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Kirus: “An excellent and absorbing cautionary tale”
Kirkus and Booklist recently reviewed Lily and Taylor, a riveting novel about two girls whose newly minted friendship gives them the courage to stand up to an abusive boyfriend.
Kirkus starred review: “This no-holds-barred, suspenseful examination of domestic abuse serves as a powerful warning.
High schooler Taylor stoically identifies her older sister’s body and witnesses the end of her autopsy after her boyfriend finally beats her to death. The girl takes charge of her 6-year-old nephew, Mason, and moves away to live with her overworked grandparents. But Taylor herself is involved with a violent boyfriend. It’s a textbook abusive relationship: Devon calls her constantly and threatens to beat her, imagining that she might be involved with another boy, and although fearful, Taylor believes she loves Devon and thinks she can control him with sex. She finally makes a real friend, Lily, who falls victim with Taylor when Devon and his friend Conor raise the stakes. The boys take the girls to a remote cabin with no heat, where they hold them hostage. Rather like Devon, Moser pulls no punches in describing a realistic situation of domestic violence, presenting an alternative to Taylor’s submission in feisty Lily. The narrative frankly describes several sexual acts as the only power Taylor has over Devon. It touches on Devon’s own experience of domestic abuse at the hands of his father, demonstrating the cycle of abuse. The characterizations come across as completely believable, and the prose is absolutely gripping.
An excellent and absorbing cautionary tale. (Fiction. 14 & up)” ~Source: Kirkus Review Posted Online:July 17th, 2013 | Kirkus Reviews Issue:Aug. 1st, 2013
Booklist: “The opening line establishes the grim, violent tone: “They stuffed her brain into her chest.” In the morgue, high-school student Taylor identifies the badly beaten body of her sister, the victim of domestic violence. Living in a new town with her grandmother, Taylor befriends Lily, who radiates personal strength and resilience despite her own family tragedy. Taylor’s suspicious boyfriend, Devon, harasses her by phone, tracks her down, and accompanied by a friend, abducts Taylor and Lily to a remote cabin. Armed with a rifle, Devon keeps them imprisoned, physically abusing Taylor until the young women fight back. Told from an omniscient point of view, alternating chapters focus on each title character. As each recalls significant moments in their lives, it is clear both have witnessed repeated domestic violence, and Taylor herself is a victim. Tautly constructed, this relentless, uncompromising portrait of domestic violence convincingly conveys the confused mindset of a victim, as Taylor seeks Devon’s love even as he rapes her. With plenty of sex, violence, smoking, and harsh language, this has something to offend nearly everyone, but it is a fully credible, gripping cautionary tale for teens. — Linda Perkins ~ Source: Booklist November 1, 2013
Elise Moser was born in Brooklyn and spent her childhood in small-town New Jersey. She moved to Montreal to do an English degree at McGill University, and stayed on. She worked at Paragraphe Bookstore for twelve years and went on to become a long-time sales rep for American university presses with Lexa Publishers Representatives. Her short stories have been published in Canada and the US, and her adult novel, Because I Have Loved and Hidden It, was praised by the National Post as “[an] ambitious and artfully woven debut novel” when it was released in 2009. She was president of the Quebec Writers’ Federation between 2009 and 2012. She presently divides her time between Montreal and Sauk City, Wisconsin.
LILY AND TAYLOR
Groundwood Books Fall 2013
Yankee Doodle Dandy by Callista Gingrich
Ellis the Elephant dives back into history! In Yankee Doodle Dandy, the third installment of this New York Times bestselling series, America’s favorite time traveling pachyderm is back, teaching kids (and parents!) about the American Revolution.
In Sweet Land of Liberty and Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride, Ellis the Elephant explored pivotal moments that shaped American history. Now Ellis is back, and eager to learn about America’s most beloved patriots and their courageous fight for independence. Traveling through time, Ellis the Elephant encounters the Sons of Liberty, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, the Founding Fathers, Betsy Ross, and more.
