January 19, 2018

The Snake Mistake Mystery: The Great Mistake Mysteries, Book 3

Written by Sylvia McNicoll
Dundurn Press
978-1-45973-973-4
224 pp.
Ages 9-12
January 2018
But my mind tries to sort through all the details that float through my thoughts: a missing snake, an empty ring box, spray-painted cars, a stolen phone and laptop, a stolen Mr. Universe medal.  What do they have in common? Not Noble Dog Walking. Can't just be Noble Dog Walking. (pg. 89)
As in The Best Mistake Mystery, the first book in Sylvia McNicoll's Great Mistakes Mysteries, there are plenty of mistakes to be made and a new collection of mysteries to be revealed and solved.  And Stephen Noble and best friend Renée Kobai who walk dogs for his father's dog walking company are on it.  If they could just keep Noble Dog Walking from being blamed for all the mishaps, some criminal, happening in their Brant Hills neighbourhood, then Dad wouldn't lose all his clients and he wouldn't have to give up and take on telemarketing from home.  That's a lot of what ifs but Stephen and Renée are an astute pair of twelve-year-olds who take note of much in their neighbourhood: suspicious vehicles, coincidences, human and animal behaviour. If anyone can solve all the mysteries within The Snake Mistake Mystery, they can.

When a powerful storm hits, Stephen is instructed by his flight attendant mom to check on King, the pet of a new neighbour.  But with a power outage, Stephen and Renée are delayed and by the time they access the house via a hidden key, they find the ball python gone. When the kids return to Stephen's, they learn Mrs. Irwin, the owner of five Yorkies, has accused Noble Dog Walking of leaving her door unlocked and allowing the theft of a Mr. Universe gold medal while Mr. Mason, a former client, claims his cell phone and laptop disappeared because they still had a key to his house. Knowing none of these crimes have anything to do with them, Stephen is determined to find the culprit, hoping to solve the mystery, plus a few more, while he and Renée determine how to locate and capture a missing snake.

At every turn around the neighbourhood, there is something else either going amiss or being revealed.  With a motley band of neighbours–their techie friend Reuven; Renée's brother Attila and his girlfriend Star, both taggers; artists Mr. Kowalski and Mrs. Irwin; Principal Watier and her love interest Mr. Sawyer; skateboarders Serge Watier and Red; Mr. Mason; the Bennetts; Mr. Ron and his mother; the wacky Janet Lacey of the Burlington Animal Shelter; neighbourhood patrol Mr. Rupert–there are plenty of suspects for the crimes and just as many red herrings.  Add to that an assortment of canine friends, including leads Ping, a Jack Russell, and Pong, a greyhound, and The Snake Mistake Mystery is a whodunit with a colourful cast and entertaining riddles. Fortunately, like the multiple leads of a professional dog walker, the plot lines may get twisted but there is much satisfaction when all are straightened out.

While Sylvia McNicoll writes superb young adult fiction (e.g., Crush. Candy. Corpse., 2012; Dying to Go Viral, 2013; Best Friends Through Eternity, 2015), with strong characters and intriguing plots, her middle-grade fiction is outstanding, giving readers fun adventures, compelling mysteries and real characters.  She knows what will get readers interested and she delivers.  And did I mention the bounty of animals that round out the cast of The Snake Mistake Mystery?  Of course there are the dogs of the Noble Dog Walking, both current and former clients, but there are lots of cats up for adoption, mice as bait and pets, and a ball python.  In fact, while Sylvia McNicoll makes reference to snakes in the news, it is her attribution of Stephen and Renée having read Snake in My Toilet that is wonderful and deeply personal. I can't think of a nicer way to honour her dear friend and author Gisela Tobien Sherman who passed away unexpectedly last year.  She'd probably be chuffed to know her snake found a place with that of Sylvia McNicoll's in an adventure in which middle-graders succeed where adults mess up.
The Great Mistake Mysteries

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There's a short video that was uploaded just days ago to celebrate the release of The Snake Mistake Mystery.  It features a reading by author Sylvia McNicoll and her own Mortie, the model for the book's Ping. Do check it out (as well as Sylvia McNicoll's cool Jack Russell pin)!
Uploaded on January 14, 2018 by Sylvia McNicoll to YouTube.

