Reviews of Flannery by Lisa Moore

The wait is finally over. Flannery by Lisa Moore is now available for purchase at houseofanansi.com! Though she is known for her award-winning literary novels, Moore’s new venture is in YA fiction with Groundwood Books. And, similar to her past work, there has been tons of coverage and reviews leading up to the release. Here are just a few of the great things being said about Flannery:

Star Review“Smart, bold, heartbreaking—sophisticated teen readers will be wowed.” Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review“FLANNERY is perfectly planted in the sweet spot of YA writing. It’s good for the smart literary teen and the teen who plows through salacious bestsellers. It’s also for the adult who wants to remember how hard and how beautiful it was to be a teenager. This one is highly recommended.” Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review“An engaging story and strong purchase with some valuable lessons about love, friendship, and growing up.” School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review“More than a teen romance, this poignant, intimate novel is a thoughtful, mature exploration of the joys — and hazards — of love of all sorts.” Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW

“Moore’s vivid writing and keen understanding of interpersonal dynamics bring this to life.” Booklist

“The book will appeal to fans of contemporary romance as well as realistic fiction. The strong sense of place gives Flannery a particularly Canadian flavour, but the universal themes will make it relevant to high school students everywhere. A fast-moving, engaging novel, Flannery is a must for high school libraries. Highly recommended.” Canadian Review of Materials

“Thoughtful readers who appreciated ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell . . . will find much to love in FLANNERY.” VOYA Magazine

“Flannery remains precocious and independent, a pragmatic heroine with a fierce attitude, quiet patience, and indomitable survival instinct.” Publishers Weekly


Flannery by Lisa Moore

Sixteen-year-old Flannery Malone has it bad. She’s been in love with Tyrone O’Rourke since the days she still believed in Santa Claus. But Tyrone has grown from a dorky kid into an outlaw graffiti artist, the rebel-with-a-cause of Flannery’s dreams, literally too cool for school.

Which is a problem, since he and Flannery are partners for the entrepreneurship class that she needs to graduate. And Tyrone’s vanishing act may have darker causes than she realizes.

Tyrone isn’t Flannery’s only problem. Her mother, Miranda, can’t pay the heating bills, let alone buy Flannery’s biology book. Her little brother, Felix, is careening out of control. And her best-friend-since-forever, Amber, has fallen for a guy who is making her forget all about the things she’s always cared most about — Flannery included — leading Amber down a dark and dangerous path of her own.

When Flannery decides to make a love potion for her entrepreneurship project, rumors that it actually works go viral, and she suddenly has a hot commodity on her hands. But a series of shattering events makes her realize that real-life love is far more potent — and potentially damaging — than any fairy-tale prescription.

Written in Lisa Moore’s exuberant and inimitable style, Flannery is by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, empowering and harrowing — often all on the same page. It is a novel whose spell no reader will be able to resist.

Just So Stories Volume II

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Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories is one of the best-loved story collections ever written for children. Now Ian Wallace, one of Canada’s most accomplished children’s book illustrators, reinterprets the famous tales with his vibrant art, bringing Kipling to a whole new generation of young readers.

In this companion to Volume I, which received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Library Media Connection, acclaimed children’s book illustrator Ian Wallace once again reinterprets the famous tales with luminous art, bringing Kipling to a new generation of young readers.

Many of the tales are origin stories, explaining, for example, how an animal came to be, or the how the alphabet and writing began. They all display Kipling’s vivid imagination, inventive vocabulary and engaging word play. And once again Ian Wallace makes intriguing connections between the stories in his richly imagined illustrations. The second volume, as visually breathtaking as the first, includes “The Beginning of the Armadilloes,” “How the First Letter Was Written,” “How the Alphabet Was Made,” The Crab That Played with the Sea,” “The Cat That Walked by Himself” and “The Butterfly That Stamped.”

The first edition of Just So Stories was published in Great Britain in 1902, along with black-and-white illustrations by Kipling himself. The stories have remained in print ever since, delighting young readers in many countries. This new edition, published more than 110 years after the original, has been edited to remove a few references now understood to be offensive.

Inspired by these remarkable stories and the fact that they are set all over the world, Ian Wallace has chosen to make an annual donation to the International Board on Books for Young People’s Fund for Children in Crisis (http://www.ibby.org).

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