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    The Guest Book A Novel Sarah Blake
    9781250110251 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:May 07, 2019 Print Run:250000
    $34.99 CAD 6.63 x 9.57 x 1.65 in | 680 gr | 496 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y Flatiron Books
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      InstantNew York Times Bestseller
      Longlisted for Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence
      2020 New England Society Book Award Winner for Fiction

      The Guest Book is monumental in a way that few novels dare attempt.” —The Washington Post

      The thought-provoking new novel byNew York Times bestselling author Sarah Blake

      An exquisitely written, poignant family saga that illuminates the great divide, the gulf that separates the rich and poor, black and white, Protestant and Jew. Spanning three generations,The Guest Book deftly examines the life and legacy of one unforgettable family as they navigate the evolving social and political landscape from Crockett’s Island, their family retreat off the coast of Maine. Blake masterfully lays bare the memories and mistakes each generation makes while coming to terms with what it means to inherit the past.

      Sarah Blake is the author of the novelsGrange Houseand theNew York Times bestsellerThe Postmistress. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two sons.
      Marketing & Promotion
        - starred review from Kirkus
        - starred review from Booklist
        - 250k print run
        - a new novel from the NYT bestselling author of The Postmistress which sold over 52k copies in two formats in Canada
        - Publishers Weekly review
        - Rep Pick

        Rep Pick:
        Summer is the perfect time for falling in to a sweeping novel of one family’s history of love, mistakes, and betrayals. Sarah Blake takes this family story and looks at privilege, class and race in America. In her author note she references a quote from James Baldwin as an inspiration, “People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them.” I am eager to read a book already being lauded by early readers as “stunning,” “remarkable” and “a true gift to the reader.” The major marketing campaign planned by Flatiron will have extensive reach. —Judy Parker

    • Awards & Reviews

      Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 2019, Long-listed

      #1 Indie Next Pick
      One of the Best Books of May:Entertainment Weekly, Refinery29, PopSugar, Bookish,BBC,Chicago Review of Books, Real Simple, Goodreads

      “Thought-provoking and propulsive…Welcome to old money, new heartbreak, big secrets, and the kind of mouthwatering picnics nobody packs in real life (boiled eggs, tin of sandwiches, bottles of gin). But the North Star of Sarah Blake’sThe Guest Book isn’t the Milton family—although they are fascinating, even the ghosts—it’s the Maine island cottage where they spend their summers.” —The New York Times Book Review

      “Beautifully crafted....The Milton family history, rife with secrets and moral failings, including a deep-seated bigotry, is a timely tale of America itself. Anenveloping and moving page-turner.” —People, Book of the Week

      “Sarah Blake writes in the historical fiction tradition of someone like Herman Wouk…[She] isan accomplished storyteller, braiding in a large cast of characters and colorful excursions.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR’sFresh Air

      AnAmerican epic in the truest sense…Blake humanely but grippingly explores the heart of a country whose past is based in prejudice.” —Entertainment Weekly

      “Blake masterfully tells the Miltons’ history—racism, prejudice, betrayal, loss, and all—and in the process,captures a slice of American history as well.” —Real Simple

      “Sarah Blake’s latest novel,The Guest Book, isan engrossing epic that charts the course of the Milton family over three generations, from the 1930s to present day. Pertinent issues that have plagued American history like classism, prejudice, and identity are neatly tied in thistranscendent novel.” —BookRiot

      “Sarah Blake deliversa juicy multi-generational novel.” —Chicago Review of Books

      “It’s a gorgeous book with a strong sense of place, likeEmpire Falls....If you’re going to read one book this summer make it this modern-day classic.” —The Missourian

      Do you ever pick up a book just to check it out and find yourself lost in it an hour later trying to rearrange your life so you can just keep reading? Well that happened to me this week [withThe Guest Book].” —WYPR, Baltimore

      “Sarah Blake spinsa fascinating epic that touches on privilege and ambition, racism and grief, revealing as much about America’s identity as it does the Miltons.” —Christian Science Monitor

      “There are glimmers ofTo the Lighthouse in Blake’slyrical and questing new novel.” —BBC