January 17, 2018

Sukaq and the Raven

by Roy Goose and Kerry McCluskey
Artwork by Soyeon Kim
Inhabit Media
978-1-77227-139-3
36 pp.
Ages 5-7
October 2017

Little Sukaq who lives in Apex, Nunavut is sweet and fast and loves hearing stories from his anaana as he drifts off to sleep.  His favourite story is an Inuit tale of the raven creating the universe.
From Sukaq and the Raven 
by Roy Goose and Kerry McCluskey 
illus. by Soyeon Kim
In the best of storytelling traditions, his anaana (mother) tells him that she'd "heard from a friend of mine, who heard it from his grandmother, who also heard it from someone else. This story is very, very old." (pg. 7)  As she tells him of the biggest raven that ever existed, Sukaq closes his eyes and imagines himself on the back of the raven, flying through the night sky.  As the raven glides through the cold sky, snow gathering on his wings, he flings a giant snowball off and creates a place upon which he can rest. And so Earth is made.
From Sukaq and the Raven 
by Roy Goose and Kerry McCluskey
 illus. by Soyeon Kim
Then the raven, seeking light, pecks at the ground whereupon a plant begins to grow. From this plant, the raven grabs something bright and tosses it into the air for warmth and light.  When that sun sets, the raven wants light in the dark so he pecks at the ground again and from a new emerging plant derives a shiny object which, when flung into the sky, becomes the moon.

Finally, the raven seeks a partner. Pecking at the ground one last time, he reveals a new plant emerging with a woman inside. But before he can be a true partner, he must transform from raven to man in blue parka, expertly depicted by artist Soyeon Kim.

Inuit storyteller Roy Goose shared this story with writer Kerry McCluskey when she researched her first book Tulugaq: An Oral History of Ravens (Inhabit Media, 2013) and now the story has new wings to share with others beyond the Arctic. By telling an origin story with a little boy dreaming of accompanying the giant raven as it creates the universe brings the story from legend to something more personal and even bigger.  But it's Soyeon Kim's dioramic illustrations that propel Sukaq and the Raven into even greater depths of storytelling.  Though the art may appear to be collages, Soyeon Kim actually crafts three-dimensional dioramas of scenes for the picture books she illustrates.  You can appreciate the true complexity of her dioramas on her website www.kimsoyeonart.com.  From Sukaq's home landscape of northern lights, colourful houses and flying ravens to the cold of a dark sky and the emerging plants that bring forth elements of the universe, Soyeon Kim breathes life into the story, taking it from just text to a full-bodied story as might have been heard from Roy Goose himself.
From Sukaq and the Raven 
by Roy Goose and Kerry McCluskey 
illus. by Soyeon Kim

January 12, 2018

Elisapee and Her Baby Seagull

Written by Nancy Mike
Illustrated by Charlene Chua
Inhabit Media
978-1-77227-166-9
40 pp.
Ages 4-7
November 2017

When her father Livee brings home a baby seagull, seven-year-old Elisapee adopts it, calling it Naujaaraq or Nau for short.  She adores the little bird, caring for it as a mother would: making a soft bed for it and gathering sculpins and other food to feed it.  As Nau grows and begins to accompany Elisapee outdoors, they realizes they must encourage Nau to learn to fly.  After a few attempts, Nau takes to the air and even joins other seagulls, returning nightly.  Giving Nau a pink ribbon for her foot, Elisapee is delighted to be able to pick out Nau amongst the other gulls. And then a few days pass and Nau never returns.  Learning about loss is a hard lesson for Elisapee but one she accepts, rich in memories and understanding for the wildlife of the Arctic.
From Elisapee and Her Baby Seagull 
by Nancy Mike 
illus. by Charlene Chua
Only in the Arctic, a world of sculpins and krill, tundra and brilliant northern lights, could the story of Elisapee and Her Baby Seagull be as real as it is.  Most children will have brought home a found animal or injured bird to tend at home until time to let it go but Elisapee with the help of her little brother Jimi extends her care for Nau beyond the norm.  She gathers food along the shore, she draws pictures of the seagull, and she doesn't squirrel it away in her house to ensure it never leaves her, as some children may be want to do.  Elisapee is a mother in spirit and action, knowing the time would come for her little one to leave the nest, and, though it saddens her, she accepts it as a part of life.

This is Nancy Mike's first picture book and it is based on a childhood experience in Nunavut.  Her devotion to Nau and delight in her is palpable, raising the story from one about removing an animal from its habitat, as might be the case here in southern Ontario, to one of fostering a little one until it is ready to leave the nest and be with its own kind.  Charlene Chua, who illustrated previously-reviewed Akilak's Adventure (2016) and Fishing with Grandma (2016), brings that wide-eyed wonder and adoration to life in her artwork.  She also embeds the story in an Arctic environment and Inuit culture, making it all the more authentic.  

The beautiful spirit that Elisapee remembers as Nau is there in the story too.  It is the spirit of childhood and home, all the more memorable for being shared with the feathered and non-feathered.
From Elisapee and Her Baby Seagull 
by Nancy Mike 
illus. by Charlene Chua

January 11, 2018

The Defiant: Book launch (Toronto, ON)

It's almost here!


