Anastasia Suen

Developmental Editor

Month: July 2017 (Page 2 of 9)

The Shapeshifter’s Guide to Running Away

The Shapeshifter’s Guide to Running Away
by Lari Don (Author)

Booktalk: The curse-breaking workshop hasn’t exactly turned out how Molly and her friends had hoped. And now something is going wrong with the way curses work. The team need to find the Promise Keeper who controls all curses, but the Keeper is guarded by Atacama the sphinx and his riddle. The five friends set off on a quest that takes them past the misty giant grey men of the mountains, to spar with an ancient snake and battling terrifying Nuckelavee. Can they discover what’s wrong with the Promise Keeper and stop the world of curses from spinning out of control?

Snippet: Molly expected to become human as she leapt through the air.

She expected to beat Innes to the finish line as a hare, change shape as she crossed the stone wall into Aunt Doreen’s garden, and crash-land on the ground as a girl.

That’s what always happened.

She always beat her friend Innes when he challenged her to a race. She always controlled her curse by crossing a boundary and becoming human again, just in time to accept his grudging congratulations.

But this time, when she landed on the ground, she didn’t fall and bash her knees. This time she stayed on all four feet. All four paws.

She was over the wall, over the boundary, and she was still a hare. Still small, vulnerable, defenceless. Still unable to speak.

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How Nivi Got Her Names

How Nivi Got Her Names
by Laura Deal (Author) and Charlene Chua (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Nivi has always known that her names were special, but she does not know where they came from. One sunny afternoon, Nivi decides to ask her mom. The stories of the people Nivi is named after lead her to an understanding of traditional Inuit naming practices and knowledge of what those practices mean to Inuit people.

Snippet:

Nivi’s mom paused. She looked right at Nivi and said, “We all love you, dear Nivi, for all that you are. For the names that you have, for the character and traits we see in you, and the people we are reminded of when we are with you.”

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Piece By Piece

Piece By Piece
by Stephanie Shaw (Author) and Sylvie Daigneault (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Drawing inspiration from the natural world around her, a weaver woman with a magical touch crafts exquisite fabrics. And from the fabric she fashions a wondrous dress, with a bodice that sparkles of starlight and lace like the foam of an ocean wave. The weaver envisions the food and clothing she will be able to buy for her children from the sale of the dress. But when she takes the dress to a local shopkeeper, the weaver is told her work is not saleable. And so she starts over again.

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