December 31, 2014

Upcoming Releases for Spring 2015

Instead of looking back on the past few weeks of virus-induced blog inactivity, let's look forward to a spring of new releases.  There's a plethora of titles coming out this spring, whether you're looking for a picture book, novel, YA or non-fiction.  I'm especially looking forward to:
  • reconnecting with a favourite character (e.g., Neil Flambé and the Bard's Banquet by Kevin Sylvester; The Agency: Rivals in the City by Y. S. Lee brings back Victorian spy Mary Quinn);
  • revisiting authors or illustrators whose work we've missed for a few years (e.g., Not Just Another Princess Story by Sheri Radford; The Farmerettes by Gisela Sherman; This is Sadie by Sara O'Leary);
  • returning to cliffs upon which plots are hanging (e.g., Noir by Jacqueline Garlick; Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman; The Clouded Sky by Megan Crewe; Thor's Serpents by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr); 
  • checking on established series that missed my initial perusal (e.g., Charmed by Michelle Krys; Second Kiss by Robert Priest);
  • discovering new writing paths of favourite authors (e.g., The Nest by Kenneth Oppel; The Incredible Space Raiders from Space! by Wesley King);
  • looking beyond mesmerizing covers (e.g., Curiosity by Gary Blackwood; The Dogs by Allan Stratton; Painted Skies by Carolyn Mallory);
  • delving into the unknown (e.g., Prison Boy by Sharon E. McKay; Uncertain Soldier by Karen Bass; Delusion Road by Don Aker; Say You Will by Eric Walters); 
  • delighting in joyful graphics (e.g., My Family Tree and Me by Dušan Petričić; The (Almost) Everything Book by Julie Morstad; The Bus Ride by Marianne Dubuc; Bug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt; The Tweedles Go Online by Monica Kulling, illus. by Marie LaFrance); 
  • sharing for classroom learning (e.g., Ready, Set, Kindergarten! by Paula Ayer; Hungry for Math by Kari-Lynn Winters; A Ticket Around the World by Natalia Dias and Melissa Owens)
  • and...and...and....I'm looking forward to all of them!
Finally, let me know if I've missed any key titles and take a minute to share the titles of any youngCanLit you're especially eager to read.  It's always great to share our reading, especially if you only have to type in a title! (I always have the best of intentions with catching up on Goodreads and LibraryThing but, my goodness, I need a lot of time to update my reading records.)

Happy Reading Anticipation!

  • The Case of the Missing Moonstone (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, Book 1) by Jordan Stratford, illus. by Kelly Murphy (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
  • Neil Flambé and the Bard’s Banquet by Kevin Sylvester (Simon & Schuster) >>> long-awaited Book 5 in the Neil Flambé series
  • Unleashed by Gordon Korman (Scholastic Canada) >>> newest book in Swindle series

Young Adult
  • Fight for Power by Eric Walters (Razorbill) >>> The Rule of Three sequel 
  • How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel by Jess Keating (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky) >>> sequel to How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied
  • New Order by Max Turner (HarperTrophy)≫ sequel to Night Runner and End of Days
  • Noir by Jacqueline E. Garlick (Amazemo Books) >>> Book 2 of The Illumination Paradox steampunk series
  • Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers (St. Martin's Griffin) >>> sequel to This is Not a Test
  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne (Dundurn)
  • Willowgrove by Kathleen Peacock (Katherine Tegen) >>> Hemlock, Book 3

Picture Books
  • The Duck Says by Troy Wilson, illus. by Mike Boldt (Scholastic Canada)
  • Duet by Sleepless Kao (Simply Read Books)
  • Not Just Another Princess Story by Sheri Radford, illus. by Qin Leng (Simply Read Books)
  • Ready, Set, Kindergarten! by Paula Ayer, illus. by Danielle Arbour (Annick Press)
  • Taffy Time by Jennifer Lloyd, illus. by Jacqui Lee (Simply Read Books)
  • The Yoga Game by the Sea by Kathy Belliveau, illus. by Denise Holmes (Simply Read Books)