The sequel to
The Valiant
 Written by Lesley Livingston
HarperCollins
978-1-44344-628-0
372 pp.
Ages 13+
February 2017


is launching next month!



Book 2 in Lesley Livingston's historical fantasy
 about a female gladiator 


The Defiant
Written by Lesley Livingston
HarperCollins
978-1-44344-631-0
384 pp.
Ages 13+
Out January 23, 2018

launches

on


Thursday, February 8, 2018

at

7:00 pm 

at 

Dominion Pub and Kitchen
500 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON


This event is open to all ages. 

There will be:
live music
light refreshments
and
books on sale courtesy of Bakka-Phoenix Books.



The promotional synopsis on HarperCollins Canada's website tells this of The Defiant's story:

Fallon was warned.

Now she is about to pay the price for winning the love of the Roman people as Caesar’s victorious gladiatrix.

Fallon thought she’d won her freedom, but choosing to stay comes at a cost. She and her warrior sisters are thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy. In the middle of the night, the Ludus Achillea falls under siege and only Fallon and a lucky few are able to flee.

Together, they embark on a mission to take back the home Fallon has fought so hard for, and to free their fellow gladiatrices. But dark conspiracies and vicious power struggles confront Fallon at every turn, threatening not just her honor and her love for Roman soldier Cai, but the very heart of the ancient Roman empire.

On the journey that will define her future, the only people who might possibly help the girl known as Victrix and her sisters are a tribe of long-forgotten mythic Amazon warriors.

The only trouble is, they might just kill her first.


January 10, 2018

Don't Tell the Enemy

Written by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Scholastic Canada
978-1-4431-2839-1
184 pp.
Ages 10-14
January 2018

The Soviets have oppressed the Ukrainian homeland of twelve-year-old Krystia Fediuk for centuries but their occupation since 1939 has been a reign of terror for the Ukrainians, Poles and Jews in the town of Viteretz with appropriation of homes, imposed hunger, deportation to slave camps and execution.  With the Germans marching into Ukraine in 1941 and the Soviets fleeing, there are initial hopes and even proclamations of Ukrainian independence.  But the good spirits that come with the egress of their oppressors and the bestowing of food, as well as the opening of the church, are soon suspended as the Nazis begin to show their true objectives.

Krystia, her younger sister Maria and their mother Kateryna live amongst a diverse neighbourhood of Jewish, Ukrainian and Polish families of both modest and wealthier means and a Catholic church with resident priest, surrounded by farms.  Some residents are already gone, whether deported to Siberian slave camps, executed by trigger-happy Soviets or in hiding from the Soviet secret police, the NKVD, like Krystia's Uncle Ivan.  Regardless of atrocities, life must go on, and that includes taking their cow Krasa to pasture daily, tending to the garden, feeding the chickens and fetching water, always keeping their heads down to avoid suffering the wrath of the Soviets.  But when the Germans roll in, their community begins to change in different ways.  In addition to the Nazis, refugees from Germany as well as Volksdeutsche–ethnic Germans from Slav countries–begin to flood the area and force the displacement of residents.  Then the summons from Commandant Hermann begin, first naming a hundred Jewish men and declaring them to be murderers of those imprisoned by Soviets. The community is stunned when the men are shot and amassed in a single grave. 

The terror of the Nazis escalates with their acceptance of Aryan, German and Volksdeutsche as The Master Race and all others as subhuman, with particular targetting of the Jewish people, both in mass executions and then segregation into a Jewish Ghetto.  After her Auntie Iryna goes to live with the insurgents in their forest encampment, Krystia takes on the role of courier of photos and falsified documentation.  With food rationed to starvation levels, fines imposed for random acts and their Jewish friends in danger of imminent death, Krystia and her mother take increasing risks to survive and help their friends and family. 
...that the way to honor our family and friends was to be strong and to live and to tell their stories. (pg. 177)
Based on the true story of Kateryna Sikorska and her daughter Krystia Korpan, Don't Tell the Enemy reveals the often overlooked position of Ukraine during World War II when the terrorism historically imposed by the Soviets escalated to horrors which many believed would be appeased by the Germans.  But invasion is invasion and oppression is still that.  The shift from the Soviets persecuting all in their community to the brutality levelled by the Nazis against the Jewish people and those who might help them is especially tragic.  A simple life of family and work now becomes an exercise in survival and even more perilous with the pitting of groups of people.  No one should have to choose.  While some appear to do so easily and heartlessly, there are others like Krystia and her family who demonstrate incredible courage and resilience in the face of death and fear.  Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch in her author's notes mentions that she almost wrote this as a piece of non-fiction but chose to tell it as a fictionalized account to do the story justice.  She chose well and admirably tells a story that needs to be read to appreciate the circumstances of those living in western Ukraine during World War II when enemies were plentiful, dangers ubiquitous, survival precarious and a few good people could make all the difference.

