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    Welcome to the Cypher Khodi Dill Canada, Awuradwoa Afful Canada
    9781773215631 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Poetry Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 4 - 7 Publication Date:November 16, 2021
    $21.95 CAD 10.5 x 9.75 x 0.25 in | 350 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      WELCOME TO THE CYPHER is a delight to read—a story that will move every part of you to a wild and wonderful beat.” —Jael Richardson, Author and Executive Director, The Festival of Literary Diversity

      "WELCOME TO THE CYPHER is a beautiful, rhythmic exploration of the joy of language and self-expression. Our whole family loved how the bright illustrations and the bold words pulled us through this gorgeous book …We're HUGE fans!" —Bestselling authors, Alice Kuipers (the Polly Diamond series) & Yann Martel (Life of Pi)

      Words burn bright in this joyful celebration of rap, creativity, and self-expression.

      “Welcome to the cypher!

      Now huddle up nice and snug.

      You feel that circle around you?

      Well, that’s a hip hop hug!”

      Starting with beatboxes and fingersnaps, an exuberant narrator introduces kids in his community to the powerful possibilities of rap, from turning “a simple phrase/into imagery that soars” to proclaiming, “this is a voice that represents me!” As Khodi Dill’s rhymes heat up, the diverse crew of kids—illustrated in Awuradwoa Afful’s bold, energetic style—gain self-confidence and a sense of freedom in this wonderful picture book debut that is perfect for reading aloud.

      Bio

      KHODI DILL is a Bahamian-Canadian writer of everything from rap songs to children’s literature. He is a practicing anti-racist educator with a passion for social justice and the arts. Khodi is a proud father and partner who lives and writes in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.



      AWURADWOA AFFUL is a Ghanaian-Canadian designer, illustrator, and animator. She was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.

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      “A fun read-aloud and a safe introduction to hip-hop as a pathway to healthy child development.”


      “Dill has created a wonderful story that shines a light on an art form that is rarely represented in literature, particularly in children’s literature. The rhyming syntax makes WELCOME TO THE CYPHER a great book to read aloud and for readers to interact with. This wonderful and fun story encourages kids to be themselves and to support one another to speak up for what they believe in. This book is recommended for school-aged children and would be perfect to be read aloud in the classroom and shared with friends and family. Highly Recommended.”


      “This lovely book is all about being brave, stepping up, and being heard.”


      “With a cadence and beat in the text itself, and accompanied by energetic illustrations, this will make an affirming addition to a poetry or music unit . . . encouraging readers to find within themselves “a voice that represents me!””

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    Thunder and the Noise Storms Jeffrey Ansloos Canada, Shezza Ansloos Canada, Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley Canada
    9781773215587 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 4 - 7 Publication Date:November 16, 2021
    $21.95 CAD 10.5 x 9.75 x 0.25 in | 410 gr | 36 pages Carton Quantity:25 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      A Nov/Dec Loan Stars Jr Top Ten Pick 2021!

      A Blue Spruce Award nominee 2021!

      When the world gets too loud and chaotic, a young boy’s grandfather helps him listen with wonder instead.

      Kids laughing, sneakers squeaking, balls bouncing—for Thunder, the sounds of the school day often brew into overwhelming noise storms. But when Thunder’s mosom asks him what he hears on an urban nature walk, Thunder starts to understand how sounds like bird wings flapping and rushing water can help him feel calm and connected. Gentle, inviting illustrations by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley emphasize Mosom’s lessons about the healing power of the world around us.

      Bio

      JEFFREY ANSLOOS is a Cree educator and psychologist, and the Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in Indigenous Health and Social Action on Suicide. He is the author of The Medicine of Peace: Indigenous Youth Decolonizing Healing and Resisting Violence.



      SHEZZA ANSLOOS is a Cree writer, educator, artist, and speaker. She is the author of two children’s books, I Loved Her and The Fire Walker. Ansloos is also an award-winning singer-songwriter and visual artist. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.



      JOSHUA MANGESHIG PAWIS-STECKLEY is an Anishinaabe artist/illustrator from Wasauksing First Nation. He is a self-taught artist who works in the Woodland art style of the Anishinaabe people.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Blue Spruce Award 2021, Nominated
      Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices List 2022, Joint winner
      Reviews

      “Thunder’s story may help many young readers with their own noise storms.”