      “Sarah Blake is such a beautiful writer she can make any world shimmer, butThe Guest Book is particularly fascinating—an intergenerational exploration of memory, identity, love, and family loyalty, of what it costs to inherit a name, a place, and a difficult alignment with history.Powerful and provocative storytelling.” —Paula McLain,New York Times bestselling author ofThe Paris WifeandLove and Ruin

      “I lovedThe Guest Book. Sarah Blake has managed the extraordinary feat of writing both an intimate family saga and an ambitious excavation of the subterranean currents of race, class, and power that have shaped America. This is a vivid, transporting novel, written by amaster conjuror of time and place.” —Jessica Shattuck,New York Times bestselling author ofThe Women in the Castle

      “Sarah Blake’s powerful, beautifully written story portrays a couple's secret choices that come to haunt succeeding generations.The Guest Book isrichly atmospheric and morally compelling in a way that stirs the mind long after the last page.” —Nancy Horan, author ofLoving FrankandUnder the Wide and Starry Sky

      “Epic and sweeping, without ever leaving behind the personal and profound,The Guest Book isa reminder of what novels do better than anything else. Without losing their specificity, three generations of Milton women reveal something about every family, the secrets and unspoken truths that color everything that happens to us. This is a book you will be dying to talk to someone about.” —Arthur Phillips, author ofThe Tragedy of ArthurandPrague

      “Breathtaking…Blake saturates each scene with sensuous and emotional vibrancy while astutely illuminating sensitive moral quandaries. Blake deftly interrogates the many shades of prejudice and ‘the ordinary, everyday wickedness of turning away.’ Blake’s brilliant and ravishing novelpromises to hit big.” —Booklist (starred review)

      “Spanning three generations of Miltons,The Guest Bookdeserves a spot on your summer TBR in 2019.” —Bustle

      “The story of the Miltons engages not just with history and politics, but with the poetry of the physical world. This novel sets out to bemore than a juicy family saga—it aims to depict the moral evolution of a part of American society. Its convincing characters and muscular narrative succeed on both counts.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      “This powerful family saga…ispotent and mesmerizing.Publishers Weekly

      “Blake isa masterful storyteller, whose past novel,The Postmistress, won considerable acclaim. I believeThe Guest Book will as well.” —San Diego Jewish World

      “A juicy family saga andan examination of the American elite.” —Refinery29

      Praise for Sarah Blake’sThe Postmistress

      “Great books give you a feeling that you miss all day until you finally get to crawl back inside those pages again.The Postmistress is one of those rare books. When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it.” —Kathryn Stockett, author ofThe Help

      “Some novels we savor for their lapidary prose, others for their flesh and blood characters, and still others for a sweeping narrative arc that leaves us light-headed and changed; Sarah Blake’s masterfulThe Postmistressserves us all this and more.”—Andre Dubus III, author ofHouse of Sand and Fog

      “Even readers who don’t think they like historical novels will love this one and talk it up to their friends. Highly recommended for all fans of beautifully wrought fiction.” —Library Journal, starred review

      “Blake captures two different worlds…with a deft sense of character and plot, and a perfect willingness to take on big, complex questions.” —Publishers Weekly

      “To open Blake’s novel… is to enter a slipstream, so powerful are its velocity, characters, and drama.” —ALA Booklist, starred review

      The Postmistress belongs in what Gellhorn called ‘the permanent and necessary’ library.” —Howard Norman, author ofThe Bird Artistand Devotion

      “Hits hard and pushes buttons expertly…Ms. Blake writes powerfully about the fragility of life….” —The New York Times

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    Series: Caraval
    Finale A Caraval Novel Stephanie Garber
    9781250157669 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy Age (years) from 13 - 18 On Sale Date:May 07, 2019 Print Run:300000
    $25.99 CAD 6.24 x 9.6 x 1.56 in | 680 gr | 496 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y Flatiron Books
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      Welcome, welcome toFinale, the third and final book in Stephanie Garber’s #1New York Timesbestselling Caraval series!

      A love worth fighting for. A dream worth dying for. An ending worth waiting for.

