TWO Groundwood Titles Win #GGBooks Awards!

Governor General’s Literary Awards Winner Calvin by Martine LeavittWe’re thrilled to announce Martine Leavitt’s Calvin has been selected as the winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award in the Young People’s Literature (text) category! Congratulations, Martine!

In Calvin – part romance, part adventure story, part quest novel — Martine Leavitt brings her inimitable gentle wit, humor and compassion to a story about a teenaged boy struggling to gain control of his own mind and destiny.

“In Martine Leavitt’s Calvin, a boy newly diagnosed with schizophrenia makes a pilgrimage across a frozen Lake Erie. Told in spare, beautiful prose, this transcendent exploration of reality and truth is funny, frightening and affirming. Calvin is an astonishing achievement.” — #GGBooks Jury Statement


Governor General’s Literary Awards Winner Tokyo Digs A Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen HatanakaBut, it doesn’t stop there… there’s a whole garden’s worth of good news today. Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka has won the Governor General’s Literary Award in the Young People’s Literature (illustrated books) category!

Tokyo Digs a Garden marries text and illustration in a richly ornamented dream landscape that simultaneously suggests a digital and an organic world. Kellen Hatanaka’s illustrations are inventive and groundbreaking and the hypnotic text by Jon-Erik Lappano conveys its message in a darkly humourous and elegant manner. A book for any age.” — #GGBooks Jury Statement

Congratulations, Jon-Erik and Kellen!


About Calvin

In the town of Leamington, Ontario, a seventeen-year-old boy is suddenly stricken by a schizophrenic episode and wakes up in hospital. The boy’s name is Calvin, and he is plagued by hallucinations.

As the hallucinations persist, Calvin comes to believe that the answer lies in performing one grand and incredible gesture.

And so he decides to walk across Lake Erie. In January. The temperatures have been below freezing for weeks. The ice should hold…

The lake, it turns out, is more marvelous, and more treacherous, than Calvin had ever imagined — populated by abandoned cars (joy ride!), ice-fishing eccentrics, psychokiller snow beings, and a not-so-mythical sea witch named Jenny Greenteeth.

Not to mention the man-eating tiger that looms just out of his sight lines as he treks.

But the biggest surprise of all is that Calvin finds himself accompanied by Susie, the girl of his dreams. Or is it his dreams that have conjured up Susie?

Part romance, part adventure story, part quest novel, Martine Leavitt brings her inimitable gentle wit, humor and compassion to a story about a teenaged boy struggling to gain control of his own mind and destiny.

About Tokyo Digs a Garden

Tokyo lives in a small house between giant buildings with his family and his cat, Kevin. For years, highways and skyscrapers have been built up around the family’s house where once there were hills and trees. Will they ever experience the natural world again?

One day, an old woman offers Tokyo seeds, telling him they will grow into whatever he wishes. Tokyo and his grandfather are astonished when the seeds grow into a forest so lush that it takes over the entire city overnight. Soon the whole city has gone wild, with animals roaming where cars once drove. But is this a problem to be surmounted, or a new way of living to be embraced?

With Tokyo Digs a Garden, Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka have created a thoughtful and inspiring fable of environmentalism and imagination.

New Releases from Groundwood this August

Our Fall 2016 list starts… now! We’ve got four great new titles publishing this August all of which are available to order right now at houseofanansi.com — check out the list below!


BUDDY AND EARL AND THE GREAT BIG BABYBuddy and Earl and the Great Big Baby
by Marueen Fergus, illustrated by Carey Sookocheff
Publishes August 1st

Mom’s friend Mrs. Cunningham is coming for a visit, and she’s bringing her baby! While Buddy tries to explain the ins and outs of babydom to Earl, neither of them is prepared for the chaos the small and adorable creature brings with him.

When the baby manages to escape from his cage — which Buddy gently suggests is really just a playpen — it’s up to our favorite odd couple to save the day.

This third title in the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series follows a dog who likes to play by the rules and a hedgehog who knows no limits on another fun adventure in deductive reasoning and imaginative play.


A BOY NAMED QUEEN by Sara CassidyA Boy Named Queen
by Sara Cassidy
Publishes August 1st

Evelyn is an only child with a strict routine and an even stricter mother. And yet in her quiet way she notices things. She takes particular notice of this boy named Queen. The way the bullies don’t seem to faze him. The way he seems to live by his own rules. When it turns out that they take the same route home from school, Evelyn and Queen become friends, almost against Evelyn’s better judgment. She even finds Queen irritating at times. Why doesn’t he just shut up and stop attracting so much attention to himself?

Yet he is the most interesting person she has ever met. So when she receives a last-minute invitation to his birthday party, she knows she must somehow persuade her mother to let her go, even if it means ignoring the No Gifts request and shopping for what her mother considers to be an appropriate gift, appropriately wrapped with “boy” wrapping paper.

