Second Story Press: Spring 2020

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    Series: A Mighty Muskrats Mystery
    The Case of the Missing Auntie Michael Hutchinson Canada
    9781772601176 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: March 17, 2020
    $10.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.5 x 0.32 in | 192 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      The Mighty Muskrats are off to the city to have fun at the Exhibition Fair. But when Chickadee asks Grandpa what he would like them to bring back from the city, she learns about Grandpa’s missing little sister. She was, they learn, “scooped” years ago – like many Indigenous children, the government had arranged for her adoption by strangers without her parents’ permission. Now, the Mighty Muskrats have a new case to solve: to find the whereabouts of their grandpa’s long-lost sister. Once in the bright lights of the big city, the cousins get distracted, face off with bullies, meet some heroes and unlikely teachers, and experience many of the difficulties First Nations kids can face in the city. The Muskrats’ search for their missing auntie takes them all the way to the government, and reveals hard truths about their country’s treatment of First Nations kids and families.
      Bio
      Michael Hutchinson is a member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation, north of Winnipeg. He currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario where he works at the Assembly of First Nations, which advocates for First Nation families and communities across Canada.
      Marketing & Promotion

        Author Michael Hutchinson will be appearing this October in the Vancouver Writers Festival to talk about the first book in the series, The Case of Windy Lake.

        The second book of the series continues the entertaining dynamic of the Mighty Muskrats, the four cousins who solved the case of a missing archaeologist in the first book in this series.

        Join these young sleuths as they explore the history of Residential Schools and the Scoops (eg the "Sixties Scoop") that saw the Canadian government take Indigenous children from their families and adopt them out to strangers.

        The setting of Winnipeg enables a classic fish out of water experience as the kids try and figure out the experience of being in a big city. 

        Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

        Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

        Ads and promotion with Indigenous media: print, radio, online.

        Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media.


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    Nibi is Water Joanne Robertson Canada
    9781772601329 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 0 - 3, Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 0 - 3 Publication Date: April 14, 2020
    $10.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.07 in | 28 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      A first conversation about the importance of Nibi—which means water in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe)—and our role to thank, respect, love, and protect it. Babies and toddlers can follow Nibi as it rains and snows, splashes or rows, drips and sips. Written from an Anishinaabe water protector’s perspective, the book is in dual language—English and Anishinaabemowin.
      Bio
      Joanne Robertson is AnishinaabeKwe and a member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. She continues to support the water walks through live GPS spotting to make sure the water is safe. Joanne is the author and illustrator of The Water Walker / Nibi Emosaawdang. She lives near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
      Marketing & Promotion
        A board book for babies and toddlers that introduces the importance of water /water protection.

        A pronunciation guide will be included in the back of the book.

        Will appeal to environmentally aware parents, grandparents, and gift buyers.

        Indigenous dual language books are in high demand. This book is in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) and English. It will have a pronunciation guide at the back for the words in Anishinaabemowin.

        These dual language books are important in all of our efforts to support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, specifically the call to promote, support, and teach Indigenous languages. 

        Indigenous water protectors, like author Joanne Robertson, are highly respected environmentalists in Canada and across North America. 

        Joanne Robertson is the author and illustrator of the award-winning picture book The Water Walker. She will be traveling in Southern and Northern Ontario to promote all of her books in Fall 2019 and Spring 2019. Including the Telling Tales Festival in Hamilton Ontario, the Ontario Library Association Conference, and others.

        Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

        Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

        Ads and promotion with Indigenous media: print, radio, online.

        Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media.
         




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    I Want to Be... A Gutsy Girls' ABC Farida Zaman Canada
    9781772601305 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 0 - 3, Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 0 - 3 Publication Date: April 14, 2020
    $10.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.08 in | 30 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      Some jobs immediately sound fun—Candy Maker anyone?! And some jobs sound exciting—Oceanographer, Sports Caster, Aerialist! And some jobs—Kite Maker, Wind Farmer, Party Planner—sound so wonderful it’s hard to believe that they exist! Babies and toddlers will follow along with this ABC as it explores some of the amazing, and often unusual, jobs that people do. Each fun letter is complimented by an illustration of a girl filled with delight and wonder as she shows us how we can be, quite literally, anything we want to be.
      Bio
      Farida Zaman has a passion for art and design and in her 20 years as a freelance illustrator she has worked in Europe, North America, and the Middle East with clients across the world. Farida is married and lives in Toronto where she has her friends, family, and art studio.
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        A feminist board book for babies and toddlers that introduces them to fun and unusual jobs they can do when they grow up.

        In the tradition of the highly popular Baby Feminists, Little Feminist Board Books, and Dream Big, Little One.

        Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

        Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

        Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media.