      “An unusual gentle and reflective book, one that conveys the wisdom of the relationship between First Nations people and their connection to nature, providing a universal but often forgotten message.”


      “Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley’s illustrations lovingly convey Thunder’s journey to calmness through his depiction of the natural world and the sounds that we all should be listening for daily. Recommended for home and school libraries. Also recommended for all children coping with anxiety.”

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    Buffalo Wild! Deidre Havrelock Canada, Azby Whitecalf Canada, Amethyst First Rider Canada
    9781773215334 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) from P - 2, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 4 - 7 Publication Date:October 12, 2021
    $21.95 CAD 11.2 x 9.8 x 0.3 in | 420 gr | 36 pages Carton Quantity:25 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      “A satisfying ending ensures this nighttime adventure will soothe even the wildest child.” Kirkus Reviews

      An exuberant celebration of the Buffalo’s return to the wild.

      Since Declan was born, his kokum has shared her love of Buffalo through stories and art. But Declan longs to see real Buffalo. Then one magical night, herds of the majestic creatures stampede down from the sky. That’s when things really get wild!

      Azby Whitecalf’s playful illustrations add to the joy and reverence in Deidre Havrelock’s picture book debut. A reprinting of the Buffalo Treaty and an author’s note describe the importance of Buffalo to Indigenous Peoples and efforts to revitalize the species.

      Bio

      DEIDRE HAVRELOCK is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Alberta, Canada. She was raised in Edmonton, Alberta with a ghost in her house, a feminist for a grandma, and wishing she had a Buffalo for a pet!



      AZBY WHITECALF is a Plains Cree illustrator and character designer residing in Saskatchewan. Whitecalf is a graduate of AUArts, majoring in illustration with a bachelor’s degree in design. They have fondness for fantasy stories, whimsical tales, and vibrant characters.



      AMETHYST FIRST RIDER is central to the development and success of The Buffalo: A Treaty of Cooperation, Renewal and Restoration. She is a member of the Kainai Nation, Blackfoot Confederacy, Alberta, Canada and married to Leroy LittleBear.

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      “A satisfying ending ensures this nighttime adventure will soothe even the wildest child.”


      “An engaging modern tale with roots in an indigenous creation myth.”


      “Offers a great learning opportunity, providing a better understanding of the importance of animals from an Indigenous point of view.”


      “This title is a celebration of the return of the buffalo from near extinction. Beautiful watercolors depict each scene of Declan’s dream.”


      “This title is a celebration of the return of the buffalo from near extinction. Beautiful watercolors depict each scene of Declan’s dream.”


      “Whitecalf’s (Plains Cree) fanciful full-bleed illustrations . . . convey the story’s playfulness.”

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    Harvey and the Extraordinary Eliza Martin Canada, Anna Bron Canada
    9781773215433 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 8 - 11, Grade (CAN) from 3 - 6, Grade (US) from 3 - 6, Reading age from 8 - 11 Publication Date:November 02, 2021
    $18.95 CAD 5.75 x 7.75 x 0.75 in | 260 gr | 184 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      “A beautiful story that touches your heart…you will enjoy it if you are a fan of Kate DiCamillo’s novels.”? Rajiv’s Reviews, *starred review

      “Highly recommended”? CM Reviews

      Imaginative, self-confident, EXTRAORDINARY Mimi steps into the spotlight in this charming debut with an emotional heart.

      If you were to imagine an extraordinary moment of destiny, I bet you wouldn’t imagine it in a kitchen on a particularly ordinary Wednesday. I bet you wouldn’t imagine a plate of cheese and crackers or a replacement best friend—but this was my moment. Because when my Dad left to be a trick high diver in Mr. Morelli’s Big Top Circus Extravaganza, he left his ordinary life to achieve his extraordinary destiny. Grandma didn’t realize she had just handed me the key to my extraordinary life.

      Mimi is the expert in all things extraordinary, like snow days, blue raspberry candy, and especially her dad, who recently joined the circus. And she’s sure he’ll be back to recruit her once she proves how extraordinary she can be. With her new hamster as her assistant, Mimi starts rehearsals for a marvelous mime show. But her moody older brother and needy ex-best-friend—not to mention memories of the day her dad left home—keep interfering with her plans.

