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Spring 2013

An Infidel in Paradise
Written by S.J. Laidlaw
Hardcover | 320 Pages | Ages 12+
ISBN: 978-1-77049-304-9
eBook: 978-1-77049-305-6

Set in Pakistan, this is the story of a teen girl living with her mother and siblings in a diplomatic compound. As if getting used to another new country and set of customs and friends isn't enough, she must cope with an increasingly tense political situation that becomes dangerous with alarming speed. Her life and those of her sister and brother depend on her resourcefulness and the unexpected help of an enigmatic Muslim classmate.

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Beyond the Moongate
True Stories of 1920s China
Written by Elizabeth Quan
Hardcover | 40 Pages | Ages 6-8
ISBN: 978-1-77049-383-4
eBook: 978-1-77049-382-7

Ancient Chinese architects had sculpted stone piled on sculpted stone to form round doorways, with the spiritual symbolism of the full moon. To step through one of these doorways was to step into a world of peace and happiness.... And so it was in the 1920s that the Lee King family—father, mother, and six children, aged ten months to seven years—traveled from their home in Canada, across the Pacific Ocean, to inland China. There, they had the opportunity to step beyond the moongate into a land not yet touched by modern warfare or political unrest.

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Checkers and Dot at the Beach
Written by J. Torres
Illustrated by J. Lum
Board | 16 Pages | Ages 0-4
ISBN: 978-1-77049-444-2
Welcome back to the wonderfully patterned world of Checkers and Dot! Checkers and Dot at the Beach invites us to follow along with Checkers and Dot as they explore the beach, counting as they go.

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Checkers and Dot on the Farm
Written by J. Torres
Illustrated by J. Lum
Board | 16 Pages | Ages 0-4
ISBN: 978-1-77049-443-5
Checkers and Dot on the Farm follows Checkers and Dot to the farm, where they meet some animal friends and learn some new animal sounds.

    

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It's Not About the Ball!
Written by Veronika Martenova Charles
Illustrated by David Parkins
Trade Paperback | 64 Pages | Ages 5-8
ISBN: 978-1-77049-330-8
eBook: 978-1-77049-335-3

A fresh new collection of Wonder Tales to delight the learning-to-read set. It's Not About the Ball! includes three stories based on The Frog Prince.

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It's Not About the Beanstalk!
Written by Veronika Martenova Charles
Illustrated by David Parkins
Trade Paperback | 64 Pages | Ages 5-8
ISBN: 978-1-77049-327-8
eBook: 978-1-77049-332-2

A fresh new collection of Wonder Tales to delight the learning-to-read set. It's Not About the Beanstalk! includes three stories based on Jack and the Beanstalk.

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It's Not About the Diamonds!
Written by Veronika Martenova Charles
Illustrated by David Parkins
Trade Paperback | 64 Pages | Ages 5-8
ISBN: 978-1-77049-328-5
eBook: 978-1-77049-333-9

A fresh new collection of Wonder Tales to delight the learning-to-read set. It's Not About the Diamonds! includes three stories based on Diamonds and Toads.

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It's Not About the Straw!
Written by Veronika Martenova Charles
Illustrated by David Parkins
Trade Paperback | 64 Pages | Ages 5-8
ISBN: 978-1-77049-326-1
eBook: 978-1-77049-331-5

A fresh new collection of Wonder Tales to delight the learning-to-read set. It's Not About the Straw! includes three stories based on Rumpelstiltskin.

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It's Not About the Tiny Girl!
Written by Veronika Martenova Charles
Illustrated by David Parkins
Trade Paperback | 64 Pages | Ages 5-8
ISBN: 978-1-77049-329-2
eBook: 978-1-77049-334-6
A fresh new collection of Wonder Tales to delight the learning-to-read set. It's Not About the Tiny Girl! includes three stories based on Thumbelina.

