2014 IODE Violet Downey Book Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award has been selected and announced. Congratulations to Susan Laidlaw and Andrew H. Vanderwal!

An Infidel in ParadiseAn Infidel in Paradise
Written by S. J. Laidlaw
Hardcover | 320 Pages | Ages 12+
ISBN 978-1-77049-304-9
eBook 978-1-77049-305-6
“Laidlaw, a globetrotting social worker, puts her firsthand knowledge of faraway lands and cultures to good use in this exciting tale of a Canadian teen’s encounters with some of the best and worst features of a radically different society. Emma’s first-person, present-tense narration is realistic and compelling.” — VOYA Magazine

Death of a KingDeath of a King
Written by Andrew H. Vanderwal
Hardcover | 304 Pages | Ages 10+
ISBN 978-1-77049-398-8
eBook 978-1-77049-399-5
“This action-packed historical fantasy, with its breakneck pace, numerous brief chapters, and multiple chases and battles, is perfect for male and reluctant readers, as well as fantasy and historical fiction fans…. The historical details here are impressive.….” — VOYA Magazine

Congratulations to all of the shortlisted authors:

  • Namesake by Sue MacLeod
  • The Power of Harmony by Jan L. Coates
  • September 17th by Amanda West Lewis

The winner will be announced to the public at the 114th IODE National Annual Meeting on May 30, 2014. The winning author will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and will be invited to attend the award ceremony in London, Ontario.

IODE Canada is a national women’s charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals through education support, community service and citizenship programs.

For a list of past winners or for more information about IODE, please visit www.iode.ca.

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The Word on the Street 2013

The Word on the Street

Don’t forget, the Word on the Street is coming  up! Here’s a quick glance at the schedule in Toronto on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at Queen’s Park.

SmokescreenSmokescreen
Written by Nancy Hartry
Hardcover |  208 Pages
Ages 12 and up
ISBN: 978-1-77049-405-3
eBook: 978-1-77049-406-0
Nancy Hartry will be at The Remarkable Reads Tent from 11:30 am – 12:15 pm and at This Is Not The Shakespeare Stage from 1:40 pm – 2:00 pm.

Noni Is NervousNoni Is Nervous
Written by Heather Hartt-Sussman
Illustrated by Geneviève Côté
Hardcover |  24 Pages
Ages 2-5
ISBN: 978-1-77049-323-0
Heather Hartt-Sussman will be at the TD Children’s Reading Tent from 1:30 pm – 1:50 pm.

Where Do You LookWhere Do You Look?
Written by Marthe Jocelyn and Nell Jocelyn
Hardcover |  32 Pages
Ages 2-5
ISBN: 978-1-77049-376-6
Marthe Jocelyn will be at The Remarkable Reads Tent from 11:00 am – 11:30 am.

Whimsy Heavy ThingsWhimsy’s Heavy Things
Written and illustrated by Julie Kraulis
Hardcover | 32 Pages
Ages 4-6
ISBN: 978-1-77049-403-9
Julie Kraulis will be at the TD Children’s Literature Tent from 12:10 pm – 12:30 pm.

Mister Dash and the Cupcake CalamityMister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity
Written by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by Esperanca Melo
Hardcover | 32 Pages
Ages 3-7
ISBN: 978-1-77049-396-4
Monica Kulling will be at the TD Children’s Literature Tent from 1:50 pm – 2:10 pm.

Death of a KingDeath of a King
Written by Andrew H. Vanderwal
Hardcover | 304 Pages
Ages 10 and up
ISBN: 978-1-77049-398-8
eBook: 978-1-77049-399-5
Andrew H. Vanderwal will be at the TD Children’s Literature Tent from 4:20 pm – 4:40 pm.

For more information about the Word on the Street in Toronto, you can visit their website, facebook page, twitter, and blog.

Tuesdays with Tundra 32

Tuesdays with Tundra is a monthly post on our new releases. The following books are available today in stores and online!

Death of a KingDeath of a King
Written by Andrew H. Vanderwal
Hardcover | 304 Pages | Ages 10+
ISBN: 978-1-77049-398-8
eBook: 978-1-77049-399-5
Twelve-year-old Alex, determined to get to the bottom of his parents’ disappearance, sets out on a quest to find them. An ambitious time-travel novel set in Scotland at the time of William Wallace, Death of a King explores the turbulence of the bloody late thirteenth century after King Alexander dies on his way to Kinghorn without leaving an heir to the throne. The country is thrown into chaos, and Alex must overcome many obstacles along his path.

Little Red LiesLittle Red Lies
Written by Julie Johnston
Hardcover | 352 Pages | Ages 10+
ISBN: 978-1-77049-313-1
eBook: 978-1-77049-314-8
The war is over, but for thirteen-year-old Rachel, the battle has just begun. Putting childhood behind her, she knows what she wants – to prove she has acting talent worthy of the school drama club, and what she doesn’t want – to romantically fall for someone completely inappropriate. Worries about her veteran brother’s failing health and repugnance at her mother’s unexpected and unwanted pregnancy drive her to seek solace from a seemingly sympathetic, but self-serving teacher.