      Still, Mimi throws herself into her act. Everything has to be perfect for her dad’s return—even if no one but her hamster believes in her. Even if Mimi is starting to doubt her own story, too.

      Debut author Eliza Martin’s quirky characters are brought vividly to life by Anna Bron’s endearing art in this charming novel about savoring the extraordinary in even the most difficult moments.

      Bio

      ELIZA MARTIN is a writer, theatre artist, and arts educator. She works with children and youth in Toronto, Ontario. Harvey and the Extraordinary, based on her 2018 play, is her debut novel.



      ANNA BRON studied traditional animation at Sheridan College. She illustrated the award-winning picture book Salma the Syrian Chef and has animated, designed, and directed commercials and short films. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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      Awards
      Reviews

      “A beautiful story that touches your heart. I highly recommend it and know you will enjoy it if you are a fan of Kate DiCamillo’s novels.”


      “A well-paced, character-driven story that explores grief and abandonment in age-appropriate ways. . . .A quick but fulfilling read that will benefit readers developing their social-emotional skills.”


      “Mimi will stay in your head well after HARVEY AND THE EXTRAORDINARY is finished. Highly Recommended.”


      “A good book to share with kids to remind them they are extraordinary.”

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    Harvey and the Extraordinary Eliza Martin Canada, Anna Bron Canada
    9781773215440 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 8 - 11, Grade (CAN) from 3 - 6, Grade (US) from 3 - 6, Reading age from 8 - 11 Publication Date:November 02, 2021
    $11.95 CAD 5.5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 170 gr | 184 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      “A beautiful story that touches your heart…you will enjoy it if you are a fan of Kate DiCamillo’s novels.”? Rajiv’s Reviews, *starred review

      “Highly recommended”? CM Reviews

      Imaginative, self-confident, EXTRAORDINARY Mimi steps into the spotlight in this charming debut with an emotional heart.

      If you were to imagine an extraordinary moment of destiny, I bet you wouldn’t imagine it in a kitchen on a particularly ordinary Wednesday. I bet you wouldn’t imagine a plate of cheese and crackers or a replacement best friend—but this was my moment. Because when my Dad left to be a trick high diver in Mr. Morelli’s Big Top Circus Extravaganza, he left his ordinary life to achieve his extraordinary destiny. Grandma didn’t realize she had just handed me the key to my extraordinary life.

      Mimi is the expert in all things extraordinary, like snow days, blue raspberry candy, and especially her dad, who recently joined the circus. And she’s sure he’ll be back to recruit her once she proves how extraordinary she can be. With her new hamster as her assistant, Mimi starts rehearsals for a marvelous mime show. But her moody older brother and needy ex-best-friend—not to mention memories of the day her dad left home—keep interfering with her plans.

      Still, Mimi throws herself into her act. Everything has to be perfect for her dad’s return—even if no one but her hamster believes in her. Even if Mimi is starting to doubt her own story, too.

      Debut author Eliza Martin’s quirky characters are brought vividly to life by Anna Bron’s endearing art in this charming novel about savoring the extraordinary in even the most difficult moments.

      Bio

      ELIZA MARTIN is a writer, theatre artist, and arts educator. She works with children and youth in Toronto, Ontario. Harvey and the Extraordinary, based on her 2018 play, is her debut novel.



      ANNA BRON studied traditional animation at Sheridan College. She illustrated the award-winning picture book Salma the Syrian Chef and has animated, designed, and directed commercials and short films. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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      Awards
      Reviews

      “A beautiful story that touches your heart. I highly recommend it and know you will enjoy it if you are a fan of Kate DiCamillo’s novels.”


      “A well-paced, character-driven story that explores grief and abandonment in age-appropriate ways. . . .A quick but fulfilling read that will benefit readers developing their social-emotional skills.”


      “Mimi will stay in your head well after HARVEY AND THE EXTRAORDINARY is finished. Highly Recommended.”


      “A good book to share with kids to remind them they are extraordinary.”

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    Chasing Bats and Tracking Rats Urban Ecology, Community Science, and How We Share Our Cities Cylita Guy PhD Canada, Cornelia Li Canada
    9781773215389 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:November 16, 2021
    $19.95 CAD 7.8 x 10.1 x 1 in | 460 gr | 104 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      Gripping narrative non-fiction with STEM and social justice themes that proves cities can be surprisingly wild places—and why understanding urban nature matters.