      It’s been two months since the Fates were freed from a deck of cards, two months since Legend claimed the throne for his own, and two months since Tella discovered the boy she fell in love with doesn’t really exist.

      With lives, empires, and hearts hanging in the balance, Tella must decide if she’s going to trust Legend or a former enemy. After uncovering a secret that upends her life, Scarlett will need to do the impossible. And Legend has a choice to make that will forever change and define him.

      Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win, and those who will lose everything.

      Welcome, welcome toFinale. All games must come to an end…

      Stephanie Garberis the #1New York Times and internationally bestselling author ofCaraval,Legendary, andFinale. She grew up in Northern California, where she was often compared to Anne Shirley, Jo March, and other fictional characters with wild imaginations and stubborn streaks. You can find her on Twitter and on Instagram.
      Marketing & Promotion
        - 300k print run
        - the final book in the #1 NYT bestselling Caraval series 
        - over 9k copies of Caraval and Legendary sold in HC in Canada
        - EW.com cover reveal
        - a Raincoast Superlead

        Raincoast Superlead:
         300k print run; final book in the NYT bestselling Caraval Trilogy; the first book in the series, Caraval, has sold over 8k copies in Canada
    • Awards & Reviews

      Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 2019, Long-listed

      Named one of the most anticipated books of the year byEntertainment Weekly, Goodreads, Bookish, Goodreads,Paste, and more!

      “Garber’s bestselling, critically acclaimed Caraval trilogy comes to a thrilling and surprising conclusion withFinale. If you haven’t read it’s predecessors, this is one fantasy series that’s worth catching up on.” —Entertainment Weekly, Best Book of the Month

      “Garber winds up her Caraval trilogy with the same combination of romance, magical card games, political power plays, and nonstop action that made the previous titles so popular. Series fans will enjoy the plentiful surprises in the conclusion to this tale of two sisters who are as daring in politics as they are in love.” —Booklist

      “A finale that satisfies.” —Kirkus Reviews

      Praise forLegendary

      #1New York Timesbestseller
      ABA IndieNext Pick
      “Immersive and imaginative.”USA Today
      “Mesmerizing.”Us Weekly
      “Fantastic in its spectacle and intrigue.”Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
      “A tour de force of imagination.”Kirkus Reviews
      “A fantastic world reminiscent ofHarry Potter’s Diagon Alley...rather addictive. Maybe even legendary.”Minneapolis Star-Tribune

      Praise forCaraval

      New York Times bestseller
      IndieBound national bestseller

      #1 ABA IndieNext Pick
      Entertainment Weekly Top 10 YA Novel of 2017
      Publishers Weekly Flying Start
      BEA Buzz Book
      Goodreads Choice Award finalist
      BuzzFeed Best YA Book of the Year
      Paste Magazine Best YA Book of the Year
      The Hunger Games meetsThe Night Circus. Grade: A-.”
      Entertainment Weekly
      “Impressive, original, wondrous.USA Today
      “Spellbinding.”US Weekly
      “Magnificent. A spellbinding tale of love, loss, sacrifice, and hope.”Publishers Weekly, starred review
      “I lost myself in this world and never wanted to come out.” —Sabaa Tahir, author ofAn Ember in the Ashes
      “Beautifully written.” —Renée Ahdieh, author ofThe Wrath and the Dawn
      “Shimmers with magic.” —Marie Rutkoski, author ofThe Winner’s Curse
      “Darkly enchanting.” —Kiersten White, author ofAnd I Darken
      “Decadent.”—Roshani Chokshi, author ofThe Star-Touched Queen
      “Like stepping into a living dream.”—Stacey Lee, author ofOutrun the Moon
      “Destined to capture imaginations.”Kirkus
      Ideal for fans ofThe Night Circus,Stardust, andThe Hunger Games.School Library Journal

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    Where the Light Enters Building a Family, Discovering Myself Jill Biden
    9781250182326 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:May 07, 2019 Print Run:200000
    $35.00 CAD 5.81 x 8.58 x 0.84 in | 340 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Flatiron Books
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      An intimate look at the love that built the Biden family and the delicate balancing act of the woman at its center

      "How did you get this number?" Those were the first words Jill Biden spoke to U.S. senator Joe Biden when he called her out of the blue to ask her on a date.

