Back to School with Buddy and Earl

Buddy and Earl know that with the right education they can become anything — even a dentist or a hot-dog vendor! So they eagerly gather their silly, smelly supplies and head to school.

Trace a path through this maze to help Buddy and Earl find their way to school!


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Buddy and Earl Go to School
by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Carey Sookocheff

Buddy and Earl know that with the right education they can become anything — even a dentist or a hot-dog vendor! So they eagerly gather their silly, smelly supplies and head to school.

In this fourth book in the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series, the dog who likes to play by the rules and the hedgehog who knows no limits learn just how much fun school can be.

The Real-Life Art Heist that Inspired a Novel

Thirty-one years ago today, a famous art heist took place in Melbourne, Australia. This event inspired Gabrielle Williams to write her novel The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex. Read on for more information about the heist, as outlined in the book.

Weeping Woman by Pablo Picasso
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

On August 2, 1986, a group calling itself the Australian Cultural Terrorists stole one of the world’s most iconic paintings — Picasso’s Weeping Woman — off the walls of the National Gallery of Victoria and held it for ransom, demanding an increase in government funding for artists in Victoria. The painting was the subject of an international manhunt involving Interpol, Scotland Yard and the Australian Federal Police.

The Australian Cultural Terrorists were never found.

The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex

by Gabrielle Williams

The Guy decides to have a house party while his parents are out of town. The Girl is adjusting to life in a new country. The Artist has discovered that forgery is a lucrative business. And his Ex, mother of his baby, is just trying to make ends meet.

As Guy, a feckless high-school senior, plans the party of the year, Rafi worries about her mother, who is still grieving over the drowning death of Rafi’s little brother back in Bolivia and haunted by the specter of La Llorona, the weeping ghost who steals children.

Meanwhile, Rafi’s uncle is an art dealer involved in a scheme to steal one of the most famous paintings in the world, but he needs the forgery skills of Luke, a talented artist who has just split up with his girlfriend, Penny, who wants nothing more than to get him back to be a proper father to Joshie, the baby Rafi babysits.

Engaging, provocative, darkly humorous and fast-paced, with a shocking and near-tragic ending, when Rafi’s mother’s grief tips over into mental illness.

“A winning, offbeat romp for all ages.” Kirkus Reviews

“Quiet but layered, Williams’s story lingers.” Publishers Weekly

“An intriguing and twisting plot keeps readers turning the pages to discover how the relatable characters connect.” School Library Journal

“A sophisticated entertainment, this book has intrinsic appeal to adult readers as well as its primary teen target.” Booklist

Nadia L. Hohn on Celebrating Carnival on Emancipation Day

This Emancipation Day, August 1st, I find myself in the birthplace of Caribbean Carnival, on the island of Trinidad. Although Trinidad’s festivities take place before Lent begins, reflecting its largely Catholic majority, Barbados’ Carnival Crop Over and Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival (formerly Caribana) take place during this Emancipation season.

This time of year marks the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the British colonies. Although there were other forms of indentureship and servitude in existence after slavery, it meant a lot for my ancestors to be freed from a life of slavery.

As you may already know, Carnival in any Caribbean nation and across the African diaspora is a “serious thing.” All year long, people pour their resources and energy into preparations for an event that lasts but a few days. To some, it may appear frivolous and maybe even a bit fanatical, but when you consider what is inspiring this fervor — the fact that our African enslaved ancestors were freed from hundreds of years of bondage — it is completely fitting. Today in Trinidad, we prepare to celebrate Emancipation Day with our brothers and sisters across the African diaspora in the Caribbean and all over the world, including Canada. We don bright colors and African prints and watch a parade.

Although I’d never been to Trinidad before today, its Carnival lived in my imagination and inspired my book. Tomorrow, I make my way to Barbados where I will play Mas’ with Crop Over revelers from around the world, casting off our cares and woes, rejoicing in costumes and pageantry under a hot Caribbean sun. Each Carnival song calls to a part of ourselves in which we forget our pains and losses so that we can celebrate our lives, our freedom and our shining moment.

For Malaika in my picture book Malaika’s Costume, it is to forget for a moment that she is poor and living without her mother who has migrated to Canada for work. She finds joy and solace in celebrating Carnival. As I don my costume at Crop Over in Barbados, I will remember my joys and losses this year, including my younger brother who recently passed away. I will celebrate because I’ve survived, and I love and continue to live the dreams of freedom that my ancestors had. And through celebration and festivities, I will keep their memories alive and create new ones.

Malaika’s Costume
Written by Nadia L. Hohn
Illustrated by Irene Luxbacher

It’s Carnival time. The first Carnival since Malaika’s mother moved to Canada to find a good job and provide for Malaika and her grandmother. Her mother promised she would send money for a costume, but when the money doesn’t arrive, will Malaika still be able to dance in the parade?

Malaika’s Winter Carnival is coming soon!

Watch for Malaika’s Winter Carnival, to be published on September 1, 2017!

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