      What can city bees tell us about climate change? How are we changing coyote behavior? And what the heck is a science bike? Featuring the work of a diverse group of eleven scientists—herself included!—Dr. Cylita Guy shows how studying urban wildlife can help us make cities around the world healthier for all of their inhabitants. In the process, Guy reveals how social injustices like racism can affect not only how scientists study city wildlife, but also where urban critters are likelier to thrive. Sidebars include intriguing animal facts and the often-wacky tools used by urban ecologists, from a ratmobile to a bug vacuum. Cornelia Li’s engaging illustrations bring the scientists’ fieldwork adventures to life, while urban ecology challenges encourage readers to look for signs of wildlife in their own neighborhoods.

      *A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

      Bio

      CYLITA GUY, PhD is a Toronto-based ecologist, data scientist, and science communicator who studies bats. In her downtime, you can find your friendly neighborhood batgirl chasing her next big outdoor adventure.



      CORNELIA LI is a Chinese-born illustrator based in Toronto. She is intrigued by narrative weaved into daily interactions between people and their surroundings and sets out to capture this relationship by externalizing ideas and emotions into visual elements.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      New York Public Library’s Best Books List 2021, Joint winner
      Rocky Mountain Book Award 2022, Long-listed
      Science Writers & Communicators of Canada Book Award 2022, Short-listed
      Yellow Cedar Award 2021, Nominated
      Reviews

      “A high-interest, intriguing piece of work . . . Curious readers will find this book easy to read and will learn plenty along the way. Teachers could use it to start a discussion or begin a unit on the ecosystems in urban areas.”


      “If city ecology is your thing, this is a good starter book for any age.”


      “Acute yet entertaining writing on an exciting and diverse cohort of real-life scientists makes this book a wonderful urban ecology text for an elementary or even middle school library.”


      “This is Cylita Guy’s first book of nonfiction, and she does it up right. . . . Each scientist, whose work is highlighted, shares stories, research, and adventure. They also offer a challenge for readers . . . Their stories are funny, terrifying, and intense. They offer good advice, entertain, and inform. Questions asked require critical thinking, and discussion.”


      “Gripping narrative . . . Highly recommended for school and public library collections.”


      “Will satisfy curious readers!”

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    Chasing Bats and Tracking Rats Urban Ecology, Community Science, and How We Share Our Cities Cylita Guy PhD Canada, Cornelia Li Canada
    9781773215396 Paperback JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:November 16, 2021
    $14.95 CAD 7.5 x 9.8 x 0.28 in | 330 gr | 104 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      Description

      Gripping narrative non-fiction with STEM and social justice themes that proves cities can be surprisingly wild places—and why understanding urban nature matters.

      What can city bees tell us about climate change? How are we changing coyote behavior? And what the heck is a science bike? Featuring the work of a diverse group of eleven scientists—herself included!—Dr. Cylita Guy shows how studying urban wildlife can help us make cities around the world healthier for all of their inhabitants. In the process, Guy reveals how social injustices like racism can affect not only how scientists study city wildlife, but also where urban critters are likelier to thrive. Sidebars include intriguing animal facts and the often-wacky tools used by urban ecologists, from a ratmobile to a bug vacuum. Cornelia Li’s engaging illustrations bring the scientists’ fieldwork adventures to life, while urban ecology challenges encourage readers to look for signs of wildlife in their own neighborhoods.

      *A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

      Bio

      CYLITA GUY, PhD is a Toronto-based ecologist, data scientist, and science communicator who studies bats. In her downtime, you can find your friendly neighborhood batgirl chasing her next big outdoor adventure.



      CORNELIA LI is a Chinese-born illustrator based in Toronto. She is intrigued by narrative weaved into daily interactions between people and their surroundings and sets out to capture this relationship by externalizing ideas and emotions into visual elements.

      Marketing & Promotion
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      New York Public Library’s Best Books List 2021, Joint winner
      Yellow Cedar Award 2021, Nominated
      Reviews

      “A high-interest, intriguing piece of work . . . Curious readers will find this book easy to read and will learn plenty along the way. Teachers could use it to start a discussion or begin a unit on the ecosystems in urban areas.”