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Mister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity
Written by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by Esperança Melo
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 3-6
ISBN: 978-1-77049-396-4

A sequel to Merci Mister Dash!, in this book the delightful hound can be found delivering Madame Croissant's world-famous cupcakes for her bakery. All is well until Daphne, Madame Croissant's ill-mannered niece, appears and the baking world is turned upside down. The story will appeal to dog lovers, cupcake lovers, and anyone TRYING to turn an ill-mannered beast of any kind into a helpful co-worker. The burgeoning cupcake world is turned upside down by Mister Dash and his owner's "lively" niece. Will Madame Croissant's bakery ever recover?


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Nana's Summer Surprise
Written by Heather Hartt-Sussman
Illustrated by Georgia Graham
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 4-7
ISBN: 978-1-77049-324-7

In this third book of related titles, our hero must face one more hurdle in accepting his nana's new "family." Nana's new husband, Bob, has a granddaughter named Hortense. They were friends last summer—but over the winter she's changed and the tentative friendship they shared seems a thing of the past. In this charming picture book about growing up, there is also a message about getting along and finding common ground, even when it's not at all obvious that that common ground will exist! A heartwarming picture book about blended families and overcoming the differences that children face when they mature at different paces.

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Shadow Girl
Written by Patricia Morrison
Trade Paperback | 224 Pages | Ages 9+
ISBN: 978-1-77049-290-5
eBook: 978-1-77049-368-1

A heartbreaking and utterly convincing story about a young girl's struggle to find "home," against a backdrop of an alcoholic father, an absentee mother, and inadequate foster care. Taken from a neglectful home, a young girl is sent into foster care, where her life becomes almost unbearable. This is the story of a resilient young girl who ultimately finds what she needs to survive within herself and within the support of a caring new family. Gritty, raw, and powerful.


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Where Do You Look?
Written by Marthe Jocelyn and Nell Jocelyn
Hardcover | 32 Pages |Ages 2-5
ISBN: 978-1-77049-376-6

Another collage art picture book by the critically acclaimed mother/daughter team of Marthe and Nell Jocelyn. In this book, the concept of homonyms—words that sound and look the same, but have different meanings—is playfully introduced. There's nowhere better to look, it turns out, than on the page right under your nose—where caps, and matches, and glasses and things, are delightfully displayed in all their dual meanings.


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New Screech Owls

Face-Off at the Alamo
Written by Roy MacGregor
Trade Paperback | 176 Pages | Ages 8-11
ISBN: 978-1-77049-418-3
eBook: 978-1-77049-423-7

The Screech Owls have come to the southern city of San Antonio, Texas, a surprising hotbed of American ice hockey. They are here to compete in the San Antonio Peewee Invitational, and between games can explore the fascinating canals that twist and turn through a maze of shops and restaurants in the city's downtown. The tournament has been set up to include guided tours of the Alamo, the world's most famous fort, and for one night the championship team will even get to camp out in the historic site. The Screech Owls discover that the Alamo is America's greatest symbol of courage and freedom, and when Travis and his friends uncover a plot to destroy it, they must call upon all the courage of the fort's original defenders.


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Mystery at Lake Placid
Written by Roy MacGregor
Trade Paperback | 272 Pages | Ages 8-11
ISBN: 978-1-77049-413-8

Travis Lindsay, his best friend, Nish, and all their pals on the Screech Owls hockey team, are on their way to New York for an international peewee tournament. Excitement builds in the team van on the way to Lake Placid. First there are the entertaining antics of their trainer, Mr. Dillinger—then there's the prospect of playing on an Olympic rink, in a huge arena, knowing there will be scouts in the stands.  But they have barely arrived when things start to go wrong. Their star center, Sarah, plays badly from lack of sleep. Next Travis gets knocked down in the street. And then someone starts tampering with equipment. It looks as if someone is trying to sabotage the Screech Owls. But who? And why?