Her visit to Queen’s house opens Evelyn’s eyes to a whole new world, including an unconventional goody bag (leftover potato latkes wrapped in waxed paper and a pair of barely used red sneakers). And when it comes time for her to take something to school for Hype and Share, Evelyn suddenly looks at her chosen offering — her mother’s antique cream jug — and sees new and marvelous possibilities.


WATCHING TRAFFIC by Jane OzkowskiWatching Traffic
by Jane Ozkowski
Publishes August 1st

While Lincoln gets ready to go backpacking in Australia, Melissa packs for university on the east coast, and a new guy named Tyler provides welcome distraction, Emily wonders whether she will end up working forever at Pamela’s Country Catering, cutting the crusts off party sandwiches and stuffing mushrooms. Is this her future? Being known forever as the local girl whose mother abandoned her in the worst way possible all those years ago? Visiting her spacey grandmother, watching nature shows on TV with her dad and hanging out with Robert the grocery clerk? Listening to the distant hum of the highway leading out of the town everyone can’t wait to leave?

With poetic prose and a keen eye for the quirks and ironies of small-town life, Jane Ozkowski captures the bittersweet uncertainty of that weird, unreal summer after high school — a time that is full of possibility and completely terrifying at the same time.


WHAT MILLY DID by Elise MoserWhat Milly Did
by Elise Moser, illustrated by Scot Ritchie
Publishes August 1st

On a trip to Japan in 1978, Milly noticed that people were putting little bundles out on the street each morning. They were recycling — something that hadn’t taken hold in North America. When she returned to Sauk City, Wisconsin, she discovered that her town’s landfill was nearing capacity, and that plastic made up a large part of the garbage. No one was recycling plastics.

Milly decided to figure out how. She discovered that there are more than seven kinds of plastic, and they can’t be combined for recycling, so she learned how to use various tests to identify them. Then she found a company willing to use recycled plastic, but the plastic would have to be ground up first.

Milly and her friend bought a huge industrial grinder and established E-Z Recycling. They worked with local school children and their community, and they helped other communities start their own recycling programs. But Milly knew that the large-scale recycling of plastics would never work unless people could easily identify the seven types. She came up with the idea of placing an identifying number in the little recycling triangle, which has become the international standard.

Milly’s story is a glimpse into the early days of the recycling movement and shows how, thanks to her determination, hard work and community-building, huge changes took place, spreading rapidly across North America.

The Breadwinner Cartoon Adaptation Releases New Artwork

We are so excited that the cartoon adaptation of The Breadwinner has gone to production! What better way to celebrate than taking a look at some of the newly released artwork from the film. Thanks to Cartoon Saloon for these fantastic images.

The Breakwinner Adaptation Artwork

The Breakwinner Adaptation Artwork

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The Breakwinner Adaptation Artwork

The Breakwinner Adaptation Artwork


The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

The first book in Deborah Ellis’s riveting Breadwinner series is an award-winning novel about loyalty, survival, families and friendship under extraordinary circumstances during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.

Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. Parvana’s father — a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed — works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letters for people who cannot read or write. One day, he is arrested for the crime of having a foreign education, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food.

As conditions for the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy, and become the breadwinner.

You can count on Numeralia

Numeralia by Jorge Elias Luján, illustrated by Isol, translated by Susan Ouriou

From the first page of this unusual and original collaboration between Jorge Luján and Isol, readers will realize that Numeralia is not just another counting book. Whether they are discovering that three is for bedtime kisses, or that five is for secret creatures hiding in a glove, children will delight in the poetic and sometimes surreal text. The illustrations by Isol, winner of the 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, depict a world at once familiar and strange, a place where the three musketeers can suddenly become six, and the ugly duckling is not so ugly after all.

Numeralia

This is a book that presents children with the opportunity to go beyond simply learning to count from zero to ten. The book will encourage very young children (and older ones as well) to create their own meanings and make their own connections between the text and the art.

 

 

Lord and Lady Bunny hop into stores today!

Lord and Lady Bunny — Almost Royalty!

9781554981809_1024x1024Literature’s most endearing rabbits are back in this sequel to Mr. and Mrs. Bunny — Detectives Extraordinaire! While the Bunnys’ human friend, Madeline, worries about saving money for college, Mrs. Bunny is more concerned about how to become a queen.

Unexpectedly, Madeline’s family inherits a sweet shop (candy store!) in England, and it looks for a while as if everyone’s problems are solved. England proves to be full of eccentric characters, strange customs, and even royalty — but holding onto money is difficult for Madeline’s family, and becoming a queen proves harder than Mrs. Bunny had expected.