      “If city ecology is your thing, this is a good starter book for any age.”


      “Acute yet entertaining writing on an exciting and diverse cohort of real-life scientists makes this book a wonderful urban ecology text for an elementary or even middle school library.”


      “This is Cylita Guy’s first book of nonfiction, and she does it up right. . . . Each scientist, whose work is highlighted, shares stories, research, and adventure. They also offer a challenge for readers . . . Their stories are funny, terrifying, and intense. They offer good advice, entertain, and inform. Questions asked require critical thinking, and discussion.”


      “Gripping narrative . . . Highly recommended for school and public library collections.”


      “Will satisfy curious readers!”

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    9781773215488 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:November 16, 2021
    $24.95 CAD 6.1 x 8.1 x 0.8 in | 600 gr | 272 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      Description

      “Unforgettable . . . will shake middle grade readers to the core.”—School Library Journal, starred review

      Beautifully illustrated, relatable, and genuine. —Molly Brooks, creator of Sanity & Tallulah

      “Everyone needs to buy this book now. Seriously. Buy it, read it, share it.”—Colleen Nelson, author and teacher

      Honest and funny, this award-winning graphic novel from a debut creator is a refreshingly real exploration of mental health, cultural differences, and the trials of middle school.

      Livy is already having trouble fitting in as the new girl at school—and then there’s Viola. Viola is Livy’s anxiety brought to life, a shadowy twin that only Livy can see or hear. Livy tries to push back against Viola’s relentless judgement, but nothing seems to work until she strikes up new friendships at school. Livy hopes that Viola’s days are numbered. But when tensions arise both at home and at school, Viola rears her head stronger than ever. Only when Livy learns how to ask for help and face her anxiety does she finally figure out living with Viola.

      Rosena Fung draws on her own early experiences with anxiety and the pressures of growing up as the child of Chinese immigrant parents to craft a charming, deeply personal story that combines the poignancy of Raina Telgemeier’s Guts with the wacky humor of Lumberjanes. Exuberant, colorful art brings Livy’s rich imaginative world—filled with everything from sentient dumplings to flying unicorns—to life on the page.

      Bio

      ROSENA FUNG is an illustrator and comic artist from Toronto, Ontario. Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, giant murals, and on TV. Her favorite things are reading, cats, and eating snacks.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Bank Street College of Education’s Book of the Year List 2022, Joint winner
      Best of 2021 List, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2021, Joint winner
      Best Bets Book List, OLA 2021, Joint winner
      Best Books of 2021, Kirkus Reviews 2021, Joint winner
      Black-Eyed Susan Book Award 2022, Nominated
      New York Public Library’s Best Books List 2021, Joint winner
      Panda Book Awards 2022, Nominated
      School Library Journal’s Best Books List 2021, Joint winner
      Texas Library Association’s Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List 2021, Nominated
      Reviews

      “Elevates the graphic novel genre with its heartfelt focus on mental health and immigrant experiences.”


      “This is a rich, moving, multimodal reading experience . . . LIVING WITH VIOLA is a major middle-grade graphic novel debut that explores Fung’s weighty themes deftly and with nuance. This is a wonderful book that young readers and grown-up graphic novel aficionados will both appreciate and love.”


      “A poignant and candid exploration of cultural differences and mental health.”


      “A keenly felt and nuanced look at anxiety disorder.”


      “Intimate and unforgettable . . . This deeply moving graphic novel will shake middle grade readers to the core . . . An essential purchase.”


      “Livy’s culturally specific concerns, including her family’s reluctance to discuss mental health, will resonate with diasporic readers, though the exceptionally poignant moments that arise from her work navigating her anxiety reinforce the importance of asking for help for any reader.”


      “The book’s artwork is excellent, and the text works in flawless partnership with it to convey actions, emotions, and moods. . . . an outstanding graphic novel.”


      “This dynamically illustrated graphic novel takes the reader into the inner workings of Livy’s mind and life. One cannot help but cheer for Livy as she slowly overcomes her anxiety and finally breaks free from the negative and destructive voice of Viola.”


      “Fung presents her affecting debut in vibrant, full-color panels overflowing with energy and motion.”


      “A unique book exploring culture and mental health in kids.”


      “Fung successfully strikes a balance in discussing issues of mental health, belonging and cultural differences with engaging illustrations and an interesting story.”


