Our queen of spooky middle grade, Charis Cotter, released a new book this fall called The Ghost Road and some of our bloggers participated in a blog tour! Check out what they had to say below and pick up a copy of the book if you’re looking for something to get you in the Halloween spirit.
- Lisa @ remarkablylisa said “Charis Cotter has a way with words that made it a perfect blend of middle grade and young adult level of writing.”
- Jessica @ Vellichors suggested it as a “book to give you the chills and get you ready for Hallowe’en, but still make you feel warm fuzzies.”
- Heather @ Krimsuun Pages liked that “Charis Cotter has a way of describing the environment around the characters that is both eerie and beautiful.”
- Stephanie @ A Dream Within a Dream called it “a fantastic new addition to the middle grade paranormal genre.”
- Katelin @ Pretty Little Library loved “the detailed family history, and the villainous curse that followed the members for generations was a great mystery.”
- Cindy @ Cindy’s Love of Books was “pleasantly surprised” and “instantly sucked in.”
- Amanda @ Brains, Books, and Brawn said that the characters and “lively” and “feel as if they could actually be real.”
- Zoë @ Writing Whimsy thought the setting was “a charming introduction to Newfoundland in the 1970s.”
Such great reviews! If you’re looking for a Halloween book, look no further than The Ghost Road.
The Ghost Road
Written by Charis Cotter
Hardcover | 368 Pages
For the first time, Ruth is heading to Newfoundland to stay with family she’s never met instead of spending the summer traveling with her dad. When she arrives, she finds life in the small community of Buckle very different from Toronto–everyone knows everyone else, and some of them believe in ghosts and The Sight and family curses. Ruth’s cousin Ruby is also staying for the summer, and the two discover they have a lot in common: they both lost their moms when they were two years old, they’re the same age and they even like the same food. But while Ruby believes in spirits and fairies, Ruth believes in science and cold, hard facts.
When they find ominous information on some tombstones in the local cemetery, Ruth and Ruby start investigating their family’s past and discover that twin girls are born in every generation, and every set of twins dies young, leaving their children without mothers. What’s more, one of the twins always has The Sight and can see the Ghost Road that leads to the mysterious lost settlement of Slippers Cove. What happened there? What does it have to do with their family? And who is the ghostly presence that keeps visiting Ruth late at night?
The answers lie somewhere along the Ghost Road . . . if they can only find it.
Last month, we put out a call for reps who were interested in our Winter is a Scream campaign. They provided some spooktacular photos, so we wanted to take a minute to thank these ghouls for showcasing our beautiful books!
Michelle @ the.book.report
Stephanie @ storytimewithstephanie
Nicole @ bekindreread (formerly ifyougiveakidabook)
Ashley/Courtney/Kim @ storymamas
Kathie @ the_neverending_stack
Shelly @ the_view_from_where_i_am
Nichole @ nicholemers
Sarah @ thewanderingrumpus
The Painting – Charis Cotter
The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray – E. Latimer
The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim and Monster – Shane Peacock
Seven Dead Pirates – Linda Bailey
Don’t these books look frighteningly fine together?
At Tundra Books we think the dead of winter is the best time to curl up with a bone-chilling read and a cup of something warm (and delicious)! We’re looking for 10 people with Instagram accounts to take part in our #WinterIsAScream campaign, featuring some of our spooky middle grade titles.
Here is how you can enter:
- You must be following @TundraBooks on Instagram.
- You must be a resident of Canada or the United States of America.
- Your Instagram account must be public.
- You must be 18 years of age or have parental permission.
- Entries will be accepted until January 29th, 2018.
Upon being selected, you will be receiving five recently published Tundra books appropriate for readers ages 10+ – along with some other special treats and goodies. You will have to post at least 3 times between February 1st, 2018 and March 31st, 2018, featuring the books sent to you. Please tag @TundraBooks immediately followed by the hashtag #partner and #ad or #sponsored in your photos in addition to #WinterIsAScream. Please make sure that the disclosure occurs before the “expand” or “more” button in the caption. The partnership cannot be buried after. If you post a video, please include “Sponsored by Tundra Books” within the video itself either verbally or through text on the screen.