      Growing up, Jill had wanted two things: a marriage like her parents'—strong, loving, and full of laughter—and a career. An early heartbreak had left her uncertain about love, until she met Joe. But as they grew closer, Jill faced difficult questions: How would politics shape her family and professional life? And was she ready to become a mother to Joe's two young sons?

      She soon found herself falling in love with her three "boys," learning to balance life as a mother, wife, educator, and political spouse. Through the challenges of public scrutiny, complicated family dynamics, and personal losses, she grew alongside her family, and she extended the family circle at every turn: with her students, military families, friends and staff at the White House, and more.

      This is the story of how Jill built a family—and a life—of her own. From the pranks she played to keep everyone laughing to the traditions she formed that would carry them through tragedy, hers is the spirited journey of a woman embracing many roles.

      Where the Light Enters is a candid, heartwarming glimpse into the creation of a beloved American family, and the life of a woman at its center.

      Dr. Jill Biden is an American educator and the First Lady of the United States. From 2009 to 2017 she served as Second Lady of the United States, during which tenure she advocated for military families, community colleges, the fight against cancer, and the education of women and girls around the world. She has continued this work through the Biden Foundation, the Biden Cancer Initiative, and the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children. Dr. Biden is married to Vice President Joe Biden.
      Marketing & Promotion
        - 200k print run
        - the first memoir from the former Second Lady of the United States
        - Kirkus review
        - Publishers Weekly review
        - a Raincoast Superlead

        Raincoast Superlead:
         the first memoir from the former Second Lady of the United States; announcement in People magazine; Joe Biden’s Promise Me, Dad sold over 9k copies
        in Canada in hardcover
    • Awards & Reviews


      "In this charming memoir, Biden shares an intimate story of her life with former vice president Joe Biden...This generous and inspiring portrait of the Biden family is sure to be widely welcomed and enjoyed." -Publishers Weekly

      "In this often poignant retelling, Biden shares some of the more meaningful moments of her life...Biden's tone is conversational and partially confessional, an endearing quality. Through this personal disclosure, readers gain insight into the fortitude and courage it takes to be a woman with a career and a close-knit family, with the obligations that come with a life as the second lady." -Kirkus Reviews

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    Sunset Beach A Novel Mary Kay Andrews
    9781250240453 Paperback FICTION / Women On Sale Date:May 07, 2019
    $24.99 CAD 6.2 x 9.36 x 1.13 in | 470 gr | 432 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y St. Martin's Press
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      Pull up a lounge chair and have a cocktail at Sunset Beach – it comes with a twist.

      Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. Worse, he’s remarried – to Drue’s eighth grade frenemy, Wendy, now his office manager. And they’re offering her a job.

      It seems like the job from hell, but the offer is sweetened by the news of her inheritance – her grandparents’ beach bungalow in the sleepy town of Sunset Beach, a charming but storm-damaged eyesore now surrounded by waterfront McMansions.

      With no other prospects, Drue begrudgingly joins the firm, spending her days screening out the grifters whose phone calls flood the law office. Working with Wendy is no picnic either. But when a suspicious death at an exclusive beach resort nearby exposes possible corruption at her father’s firm, she goes from unwilling cubicle rat to unwitting investigator, and is drawn into a case that may – or may not – involve her father. With an office romance building, a decades-old missing persons case re-opened, and a cottage in rehab, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: there’s a storm on the horizon.

      Sunset Beach is a compelling ride, full of Mary Kay Andrews' signature wit, heart, and charm.