Lord and Lady Bunny is written by Mr. and Mrs. Bunny,* translated from the Rabbit by multi-award-winning author Polly Horvath, and beautifully illustrated by Sophie Blackall. It’s a sequel that children will laugh over and love.

* Mr. and Mrs. Bunny lives in Rabbitville in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. They have twelve children.

Illustration by Sophie Blackall from Lord and Lady Bunny — Almost Royalty! by Polly Horvath

Illustration by Sophie Blackall from Lord and Lady Bunny — Almost Royalty! by Polly Horvath

Anansi & Groundwood books now available on Kindle

Hey there, eBook fans — we’ve got news for you! A selection of Anansi and Groundwood books are now available on Kindle! You can now purchase our eBooks directly from Amazon and read them on your Kindle eReader. If that isn’t news to make a Monday, we don’t know what is.

Download Anansi books for your Kindle
Download Groundwood books for your Kindle

Looking for our books in other formats? Anansi and Groundwood eBooks are also available from Kobo, the iBookstore, and Overdrive (for library users). For regular paper-and-ink books, head to your favourite bookstore or our website.

Happy reading!

A new Stella and Sam iPad app is available now!

Are you and your kids fans of Marie-Louise Gay’s adorable Stella and Sam books? Have you been watching Disney Junior’s TV adaptation of the books, the Stella and Sam TV show?


Inspired by the TV show, the Stella and Sam Adventures for the iPad launched earlier this year and are an exciting new way for families to get together and play with Marie-Louise Gay’s beloved characters from the Stella and Sam books and TV show.

INTO THE SNOW WE GO, RAINY DAYS, and the newest app — BACKYARD AT TWILIGHT — take children on a quest with Stella and Sam, featuring an animated story and integrated games that are intuitive and fun for young children.

Each adventure features:

  • Four original animated story chapters
  • Three open-ended, age-appropriate games
  • Ten minutes of continuous storytelling
  • Game replay
  • Quick navigation by chapter and game

Check out cutie-patootie Grady’s video review of the iPad apps on LoudMommy:

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The Stella and Sam Adventures for the iPad are created by zinc Roe Design.

Anansi and Groundwood news update

The latest from Anansi:

  • Alison Pick’s Far to Go has been presented with the 2010 Words Worthy Award! This award is chosen by the staff of Words Worth Books to honour a book that has been overlooked by Canada’s major literary prizes. From the press release: “We are pleased to announce that in our estimation, Alison Pick’s second novel Far to Go is the finest work of Canadian fiction published in 2010.”
  • The 2011 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award longlist has been announced — and we are proud to have two Anansi books among the 15 excellent Canadian books longlisted for the award. Congratulations to Lisa Moore (February) and Marie-Claire Blais (Rebecca, Born in the Maelstrom)!

On the Groundwood side:

  • Kirkus Reviews has released its 2010 Best Children’s Books list, and we are thrilled to be strongly represented with two Groundwood titles: Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth! (Marie-Louise Gay) and Arroz con leche / Rice Pudding (written by Jorge Argueta and illustrated by Fernando Vilela)! Congratulations to the authors and illustrators.
  • Playhouse Disney and Astral made a special announcement today: the Stella and Sam TV show, based on Marie-Lousie Gay‘s beloved books, will premiere on Sunday, January 9 at 10:30 a.m. EST! Read the full press release for more.
  • Last, but most certainly not least: today is Gordon Lightfoot’s 72nd birthday! We’re celebrating by reading Gordon’s new book, Canadian Railroad Trilogy, a picture book/gift book that is lavishly illustrated by the brilliant and award-winning illustrator Ian Wallace. Happy Birthday, Gord!

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Gordon Lightfoot admires the art in CANADIAN RAILROAD TRILOGY

Ian Wallace’s amazing original artwork from Canadian Railroad Trilogy is on display now through to October 6, 2010, at the CBC Toronto Atrium (250 Front Street West). Check out these incredible photos of Gordon Lightfoot visiting the exhibit yesterday for the first time:

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Please join us for the opening reception at the Atrium on September 30th at 5:00 pm, hosted by CBC Radio 2′s Bob Mackowycz and featuring a special performance by Jory Nash.

Photo credit: RYAN COULDREY

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Fall 2010 Anansi and Groundwood catalogues now available!

Do you like to be among the first to know about exciting new books? Well, you’re in the right place!

House of Anansi Press and Groundwood Books are pleased to present our FALL 2010 CATALOGUES: the first and best place to look for all the information you need on hot new fall fiction, nonfiction, poetry, picture books, and more!

Download the PDF versions of the catalogues now:

ANANSI FALL 2010 (2 MB)

GROUNDWOOD FALL 2010 (1.8 MB)

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