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Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch launches Don't Tell the Enemy next week in Brantford Ontario.  The author is a passionate speaker and sure to captivate attendees with her reading and sharing of writing this new book.  Details about the launch are provided here.

January 08, 2018

The Word Collector

Written and illustrated by Peter Hamilton Reynolds
Orchard Books (Scholastic)
978-0-545-86502-9
40 pp.
Ages 4-8
January 2018

Kids love collecting things: shells, stones, coins, marbles, stuffies. Like most, collecting starts quite naturally, one here, another there, and soon the collection grows.  What they do with that collection is as variable as the items collected.  The lovely Jerome of The Word Collector takes a unique perspective on his collecting and one to which all collectors should aspire.

Jerome loves picking up words wherever he finds them: those he hears, words he sees and some he reads.  Why he is drawn to a word ranges from those that grab his attention because of their sounds or their meaning.  Regardless he amasses quite a collection of words which he needs to organize.  But while transporting a colossal stack of books and boxes of his organized words, he slips and they tumble into a chaotic mess.  But Jerome sees beauty in the unusual combinations of words which he translates into poetry and music and by expressing to others.
From The Word Collector 
by Peter Hamilton Reynolds
By recognizing the profound impact his words can have on how others think, feel and dream, Jerome expands on sharing his growing collection.
Jerome 
had no words 
to describe how happy 
that made him.
Squirrelling away a collection of treasures brings a certain joy but Peter H. Reynolds recognizes that a shared collection is a better collection.  No longer is the collection the realm of the individual but instead it becomes part of a community of aesthetes who appreciate the collection's elements in the myriad of ways.  The illustration of countless and diverse children grabbing words like "honor", "resilience", "hope" and "promise" supports Peter H. Reynolds' message of appreciation and creativity and empathy. Words are powerful and all the more for being shared in thoughtful texts like The Word Collector and illustrated with cheerful artwork of Jerome and others amongst the fluttering murmurations of words.

I'll leave the final words to author-illustrator Peter H. Reynolds whose own words inspire readers to more.
From endpapers for The Word Collector 
by Peter Hamilton Reynolds

January 05, 2018

Middle Bear

Written by Susanna Isern
Illustrated by Manon Gauthier
Kids Can Press
978-1-77138-842-9
34 pp.
Ages 3-7
October 2017

Reminiscent of the tale of the three bears, a middle-sized bear learns that he is neither too large nor too small to take on a challenge.  In fact, he's better than just right.
Retrieved from https://www.behance.net/gallery/25738405/Mediano-spain-2014 on January 5, 2018. 
The middle bear of three brothers understands well his place in his family.
He was not big, but he was not small, either.  Neither strong nor weak, neither tall nor short, neither a lot nor a little...
He accepted that his were middle-sized things–bicycles, umbrellas, clothes, dishes–but he didn't necessarily want to be the middle child as it made him sad sometimes.
From Middle Bear 
by Susanna Isern
illus. by Manon Gauthier
But when his parents fall ill and need willow bark, it is the middle bear who is able to fulfil the task, with the support of his siblings, simply by being neither the heaviest nor the smallest.
He was the middle one.
And being the middle one, he could do all sorts of things: small things, middle-sized things and big things, too.
Spanish writer Susanna Isern's story (originally published as Mediano in 2014) about the angst of the middle child becoming self-aware is simple and yet profound, all the more so for Manon Gauthier's cut paper collage illustrations. The artwork of predominantly sombre colours imbues an atmosphere of steadfastness in the bears' lives, complementing the three brothers' acceptance of their places.  However, Manon Gauthier's art demonstrates, with hints of rose and orange, blue and green, that there is lightness and opportunity for accepting something different.
Retrieved from https://www.behance.net/gallery/25738405/Mediano-spain-2014
on January 5, 2018.
Middle children, of which I am one, may not always know that they don't have to be relegated to a middling position of vagueness, and books like Middle Bear are great tools for inspiring young children, especially middle ones.  Middle children and bears should, and we do, aspire to be whatever they choose, big or small or in between.


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Because I wanted readers to see how beautiful the double spread illustrations were, I shared several images from Manon Gauthier's Behance website at https://www.behance.net/manongauthier.  Because scanning a bound book does injustice to the illustrations, I chose to show readers the original artwork, in all its glory and sans distracting divides.  I hope readers and Manon Gauthier forgive me this indulgence.

