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Fire and Forget
Co-editor Roy Scranton and contributor Jake Siegel will be on NPR’s “Fresh Air” on Veterans Day (11/11)
PRAISE FOR FIRE AND FORGET:
“Searing stories from the war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq, and the USA by warrior writers. Fire and Forget is about not forgetting. It is a necessary collection, necessary to write, necessary to read.”—E.L. Doctorow
“A resonant, moving collection of stories from writers who know firsthand about the incongruous beauty and constant tragedy of war.”—Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away
“I’ve been waiting for this book for a decade. I laughed, shouted, and cried while reading this kaleidoscopic collection ….Fire and Forget is a literary history of this latest period of American wars. It’s a profound and telling work of art.”—Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead
Kirkus Review: HOW TO WARD OFF WOLVES
In celebration of Halloween what better way is there than spending the day reading to little ones about how to ward off wolves, outwit witches and get rid of ghosts?
Kirkus reviewed this children’s book with clever text and whimsical illustrations that is sure to help kids banish their fears—and have fun doing it!
“Helpful advice for children bothered by wolves.
Actually, it doesn’t take much to drive them off: Hide under a sheet, and they’ll take you for a ghost; blow on their long fur until it ruffles up, and they’ll float away like feathers; tell them a scary story; even just spitting out hard candy makes them “howl and growl and run.” Grimace toothily and glare as they will in Garrigue’s mordant cartoon illustrations, the hulking wolves stand no chance. The small, fearless children they try to menace only send them fleeing again and again with insouciant ease. Similar strategies bring similar results in How to Outwit Witches (978-1-60887-193-3)—simply slamming the book shut on one is particularly effective (not to mention gruesome)—and in How to Get Rid of Ghosts (978-1-60887-195-7). The agenda is visible but sits lightly on the comical pictures and brief, matter-of-fact narratives in these French anxiety-dispellers.
Real children with nighttime anxieties of any sort may take heart from seeing this cast of popeyed poppets in action.” - Kirkus Review: Posted Online: Aug. 14th, 2013 | Kirkus Reviews Issue:Sept. 1st, 2013
Also in the series: How to Get Rid of Ghosts ISBN 9781608871957; How to Outwit Witches ISBN 9781608871933, How to Mash Monsters ISBN 9781608871902
Catherine Leblanc lives in Angers, France, where she was born. A trained psychologist, she writes novels and poems for children and adults.
Roland Garrigue was born in Paris, and from kindergarten to today, he has never ceased
drawing. After three years of study in Strasbourg, he returned to Paris to concentrate fully on illustration for young readers. He has searched the most unexpected and mysterious places in order to create the frightening sketches of abominable creatures for this series.
HOW TO WARD OFF WOLVES
Trade Cloth, Picture Book
US $14.99 / CAN $16.50
Insight Editions Fall 2013
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The Gifts of Imperfection: Now a #1 New York Times Bestseller and a Part of Oprah’s LifeClass!
In the #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.
In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough,” and to go to bed at night thinking, “Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.”
On October 20th, 2013 Oprah’s LifeClass 6-week e-course “The Gifts of Imperfection” began and uses this title as its reading material. The e-course includes plenty of social media sharing components which has spurred a lot of online conversation traffic during the course. As we move towards 2014 this is a great book to kick off the New Year.
Booklist & Kirkus Review The Deepest Blue published by Tanglewood Press
Booklist reviews this intense coming-of-age story with themes of unconventional family relationships and a teenager’s attempt to control his life in an adult world published by Tanglewood Press.
