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PRH Canada Children's Group Spring 2017

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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: On Sale Date: Apr 04, 2017 Carton Quantity: 24 $13.99 CAD
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By (author): Caroline Pignat
9780143187585 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 12, Grade (US) from 7 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Violence Apr 04, 2017
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Active 5.42 x 8.21 x 0.81 in 320 pages Penguin Random House Canada Teen Razorbill Canada
The Breakfast Club meets We Need to Talk About Kevin.

A lockdown catches five grade 12 students by surprise and throws them together in the only unlocked room on that empty third floor wing: the boys’ washroom. They sit in silence, judging each other by what they see, by the stories they’ve heard over the years. Stuck here with them—could anything be worse?

There’s Alice: an introverted writer, trapped in the role of big sister to her older autistic brother, Noah.

Isabelle: the popular, high-achieving, student council president, whose greatest performance is her everyday life.

Hogan: an ex-football player with a troubled past and a hopeless future.

Xander: that socially awkward guy hiding behind the camera, whose candid pictures of school life, especially those of Isabelle, have brought him more trouble than answers.

Told in five unique voices through prose, poetry, text messages, journals and homework assignments, this modern-day Breakfast Club takes a twist when Isabelle gets a text that changes everything: NOT A DRILL!! Shooter in the school!

Suddenly, the bathroom doesn’t seem so safe anymore. Especially when they learn that one of them knows more about the shooter than they realized…

GRIPPING, ACTION-PACKED STORY: The discovery that a seemingly routine lockdown drill is actually real will grip teen readers from the very start.

ACCLAIMED AUTHOR: A two-time Governor General’s Award winner, Caroline had TWO books shortlisted for the 2015 CLA Young Adult Book Award: Unspeakable (Razorbill) and The Gospel Truth (Red Deer Press); Unspeakable was a Red Maple Award Honour Book and was a finalist for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, and The Gospel Truth was a finalist for the Geoffrey Bilson and Amy Mathers Teen Book awards.

TRADE AND LIBRARY APPEAL: Readers will love the action; teachers and librarians will love the different voices/writing techniques for each character.

CONTEMPORARY YA STILL POPULAR: Caroline has returned to contemporary fiction, the first time since her bestselling first novel, Egghead.

CAROLINE PIGNAT is the award-winning author of seven YA novels. Unspeakable was a Red Maple Honour book and was shortlisted for the 2015 CLA Young Adult Book Award (along with another of her books, The Gospel Truth) and was also shortlisted for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People. She has won the Governor General’s Award twice (The Gospel Truth in 2015 and Greener Grass in 2009). A high-school teacher, she lives in Ottawa with her family.

Author Residence: Ottawa, ON

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Publicity: School & library advertising

Featured title at major conferences: OLA and RFTLOI, ALA and BEA

National feature and review attention

NetGalley promotion

Goodreads and LibraryThing Early Reviewers giveaways

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Author Social Media: Twitter: @CarolinePignat;


“Pignat has created a pitch perfect combination of multiple modes, well-tuned voices and a irresistible and satisfying story.”—Canadian Materials, 4 out of ****

“With gut-wrenching locked-room suspense, Shooter is a frightening, yet hopeful snippet of high school life in the 21st century.”—The National Reading Campaign

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