      MARY KAY ANDREWS is The New York Times bestselling author of The High Tide Club, The Beach House Cookbook, The Weekenders, Beach Town, Save the Date, Ladies’ Night, Christmas Bliss, and more. A former journalist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
      Marketing & Promotion
        - 300k print run
        - Publishers Weekly review
        - NYT bestselling author
        - The High Tide Club sold nearly 10k copies in two formats in Canada

    • Awards & Reviews


      Praise for Sunset Beach:

      "Andrews's gift for drawing fascinating characters and her captivating dialogue will pull readers through to the end." —Publishers Weekly

      Praise for The High Tide Club:

      "At turns suspenseful, sad, and hopeful, with plenty of surprising twists. Another satisfying summer read from the queen of the beach." —Kirkus

      “Nothing says the start of summer like a new book from Mary Kay Andrews…An irresistible story of love, friendship, and skinny-dipping.” —PopSugar, Best New Books for Spring

      “A fascinating blend of mystery, romance, friendship, and history…Andrews skillfully contrasts deception, betrayal, and murder with the scenic beauty of her Southern setting.” —Mystery Scene Magazine

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    Series: Llama Book
    Llama Destroys the World Jonathan Stutzman, Heather Fox
    9781250303172 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 4 - 8 On Sale Date:May 07, 2019 Print Run:100000
    $23.50 CAD 10 x 10 x 0.49 in | 480 gr | 40 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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      Meet Llama, the next great picture-book megastar, who has most definitely driven a bus and who loves tacos way more than you.

      He also loves cake, and that’s where our story begins.

      On Monday, Llama discovers a pile of cake, which he promptly eats.
      On Tuesday, Llama squeezes into his dancing pants, which he promptly rips.
      The force of the rip creates a black hole (naturally).
      By Friday, Llama will (indirectly) destroy the world.

      In their debut picture book, author/illustrator team Jonathan Stutzman and Heather Fox introduce young readers to the comical, the studious, the oblivious Llama, a picture-book hero for the ages. So grab some cake and your dancing pants and prepare for Llama Destroys the World... because THE TIME FOR LLAMA IS NIGH!


      Jonathan Stutzman is an award-winning independent filmmaker and writer of books for children. His short films have screened around the world and on television, and he is a contributing writer to the bestselling collection The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories and Emmy-winning variety show HitRecord on TV. When he isn’t writing, Jonathan loves books, playing with his puppy, exploring, and watching old black and white movies. He is a staunch believer in the power of stories and the deliciousness of donuts. Jonathan lives in the wilds of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and as you read this, he is probably writing something new.

      Heather Fox is an illustrator of stories for children. Her art is filled with quirk and dashes of whimsy that is created in both doodle and digital forms. When she isn’t creating, she is probably drinking a hot cup of coffee, eating Chinese food, or chasing down her dog (Sir Hugo) that has stolen one of her socks. Fox's books for children include The Elephant's Nose and Llama Destroys the World. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

      Marketing & Promotion
        - starred review from Publishers Weekly
        - 100k print run
        - Kirkus review
        - Rep Pick

        Rep Pick:
         This hilarious picture book involves a cake-loving, dancing llama who accidentally destroys the world. What’s not to love? —Jenny Enriquez
    • Awards & Reviews


      Summer 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List Pick

      "Silly fun."—People Magazine

      "Filled with llama drama and will having everyone laughing out loud."—Romper

      "[A] super silly, amazingly original, best-when-read-aloud picture book."—BookPage

      "Dessert has never seemed so epic." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

      "The goofy premise itself will elicit giggles, but it’s innocently wide-eyed Llama who really sells the silliness of the story."The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred Review

      "Will make Rubin and Salmieri's fans split their own pants." —Kirkus

      [T]his story will have readers chuckling again and again and coming back for more, just like Llama."—School Library Journal

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    9781328495068 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 Publication Date:May 07, 2019
    $13.50 CAD 5.5 x 8 in | 8.8 oz | 144 pages Carton Quantity:48 Clarion Books
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      In this exciting graphic novel based on the Netflix series starring Jane the Virgin's Gina Rodriguez, Carmen Sandiego's globe-trotting capers introduce kids to the geography, culture, and history that is baked into every adventure!

      Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? Headed to the island nation of Indonesia for her next caper! But just what is the mysterious lady in red after this time? Adventure awaits in this action-packed graphic novel starring the world's greatest thief.

