Audience:Children: Age (years) 8 - 12, Grade (US) 3 - 7
Dimensions:8.19in x 5.5 x 0.87 in | 0.74 lb
Page Count:432 pages
IMPRESSIVE SALES TRACK: Kevin Sands’ blockbuster THE BLACKTHORN KEY series has sold well over 100,000 copies.
MULTIPLE STARRED REVIEWS: Kevin’s writing has been called “spectacular,” “exciting and self-assured,” “thrilling,” “excellent” and has been described as cutting “across genres to appeal to a wide range of children.”
NUMEROUS AWARDS & HONORS: Kevin has won multiple awards in both Canada and the US, including the John Spray Mystery Award and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award, and has been shortlisted for many others, incuding the Edgar Allan Poe Awards (US) and the Waterstone’s Prize (UK).
BOTH COMMERCIAL AND LIBRARY: Like his previous series, this hits the sweet spot between trade and library, and he’s already so well-known by booksellers and librarians alike.
STRONG US PARTNER: We are co-publishing this with Viking in the US.
PRAISE FOR Children of the Fox:
“In a sharp-witted series opener, Sands crafts an adventure with mythological undertones and a heist framework. The protagonists’ natural chemistry as they learn to collaborate and trust one another helps to ground the epic story, especially once it leans more heavily into fantasy elements, while Callan’s narrative voice adds just the right amount of self-aware humor.”
—Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
“This high-energy thriller is perfect for younger fans of Six of Crows, the movie Ocean’s Eleven, and other inside-job narratives. Readers will be sure to delight in narrator Callan’s sharp wit and snappy voice as they are introduced to the rest of the crew and their unusual skills. Cryptic messages, creepy characters, and unexpected but endearing friendships abound.”
An NPR Best Book of 2021
An OLA Best Bet
A Summer Reading List Selection, OLA Kid Committee
Shortlisted for the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Award
Shortlisted for the IODE Violet Downey Book Award
Shortlisted for the Diamond Willow Award
Shortlisted for the Rocky Mountain Book Award
“In a sharp-witted series opener, Sands (the Blackthorn Key series) crafts an adventure with mythological undertones and a heist framework.” —STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly
“A page-turner filled with charming rogues and expert plots.” —Kirkus Reviews