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PRH Canada Children's Group Spring 2017

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Laura Monster Crusher
By (author): Wesley King
9780670070022 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 10, Grade (US) from 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General Apr 04, 2017
$21.99 CAD
Active 5.8 x 8.5 x 1 in 304 pages Puffin Canada
Red Maple Award 2018
Lord of the Rings meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets The Duff in this funny, fast-paced tale of middle-school monsters, self-image, and, oh yeah, actual monsters that want to kill everyone.

Laura Ledwick is…well…large. The kids at school don’t let her forget it, and call her by various names: Laura Largebottom, Laura Lardo, Lots of Laura—you get the idea. When Laura’s family moves to the next town over before eighth grade, she expects more of the same. What she doesn’t expect are the snake-like yellow eyes watching her from the forest. Or the mysterious rattling in her closet. Or finally making real friends for the first time. Or handsome uber-nerd Liam R. Kelp, who might just be the cutest boy to ever wear a Science Is Cool T-shirt. But when Laura finally discovers the source of the rattling, things take on a whole new level of weird. It turns out Laura has just been given the most important job in the world: Monster Crusher. Her role is simple: protect the earth from the horrors beneath their feet. Eighth grade is about to get a lot more interesting.

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Wesley King is the author of the Red Maple Award-winning The Vindico; librarians and booksellers already know and love him.

STRONG FEMALE VOICE: Bitingly honest, highly self-deprecating, and totally refreshing, Laura is sure to attract many fans.

FIRST TIME WRITING FROM FEMALE POINT OF VIEW: Wesley’s previous titles, including The Vindico series, The Space Raiders series and the Dragons Vs. Drones series are all written from a male point of view, but he absolutely gets the female voice!

WIDE APPEAL: Girls and boys will both love Laura and the action, including the monster crushing.

HEALTHY GIRL MESSAGE: While Laura realizes a strength she didn’t know she had, she doesn’t become magically skinny in the process, just fit and strong!

WESLEY KING is the award-winning author of the Vindico series; The Incredible Space Raiders from Space!; Dragons vs. Drones; and OCDaniel. His first novel, The Vindico, won the Red Maple Award and has been optioned for film and TV. It was also picked as a Junior Library Guild Selection, as was the sequel, The Feros. The Feros was also shortlisted for the Canadian Libris Award for theYoung Readers Book of the Year. He lives in Nova Scotia with his wife.

Author Residence: Nova Scotia

Author Hometown: Oshawa, Ontario

PRAISE FOR The Vindico:

“King brilliantly combines teenage points of view and emotions with comic book excitement in this superbly composed tale of superheroes and super villains.”—Starred Review, VOYA

“King is definitely an author to watch.”—School Library Journal

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