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Tales from Beyond the Brain
By (author): Jeff Szpirglas Illustrated by: Steven P. Hughes
9781459820791 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Horror Sep 03, 2019
$12.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.5 in | 240 gr 192 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C103214 Orca Book Publishers
SYCRA Diamond Willow 2020, Short-listed CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2020, Commended
School can be hazardous to your health.

Imagine walking home from school one day and seeing a brain on the side of the road, a brain that, it turns out, is looking for a new home. Or instead of paying attention to the teacher, you shoot a paper airplane across the room and accidentally rip a hole in the fabric of the universe. And what would you do if you discovered that your class reading group was actually recruiting kids with telekinetic powers? Tales from Beyond the Brain is a collection of thirteen spooky stories that are as outrageous as they are terrifying. It's a throwback to the weird tales of yesteryear, in the vein of Tales from the Crypt and The Twilight Zone, but with contemporary characters and settings. Getting an education has never been more dangerous.

Jeff Szpirglas is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestselling Wild Cards and the Red Maple Award nominee You Just Can't Help It! He has worked at CTV and was an editor at Chirp, Chickadee and Owl magazines. He is the father of twins and has two cats (the cats are not twins). In his spare time, he teaches second grade. Jeff lives in Kitchener, Ontario.

Steven P. Hughes is an award-winning Canadian illustrator whose clients include the Globe and Mail, Reader's Digest and Scientific American. He graduated from Sheridan College with a BAA in Illustration. He lives in Bolton, Ontario, with his wife and their two dogs.

Key Selling Points
With the resurgence of Goosebumps books and movies and the popularity of Netflix’s Stranger Things, kids are gobbling up horror now more than ever.
The book features thirteen tales that will either make you laugh out loud or never want to go to sleep again.
The book is a throwback to the spooky horror tales of yore—think Tales from the Crypt and The Twilight Zone.
Filled with detailed illustrations throughout, every story has at least one illustration.
Jeff is a horror-film aficionado and a teacher. He has written several books for this age range and knows the target market well.
Will be released in time to take advantage of Halloween promotion.

Marketing and Promo Plans

Print and online advertising campaigns
Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
Extensive ARC distribution, including LibraryThing and NetGalley
Blog and social media promotion, focus on spooky elements around Halloween
Planned appearance at local writers festival
Outreach in Orca newsletter

"A good choice for middle-grade readers looking for something smart and scary." - Kirkus Reviews

“Enough twists, freaky turns and bizarre endings to keep young readers engaged and wanting more. Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Each tale quickly builds suspense before closing with a effectively introduce young readers to the pleasures of the genre.” - Publishers Weekly

“Elementary school students looking for something to read after they have exhausted the entire Haunted Canada Series will treasure this, and it is an ideal choice for chapter-book reading children asking for scary books…Also perfect for reluctant readers, and teachers and librarians everywhere will greatly appreciate this addition to the too-small collection of truly scary books for the target age range.” - Resource Links

“Szpirglas writes with a casual straightforwardness and has a keen sense of when to embrace terror and, crucially, when it is more effective to cut away...In the main, genuinely scary, achieving Edgar Allan Poe’s ideal ‘single effect’: every element of each story working together to frighten a new generation of children.” - Quill & Quire

“Will satisfy young horror enthusiasts. Each tale is brief and segmented and will not overwhelm readers. In addition to the great stories are the graphics. Ominous, black and white sketches are interspersed and add to the engagement and excitement of the tales.” - Must Read Literature: K thru YA

"All around pretty good!...I would recommend this book to people who like spooky stuff." - Canadian Children's Book News, student take-over edition

Also Available

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Messy Miranda Jeff Szpirglas 9781459801172 $6.95 CAD Nov 01, 2013


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