September 01, 2017

Saving Grad & Miriam's Secret: Double book launch (Edmonton, AB)

It's a double book launch!!


Join authors

Debby Waldman


Karen Spafford-Fitz

for the launch of their newest books for readers


For the middle-grade set, there's

Miriams's Secret
 Written by Debby Waldman
Orca Book Publishers
208 pp.
Ages 8-12
September 2017

In 1930 nine-year-old Miriam travels by train from Brooklyn to her grandparents' farm in upstate New York. Her grandparents are kind, generous people, but they aren't exactly ideal playmates for a lonely girl. When Miriam is not doing homework in the kitchen with Bubby or helping prepare meals for the migrant workers that Zayde hires to help out on the farm, she plays with the barn kittens born just before she arrived. Those kittens are her only friends, until the day Miriam discovers a young girl hiding in the barn. Cissy and her brother, Joe, who's one of Zayde's farm hands, are on the run from an abusive uncle back in Mississippi. Miriam and Cissy hit it off immediately. But their friendship is tested when Miriam is forced to choose between keeping a promise and doing the right thing.
Retrieved from 
on August 28, 2017.


For young adults, there's

Saving Grad
Written by Karen Spafford-Fitz
184 pp.
Ages 13-18
August 2017

Vienna is a mixed-Métis teen whose mother has moved in with a man who turns out to be racist and violent. Vienna and her mother decide to end the situation by moving to a new city. In Edmonton, where she knows no one, Vienna goes to high school for her final year. Gradually, her school and home life feel more normal and she starts making friends. She joins the committee planning the school's graduation, where her determination and decisiveness show through. When her step-father unexpectedly shows up at Vienna's grad party, threatening Vienna and two of her schoolmates, Vienna finds the strength to keep herself, her friends and her mother out of harm's way.
Retrieved from 
on August 28, 2017.


Both books launch on

October 1, 2017


2 p.m.


Audrey's Books
1002 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB

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