“The first 50 pages of this low-key novel are so relentlessly mild that readers might well be caught off guard by the unsignaled disaster. Mike, 15, is awakened by his soon-to-be-stepmother, Maggie, to learn that his beloved father has been killed in a car crash. He’s thrown into a tailspin of anger and depression exacerbated by a surprise threat: his deadbeat biological mother, missing since he was 5, wants custody. Mike and Maggie move fast toward adoption, but first the case must be heard in court. Justesen’s squeaky-clean drama is unflagging earnest – which, depending on the scene, is its biggest deficit or biggest strength. It is most valuable as a post-tragedy procedural, as Justesen takes readers on a painful but potentially reassuring journey through the minutia that follows a sudden death: the funeral arrangements, legal ramifications, and much more. The author’s restraint is admirable, as is the unresolved ending, which leaves several complicated relationships up in the air. A heartfelt offering ideal for reluctant readers.” ~Source: Booklist October 15, 2013
“Justesen hits the emotional points perfectly, using first-person narration to reveal Mike’s impressive powers of observation and his puzzlement over his own unfamiliar behavior. Teens…will be drawn into Mike’s struggle to keep going after death has changed everything.”—Kirkus Reviews Posted Online: July 17th, 2013 | Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2013
For the full Kirkus review click here: http://alturl.com/63x5m
Contributor Information: Kim Williams Justesen is a creative writing teacher and lives with her family in Sandy, UT.
The DEEPEST BLUE
US $15.99 / CAN $17.50
Tanglewood Press Fall 2013
The New York Times Reviews The Voyage from Groundwood Books
The New York Times recently published a review of three titles that address immigration, change and finding yourself in unfamiliar territory. Groundwood Books and PGW are delighted that The Voyage was included in the review!
First published in Norway in 2012, this deceptively simple book about adapting to new situations will appeal to children who are just starting school or daycare, children who are about to move to a new home, or children who are learning a new language. The illustrations are gently humorous, while the simple text affirms the importance of knowing who you are and being open to change. Without making unrealistic promises, this story reassures children that, with time, they can adapt to any new environment and make new friends to explore it with. And if, as happens to the little duck in this story, those new friends have to leave, the child, like the little duck, will be able to greet the next wave of
newcomers with compassion and generosity.
“Whether they’re arriving by boat, plane or a great gust of wind, characters in three new picture books find themselves in unknown territory. Their stories focus not on the voyage over but on the complex journey that begins upon arrival, as they learn how to navigate a puzzling new world until it gradually turns into a place that feels like home. While many children’s books about the experience of immigration are rooted in particular cultures and histories, all three of these books emphasize the universal aspects of acclimating to the unfamiliar.
Perhaps there is no better way to evoke the universal than by enlisting the help of small forest animals, which the illustrator Camilla Engman does to delightful effect in “The Voyage.” An endearing, muddy-colored duck neatly packs up a knapsack and then is swept up and “blown so far that you forget who you are and where you come from.” Veronica Salinas maintains this second-person narration throughout, inviting readers to identify with the duck’s feeling of dislocation as it explores a landscape of flowering cactuses and succulents quite different from the cool birches and pines it left behind. The simple, gratifying shapes of Engman’s vegetation look a little like Matisse’s paper cutouts, though she works with a far more muted palette of moss and plum, coffee and slate. She draws the supporting cast of characters — hedgehogs, birds, foxes, turtles and a resourceful ant — with a clean, deliberate hand and a well-modulated sense of whimsy.
In its new environment the duck encounters first a fly, then a fish, then a mouse, and poses the same question to each: “Do you know who I am?” When they reply in a language the duck cannot understand, it sits down on a rock and weeps. The existential nature of its question suggests that coming to a new place entails not just loneliness or confusion or homesickness but a disconcerting loss of self. Only when the duck meets a mallard who “looks a little like you” does it receive the affirmation it’s been seeking; the mallard says, “You are who you are,” and the duck is then free to laugh and play, soon adopting the local language and learning to savor its surroundings. The text, translated from Norwegian by Jeanne Eirheim, feels slightly stiff at times, but the wit and inventiveness of the artwork make this voyage memorable.” ~ Source: The New York Times | SARAH SHUN-LIEN BYNUM | Published: October 11, 2013
To view the full review click here: http://alturl.com/o7nbn
Trade Cloth, Picture Book
Groundwood Books Fall 2013
Veronica Salinas studied theater and Portuguese in Buenos Aires and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Spanish and Portuguese literature at the University of Oslo. The Voyage is her first children’s book.