      “Hard to do better than this book. . . . Smart, empathetic, and hopeful.”


      “An honest and hopeful depiction of life with mental illness.”

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    9781773215495 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 Publication Date:November 16, 2021
    $19.95 CAD 6 x 8 x 0.8 in | 520 gr | 272 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      Description

      “Unforgettable . . . will shake middle grade readers to the core.”—School Library Journal, starred review

      Beautifully illustrated, relatable, and genuine. —Molly Brooks, creator of Sanity & Tallulah

      “Everyone needs to buy this book now. Seriously. Buy it, read it, share it.”—Colleen Nelson, author and teacher

      Honest and funny, this award-winning graphic novel from a debut creator is a refreshingly real exploration of mental health, cultural differences, and the trials of middle school.

      Livy is already having trouble fitting in as the new girl at school—and then there’s Viola. Viola is Livy’s anxiety brought to life, a shadowy twin that only Livy can see or hear. Livy tries to push back against Viola’s relentless judgement, but nothing seems to work until she strikes up new friendships at school. Livy hopes that Viola’s days are numbered. But when tensions arise both at home and at school, Viola rears her head stronger than ever. Only when Livy learns how to ask for help and face her anxiety does she finally figure out living with Viola.

      Rosena Fung draws on her own early experiences with anxiety and the pressures of growing up as the child of Chinese immigrant parents to craft a charming, deeply personal story that combines the poignancy of Raina Telgemeier’s Guts with the wacky humor of Lumberjanes. Exuberant, colorful art brings Livy’s rich imaginative world—filled with everything from sentient dumplings to flying unicorns—to life on the page.

      Bio

      ROSENA FUNG is an illustrator and comic artist from Toronto, Ontario. Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, giant murals, and on TV. Her favorite things are reading, cats, and eating snacks.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Bank Street College of Education’s Book of the Year List 2022, Joint winner
      Best of 2021 List, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2021, Joint winner
      Best Bets Book List, OLA 2021, Joint winner
      Best Books of 2021, Kirkus Reviews 2021, Joint winner
      Black-Eyed Susan Book Award 2022, Nominated
      New York Public Library’s Best Books List 2021, Joint winner
      Panda Book Awards 2022, Nominated
      School Library Journal’s Best Books List 2021, Joint winner
      Texas Library Association’s Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List 2021, Nominated
      Reviews

      “Elevates the graphic novel genre with its heartfelt focus on mental health and immigrant experiences.”


      “A poignant and candid exploration of cultural differences and mental health.”


      “A keenly felt and nuanced look at anxiety disorder.”


      “Intimate and unforgettable . . . This deeply moving graphic novel will shake middle grade readers to the core . . . An essential purchase.”


      “Livy’s culturally specific concerns, including her family’s reluctance to discuss mental health, will resonate with diasporic readers, though the exceptionally poignant moments that arise from her work navigating her anxiety reinforce the importance of asking for help for any reader.”


      “The book’s artwork is excellent, and the text works in flawless partnership with it to convey actions, emotions, and moods. . . . an outstanding graphic novel.”


      “This dynamically illustrated graphic novel takes the reader into the inner workings of Livy’s mind and life. One cannot help but cheer for Livy as she slowly overcomes her anxiety and finally breaks free from the negative and destructive voice of Viola.”


      “Fung presents her affecting debut in vibrant, full-color panels overflowing with energy and motion.”


      “A unique book exploring culture and mental health in kids.”


      “Fung successfully strikes a balance in discussing issues of mental health, belonging and cultural differences with engaging illustrations and an interesting story.”


      “Hard to do better than this book. . . . Smart, empathetic, and hopeful.”


      “An honest and hopeful depiction of life with mental illness.”


      “This is a rich, moving, multimodal reading experience . . . LIVING WITH VIOLA is a major middle-grade graphic novel debut that explores Fung’s weighty themes deftly and with nuance. This is a wonderful book that young readers and grown-up graphic novel aficionados will both appreciate and love.”