ShadowsShadows
Written by Paula Weston
Hardcover | 400 Pages | Ages 14+
ISBN: 978-1-77049-547-0
eBook: 978-1-77049-549-4
It’s almost a year since Gaby Winters watched her twin brother die. In the sunshine of a new town her body has healed, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she fights and kills hell-beasts. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams, he tells her things about her brother and her life that cannot be true, things that are dangerous . . .

Touched by FireTouched by Fire
Written by Irene N.Watts
Hardcover | 208 Pages | Ages 10+
ISBN: 978-1-77049-524-1
eBook: 978-1-77049-525-8
Teenage Miriam gives a first-hand account of the excitement everyone feels about going to America, the “Golden Land,” the journey in steerage, the arrival at Ellis Island, and the discrimination the immigrants feel while seeking employment. When Miriam finally lands a job at the Triangle Shirt Waist Company as a cuff setter, she believes her future in the New World is finally secure. But on March 25, 1911, the fire that starts from overflowing bins of material scraps rages into what becomes known as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, and Miriam’s life is forever changed.

My Name Is BlessingMy Name Is Blessing
Written by Eric Walters
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 6-9
ISBN: 978-1-77049-301-8
Based on the life of a real boy, this warm-hearted, beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Baraka, a young Kenyan boy with a physical disability. Baraka and eight cousins live with their grandmother. She gives them boundless love, but there is never enough money or food, and life is hard – love doesn’t feed hungry stomachs or clothe growing bodies, or school keen minds. Baraka is too young, and, with his disability, needs too much, and she is too old. A difficult choice must be made, and grandmother and grandchild set off on a journey to see if there is a place at the orphanage for Baraka.

Pub Date Giveaway: In the comments below, please tell us which new September release of Tundra’s you would love to read and one lucky reader will receive their requested book! One request per person and please review our rules. This giveaway ends at midnight on Monday, September 16, 2013!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Lori who has won a copy of My Name Is Blessing!

TD Summer Reading Club 2012

Imagine
TD Bank Financial Group, the Toronto Public Library, and Library and Archives Canada are proud to support literacy in Canada by offering the TD Summer Reading Club to Canadian children across the nation in both English and French. This is a great program for parents, librarians, and teachers across the country!

Imagining is creating! What a wonderful introduction to Imagine, the theme of the TD Summer Reading Club 2012. As its name suggests, this theme will familiarize young readers with literature of the fantastic. Readers will be charmed by fantasy stories and novels and they will be enthralled by tales of wonder. They will discover the Gothic and steam-punk worlds where unusual creatures and strange machines can be found in mysterious locales.

Here is a list of our books that are on the TD Summer Reading Club’s various English book lists:

Legends, Folklore, Myths:
Spirits, Fairies, and Merpeople
Native Stories of Other Worlds
Written by C.J. Taylor
Hardcover | Ages 9-12 | Nonfiction
ISBN: 978-0-88776-872-9
C. J. Taylor draws from those stories and from her own Mohawk heritage in this collection of haunting tales about some of the powerful spirits who touch the lives of human folk. The spirits of heaven and earth from the Ute help bring an understanding of the stars in the sky. Illustrated with her own powerful oil paintings, this is a collection to read and an excellent story-teller’s resource.

Sindbad
From the Tales of the Thousand and One Nights
Retold by Ludmila Zeman
Trade Paperback | Ages 7-11 | Nonfiction
ISBN: 978-1-77049-264-6
Perhaps the best known of the Tales of the Thousand and One Nights are those about Sindbad the Sailor. For centuries, people have been fascinated by the stories of a simple, sometimes confused, sailor who mistakes a giant whale for a lovely island and the egg of the Roc (a bird so huge that she can carry an elephant in her talons) for a mountain. Sindbad encounters many dangers, but he prevails in this irresistible trilogy, thanks to nothing but his own wits.

Magic:
Daughter of the Great Zandini
Written by Cary Fagan
Illustrated by Cybèle Young
Hardcover | Ages 8-10 | Fiction
ISBN: 978-0-88776-534-6
Tradition is important to the Great Zandini, the great magician of Paris. His grandfather was a magician, his father was a magician, and his son will be a magician too. Unfortunately, his son Theodore does not feel the same way. Zandini won’t hear of opposition. Besides, his arch nemesis, newspaper reporter A. S. Besette, has begun a smear campaign, suggesting the old master is washed up. Zandini creates a new magic show to introduce Theodore as his successor. There’s only one problem: Theodore is a hopeless magician.