Sign-up form is now closed. Thank you for those who expressed interest in participating. We will be contacting the chosen reps.
Please join Charis Cotter at the S.P.A.C.E. for the launch of her latest novel, The Painting.
When: Friday, September 22, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The S.P.A.C.E.
Address: 72 Harbour Drive, St. John’s, NL A1C 1B1
Today, the Ontario Library Association revealed the nominated titles for the 2016 Forest of Reading® program. Tundra would like to congratulate our nominated authors and illustrators!
SILVER BIRCH® EXPRESS:
Written by Eric Walters
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Hardcover | 32 Pages
A drought has settled in the area around the orphanage where Boniface lives. There are long line-ups at the tiny spring where all the local people get their water, and suddenly the orphans are pushed to the back of the line, unwelcome. Boniface’s houseparent, Henry, tells him that the people were mean out of fear–they feared there would not be enough water for their families. When the building of the orphanage’s well is completed, Boniface has an idea to help the villagers. A lovely story of kindness and heart, this story shows that, through compassion and understanding, true generosity can spring from unexpected places.
SILVER BIRCH® FICTION:
The Swallow: A Ghost Story
Written by Charis Cotter
Hardcover | 320 Pages
In 1960s Toronto, two girls retreat to their attics to escape the loneliness and isolation of their lives. Polly lives in a house bursting at the seams with people, while Rose is often left alone by her busy parents. Polly is a down-to-earth dreamer with a wild imagination and an obsession with ghosts; Rose is a quiet, ethereal waif with a sharp tongue. Despite their differences, both girls spend their days feeling invisible and seek solace in books and the cozy confines of their respective attics. But soon they discover they aren’t alone–they’re actually neighbors, sharing a wall. They develop an unlikely friendship, and Polly is ecstatic to learn that Rose can actually see and talk to ghosts. Maybe she will finally see one too! But is there more to Rose than it seems? Why does no one ever talk to her? And why does she look so… ghostly? When the girls find a tombstone with Rose’s name on it in the cemetery and encounter an angry spirit in her house who seems intent on hurting Polly, they have to unravel the mystery of Rose and her strange family… before it’s too late.
We Are All Made of Molecules
Written by Susin Nielsen
Hardcover | 256 Pages
Thirteen-year-old Stewart Inkster is academically brilliant but “ungifted” socially. Fourteen-year-old Ashley Anderson is the undisputed “It” girl of grade nine, but her marks stink. Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. “The Brady Bunch” it isn’t. Stewart is trying to be 89.9% happy about it, but Ashley is 110% horrified. She already has to hide the truth behind her parents’ divorce; “Spewart” could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder. They are complete opposites. And yet, no matter their differences, they share one thing in common: they–like the rest of us–are all made of molecules.
The Festival of Trees™ in Toronto will be taking place on May 17-19, 2016 at the Harbourfront Centre. We will be there to cheer on our authors and illustrators!
The winner was announced for the 2015 IODE Violet Downey Book Award and we want to congratulate Charis Cotter, author of The Swallow: A Ghost Story.
Founded in 1900, IODE Canada is a national women’s charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals through education support, community services, and citizenship programs. For more information about their organization and charitable work, please visit www.iode.ca.
The Swallow: A Ghost Story
Written by Charis Cotter
Hardcover | 320 Pages | Ages 9-12
“Spooky tension, friendship and compassion permeate this exquisitely plotted middle-grade ghost story … the story structure weaves its way in and out—riveting and tumbling with tension but never obvious, leaving the readers wondering if anything is really as it seems … readers will seesaw between chills and snorts of laughter. When Cotter delivers the final twist, it is a denouement that becomes a springboard for greater revelations that lead to even greater reader satisfaction. Middle-grade storytelling at its very best—extraordinary.” – Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
For a look at last year’s winner, click here.