Authored by Callista Gingrich and illustrated by Susan Arciero, Yankee Doodle Dandy educates and entertains as Ellis the Elephant experiences the American Revolution. With beautiful illustrations and charming rhymes, Yankee Doodle Dandy is a must read for young and old alike who want to know how America became a free and independent nation.
Callista Gingrich is the New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Land of Liberty and Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride, a children’s series featuring Ellis the Elephant. She is also president of Gingrich Productions, a multimedia company which produces historical and public policy documentaries. Recent films include Nine Days That Changed the World and A City Upon A Hill. Callista is married to former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. Together they reside in McLean, Virginia.
Susan Arciero is the illustrator of numerous children’s books, including Sweet Land of Liberty; Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride; Nat, Nat the Nantucket Cat; and Cornelius Vandermouse. Growing up in Massachusetts and traveling the world as a military family, including ten years in Washington, D.C. made researching these illustrations even more captivating and inspiring. She lives in Pinehurst, North Carolina, with her husband, three children, and two Basset Hounds.
Perseus Headquarters – Thanksgiving Celebration
Pies Pies Pies….
GIFT LIST: 85 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards
For the film industry, the Academy Awards is the most celebrated and most significant night of the year: everyone longs for the recognition of being nominated to win a little golden statuette. For most of us, however, even a walk down the red carpet is just a dream. 85 Years of the Oscar® puts readers into those iconic plush seats for the thrill of the Academy Awards, from the first show in 1928, shortly after the introduction of the talking picture, to this year’s eighty-fifth anniversary.
With hundreds of photographs and an informative text by Hollywood insider Robert Osborne, 85 Years of the Oscar® is the official history of the Academy Awards. Organized by year, 85 Years of the Oscar® chronicles the ceremonies themselves, as well as the accomplishments, trends, developments, and events that occurred, both within the Academy and for the film industry as a whole. Osborne comments on each year’s most important films and shares the stories behind them. He also transports readers into the awards show, quoting from notable acceptance speeches and celebrity reactions, as well as regaling readers with anecdotes from each year. All award nominees and winners are listed, with a special listing of Oscar® record-holders.
An indispensable and encyclopedic reference for the amateur and expert alike, from the struggling actor to the film critic, this book has been a popular favorite since its first edition was published twenty-four years ago, just after the sixtieth awards ceremony. 85 Years of the Oscar® provides an authority and depth of coverage found nowhere else, and it is sure to please movie-goers around the world.
This book makes a great Holiday Gift! Available Now
Dustin Hoffman presenting Clint Eastwood the Oscar for Best Picture, Million Dollar Baby, 77th Academy Award
Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, Renne Zellweger, Tim Robbins all winners of awards at the 76th Academy Awards (left to right)
Robert Osborne is host of Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and serves as the official host for the TCM Classic Film Festival and the TCM Classic Cruise. For over 25 years, Osborne served as a reporter and columnist for The Hollywood Reporter, one of the industry’s most important newspapers. He has written a dozen books on the film world, many of them focused on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and has frequently served as host of the Academy’s in-person tributes, in both Beverly Hills and New York. Osborne earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006 and in 2008, received a special award from the National Board of Review for his contributions as a film historian.
Kirkus 2013 Best Books
Kirkus has selected The Enduring Ark from Tara Books (9789380340180) as one of its 2013 Best Books.
Featured in the Kirkus print November 15 supplement and online beginning November 25.
See the April 25, 2013 Daily Pretzel post featuring The Enduring Ark.
A highly original and creative voice in contemporary Indian publishing, Gita Wolf
is known for her interest in exploring and experimenting with the form of the book. She has written over twenty books for children and adults, many of which have been translated into multiple languages and recognized internationally. Joydeb Chitrakar is an artist working in the Patua scroll painting tradition from West Bengal in India. The Enduring Ark is his second project with Tara Books, the first being the handmade scrollbook Tsunami, an accordion book which he collaborated with his wife Moyna to produce. He lives in Nirbhaypur Village, West Bengal, India with his wife Moyna
& their children.