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The Night They Stole the Stanley Cup
Written by Roy MacGregor
Trade Paperback | 176 Pages | Ages 8-11
ISBN: 978-1-77049-414-5

Someone is out to steal the Stanley Cup—and only the Screech Owls stand between the thieves and their prize! Travis, Nish, and the rest of the Screech Owls have come to Toronto for the biggest hockey tournament of their lives - only to find themselves in the biggest mess of their lives. First Nish sprains his ankle falling down the stairs at the CN Tower. Later, key members of the team get caught shoplifting. And during a tour of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Travis overhears two men plotting to swipe the priceless Stanley Cup and hold it for ransom! Can the Screech Owls do anything to save the most revered trophy in the land?

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The Ghost of the Stanley Cup
Written by Roy MacGregor
Trade Paperback | 176 Pages | Ages 8-11
ISBN: 978-1-77049-416-9

The Screech Owls have come to Ottawa to play in the Little Stanley Cup Peewee Tournament. This relaxed summer event honors Lord Stanley himself—the man who donated the Stanley Cup to hockey—and gives young players a chance to see the wonders of Canada's capital city, travel into the wilds of Algonquin Park, and even go river rafting. Mr. Dillinger is also taking them to visit some of the region's famous ghosts: the ghost of a dead prime minister; the ghost of a man hanged for murder; the ghost of the famous painter Tom Thomson. At first the Owls think this is Mr. Dillinger's best idea ever, until Travis and his friends begin to suspect that one of these ghosts could be for real.

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Sudden Death in New York City
Written by Roy MacGregor
Trade Paperback | 176 Pages | Ages 8-11
ISBN: 978-1-77049-415-2

Nish has done some crazy things—but nothing to match this! At midnight on New Year's Eve, he's planning to "moon" the entire world. The Screech Owls have come to New York City for the Big Apple International Peewee Tournament. They'll be playing in Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Rangers, and on New Year's Eve they are going to Times Square for the biggest party in history. The countdown to midnight will be broadcast live on a giant TV screen and beamed around the world by a satellite. But Data and Fahd figure out that with just a laptop computer and video camera they can interrupt the broadcast—and Nish will have pulled off the most outrageous stunt ever.

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Peril at the World's Biggest Hockey Tournament
Written by Roy MacGregor
Trade Paperback | 208 Pages | Ages 8-11
ISBN: 978-1-77049-417-6

The Screech Owls have come to Ottawa, the capital of Canada, to play in the world’s biggest minor league hockey tournament—more than 500 teams gathering from all over the world! Little does Nish realize, as he befriends the hilarious, daring mascot, that he is about to embark on the most terrifying adventure of his lifetime.

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New in Paperback

The Dragon Turn
The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 5th Case

Written by Shane Peacock
Trade Paperback | 256 Pages | Ages 10-14
ISBN: 978-1-77049-411-4

Sherlock Holmes and Irene Doyle are celebrating Irene's sixteenth birthday at the Egyptian Hall as Alistair Hemsworth produces a real and very deadly dragon before their eyes. This single, fantastic illusion elevates the previously unheralded magician to star status, making him the talk of London. He even outshines the Wizard of Nottingham, his rival on and off the stage. Sherlock and Irene rush backstage after the show to meet the great man, only to witness Inspector Lestrade and his son arrest the performer. It seems one-upmanship has not been as satisfying to Hemsworth as the notion of murder. The Wizard is missing; his spectacles and chunks of flesh have been discovered in pools of blood in Hemsworth's secret workshop.
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FENN KIDS

Learn All About Soccer
Written by Al Huberts
Illustrated by Frank Bailey
Trade Paperback | 188 Pages | Ages 4-9
ISBN: 978-1-77049-506-7

Learn All About Soccer introduces young soccer enthusiasts to the game through interactive pages that provide young players and fans with the opportunity to color in players and on-field action, as well as follow mazes, complete word searches and spot the difference puzzles, and more. With action-packed illustrations on each page and exciting play-by-play commentary, young fans will learn all about the game while enjoying the opportunity to develop their understanding of the sport, test their knowledge of soccer, and color the fast-paced world of soccer that appears on each page.


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