      Marketing & Promotion
        - inspired by the animated series on Netflix which has been picked up for a second season
        - takes readers on Carmen's latest adventures in this new graphic novel format
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    Clue By Clue Catherine Hapka
    9781328553089 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Media Tie-In Age (years) from 10 - 12, Grade (US) from 5 - 7 Publication Date:May 07, 2019
    $15.99 CAD 5.5 x 8 in | 11.68 oz | 144 pages Carton Quantity:24 Clarion Books
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      Crack the code with Carmen Sandiego! In this original story, a special clue-decoding wheel built into the front cover allows readers to hunt for long-lost pirate's treasure alongside the world's greatest thief. Inspired by the Netflix animated series.

      Carmen Sandiego and crew are off on a thrilling treasure hunt in this original story inspired by the Netflix animated series. When the secrets of a centuries' old treasure map are uncovered, it's up to Carmen to puzzle out the pirate's code and track down a long lost treasure. From the cobblestone streets of London to a sunken city in the Caribbean, Carmen must stay one step ahead on a trail of clues in order to beat her nemeses to the buried treasure! Using the book's special built-in decoder, readers can help Carmen unlock the map's clues--and make sure this pirate's booty finally makes its way into the right hands.
      Catherine Hapka has published more than two hundred books for kids in all age groups from board books to young adult novels. When she’s not writing, Cathy enjoys horseback riding, animals of all kinds, reading, gardening, music, and travel. She lives in an old house on a small farm in Chester County, PA, where she keeps three horses, a small flock of chickens, and too many cats.
      Marketing & Promotion
        - inspired by the animated series on Netflix which has been picked up for a second season
        - includes an interactive built-in decoder to help solve the puzzles
        - a Raincoast Superlead

        Raincoast Superlead:
        the animated Netflix reboot will premiere in January 2019; a live action film starring Gina Rodriguez is slated for 2020; cover to be revealed in Jan 2019

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    The Farmer's Son Calving Season on a Family Farm John Connell
    9781328577993 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Publication Date:May 07, 2019
    $31.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 in | 13.12 oz | 256 pages Carton Quantity:12 Ecco
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      For fans of James Herriot, a poignant memoir—and #1 Irish bestseller—about a wayward son’s return home to his family’s farm, and how he found a new beginning in an age-old world

      Farming has been in John Connell's family for generations, but he never intended to follow in his father's footsteps. Until, one winter, after more than a decade away, he finds himself back on the farm.

      Connell records the hypnotic rhythm of the farming day—cleaning the barns, caring for the herd, tending to sickly lambs, helping the cows give birth. Alongside the routine events, there are the unforeseen moments when things go wrong: when a calf fails to thrive, when a sheep goes missing, when illness breaks out, when an argument between father and son erupts and things are said that cannot be unsaid.

      The Farmer’s Son is the story of a calving season, and the story of a man who emerges from depression to find hope in the place he least expected to find it. It is the story of Connell's life as a farmer, and of his relationship with the community of County Longford, with his faith, with the animals he tends, and, above all, with his father.
      JOHN CONNELL’s work has been published in Granta’s New Irish Writing issue. His memoir, The Farmer’s Son, was a #1 bestseller in Ireland. He lives on his family farm, Birchview, in County Longford, Ireland.
      Marketing & Promotion
        - starred review from Kirkus
        - starred review from Library Journal
        - Booklist review
        - Publishers Weekly review
    • Awards & Reviews