Illustrator Camilla Engman lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Veronica Salinas lives in Oslo, Norway.
Camilla Engman lives in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Publishers Weekly review: Gobble You Up! from Tara Books
A new handmade treasure from the artisans at Tara Books, Gobble You Up! is a delightful retelling of a trickster tale from Rajasthan, India, illustrated in remarkable finger paintings and recently reviewed by Publishers Weekly.
” In this Indian folktale, a greedy jackal eats every animal he meets. “My, you’ve put on weight!” a peacock tells the jackal, who’s already eaten 12 fish, a crane, tortoise, squirrel, and cat. “I’m not fat!” yells the jackal. “And if anyone says so, I have to gobble them up!” Wolf (The Enduring Ark) packs her lines with distinctive noises—“And zutth! that was the end of the peacock”—and builds a cumulative verse with each animal: “Listen peacock/ full of poise—/Don’t call me fat!/ I ate a cat!” Smart design shows Sunita’s folk art animals to their best advantage. The intricately detailed b&w animals (painted in a traditional style known as Mandana) appear against brown butcher-paper pages and stand out as clearly as signs. All the animals inside the jackal can be seen in cutaway; when he bursts, inevitably, the animals fall out unharmed. The jackal is unruffled: “A tailor bird will stitch my tummy up again.” Punchy writing and bold images make this a promising readaloud prospect. It’s a work of art, too, hand-silkscreened, each numbered copy part of a limited edition. Ages 3–up. (Oct.)” Publishers Weekly | Reviewed on: 09/02/2013 | Release date: 10/01/2013
Originally from Datasooti village in Rajasthan, India, Meena artist Sunita was taught to paint by her mother and elder sister. She now lives in the city of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan with her husband and two children. Meena Art is one of the most ancient tribal art forms in India. Passed on from mother to daughter through the generations, it is
always the women of the Meena tribe who paint in white onto the brown mud walls and floors of the village.
A highly original and creative voice in contemporary Indian publishing, and the founder of Tara Books, 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.
Sunita lives in Rajasthan, India.
Gita Wolf lives in Chennai, India.
GOBBLE YOU UP!
Trade Cloth, Picture Book
US $34.95 / CAN $38.50
Tara Books Fall 2013
“Tara Books is an independent publisher of picture books for adults and children based in Chennai, South India. Founded in 1994, we remain a collective of dedicated writers, designers and artists who strive for a union of fine form with rich content. We continue to work with a growing tribe of adventurous people from around the world. Fiercely independent, we publish a select list that straddles diverse genres, offering our readers unusual and rare voices in art and literature” ~ source: Tara Books
Named a Military Book Club main selection
A must read….
On a nighttime raid in 2009, a team of Navy SEALs grabbed the notorious terrorist Ahmed Hashim Abed (the Butcher of Fallujah), who masterminded the 2004 murder of four American contractors. Within hours of his capture, Hashim Abed claimed he had been punched in the stomach and whacked in the mouth by his captors. Three Navy SEALs—members of the same team that had risked their lives in the raid—were charged with prisoner abuse, dereliction of duty, and lying. All on the word of a terrorist!
Bestselling author Patrick Robinson reveals for the first time the entire story—from the night the SEALs stormed the al-Qaeda stronghold to the accusations to the tense courtroom drama, where the fate of three American heroes hung in the balance.
SLJ Reviews How to Be Human from Creston Books
SLJ reviewed this humorous inside view of how an autistic girl figures out friendship, school, and family published by Creston Books.