The ENDURING ARK
Gita Wolf lives in Chennai, India.
Joydeb Chitrakar lives in India.
US $21.95 / CAN $23.99
Tara Books Spring 2013
Yosemite’s Songster: One Coyote’s Story from Yosemite Conservancy
“Two coyotes are separated by a rock slide while they are gathering food. The author uses this journey to take readers all over Yosemite and describes sights like El Capitan and Half Dome. The text, along with San Souci’s magnificent watercolor paintings, express the coyote’s anxiety as she is looking for her mate and depicts Yosemite along the way. The beautiful story brings to life all the sights of Yosemite and some of its wild creatures and human visitors whom the female coyote encounters on her journey. The book will serve as an introduction to one of the wildest and least popular creatures in a book meant for young readers and parents who wish to introduce their children to the park. Published by the park’s conservancy, an author’s note concludes the book with more details on observing wildlife at national parks. ” Marya Kurwa, Richmond PL Source: BayViews: Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California
“A fine introduction to the park and the creatures, activities, and natural marvels it has to offer.” Source: Publishers Weekly Reviewed on: 07/08/2013
Publishers Weekly Full Review: http://alturl.com/7rybh
Read Annemarie O’Brien’s (Writer/Editor/Teacher) Q&A with Ginger Wadsworth here: http://alturl.com/ptubr
Contributor Information: Ginger Wadsworth is the award-winning author of more than twenty-five nonfiction children’s books. She has frequently explored Yosemite National Park to pursue her passions for hiking, photography, bird watching, camping, and to research her books, including this one. Daniel San Souci was born in San Francisco and grew up across the bay in Berkeley, California. In 1978 he started a career in book illustration. Daniel has published over eighty books and created many book covers which include wildlife and national park titles.
Contributor Residences: Ginger Wadsworth lives in Orinda, CA, United States. Daniel San Souci lives in Oakland, CA, United States.
Trade Cloth, Picture Book
US $15.95 / CAN $17.50
Yosemite Conservancy Fall 2013
Library Journal – Best Books of 2013
HOW TO CREATE THE PERFECT WIFE:
Britain’s Most Ineligible Bachelor and his Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate
By Wendy Moore
E-Book ISBN: 9780465065738
Library Journal will include the book in their Best Books of 2013 feature, in the December issue.
Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective recently posted a nice review of the book:
“Impressively researched—and by turns hilarious and heartbreaking—Moore’s book offers a wild ride through Enlightenment society by asking one simple question: what made Day’s unusual path to matrimony a viable option for a perennial bachelor in eighteenth-century Britain?… [An] impressive, engaging, and thoroughly entertaining work…. Moore’s able storytelling combined with Day’s bizarre quest to create his ideal woman make How to Create the Perfect Wife, apart from all its other virtues, a page-turner of the first order.”
