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BLUE - Penguin Random House Canada Children's Publishing Group

Mya's Strategy to Save the World
By (author): Tanya Lloyd Kyi
9780735265257 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Peer Pressure Apr 30, 2019
$18.99 CAD
Active 5.94 x 8.5 x 0.7 in 200 pages Puffin Canada
Twelve-year-old Mya Parsons could save the world and organize her family, if only she had her own cell phone. A Dork Diaries for today’s socially conscious young readers.

Mya Parsons runs her school’s social justice club with her best friend, Cleo. Her lifelong desire is to work for the United Nations and change the world, and then bask in all the ensuing adulation. Her more immediate desire is to get a phone, preferably one like Cleo’s, with a leopard-print case to match. When her distracted dad and her long-distance mom (temporarily in Myanmar taking care of Mya’s grandmother) both say no, no way, and possibly never, Mya launches a campaign to prove herself reliable and deserving. She advertises her babysitting services, takes on more responsibility around the house, and attempts to supervise her sister’s skateboarding lessons. Her efforts leave her ego bruised and the kitchen slightly scorched. She’s no closer to touch-screen victory, let alone the Nobel Peace Prize she deserves. But all that changes after an accident leaves Mya to take charge—an experience which helps her realize how much she’s grown, with or without access to proper communications.

FUNNY AND TIMELY: Mya is a typical “nearly teen” girl, passionate about social justice issues and just as passionate in her desire to not be the only girl in her class without a cell phone.

DIVERSITY: Mya’s mother is from Myanmar; her father is white—these facts inform Mya’s family life but have no bearing on her school life—it’s not an issue in that sense. Tanya Lloyd Kyi writes from her own experience, as her husband is from Myanmar and their children are mixed race.

ACCESSIBLE WRITING: A mix of short chapters, emails, texts, school assignments, and recipes, this story will keep young readers engaged—and laughing!

WONDERFUL FOOD REFERENCES: Do you like delicious coconut curries? As Mya learns to cook from her aunt, you too will want to try out some of the recipes in the novel.

EXPERIENCED WRITER: Tanya writes novels for both the middle-grade and YA audience, as well as nonfiction books for kids and adults.

AUTHOR WHO GETS OUT THERE: Tanya gives presentations to intermediate and high school students as well as to adults. She was most recently at the ALAN panel in St. Louis last fall; she has also spoken at the Vancouver Writers Fest, travelled with TD Canadian Children’s BookWeek, and visited schools across Metro Vancouver.

TANYA LLOYD KYI has worked as a typesetter, graphic designer and photo editor before pursing writing full-time. She is the author of many non-fiction titles, including Shadow Warrior (Annick 2017), recently nominated for the ALA’s Amelia Bloomer Project List and DNA Detective, shortlisted for the OLA Red Maple Award and the Red Cedar Award. Her published novels for young readers include Truth (Orca), My Time as Caz Hazard (Orca), Anywhere but Here (Simon Pulse, 2013), which was praised by Kirkus as having a main character whose “voice is convincingly filled with a combination of angst and nonchalance,” and The Prince of Pot (Groundwood Books, 2017). Twitter @tanyakyi

Author Residence: Vancouver, BC

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Publicity: Local Vancouver launch

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Author Social Media: @tanyakyi

PRAISE FOR The Prince of Pot:

“This truly immersive story…is the perfect read for high-school seniors on the verge of starting their adult life, trying to figure out how much of their past will sit comfortably beside it.”—Booklist

“An engaging story set in an atypical locale that will universally appeal to teens.”—School Library Journal

PRAISE FOR Anywhere But Here:

“Kyi’s novel presents a heart-wrenching, realistic depiction of a son grieving the loss of his mother.”—Booklist


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