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By (author): Sara Cassidy
9781459821637 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General Sep 03, 2019
$10.95 CAD
Active 5 x 7 x 0.63 in | 240 gr 240 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
BC and Yukon Book Prize Society Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize 2020, Short-listed Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award 2021, Short-listed CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2020, Commended
How does a girl on the run know when she's home?

Resourceful fourteen-year-old Odette is on the move again, traveling as a stowaway on a cheese cart with her hapless mother, Anneline. They are in Burgundy, France, in 1799, fleeing yet another calamity caused by Anneline (who is prone to killing people accidentally). At dawn they find themselves in a town called Nevers, which is filled with eccentric characters, including a man who obsessively smells hands, another who dreams of becoming a chicken and a donkey that keeps the town awake at night, braying about his narrow life. As Odette establishes a home in an abandoned guardhouse, she makes a friend in the relaxed Nicois and finds work as a midwife's assistant. She and Nicois uncover a mystery that may lead to riches and, more important for Odette, a sense of belonging.

Sara Cassidy has worked as a youth-hostel manager, a newspaper reporter and a tree planter, in five Canadian provinces. Her books have been short-listed for the Chocolate Lily Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize, and two were Junior Library Guild selections. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction for adults have been widely published. For more information, visit

Key Selling Points
In the wake of the French Revolution, a young girl traveling with her hapless mother searches for a place to belong.
A quirky story filled with eccentric characters, such as a man who wants to be a chicken, another who obsessively smells hands and a talking donkey.
A fun and magical story (more fairytale than fantasy) about friendship.
Nevers is The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog meets The Kneebone Boy.

Marketing and Promo Plans

Print and online advertising campaigns
Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
Extensive ARC distribution, including LibraryThing and NetGalley
Blog post interview with author and cover illustrator
Social media promotion
Planned appearance at local writers festival

"This brief sojourn in an alternative 18th-century France is an unexpectedly rich one." - Kirkus Reviews

Nevers is a marvelous and magical book with an unforgettable heroine—prepare to be transported!” - Esta Spalding, author of the Fitzgerald-Trouts series

"Nevers is a funny story, simply told, with a delightful heroine. It has been a long time since I've read such a convincing, relevant historical novel for children." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"In Nevers, readers will be spellbound by the magic and mayhem of Odette and Anneline’s life in motion. Against a rich background of post-Revolutionary France, they’ll learn of perseverance, friendship and love in many forms. Cassidy is a master storyteller, and her fresh imagery and wordplay, along with a well-paced plot and a diverse cast of characters, are a real delight.” - Julie Paul, author of Meteorites and The Pull of the Moon

“Poignant, passionate and full of surprises.” - Globe and Mail

“Readers will enjoy the quirky characters...While the pacing is quick, the story never feels rushed. A worthy addition to middle grade collections; give this to fans of Adam Gidwitz’s The Inquisitor’s Tale.” - School Library Journal

“Unfolds with mystery and hilarity, building momentum in a way that will keep readers engaged to the end. Recommend to fans of Adam Gidwitz’s The Inquisitor’s Tale.” - Booklist

“This book is a quick, fast paced read that will keep the reader involved…Filled with a variety of characters that will be appealing to most readers.” - Resource Links

“Beautiful in its writing style, almost poetic at times, this novel is characterized by the strength of the protagonist, the historical references which educate young readers about a monumentally influential period of French history and the clever resolution which will surprise all readers who do not read carefully.” - Must Read Literature: K thru YA

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