Mythical Creatures:
Monsterology
Fabulous Lives of the Creepy, the Revolting, and the Undead
Written by Arthur Slade
Illustrated by Derek Mah
Trade Paperback | Ages 11-12 | Nonfiction
ISBN: 978-0-88776-714-2
Monsterology: Fabulous Lives of the Creepy, the Revolting, and the Undead is the most fun anyone can have with some of the nastiest creatures ever imagined! Who can resist morsels like the fact that “Drakul” means “son of the dragon” in Romanian, that the first Golem may have been Enkidu, who appeared in the ancient Epic of Gilgamesh, and that Frankenstein’s Monster was first inspired by Mary Shelley’s nightmare?

Scary Stories:
Don’t Go In There!
Written by Veronika Martenova Charles
Illustrated by David Parkins
Trade Paperback | Ages 5-7 | Easy Readers
ISBN: 978-0-88776-781-4
Ghostly tales of strange things lurking in forbidden places tie these three stories together. The boys have been warned not to go into a certain room while they are pet-sitting for the neighbor, but, of course, their bravado leads to a session of one-upmanship and the distinct possibility that the cats they are looking after may not be cats at all. Stories from Russia, the United States, and the West Indies are highlighted.

Don’t Talk to Strangers!
Written by Veronika Martenova Charles
Illustrated by David Parkins
Trade Paperback | Ages 6-8 | Easy Readers
ISBN: 978-0-88776-847-7
This time a lost dog sparks the theme of strangers and the wisdom in avoiding them. And what a collection of strangers they are! Headless trolls, people with pointy ears and huge eyes, and long-lost “aunties,” who enjoy eating their guests. Stories from Scandinavia, Sierra Leone, and Iraq are highlighted in this universal warning.

The Fortress of Kaspar Snit
Written by Cary Fagan
Trade Paperback | Ages 8-10 | Fiction
ISBN: 978-0-88776-665-7
Kaspar Snit is a villainous villain who is determined to steal all the fountains in the world. Why? Fountains are beautiful and give people pleasure, two things he can’t abide. Can a family of four who love fountains rescue them from the hands of this dastardly scoundrel? Especially when that family is made up of the four most eccentric individuals you’d care to meet?

Time Travel:
The Battle for Duncragglin
Written by Andrew H. Vanderwal
Hardcover | Ages 11+ | Fiction
ISBN: 978-0-88776-886-6
Set in the time of William Wallace, this is historical fiction at its bloody best! One of history’s most turbulent times comes to vivid life in this thrilling novel. Twelve-year-old Alex has been raised by his uncle since his parents disappeared on a trip to Scotland many years ago. He’s resigned to spending the summer in Scotland with yet another relative and finds himself on a farm near the ruined remnants of an ancient castle that is rumored to be haunted. Could it have a connection to his parents’ disappearance?

The TD Summer Reading Club is sponsored by TD Bank Group in co-operation with the Toronto Public Library and Library and Archives Canada. A team of children’s librarians from the public libraries of Toronto, Ottawa and Montréal developed the theme and the materials for the program. The participating regions are: Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Please click here for more information about Dušan Petričić, the illustrator who created the artwork for this year’s Reading Club!

Past TD Summer Reading Clubs: 2010 and 2011

ALA 2009

*Sheepish Grin* We know these are late, but at last we’ve posted photos from the ALA Annual 2009 Conference in Chicago!


We had Theo Caldwell signing ARCs of Finn the half-Great on Sunday and Andrew H. Vanderwal signing The Battle for Duncragglin on the Monday.

A Roundup of Ten Questions with…

Open Book Toronto logoOpen Book Toronto is a great literary resource about publishing, books, authors, illustrators, and events. The wonderful team at Open Book Toronto interviewed some of our Spring 2009 authors and illustrators. Many, many, many thanks to Clelia, Amy, and Shannon for their hard work! Click on the links below to read Open Book Toronto’s Ten Questions with:

Stay tuned for interviews from our Fall 2009 authors and illustrators!

BookExpo America 2009

Tundra’s Director of Marketing and Sales and Director of Rights and Special Markets went to BEA this year in New York. Here are a few photos they took:

New York City
Seating around Time Square in New York City! As you can see, the chairs are very popular.

Tundra Books' booth at BEA09
Our booth at BookExpo America! We had a mixture of Spring 2009 titles and advance materials of our Fall 2009 books on display.

Theo Caldwell signing Finn the half-Great
Theo Caldwell signing ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) of Finn the half-Great at table 12 on May 29.

Theo Caldwell
For more information about Finn the half-Great, visit http://www.halfgreat.com/. You can also write to Finn!

Andrew H. Vanderwal signing The Battle for Duncragglin
Andrew H. Vanderwal signing finished copies of The Battle for Duncragglin at table 7 on May 29.

Andrew H. Vanderwal
To learn more about The Battle for Duncragglin, visit Andrew H. Vanderwal’s website, http://www.duncragglin.com/.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth to say “hi” or to browse through our books. We hope to see you next year at BEA, May 25-27 2010!