  • Defend or Die The Siege of Hong Kong, Jack Finnigan, Hong Kong, 1941 by Gillian Chan (Scholastic Canada) >>> newest I Am Canada
  • The Dogs by Allan Stratton (Scholastic Canada)
  • A Hanging Offence by Don Cummer (Scholastic Canada) >>> sequel to Brothers at War
  • The Incredible Space Raiders from Space! by Wesley King (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman)
  • Infinity Coil by Marty Chan (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) >>> Book 2 in steampunk series The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles
  • The Lost Diary by Julie White (Sono Nis Press)
  • Masterminds by Gordon Korman (HarperCollins) >>> new series
  • Misty by Christine Dencer, illus. by Jessica Meserve (Simply Read Books)
  • The Moment by Kristie Hammond (Sono Nis Press)
  • Paint by Jennifer Dance (Dundurn)
  • Piper’s First Show by Susan Hughes, illus. by Leanne Franson (Scholastic Canada) >>>The Puppy Collection #5
  • Random Acts by Valerie Sherrard (Penguin)
  • Reality Check in Detroit by Roy MacGregor (Tundra) >>> newest in Screech Owls hockey series

Young Adult
  • Best Friends through Eternity by Sylvia McNicoll (Tundra)
  • Life Cycle of a Lie by Sylvia Olsen (Sono Nis Press)
  • Prison Boy by Sharon E. McKay (Annick Press)
  • Remember by Eileen Cook (Simon & Schuster Canada)
  • Shack Island Summer by Penny Chamberlain (Sono Nis Press)
  • The World Without Us by Robin Stevenson (Orca Book Publishers)

  • 10 Rivers that Shaped the World by Marilee Peters and Kim Rosen (Annick Press)
  • Baseballogy: Supercool Facts You Never Knew by Kevin Sylvester (Annick Press)
  • Crazy About Hockey! by Loris Lesynski and Gerry Rasmussen (Annick Press) >>> sports-themed poetry
  • Foodprints: The Story of What We Eat by Paula Ayer (Annick Press)
  • Galloping Through History: Amazing True Horse Stories by Elizabeth MacLeod (Annick Press)
  • Head Lice by Elise Gravel (Tundra)
  • Power Up!: A Visual Exploration of Energy by Shaker Paleja and Glenda Tse (Annick Press)
  • The Spider by Elise Gravel (Tundra)
  • Superbrain: The Insiders Guide to Getting Smart by Toronto Public Library, illus. by Dave Whamond (Annick Press)

Picture Books
  • And What If I Won’t? by Maureen Fergus, illus. by Qin Leng (Owlkids)
  • The Bus Ride by Marianne Dubuc (Kids Can Press)
  • The Cardinal and the Crow by Michael Moniz (Simply Read Books)
  • Cub’s Journey Home by Georgia Graham (Red Deer Press)
  • A Day in Canada by Per Henrik Gurth (Kids Can Press)
  • Frankenstink by Ron Lightburn (Tundra)
  • In a Cloud of Dust by Alma Fullerton, illus. by Brian Deines (Pajama Press)
  • Look! Translated by Karen Li (Owlkids)
  • More Blueberries by Susan Musgrave, illus. by Esperança Melo (Orca Book Publishers)
  • A Morning to Polish and Keep by Julie Lawson, illus. by Sheena Lott (Red Deer Press) >>> new edition
  • The Pirate’s Bed by Nicola Winstanley, illus. by Matt James (Tundra)
  • Rosario’s Fig Tree by Charis Wahl, illus. by Luc Melanson (Groundwood)
  • See You Next Year by Andrew Larsen, illus. by Todd Stewart (Owlkids)
  • Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, illus. by Sydney Smith (Groundwood)
  • Walk on the Wild Side by Nicholas Oldland (Kids Can Press)
  • Work and More Work by Linda Little, illus. by Oscar Pérez (Groundwood)

