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Monster Sisters 1
The Monster Sisters and the Mystery of the Unlocked Cave
By (author): Gareth Gaudin
9781459822269 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Action & Adventure Sep 17, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Active 7 x 10.25 x 0.31 in | 420 gr 160 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C106973 Orca Book Publishers
Enid and Lyra have their hands full, fighting monsters in their sleepy seaside town.

When a quiet seaside town is suddenly overrun by hundreds of giant monsters, two young sisters are the only ones prepared to handle the situation. Using their keen interest in architecture, local history, folklore and gymnastics, the two girls attempt to not only stop the monsters' rampage but also figure out why it's happening. The story is set in Victoria, British Columbia, and the city's impressive history and creepy folklore add intrigue to the proceedings, as more and more monstrous guests arrive on this unceded Lekwungen Territory.

The Monster Sisters, Enid Jupiter and Lyra Gotham, are two young sleuths in the vein of Nancy Drew or Scooby Doo, doing superheroic deeds while learning about colonialism on Indigenous land. Using maps, true facts and witty asides, this graphic novel is as much of an adventure to read as it is for the characters to experience. This is book one in a two-book series. The second will come out in spring 2020.

Gareth Gaudin is a cartoonist and comic-book creator from Victoria, British Columbia. He discovered comic books when he was five years old and knew immediately that they would become his life's work. He started photocopying and selling his comics in elementary school, self-publishing hundreds of his own creations, and eventually became the owner of a vintage comic-book shop, where he sells his comics from the front counter to this day. Enid Jupiter and Lyra Gotham are based on Gareth's own adventure-loving daughters.

Key Selling Points
An early-middle-reader graphic novel that features action, adventure, a realistic sibling dynamic, strong female characters and a little bit of intrigue, and touches on aspects of Canada’s colonial history.
Although it’s location-specific, the story pulls you along, and the location becomes as interesting as the characters are.
The author is very well-known in Victoria, BC as the owner of Legends: Comics and Books.
The author created Perogy Cat, an iconic local cartoon character that has inspired art projects around the world, has its own book and a theme song written and sung by Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies.
Currently Gareth is traveling the world, making a documentary about Harvey Kurtzman, the creator of Mad Magazine.
Gareth was the artist-in-residence for two years at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, British Columbia.
Book one in the Monster Sisters series.

Marketing and Promo Plans

Print and online advertising campaigns
Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
Extensive ARC distribution
Blog and social media promotion
Bookmark/Postcard promoting graphic novels
Planned appearance at local writers festival
Outreach to comic book stores
Outreach in Orca newsletter

“A fascinating mix of intriguing elements: imaginative monster battles, fun historical facts, a gently spooky mystery, and a warm emphasis on sisterhood.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Promising first installment...the memorable characters and clever visuals should propel readers to the planned sequel.” - Publishers Weekly

“The Monster Sisters, are rabble-rousing, smart-talking kids...The art is engaging and fun, with full-page monster attacks, action-packed vine swinging, a section on Morse code, and plenty of cool maps...For those who love Canadian history and courageous kid detectives battling giant monsters.” - School Library Journal

“A powerful, kick-butt sleuthing duo...A fun, promising first book.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“An entertaining read. The adventures are imaginative and fun…The people of Victoria, as well as many other readers will enjoy the many references to the city.” - Resource Links

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