January 01, 2018

Upcoming Releases for Winter and Spring 2018


Every season brings the promise of new books.  Some are new books in much loved series (e.g., Immortal Reign, Book 6 in Morgan Rhodes's Falling Kingdom series; Julia Unbound, the conclusion to Catherine Egan's Witch's Child trilogy; and The Defiant, the sequel to Lesley Livingston's The Valiant); some are new genres from familiar authors (e.g., picture books from Caroline Pignat and Deborah Kerbel, and a graphic novel from Dave Whamond); some are debut titles (e.g., The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray); and some are simply new titles from authors whose work I've admired for many years (e.g., Sadia by Colleen Nelson, Don't Tell the Enemy by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch and Good Night, Good Night by Dennis Lee).  All hold the promise of taking readers to new and exciting places and times to be touched, frightened, amused, entertained, excited, romanced and educated.  Happy reading!








Picture Books
Get Me Another One! by Robert Munsch, illus. by Mike Boldt (Scholastic Canada)
Hop Into Bed by Nicholas Oldland (North Winds Press)
The Pink Umbrella by Amélie Callot, illus. by Geneviève Godbout (Tundra)
The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds (Orchard Books)

Fiction
The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim: Monster by Shane Peacock (Tundra)>>>sequel to The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim
Don't Tell the Enemy by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (Scholastic Canada)
The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic Canada)
Princess Angelica, Camp Catastrophe by Monique Polak, illus. by Jane Heinrichs (Orca)>>>Orca Echoes
Running on Empty by Sonja Spreen Bates (Orca)>>>Orca Sports
Shadow by Mere Joyce (Orca)>>>Orca Currents
The Snake Mistake Mystery by Sylvia McNicoll (Dundurn)>>>Book 3 in The Great Mistake Mysteries
Supergifted by Gordon Korman (Scholastic Canada)>>>sequel to Ungifted
True Blue by Sigmund Brouwer and Cindy Morgan (Orca)>>>Orca Limelights
Upside Down Magic #4: Dragon Overnight by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins (Scholastic)
Whiteout by W. C. Mack (Scholastic)
Winter Road by Kristin Butcher (Orca)>>>Orca Currents

Young Adult
Don't Cosplay with My Heart by Cecil Castellucci (Scholastic)
Impossible by Jocelyn Shipley (Orca)>>>Orca Soundings
Kryptonite by Lesley Choyce (Orca)>>>Orca Soundings
Learning Seventeen by Brooke Carter (Orca)>>>Orca Soundings
Solomon's Ring by Mary Jennifer Payne (Dundurn)>>>Daughters of Light Book 2

Non-Fiction
From the Heart of Africa: A Book of Wisdom compiled by Eric Walters (Tundra)







Picture Books
Good Night, Good Night by Dennis Lee, illus. by Qin Leng (HarperCollins)
Sakura's Cherry Blossoms by Robert Paul Weston, illus. by Misa Saburi (Tundra)
Sleepy Bird by Jeremy Tankard (Scholastic)>>>newest volume that started with Grumpy Bird
Surfer Dog by Eric Walters, illus. by Eugenie Fernandes (Orca)

Fiction
Heartwood Hotel Book 3: Better Together by Kallie George, illus. by Stephanie Graegin (Disney-Hyperion)
The Ice Chips and the Magical Rink by Roy MacGregor and Kerry MacGregor (HarperCollins Canada)>>>first book in a new series
Leatherback Blues by Karen Hood-Caddy (Dundurn)>>>newest The Wild Place Adventure Series book
Oculum by Philippa Dowding (Dancing Cat Books)
Sparks by Ian Boothby, illus. by Nina Matsumoto (Scholastic Graphix)
The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray by E. Latimer (Tundra)
Tank & Fizz:  The Case of Firebane's Folly by Liam O'Donnell, illus. by Mike Deas (Orca)>>>fourth book in Tank & Fizz hybrid graphic novel series
Where's Burgess? by Laurie Elmquist, illus. by David Parkins (Orca)>>>Orca Echoes

Young Adult
The 11th Hour by Kristine Scarrow (Dundurn)
The Defiant by Lesley Livingstone (HarperCollins Canada)>>>sequel to The Valiant
Fourth Dimension by Eric Walters (Penguin)>>>A Rule of Three book
Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes (Razorbill)>>>Book 5 in Falling Kingdoms series
Sadia by Colleen Nelson (Dundurn)
Shark by Jeff Ross (Orca)>>>Orca Soundings
Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (Penguin)