      Winner of the 2018 An Post Irish Book Award/Ireland AM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year
      An iBooks Most Anticipated Titles of 2019
      “This book is a vivid and sharply observed account of a way of life which is almost invisible, a new hidden Ireland. It is also a fascinating portrait of a single sensibility, a born noticer, someone on whom nothing is lost, observing birth and death, the landscape, and his own heritage.”
      —Colm Tóibín, author of Brooklyn and Nora Webster
      “A gorgeous evocation of farm life’s recurring cycle of births, deaths, seasons, weather, chores and life lessons, all spun into a lovely web of stories illuminated by crystalline prose. What comes through on every page is Mr. Connell’s heart and humility—and his profound appreciation for the animals who depend on him for their well-being, and vice versa.” –The Wall Street Journal
      “I usually view rural Ireland from a train or car window, but reading this gripping, fascinating book I felt I was becoming a cattle farmer.”
      —Roddy Doyle
      “One of the most striking features of [The Farmer’s Son] is that, although John Connell is describing years-old farming practices, it feels as though you are reading about them for the first time. Connell’s vivid writing brings his subject matter to life and makes the reader feel connected to the birth and death cycles on a typical farm . . . There is much to praise here, from the way the author writes about the animals in his care, to his openness about depression and intelligent reflections on the state of modern farming. A natural writer, Connell is also a sympathetic and wise observer of the eternal struggle involving humans and animals.”
      Sunday Times (UK)
      “Connell’s moving memoir tracks his life on the family farm, his fights with his father, and charts humanity’s long relationship with cattle . . . This is a brooding, powerful memoir about a twenty-nine-year-old man’s return to the family farm in Ireland and his difficult relationship with his taciturn and short-tempered father.”
      “Old ways meet new and the generations work out their tensions all over again in this evocative memoir…In John Connell, Ireland might find its Wendell Berry.”
      The Farmer's Son is a powerful, beautiful story about the tug of land, the meaning of home and one man's place in the world.”
      —Minneapolis Star-Tribune
      “An honest, vivid reckoning of what it’s like to simultaneously belong and not belong, [The Farmer’s Son] becomes John Connell’s meditation on the real meaning of home and place.”
      Irish Times
      “One of the joys of this book is the prose, its clean plainness offset by the glorious cadences of Irish speech . . . Surely a prize winner.”
      Daily Mail
      "In the spaces between its passages of intimate pastoral meditation, [The Farmer’s Son]’s historical examination of our deep relationship with our bovine friends reads like a history of conflict, both with and over these important creatures.”
      Independent (Ireland)
      “Admirably raw and unsentimental . . . An original and thought-provoking book.”
      Mail on Sunday
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    How To Raise Successful People Simple Lessons for Radical Results Esther Wojcicki
    9781328974860 Hardcover FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting Publication Date:May 07, 2019
    $35.00 CAD 6 x 9 in | 18.88 oz | 336 pages Carton Quantity:12 Harper
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      The Godmother of Silicon Valley, legendary teacher, and mother of a Super Family shares her tried-and-tested methods for raising happy, healthy, successful children using Trust, Respect, Independence, Collaboration, and Kindness: TRICK.

      Esther Wojcicki??—??“Woj” to her many friends and admirers??—??is famous for three things: teaching a high school class that has changed the lives of thousands of kids, inspiring Silicon Valley legends like Steve Jobs, and raising three daughters who have each become famously successful. What do these three accomplishments have in common? They’re the result of TRICK, Woj’s secret to raising successful people: Trust, Respect, Independence, Collaboration, and Kindness.

      Simple lessons, but the results are radical. Wojcicki’s methods are the opposite of helicopter parenting. As we face an epidemic of parental anxiety, Woj is here to say: relax. Talk to infants as if they are adults. Allow teenagers to pick projects that relate to the real world and their own passions, and let them figure out how to complete them. Above all, let your child lead. How to Raise Successful People offers essential lessons for raising, educating, and managing people to their highest potential. Change your parenting, change the world.
      ESTHER WOJCICKI is a leading American educator, journalist and mother. A leader in blended learning and the integration of technology into education, she is the founder of the Media Arts programs at Palo Alto High School. Wojcicki serves as vice chair of Creative Commons and was instrumental in the launch of the Google Teachers Academy. She blogs regularly for Huffington Post and is coauthor of Moonshots in Education
      Marketing & Promotion
        - starred review from Booklist
        - 75k print run
        - Kirkus review
        - Publishers Weekly review
    • Awards & Reviews