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    9781773215280 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Disabilities & Special Needs Age (years) from 13 - 16, Grade (CAN) from 7 - 11, Grade (US) from 7 - 11, Reading age from 13 - 16 Publication Date:November 16, 2021
    $24.95 CAD 6.3 x 9.25 x 1.25 in | 870 gr | 388 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      “Exceptional . . . full of distilled knowledge of a marginalized community and awareness of the Deaf.” —Cheyenna Clearbrook, star of Deaf U

      Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award for Teens 2021

      A Kirkus Best Book of 2021

      Part coming of age, part call to action, this fast-paced #ownvoices novel about a Deaf teenager is a unique and inspiring exploration of what it means to belong.

      Smart, artistic, and independent, sixteen year old Piper is tired of trying to conform. Her mom wants her to be “normal,” to pass as hearing, to get a good job. But in a time of food scarcity, environmental collapse, and political corruption, Piper has other things on her mind—like survival.

      Piper has always been told that she needs to compensate for her Deafness in a world made for those who can hear. But when she meets Marley, a new world opens up—one where Deafness is something to celebrate, and where resilience means taking action, building a com-munity, and believing in something better.

      Published to rave reviews as Future Girl in Australia (Allen & Unwin, Sept. 2020), this empowering, unforgettable story is told through a visual extravaganza of text, paint, collage, and drawings. Set in an ominously prescient near future, The Words in My Hands is very much a novel for our turbulent times.

      Bio

      Asphyxia is an artist, writer, public speaker, avid art-journal creator and the author of the much-loved junior fiction Grimstones series in Australia. Deaf since the age of three, Asphyxia learnt to sign when she was eighteen, which changed her life. She is now a Deaf activist, sharing details of Deaf experience. She raises awareness of oppression of Deaf people and what we can do to change this. Her free online Auslan course has had over 15,000 students. Asphyxia also loves to share her art-journaling processes, helping others benefit from its powers for self-expression, problem-solving, planning, goal-tracking and self-esteem (see Pinterest: Asphyxia1974). She lives on a small farm where she combines food-growing with art. All the Words That Matter combines all these passions. www.asphyxia.com.au

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      ALA Schneider Family Book Award for Teens 2022, Winner
      Best Books of 2021, Kirkus Reviews 2021, Joint winner
      Best Fiction for Young Adults, YALSA 2022, Nominated
      Reviews

      “Asphyxia has achieved something extraordinary here. THE WORDS IN MY HANDS is not just an immersive story of Piper McBride’s coming-of-age. It is not just a call to action in the face of hunger and environmental destruction. Asphyxia turns the reader into a seed, planting them in her dazzlingly fertile garden of a book, and as the reader nestles deeper into the soil of Piper’s journey from timid girl to a vigorous fighter who embraces her Deaf self, the reader emerges from the book completely transformed, full of exhilarating growth, a flower as gorgeous and healthy as any that Piper grows.”


      “A distressingly insightful vision of the future that also offers warmth and hope.”


      “Everything about this book is brilliant . . . I highly recommend THE WORDS IN MY HANDS for its representation, the storyline, character development and the beautiful art journal style and illustrations. Most books offer the reader one thing, whether it’s a good story or information, and this one is giving you multiple things in one.”


      “Brilliantly imaginative, totally immersive—Asphyxia tilts the world sideways and invites you to see what was always there. Don’t miss this book.”


      “Asphyxia's work is brilliant: a deep original insight, and a book that everyone should read.”


      “A life-changing book for young Deaf and disabled people . . . of personal growth and pride— demonstrating the importance of the #OwnVoices movement.”


      “[C]onfronts the challenges ahead of us and will open minds and hearts to the possibility of other worlds.”


      “I really enjoyed this gorgeous book and related to so many things. That is rare. It has inspired me to write down my experiences and to do more visual art. The story’s really strong, with such a nice-feeling ending, and I loved the note to readers at the end—it gave me goosebumps. I can't wait for the world to read [THE WORDS IN MY HANDS].”


      “A powerful tale of becoming.”


      “Asphyxia, herself Deaf and an artist, has done an outstanding job of relating the experience of being Deaf in this near-future story of a young woman grappling with her identity and finding her voice. The authenticity of this experience and that of being a teen navigating changing friendships and first love make Piper a relatable protagonist whose inner strength will inspire.”


      “A standout must-read for teens and adults.”


      “A blend of coming-of-age story, call to action, and a tale of wanting to belong, this title encapsulates feelings that all teenagers can relate to and understand.”

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