Non-Fiction
Bloom: A Story of Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear, illus. by Julie Morstad (Tundra)
Can Your Outfit Change the World by Erinne Paisley (Orca)>>>A PopActivism book
Holi Colors by Rina Singh (Orca)>>>board book about Holi
On Our Street: Our First Talk about Poverty by Dr. Jillian Roberts and Jaime Casap, illus. by Jane Heinrichs (Orca)>>>new book in The World Around Us series
Passover Family by Monique Polak (Orca)>>>board book about Passover
Rising Seas: Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World by Keltie Thomas (Firefly Books)









Picture Books
Bed Tales by Brigitte Waisburg, illus. by Ariana Koultourides (Annick)>>>board book in Big Kid Books series
The Better Tree Fort by Jessica Scott Kerrin, illus. by Qin Leng (Groundwood)
Blue Rider by Geraldo Valério (Groundwood)
Crackerjack Jack by Bowman Wilker, illus. by Marie-Ève Tremblay (Owlkids)
A Fire Truck for Chuck by Annika Dunklee, illus. by Cathon (Owlkids)
Forest Baby by Laurie Elmquist, illus. by Shantala Robinson (Orca)
The Good-Pie Party by Liz Garton Scanlon, illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton (Scholastic)
Mr. Mergler, Beethoven, and Me by David Gutnik, illus. by Mathilde Cinq-Mars (Second Story Press)
Not 'Til Tomorrow, Phoebe by Julie Zwilich, illus. by Denise Holmes (Owlkids)>>>return of Phoebe from Phoebe Sounds It Out
Shirt Tales by Brigitte Waisburg, illus. by Ariana Koultourides (Annick)>>>board book in Big Kid Books series
Sugar and Snails by Sarah Tsiang, illus. by Sonja Wimmer (Annick)
Toilet Tales by Brigitte Waisburg, illus. by Ariana Koultourides (Annick)>>>board book in Big Kid Books series
Trampoline Boy by Nan Forler, illus. by Marion Arbona (Tundra)
What Happens Next by Susan Hughes, illus. by Carey Sookocheff (Owlkids)
Where's Bunny? by Theo Heras, illus. by Renné Benoit (Pajama Press)
Who Can? by Charles Ghigna, illus. by Vlasta van Kampen (Orca)

Fiction
Alex and The Other by Philippa Dowding (Dundurn)>>>new title in Weird Stories Gone Wrong series
Casting Lily by Holly Bennett (Orca)>>>Orca Limelights
Kasey & Ivy by Alison Hughes (Orca)
The King's Shilling by David Starr (Ronsdale)>>>sequel to The Nor'Wester
Olga: We're Out of Here by Elise Gravel (HarperCollins)>>>new graphic novel in Olga series
On the Other Side of the Garden by Jairo Buitrago and Elisa Amado, illus. by Rafael Yockteng (Groundwood)
A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers (Algonquin)
Slip Jig Summer by Elizabeth J.M. Walker (Orca)>>>Orca Currents
Soapstone Porcupine by Jeff Pinkney, illus. by Darlene Gait (Orca)>>>Orca Echoes
The Sound of Freedom by Kathy Kacer (Annick)
Timo Goes Camping by Victoria Allenby, illus. by Dean Griffiths (Pajama Press)
Terra Nova by Shane Arbuthnott (Orca)
Tournament Trouble by Sylv Chiang (Annick)>>>first book in new series Cross Ups
A World Below by Wesley King (Simon & Schuster)

Young Adult
Big Water by Andrea Curtis (Orca)
Escalate by Sigmund Brouwer (Orca)>>>new title in Retribution series
Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones (Annick)
Ophelia by Charlotte Gingras, illus. by Daniel Sylvestre, trans. by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou (Groundwood)

Non-Fiction
Bat Citizens: Defending the Ninjas of the Night by Rob Laidlaw (Pajama Press)
Fania's Heart by Anne Renaud, illus. by Richard Rudnicki (Second Story Press)
Food Science by Lina Scarpellini (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
Going Wild: Helping Nature Thrive in Cities by Michelle Mulder (Orca)>>>Orca Footprints
How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids by Carol Pasternak (Firefly Books)
Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting by Ausma Zehanat Khan (Orca)>>>Orca Origins
The Seal Garden by Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read (Orca)
Super Cats: True Stories of Felines that Made History by Elizabeth MacLeod (Annick)