  • Connecting Dots by Sharon Jennings (Second Story Press)
  • Eco Warrior by Philip Roy (Ronsdale)
  • Jasper John Dooley: NOT in Love by Caroline Adderson, illus. by Ben Clanton (Kids Can Press)
  • Jasper John Dooley: You’re in Trouble by Caroline Adderson, illus. by Ben Clanton (Kids Can Press)
  • The Missing Dog is Spotted by Jessica Scott Kerrin (Groundwood)
  • Mystery in the Frozen Lands by Martyn Godfrey and Ken McGoogan (Lorimer)
  • Princess Pistachio and the Pest by Marie-Louise Gay (Pajama Press) >>> sequel to first Princess Pistachio book
  • Rock the Boat by Sigmund Brouwer (Orca Book Publishers) >>> Orca Limelights collection
  • Secrets Beneath the Sea by Janet Gurtler, illus. by Katie Wood (Capstone Press)
  • Tank and Fizz: The Case of the Slime Stampede by Liam O’Donnell, illus. by Mike Deas (Orca Book Publishers)

Young Adult
  • The Choice by Kathy Clark (Second Story Press)
  • Dark Company by Natale Ghent (Doubleday Canada)
  • The Farmerettes by Gisela Tobien Sherman (Second Story Press)
  • Fight Back by Brent R. Sherrard (Lorimer) >>> hi-lo title in Sidestreets collection
  • The Journal by Lois Donovan (Ronsdale)
  • Mac on the Road to Marseille by Christopher Ward (Dundurn)
  • Rivals in the City by Y. S. Lee (Random House)>>> Book 3 in the Victorian mystery series, The Agency
  • The Secret of the Golden Flower by Caroline Stellings (Second Story Press)
  • Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (Doubleday Canada) >>> a companion to Seraphina
  • Thrice Burned by Angela Misri (Fierce Ink Press) >>> new A Portia Adams Adventure
  • Tru Detective by Norah McClintock, illus. by Steven P. Hughes (Orca Book Publishers) ≫graphic novel
  • The Truth Commission by Susan Juby (Penguin)
  • War in my Town by E. Graziani (Second Story Press)
  • When Kacey Left by Dawn Green (Red Deer Press)

  • Bite into Bloodsuckers by Kari-Lynn Winters and Ishta Mercurio (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • Hungry for Math:  Poems to Much On by Kari-Lynn Winters and Lori Sherritt-Fleming, illus. by Peggy Collins (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • The Queen’s Shadow: A Story About How Animals See by Cybèle Young (Kids Can Press)
  • Real Justice: A Police Mr. Big Sting Goes Wrong: The Story of Kyle Unger by Richard Brignall (Lorimer)
  • The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Bicycle by Jude Isabella, illus. by Simone Shin (Kids Can Press)
  • Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Native Residential Schools by Melanie Florence (Lorimer)
  • A Ticket Around the World by Natalia Dias and Melissa Owens, illus. by Kim Smith (Owlkids)
  • What Sound Does a Sea Horse Make by Shar Levine, Leslie Johnstone and Aran Mooney (Ronsdale)

Picture Books
  • A+ for Big Ben by Sarah Ellis, illus. by Kim LaFave (Pajama Press)
  • Bad Pirate by Kari-Lynn Winters, illus. by Dean Griffiths (Pajama Press)
  • The Candy Conspiracy: A Tale of Sweet Victory by Carrie Snyder, illus. by Claudia Dávila (Owlkids)
  • Drive: A Look at Roadside Opposites by Kellen Hatanaka (Groundwood)
  • Eat, Leo! Eat! by Caroline Adderson, illus. by Josée Bisaillon (Kids Can Press)
  • Hurry Up, Ilua! by Nola Hicks  (Inhabit Media)
  • The Little Knight who Battled the Rain by Gilles Tibo, illus. by Geneviève Després (Scholastic Canada)
  • Me, Too! by Annika Dunklee, illus. by Lori Joy Smith (Kids Can Press)
  • My Family Tree and Me by Dušan Petričić (Kids Can Press)
  • Outstanding in the Rain by Frank Viva (Tundra)
  • Slippers Keeper by Ian Wallace (Groundwood)
  • Tilt Your Head, Rosie the Red by Rosemary McCarney, illus. by Yvonne Cathcart (Second Story Press)