      "In a time of increased anxiety and helicopter parenting, Wojcicki's advice on helping your child lead seems to speak for itself. A must-read for parents of children of all ages."Library Journal, STARRED review
      "Wojcicki believes that if there’s a secret to raising self-motivated, empowered kids, it’s embodied in the following values: trust, respect, independence, collaboration, and kindness. Striking a conversational but thoughtful tone, she urges parents to reflect on their own childhoods in order to realize that “sometimes a child has a different dream, a different path to follow” than their parents."—Publishers Weekly
      "Written with honesty, heart, and a great deal of experience, How toRaise Successful People is a must-read for all parents." Melissa Norstedt, STARRED review, Booklist
      "[Wojcicki] compiles her knowledge into an accessible guidebook for parents, teachers, and others involved in nurturing a child's or adolescent's development...[with] simple, down-to-earth techniques to help shape children into responsible, independent, kind individuals with the capabilities to become successful at whatever endeavor they may try." Kirkus Reviews
      "Parenting in our digital age is a brave new frontier, fraught for both parents and children. But as Esther Wojcicki—beloved teacher, parent, and writer whose work I’ve long admired—shows, modern parenting can be a joy instead of a constant struggle. Esther Wojcicki is leading a revolution not only in how we prepare our children to succeed, but how we nurture the health and well-being of parents across the world. How to Raise Successful People shows us how to be our best so our children can be their best.”
      —Arianna Huffington, founder of Thrive Global and Huffington Post, bestselling author of On Becoming Fearless and The Sleep Revolution
      "Every industry is clamoring for more innovators, more creative leaders who can solve problems with intelligence and a strong sense of social responsibility. Esther Wojcicki knows exactly how to instill these values in our children. We need her insights now more than ever."
      —Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, bestselling author of Behind the Cloud
      “As a teacher, Esther Wojcicki was brave enough to challenge conventional teaching, understanding that students need to be active participants in their own learning. As a parent, she innately understood how to foster responsibility, self-reliance, and fearless creativity in her daughters. Esther’s mix of practical wisdom and inspiration will be a prized resource for anyone raising the next generation to live with purpose and unlimited potential.”
      —Laurene Powell Jobs, founder of Emerson Collective, wife of Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple
      "There is nothing more important than raising and educating our kids and doing it well. Esther Wojcicki is a revolutionary educator and mother who understands what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur, a leader in technology, or any kind of professional in the new economy. Her many students and three talented daughters are living proof that her method works. This book will change the conversation about how to parent in the digital age."
      —Peter Diamandis, New York Times bestselling co-author of Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think and BOLD: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact th
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    9781452152332 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic Age (years) from 7 - 10 On Sale Date:May 07, 2019 Print Run:10000
    $20.99 CAD 6.25 x 8.25 x 0.63 in | 340 gr | 112 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Chronicle Books
    • Marketing Copy

      Book 2 in the popular Polly Diamond book series

      One imaginative girl and her magic notebook: Polly and her magic book, Spell, have all kinds of adventures together because whatever Polly writes in Spell comes true! But when Polly and Spell join forces to make the school fair super spectacular, they quickly discover that what you write and what you mean are not always the same. Filled with the familiar details of home and school, but with a sprinkling of magic, Polly Diamond and the Super Stunning Spectacular School Fair will dazzle young readers.
      • Aspiring writers will relate to Polly who understands the magic of words and stories.
      • Book teaches lessons in creativity, consequences, and using your imagination.
      • Alice Kuipers is the author of four novels and two picture books. Her work has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and selected as a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year.
      Fans of Ivy + Bean, Judy Moody, and Dory Fantasmagory, will love following the adventure of Polly Diamond and the Super Stunning Spectacular School Fair.

      A girl and her magic notebook delight in Book 2 of the exciting Polly Diamond series
      • Great chapter book to read aloud for emergent readers and for independent reading
      • Books for kids ages 5-8
      • Chapter books for grades 2-5
      Alice Kuipers is the author of four novels and two picture books. Her work has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and selected as a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year. She lives in Saskatoon, Canada.

      Diana Toledano divides her time between working as a freelance illustrator and teaching in museums. She lives in San Francisco.
      Marketing & Promotion
        - Canadian author, Alice Kuipers lives in Saskatoon
        - Kirkus review
        - book launch on May 5 at McNally Robinson Saskatoon

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