National bookings in bold
** Denotes new or changed info
BEA Buzz Book, Exclusive Excerpts from Over 25 Top New Titles, Spring/Summer 2013
4/30/13 All Things Considered (NPR) – Review by Cord Jefferson (text posted online 4/22/13)
**Dec 2013 Library Journal – Mention, Best Books 2013
6/23/13 New York Times Book Review – Review
5/13/13 The New Yorker – Review, Briefly Noted column (available online to subscribers only)
4/26/13 The Week – Book featured in “Review of reviews” section
4/21/13 Washington Post – Review by Jonathan Yardley
4/20/13 Wall Street Journal Weekend, Review section – Review by Alexandra Mullen
April 2013 BookPage – Review
3/15/13 Booklist – Review
3/15/13 Library Journal – Starred review
March/Apr 2013 Mother Jones – Review
2/23/13 Financial Times – Review, In Brief
2/16/13 The Economist – Review
2/11/13 Publishers Weekly – Starred review
1/15/13 Kirkus Reviews – Starred review (available online 1/1/13)
TK Claremont Review of Books – Review
TK New York Review of Books – Review
Kirkus Review: The Secrets of Stonehenge from Frances Lincoln
Why was this amazing monument erected? How did our Stone-Age ancestors bring such massive stones to the site from so far away? How did they raise the enormous stones to their upright positions? What was Stonehenge used for, and who lived around the site? With captions and pictures, and using up-to-the-minute research discoveries, Mick Manning and Brita Granström tell the incredible true story of this awe-inspiring monument – one of the greatest ancient sites in the world. Kirkus reviewed The Secrets of Stonehenge in the October 15th print edition.
“An engaging introduction to the mind-boggling monument that has held tight to its secrets for thousands of years.
Manning and Granström have assembled what is considered known about Stonehenge, plus a few shots in the not-complete dark, into this handsome and atmospheric picture book. That so little is understood about the site adds much to its allure. It is yet another wonder how the jacket flap copy gets away with “The mysteries and secrets of Stonehenge—revealed!” since the authors are careful to emphasize how little is still known. When they move into the realm of conjecture, they stick to very plausible ideas: how the stones may have been moved, suggestions relative to its orientation and its possible relationship with nearly Durrington Walls. The artwork has a lively energy—the hand is freer than David Macaulay’s or Mitsumasa Anno’s, but it conveys the same sense of time and place—and the text is straightforward without detracting from the stones’ delightfully secretive qualities. Indeed, one of the great pleasures of this book is in imparting the fun of having these unknowns, and maybe unknowable, among us, to let the imagination work overtime trying to simply drink it all in.
If we can no longer wander among the stones, which is a crying shame, this is a good start at getting into the circle’s perplexity.” (Informational picture book. 7-11) | Kirkus Review: Oct 15 print edition/Online Oct 1
Mick Manning grew up in Haworth, West Yorkshire, and studied Illustration at the Royal College of Art in London. He has written and illustrated over 60 books, mostly with his partner Brita Granstrom. Their distinctive books have won many awards. Their first book, The World is Full of Babies, won the Smarties Silver Prize in 1996. Their other books with Frances Lincoln include the critically acclaimed Fly on the Wall series: Roman Fort, Pharaoh’s Egypt, Viking Longship, Greek Hero, Tail-End Charlie and What Mr Darwin Saw. Both Roman Fort and Viking Longship were shortlisted for the English Association 4-11 Awards and Greek Hero won in 2008. Snap! is the follow-up to Yuck! which was a regional winner of the Highland Book Awards 2006. Recently Mick and Brita donated the entire body of work created for their book Fly on the Wall: Greek Hero to Seven Stories, the center for children’s books Mick and Brita live in the Scottish Borders and have four sons.
The SECRETS OF STONEHENGE
Trade Cloth, Picture Book
US $17.99 / CAN $19.99
Journey to Rainbow Island
Yu-ning thinks her perfect life on Rainbow Island will never end—until a nasty dragon called the Obsidigon returns from beyond the grave. Now her beloved island is in flames, her best friend has been kidnapped, and the island’s Sacred Crystals have been stolen. To make matters worse, she must venture into the dark corners of the world to uncover secrets best ignored, find a weapon thought long destroyed, and recapture seven sacred stones—without being burned to a crisp by a very angry dragon.
With the help of her master teacher, Metatron, Yu-ning embarks on a dangerous journey to overcome not only the darkness attacking her home, but also the scars of sadness that mark her own heart. And while most people just see a normal kid, Metatron—and a few other unlikely allies—pledge their lives to the dark-eyed little girl with a magic bow and a crooked grin.
- Ages 8 to 12 fantasy and epic adventure readers