The Weekly 411 (10/13/23)
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Oct. 13, 2023 vol. 41
Middle Grade Giveaway
We are excited to host a giveaway of the middle grade book, Coyote Queen, by Jessica Vitalis (Greenwillow/ HarperCollins), out now! Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below.
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About the Book: Twelve-year-old Fud enters a local beauty pageant hoping to win the prize money she and her mother need to escape a desperate situation, but an eerie connection to a local pack of coyotes causes strange changes to her body. Her sense of smell improves, she goes colour-blind, and soon, she has to figure out how to win the pageant with a tail. The Benefits of Being an Octopus meets The Nest in this contemporary novel with a magical twist about family, class, and resilience that Newbery honor winner Gary D. Schmidt describes as “a powerful novel of tremendous empathy and optimism.”
About the Author: JESSICA VITALIS is a Columbia MBA-wielding writer with Greenwillow / HarperCollins. She authored The Wolf’s Curse and The Rabbit’s Gift (which received two starred reviews and was named a Canadian Children’s Book Center Best Books for Kids and Teens 2023). Coyote Queen is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and has already received a Kirkus starred review. A novel in verse, Unsinkable Cayenne, comes out in 2024. Her work has been translated into three languages, and she was named a 2021 Canada Council of the Arts Grant Recipient and featured on CBCs Here and Now and CTVs Your Morning. An American expat, Jessica lives in Ontario with her husband and two daughters but speaks at conferences, festivals, and schools all over North America.
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Picture Book Giveaway
We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Building a Dream: How the Boys of Koh Panyee Became Champions, by Darshana Khiani, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!
About the Book: In Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay, atop a network of stilts, floats the village of Koh Panyee—where a group of boys loved soccer but had nowhere to practice. Where could they find space to dribble, juggle, shoot, and score? The boys looked out at the water and started gathering tools. Even while their neighbors laughed, they sawed wood, hammered nails, and tied barrels together. The team worked for weeks to build Koh Panyee’s first floating field—a place to practice, and a place to transform their community. From author Darshana Khiani and illustrator Dow Phumiruk, based on the real-life story.
About the Author: Darshana Khiani is a computer engineer, children’s book author and South Asian kidlit advocate based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her books include How to Wear a Sari (Versify) and I’m an American (Viking). Visit Khiani’s website at darshanakhiani.com and follow her on Twitter @darshanakhiani.
About the Illustrator: Dow Phumiruk is the award-winning illustrator of over a dozen books for young readers, including One Girl (Abrams), Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team (HarperCollins) and Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 (Henry Holt). Born in Krung Thep (Bangkok), Thailand, Phumiruk lives in Colorado, where she also works as a general pediatrician. Follow her on Instagram @dowphumiruk.
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