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    I Am Violet Tania Duprey Stehlik Canada, Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic Canada
    9781772601312 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 0 - 3, Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 0 - 3 Publication Date: April 14, 2020
    $10.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.06 in | 18 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      A little girl looks around her and sees that people come in a rainbow of colors. Her mom is red, her dad is blue, and she is a wonderful mix of her mom and dad. The little girl announces: “I am proud to be violet… I am proud to be me… I am Violet!”
      Bio
      Tania Duprey Stehlik is an elementary school teacher. She was born and raised in Montreal and now lives in Toronto with her family. She is of Indian and French Canadian descent and takes great pride in her mixed heritage, which inspired this book and her children’s picture book, Violet.

      Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic is a multimedia artist and a freelance graphic designer who has had her work displayed in several shows. She was born in the former Yugoslavia and now resides in Toronto. She is also the illustrator of the children’s picture book Violet.
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        A book to help families of mixed heritage celebrate themselves.

        A board book for babies and toddlers that talks about being of mixed heritage, using colors.

        Introduces the youngest reader to colour theory. Violet is purple, and to get purple you mix red and blue.

        Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

        Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

        Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media.
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    The Train Jodie Callaghan Canada, Georgia Lesley Canada
    9781772601299 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 6 - 9, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 4, Grade (US) from 1 - 4, Reading age from 6 - 9 Publication Date: March 24, 2020
    $17.95 CAD 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.08 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      Ashley meets her great-uncle by the old train tracks near their reserve in Nova Scotia. Ashley sees his sadness, and Uncle tells her of the day years ago when he and the other children from their community were told to board the train before being taken to residential school where their lives were changed forever. They weren't allowed to speak Mi'gmaq and were punished if they did. There was no one to give them love and hugs and comfort. Uncle also tells Ashley how happy she and her sister make him. They are what give him hope. Ashley promises to wait with her uncle by the train tracks, in remembrance of what was lost.

      Bio
      Jodie Callaghan is a Mi'gmaq woman from the Listuguj First Nation in Gespegewa’gi near Quebec. She has always been drawn to story-telling and has found writing to be the best way to connect to her history and her culture. Jodie is currently working as an adult education teacher in her community. She lives with her husband, child, and her two pugs.

      Georgia Lesley is a Canadian-born professional artist and illustrator living in British Columbia's Cariboo region. She began illustrating in 2006 and strives to create a sense of depth, emotion, and visual storytelling to assist and enhance the written word.
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        The co-winner of Second Story Press’ Indigenous Writing Contest.

        An intergenerational story of healing from trauma. The little girl has agency and makes a decision to do what she can in the story, emphasizing the compassion and resilience of children.

        The legacy of the abuse of North America’s Indigenous peoples is something that affects all of us, and this book is another important resource to start that conversation with young people. 

        The author hopes this book will be empowering for children whose families and communities have lived through trauma, as they learn about the history and learn that they are strong enough to carry that knowledge and be the change we need.

        Jodie Callaghan's story for this book won the Mi'gmaq Writers' Award, a contest organized by the Mi'gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat to encourage and develop Mi'gmaq storytellers.

        Promotion for Indigenous Peoples Day (June)

        Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

        Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

        Ads and promotion with Indigenous media: print, radio, online.

        Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media.

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    9781772601190 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date: March 17, 2020
    $10.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.5 x 0.44 in | 176 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      On a freezing cold winter night, nine-year-old Konisola and her mother step off a plane in Canada, having left Nigeria with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They are running for their lives, having lived under the threat of violence from a controlling family member. Soon after they land disaster strikes—Konisola’s mother is hospitalized and Konisola is forced to fend for herself in a strange country with no family and no friends. Help comes in the form of a nurse who befriends Konisola’s mother. But still everything remains uncertain. Will this new life Konisola has found be taken from her? Will she be allowed to stay in Canada as a refugee, or will she and her mother be sent back across the ocean? This is a story of bravery and determination, of loss, and of generosity and good will that paved the way for a new family.

      Bio
      Alisa Siegel makes radio documentaries for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her work has been recognized with many international awards. Over the past 20 years, Alisa has produced stories on subjects as varied as the underground railroad for refugees in Fort Erie, daring women artists in 1920s Montreal, the return of the trumpeter swan, Canadian nurses in World War I, and violence in elementary school classrooms. She lives in Toronto with her family.
      Marketing & Promotion
        Inspiring story of how a community came together to care for a refugee child who was alone in North America, far from her home in Nigeria.

        Helping to reflect stories of both immigrant and refugee experience for children: the difficulty of adjustment, finding supports, missing home.

        Based on a true story.