Picture Books
Ben and the Scaredy-Dog by Sarah Ellis, illus. by Kim LaFave (Pajama Press)>>>newest book in Ben series
The Day Dad Joined My Soccer Team by Maureen Fergus, illus. by Mike Lowery (Kids Can Press)
Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest by Sarah Hampson, illus. by Kass Reich (Kids Can Press)
EveryBody's Different on EveryBody Street by Sheree Fitch, illus. by Emma Fitzgerald (Nimbus)
Grains of Sand by Sibylle Delacroix, trans. by Karen Li (Owlkids)
Harry's Hiccups by Jean Little, illus. by Joe Weissmann (Orca)
Little Brothers & Little Sisters by Monica Arnaldo (Owlkids)
The Magician's Secret by Zachary Hyman, illus. by Joe Bluhm (Tundra)
My Teacher's Not Here! by Lana Button, illus. by Christine Battuz (Kids Can Press)
Poetree by Caroline Pignat, illus. by François Thisdale (Red Deer Press)
Rooster Summer by Robert Heidbreder, illus. by Madeline Kloepper (Groundwood)
Swimming with Seals by Maggie de Vries, illus. by Janice Kun (Orca)
Ten Cents a Pound by Nhung N. Tran-Davies, illus. by José Bisaillon (Second Story Press)
Time for Bed by Carol McDougall (Nimbus)
Tinkle, Tinkle, Little Star by Chris Tougas (Kids Can Press)
Toesy Toes by Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang (Orca)>>>board book
Tree Song by Tiffany Stone, illus. by Holly Hatam (Annick)
Wallpaper by Thao Lam (Owlkids)
Wash On! by Michele Marineau, illus. by Manon Gauthier (Pajama Press)

Fiction
Daredevil Morgan by Ted Staunton, illus. by Bill Slavin (Lorimer)
Ebb and Flow by Heather T. Smith (Kids Can Press)
The Fake-Chicken Kung Fu Fighting Blues by Aaron Lam, illus. by Kean Soo (Lorimer)
Freerunner by David Trifunov (Lorimer)
Krista Kim-Bap by Angela Ahn (Second Story Press)
Morgan on Ice by Ted Staunton, illus. by Bill Slavin (Lorimer)
Morgan's Got Game by Ted Staunton, illus. by Bill Slavin (Lorimer)
Nick the Sidekick by Dave Whamond (Kids Can Press)>>>first graphic novel from award-winning author-illustrator Dave Whamond
Sliding Home by Joyce Grant (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer Sports Stories
Whatever After #11: Two Peas in a Pod by Sarah Mlynowski (Scholastic)

Young Adult
Black Chuck by Regan McDonell (Orca)
The Call of the Rift: Flight by Jae Waller (ECW Press)>>>new series
Gang Girl by Nancy Miller (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer SideStreets
The Goodbye Girls by Lisa Harrington (Nimbus)
Just Julian by Markus Harwood-Jones (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer Real Love
Romeo for Real by Markus Harwood-Jones (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer Real Love
Simone: Even More Monstrous! by Rémy Simard (Owlkids)
Trouble Never Sleeps by Stephanie Tromley (Kathy Dawson Books)>>>third book in Trouble series that started with Trouble is a Friend of Mine and Trouble Makes a Comeback

Non-Fiction
Be a City Nature Detective: Solving the Mysteries of How Plants and Animals Survive in the Urban Jungle by Peggy Kochanoff (Nimbus)
Better Together: Creating Community in an Uncertain World by Nikki Tate (Orca)>>>Orca Footprints
Carey Price: How a First Nations kid became a superstar goaltender by Catherine Rondina (Lorimer)
Exploring the Wild Coast with Sam and Crystal by Gloria Snively, illus. by Karen Gillmore (Heritage House)
Exploring the Rocky Shore with Sam and Crystal by Gloria Snively, illus. by Karen Gillmore (Heritage House)
Haunted Canada #8: More Chilling True Tales by Joel E. Sutherland (Scholastic Canada)
Look at the Weather by Britta Teckentrup, trans. by Shelley Tanaka (Owlkids)
Might Mission Machines: From Rockets to Rovers by Dave Williams (Annick)>>>newest in Dr. Dave Astronaut series
The Promise by Pnina Bat Zvi and Margie Wolfe, illus. by Isabelle Cardinal (Second Story Press)
There Be Pirates! Swashbucklers & Rogues of the Atlantic by Joann Hamilton-Barry (Nimbus)
Trash Revolution: Breaking the Waste Cycle by Erica Fyvie, illus. by Bill Slavin (Kids Can Press)
The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow by Jan Thornhill (Groundwood)
Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs by Susan Hughes, illus. by Valérie Boivin (Kids Can Press)
When We Were Shadows by Janet Wees (Second Story Press)