  • Andreo’s Race by Pam Withers (Tundra)
  • Attack of the Toga Gang by George Bowering (Dancing Cat Books)
  • Avis Dolphin by Frieda Wishinsky, illus. by Willow Dawson (Groundwood)
  • Between Shadows by Kathleen Cook Waldron (Coteau)
  • Button Hill by Michael Bradford (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Curiosity by Gary Blackwood (Puffin)
  • The Frail Days by Gabrielle Prendergast (Orca Book Publishers) >>> Orca Limelights collection
  • The Ghost and Max Monroe, Case  #2: The Missing Zucchini by L.M. Falcone (Kids Can Press)
  • Ghost Most Foul by Patti Grayson (Coteau)
  • Jacob’s Landing by Daphne Greer (Nimbus)
  • Lost in the Backyard by Alison Hughes (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Peter Puck and the Stolen Stanley Cup by Brian McFarlane, illus. by Geri Storey (Fenn-Tundra)
  • The River Carries Me by Cheryl Stewart (Dancing Cat Books)
  • Rosie and Rolland in the Legendary Show-and-Tell by Jon Berg (Owlkids)
  • Scare Scape II by Sam Fisher (Scholastic Canada)
  • The Travelling Circus by Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel (Groundwood) ≫newest edition in Family Travels series

Young Adult
  • Blank by Trina St. John (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Delusion Road by Don Aker (HarperTrophy)
  • Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong (Doubleday) >>> sequel to Sea of Shadows
  • Forever Julia by Jodi Carmichael (Great Plains Teen Fiction)
  • Punch like a Girl by Karen Crossing (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Second Kiss by Robert Priest (Dundurn) >>> Book 2 in Spell Crossed series, sequel to The Paper Sword
  • The Shadow’s Curse by Amy McCulloch (Doubleday Canada) >>> sequel to The Oathbreaker’s Shadow
  • The Truth About Us by Janet Gurtler (Sourcebooks Fire)
  • Uncertain Soldier by Karen Bass (Pajama Press)

  • Dark Matters: Life that needs Dark to Survive and Thrive by Joan Marie Galat  (Red Deer Press)
  • Look Where We Live! A First Book of Community Building by Scott Ritchie (Kids Can Press)
  • My Name Is Arnaktauyok: The Life and Art of Germaine Arnaktauyok by Germaine Arnaktauyok and Gyu Oh (Inhabit Media)
  • Never Give Up: A story about self-esteem by Kathryn Cole, illus. by Qin Leng (Second Story Press)
  • On the Shoulder of a Giant by Neil Christopher and James Nelson (Inhabit Media)
  • Reptile Flu: A Story about Communication by Kathryn Cole, illus. by Qin Leng (Second Story Press)
  • School Days Around the World by Margriet Ruurs, illus. by Alice Feagan (Kids Can Press)
  • Stories of Survival & Revenge: From Inuit Folklore by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley (Inhabit Media)
  • Trash Talk:  Moving Toward a Zero-Waste World by Michelle Mulder (Orca Book Publishers) >>> Orca Footprints collection
  • Wild Ideas:  Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking by Elin Kelsey, illus. by Soyeon Kim (Owlkids)

Picture Books
  • Butterfly Park by Elly MacKay (Running Press Kids)
  • Gerbil, Uncurled by Alison Hughes, illus. by Suzanne Del Rizzo (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • Giraffe Meets Bird by Rebecca Bender (Pajama Press) >>> third book starring Giraffe and Bird
  • Jayde the Jaybird by Brandee Bublé, illus. by Eliska Liska (Simply Read Books)
  • Jessie’s Island by Sheryl McFarlane, illus. by Sheena Lott (Orca Book Publishers) >>> re-issue
  • King of Keji by Jan Coates, illus. by Patsy MacKinnon (Nimbus Publishing)
  • A Lesson for a Wolf by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, illus. by Alan Cook (Inhabit Media)
  • Nut and Bolt by Nicole De Cock (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • Sea Glass Summer by Heidi Jardine Stoddart (Nimbus) 
  • Song for a Summer Night by Robert Heidbreder, illus. by Qin Leng (Groundwood)
  • That Squeak by Carolyn Beck, illus. by Francois Thisdale (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • Swimming, Swimming by Gary Clement (Groundwood)
  • This is Sadie by Sara O’Leary, illus. by Julie Morstad (Tundra)
  • The Tweedles Go Online by Monica Kulling, illus. by Marie LaFrance (Groundwood) >>> sequel to The Tweedles Go Electric  n.b. Rescheduled for April 
  • Where are My Books? by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Simon & Schuster)