        CBC Radio will re-run author Alisa Seigel's radio documentary about Konisola, which inspired the book.

        Link to the radio documentary: 
        https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/a-place-for-konnisola-documentary-1.2101585

        Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

        Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

        Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media.

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    Since Joel Love and Loss on the Spectrum Julie Schwartz
    9781772601237 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Publication Date: March 24, 2020
    $18.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      Since Joel tackles what happens when the unimaginable loss of a child becomes reality. Julie Schwartz introduces readers to her son Joel David Schwartz, who lived with Asperger’s Syndrome and died by accidental overdose at age 25. Joel’s unique cognition created situations where he baffled yet informed; infuriated yet endeared; lost and yet won. His mother describes how Joel was a “charming nerd”, inviting us to get to know him in all his complicated detail. She ultimately asks that we maintain Joel’s memory by finding small ways to be kind, and celebrating our differences instead of finding fault with them.
      Bio
      Now a dual citizen, Julie was born in the City of Brotherly Love. There she met a Canadian, and forty years ago moved to Toronto and learned to spell her married name with a "zed". Julie earned a Masters and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Retired from her career in consumer research, Julie actively pursues outdoor adventures, continuing education and volunteer opportunities.
      Marketing & Promotion
        For fans of Ian Brown's The Boy in the Moon.

        The book will resonate with readers who have connections or lived experience with developmental and other disabilities, Autism Spectrum disorder, trauma, mental illness, or loss. 

        Mothers and fathers will see themselves and their children in the book, and siblings may recognize each other.

        STATS: 1 million Canadians are living with a developmental disability. 80% receive assistance from their families

        AUTISM SPEAKS and the CMAJ reveal: 1 in 45 children have an ASD
        300,000 Canadians are on the ASD spectrum

        Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

        Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

        Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media. 

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    Series: A Feminist History Society Book
    The Abortion Caravan When Women Took to the Streets, Shut Down Government, and Battled for the Right to Choose Karin Wells Canada
    9781772601251 Paperback HISTORY / Canada Publication Date: April 21, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.98 in | 392 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      In the spring of 1970, seventeen (mostly) young women set out from Vancouver in a big yellow convertible, a Volkswagen bus, and a pickup truck. It was called the Abortion Caravan. Five thousand kilometres later, they led a rally of 500 women on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, “occupied” the Prime Minister’s front lawn, chained themselves to their chairs in the visitors’ galleries, and shut down parliament—the first and only time this was accomplished. The seventeen were a motley crew. They argued, they were loud, and they took no prisoners. In an era when there was no social media and no one could afford long distance phone calls, they pulled off a national campaign. It changed their lives. And at a time when thousands of women in Canada were dying from back street abortions, it pulled women together across the country.
      Bio
      Karin Wells is best known as a CBC radio documentary maker and is a three time recipient of the Canadian Association of Journalists documentary award. Her work has been heard on radio networks around the world and has been recognized by the United Nations. She is also a lawyer and in 2011 was inducted into the University of Ottawa’s Common Law Honour Society. She lives in Southern Ontario.
      Marketing & Promotion
        May 2020 is the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Caravan.
         
        The abortion debate is still active. Events in US politics have brought it to the fore-front again.

        CBC will be re-airing author Karin Wells' radio documentary, The Abortion Caravan, which preceded this book.

        Events in the main Canadian cities involved: Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa.

        Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

        Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

        Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media. 

        Link to radio documentary about The Abortion Caravan:  https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/the-sunday-edition-june-3-2018-1.4685998/50-years-ago-the-women-of-canada-s-abortion-caravan-stormed-parliament-for-reproductive-rights-1.4687293

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    Our 100 Years The Canadian Federation of University Women Dianne Dodd Canada
    9781772601275 Paperback HISTORY / Canada Publication Date: April 21, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 1.06 in | 424 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Second Story Press
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      Description
      This engaging study of a still active women's organization is more than a centennial history to make its members proud. It also provides a lively exploration of a unique organization founded by early women pioneers of higher education who offered friendship, community engagement, and lifelong learning. With a leadership of exceptional women, the organization played a largely overlooked role in the women's movement by supporting education and the arts, encouraging young women to pursue higher education and scholarships, and through its advocacy initiatives helped to build the Canadian nation.
      Bio
      Dianne Dodd studied at Carleton University and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, specializing in social and women's history. She spent over 20 years at Parks Canada's Historic Sites Directorate, working to improve the representation of women and women's history events. Dianne is the current Chair of the Ontario Women's History Network and lives in a suburb of Ottawa.
      Marketing & Promotion
        A perfect book for every university bookstore and library, bookstores in university towns and cities.  

        Events in with the Federation of University Women chapters across Canada.

        Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

        Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

        Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media. 


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