Picture Books
Anne's Colors: Inspired by Anne of Green Gables by Kelly Hill (Tundra)>>>board book
Anne's Numbers: Inspired by Anne of Green Gables by Kelly Hill (Tundra)>>>board book
The Bagel King by Andrew Larsen, illus. Sandy Nichols (Kids Can Press)
Hedge Hog by Ashlyn Anstee (Tundra)
I Love You Like... by Lori Joy Smith (Owlkids)
Nothing Happens in This Book by Judy Ann Sadler, illus. by Vigg Vigg (Kids Can Press)
The Outlaw by Nancy Vo (Groundwood)
Red Sky at Night by Elly Mackay (Tundra)
Square by Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassesn (Candlewick)
Sun Dog by Deborah Kerbel, illus. by Suzanne Del Rizzo (Pajama Press)
When Wolves Howl by Georgia Graham (Red Deer Press)
Zoom Along by Jessica Phillips (Kids Can Press)

Fiction
Becca Fair and Foul by Deidre Baker (Groundwood)>>>sequel to Becca at Sea
Enid Strange by Meghan Rose Allen (Dancing Cat Books)
Gordon: Bark to the Future! by Ashley Spires (Kids Can Press)>>>new graphic novel A P.U.R.S.T. Adventure
The Hollow Under the Tree by Cary Fagan (Groundwood)
Jay and Sass: How to Spot a Sasquatch by J. Torres, illus. by Aurélie Grand (Owlkids)
Kiddo by Cynthia Nugent (Tradewind)
Knock About with the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding, illus. by Sydney Smith (Tundra)
Missing Mike by Shari Green (Pajama Press)
My Deal with the Universe by Deborah Kerbel (Scholastic Canada)
The Mystery of Ireland's Eye by Shane Peacock (Nimbus)>>>rerelease of A Dylan Maples Adventure
Piper by Jacqueline Halsey (Nimbus)
The Princess Dolls by Ellen Schwartz, illus. by Mariko Ando (Tradewind)
Secrets of Sable Island by Marcia Pierce Harding (Nimbus)
Skating Over Thin Ice by Jean Mills (Red Deer Press)
Talking to the Moon by Jan Coates (Red Deer Press)
Whatshisface by Gordon Korman (Scholastic)
The Whirlpool by Laurel Croza, illus. by Kelsey Garrity-Riley (Groundwood)

Young Adult
Adele's Garden by Linda Amyot, trans. by Norman Cornett (Coteau)
Crimson by Arthur Slade (HarperCollins)
Cross Fire: An Exo Novel by Fonda Lee (Scholastic)
Death by Dinosaur: A Sam Stellar Mystery by Jacqueline Guest (Coteau)>>>first book in new series
Fifteen Point Nine by Holly Dobbie (Dancing Cat Books)
Golden Hour by Chantel Guertin (ECW Press)>>>newest A Pippa Greene Novel
The Spoon Asylum by Caroline Misner (Thistledown)
Summer Constellations by Alisha Sevigny (Kids Can Press)

Non-Fiction
100 Things You Don't Know About Atlantic Canada (for Kids) by Sarah Sawler (Nimbus)
Birding for Kids A Guide to Finding, Identifying, and Photographing Birds in Your Area by Damon Calderwood (Heritage House)
Countdown to Danger: Canadian Survival by Jeff Szpirglas (Scholastic Canada)
Debating and Public Speaking by Claire Duffy (Dundurn)
Hot on the Trail in Ancient Egypt by Linda Bailey, illus. by Bill Slavin (Kids Can Press)>>>part of The Time Travel Guide series, new edition of Adventures in Ancient Egypt (2000)
Mi'kmaw Animals by Alan Syliboy (Nimbus)
See How We Move: A First Book of Health and Well-Being by Scot Ritchie (Kids Can Press)
Sharing Our Truths=Tapwe by Henry Beaver and Mindy Willett with Eileen Beaver (Fifth House)
The Space Adventurer's Guide: Your Passport to the Coolest Things to See and Do in the Universe by Peter McMahon, illus. by Josh Holinaty (Kids Can Press)
Turtle Pond by James Gladstone, illus. Karen Reczuch (Groundwood)
Winners: The New Generation of Maritime Sports Stars by Philip Croucher (Formac)









Picture Books
Fox and Raccoon by Lesley-Anne Green (Tundra)
A Halifax Time-Travelling Tune by Jan Coates, illus. by Marijke Simons (Nimbus)
If a Horse Had Words by Kelly Cooper, illus. by Lucy Eldridge (Tundra)
On My Swim by Kari-Lynn Winters, illus. by Christina Leist (Tradewind Books)

Young Adult
Julia Unbound by Catherine Egan (Doubleday Canada)>>>conclusion of Witch's Child trilogy
The Ruinous Sweep by Tim Wynne-Jones (Candlewick)

Non-Fiction
Be Prepared! The Frankie MacDonald Guide to Life, the Weather, and Everything by Frankie MacDonald and Sarah Sawler (Nimbus)