  • Bagels the Brave by Joan Betty Stuchner, illus. by Dave Whamond (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Learning the Ropes by Monique Polak (Orca Book Publishers) >>> Orca Limelights collection
  • The Mosquito Brothers by Griffin Ondaatje, illus. by Erica Salcedo (Groundwood)
  • Saving Crazy by Karen Hood-Caddy (Dundurn)
  • Thor's Serpents by K. L. Armstrong and M. A. Marr (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)≫ Book 3 in the Blackwell Pages which includes Loki's Wolves and Odin's Ravens

Young Adult
  • Charmed by Michelle Krys (Doubleday) >>> sequel to Hexed
  • The Clouded Sky by Megan Crewe (Razorbill) >>> Book 2 in Earth & Sky series
  • In Search of Sam by Kristin Butcher (Dundurn)
  • Lake in the Clouds by Edward Willett (Coteau) ≫ Book 3 in Shards of Excalibur series
  • Merit Birds by Kelley Powell (Dundurn)
  • Say You Will by Eric Walters (Doubleday)
  • SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly) >>> graphic novel
  • We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen (Tundra)

  • Be a Beach Detective: Solving the Mysteries of Seas, Sands and Surf by Peggy Kochanoff (Nimbus)
  • Do You Know Rhinoceros? by Alain M. Bergeron, Michel Quentin and Sampar, illus. by Sampar (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • Do You Know Tigers? by Alain M. Bergeron, Michel Quentin and Sampar, illus. by Sampar (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) 
  • Painted Skies by Carolyn Mallory, illus. by Amei Zhao (Inhabit Media)

Picture Books
  • Down Here by Valerie Sherrard, illus. by Isabelle Malenfant (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

  • Dead Man’s Boot by Eric Murphy (Dancing Cat Books)
  • Sammy and the Headless Horseman by Rona Arato (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

Young Adult
  • A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes (Razorbill) >>> Book 1 of companion series to Falling Kingdoms series
  • Crash by Eve Silver (Katherine Tegen) >>> The Game Book 3

And just as a teaser...

Picture Books
  • All Year Round by Emilie Leduc, translated by Shelley Tanaka (Groundwood)
  • The (Almost) Everything Book by Julie Morstad (Simply Read Books)
  • Buddy and Earl by Maureen Fergus, illus. by Carey Sookocheff (Groundwood)
  • Bug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt (Tundra)
  • Grant and Tilley Go Walking by Monica Kulling, illus. by Sydney Smith (Groundwood) >>> about artist Grant Wood
  • Kyle Goes Alone by Jan Thornhill, illus. by Ashley Barron (Owlkids)
  • Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel (Groundwood)
  • When Santa was a Baby by Linda Bailey, illus. by Geneviève Godbout (Tundra)
  • The Yoga Game in the Garden by Kathy Belliveau, illus. by Denise Holmes (Simply Read Books)

  • The Nest by Kenneth Oppel, illus. by Jon Klassen (Simon & Schuster)
  • A Pocket Full of Murder by R. J. Anderson (Atheneum) >>> Book 1 in new series Uncommon Magic

Young Adult
  • 250 Hours by Colleen Nelson (Coteau)
  • The Asp by B. R. Myers (Fierce Ink Press)
  • Seven Secrets (Orca Book Publishers) by Marthe Jocelyn, Vicki Grant, Teresa Toten, Kelley Armstrong, Norah McClintock, Kathy Kacer and Eric Walters

I'll be back in June for a more complete list of summer and then fall books set for release. And if you find these posts of some value, consider subscribing to the blog.  It's free!

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    April 2015