together in such an entertaining way that it’s hard to put Polar Winds down.”—Sherwood/Strathcona News

PRAISE FOR For the Love of Flying by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail:

“[A] beautifully illustrated account…. Brochures, advertisements, articles, and sidebars about flying in the wet wilderness are scattered among contemporary and historic photographs, and all of it gives For the Love of Flying the ability to transport readers on journeys to the outer reaches of the civilized world.”—Air&Space Magazine, Smithsonian Museum

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