“Gr 5 Up—Frenz shares eight years of her journals and illustrations that helped her to define herself and draws back a curtain to reveal the mysteries of autism. Her introspective entries span from when she was a child of eight through her freshman year in high school. Her explanation of her confusion with “normal” daily experiences-noise, touch, personal and emotional interactions-is succinct yet sensitive, and her details are interesting and informative. She writes in her notebook’s foreword, referring to a discussion with a friend about which is worse: “Anorexia is like a software problem in the brain, whereas autism is like a hardware problem.” She goes on to explain how she’s had to work hard to get her brain to make new connections so that “the autistic person doesn’t feel like planet earth is the worst planet they could have accidentally landed on.” Frenz explains that her family, therapists, and educational counselors devoted years of support while encouraging her to develop her strengths: her art and creative spirit. This astute and unique book pulls readers into a world beyond their own. The author’s ability to take them along, devoid of self-pity, is refreshing. She bridges the divide and paints a picture of the value of communication, contributes to public awareness, and celebrates her achievements.” -Alison Follos, formerly at North Country School, Lake Placid, NY – School Library Journal Reviewed on September 1, 2013
Review Link: http://alturl.com/bmunx
“How to Be Human is notebook-writing at its best! I want a friend just like Florida!” – Marissa Moss, author of the best-selling Amelia’s Notebook series.
Contributor Information: Florida Frenz is the pen name of a high school student who kept a journal as a tool to figure out her emotions and how to read those of others. Diagnosed as retarded and autistic when she was two, Frenz worked intensively for many years with a team of autism and educational specialists. She’s succeeded so well that in her new high school, she isn’t identified as autistic or special needs and is even taking Advanced Placement classes.
Florida Frenz lives in Los Altos, California with her parents.
HOW TO BE HUMAN
US $12.99 / CAN $14.50
Creston Books Fall 2013
Kate : The Future Queen
Katie Nicholl, bestselling author and royal correspondent for The Mail on Sunday, gives an inside look into the life of the future Queen of England, Kate Middleton. Since becoming Duchess Catherine of Cambridge in 2011, Middleton has captivated royals fans around the world and now, Nicholl delivers the story of her early life, first romances, and love with Prince William. Nicholl will reveal new details on Middleton’s initiation into royal life and, of course, her first pregnancy.
Booklist reviews Is This Panama? A Migration Story from Owl Kids
Booklist has reviewed this delightful story that combines nature and science with one bird’s quest to find its winter home.
“A young bird finds he is all alone and goes on a quest to find his kind. No, this isn’t P. D. Eastman’s Are You My Mother? (1960) but, rather, an ecologically sophisticated variation. The bird is a Wilson’s warbler that must make his first migration south; the refrain of this journey is, of course, “Is this Panama?” This is an unusually appealing book about nature’s cycles, not just because of its near-guaranteed happy ending but because of the lively, informative text, as young Sammy meets a succession of other creatures, from a caribou to the monarch butterflies to humpback whales, most of whom do make some sort of migration (and their paths are described at the end of the book). Kim’s illustrations, a mix of line drawings, painting, and cut paper, are full of movement, color, and texture, offering up wonderfully varied landscapes and scenes that suggest three dimensions. Together, the text and images help make sense of a few of nature’s curiosities. A truly educational journey.” ~ September 15, 2013 (Booklist).
Jan Thornhill is an award-winning writer and illustrator who has always had a strong interest in nature and the environment. Her books, which have been published in countries around the world, include the NAPPA Gold Award–winning I Found a Dead Bird, Over in the Meadow, and the NSTA honored Before & After. She lives in Havelock, Ontario.
Soyeon Kim is a Toronto-based, Korean-born artist who specializes in work that merges real-world materials, sketching, and painting to produce three-dimensional pieces. She is a graduate of the Visual Arts program at York University in Toronto and the illustrator of You Are Stardust.
Is This Panama?
Trade Cloth, Picture Book
Owlkids Books Fall 2013