An award-winning and well-reviewed series of middle-grade fantasy fiction that turns the everyday issues of school life into exciting and dangerously different adventure that transports kids into the very best worlds of the imagination.
WOLF PACK SERIES
by Edo van Belkom
Tundra Books, 2005-2008
There’s something different about the Brock kids, Noble, Tora, Argus and Harlan — they’re teen werewolves. And that means trouble as they try and fit in at school without revealing their true selves. In WOLF PACK, a scientist thinks he knows the truth about one of the Brock kids and will kidnap Tora to prove it. How can her brothers save her without confirming the worst? In LONE WOLF, the pack has to deal with trouble at and away from home. In CRY WOLF, how can the pack use their wolven talents to find a missing classmate when their enemies at school are watching their every move — and trying to poison the pack? WOLF MAN brings the kids face-to-face with a lone wolf bent on terrorizing their town.
WOLF PACK won both the Aurora and Silver Birch Awards. The Silver Birch is the most important award for young adult fiction in Ontario, and is given by the people who matter most – thousands of schoolchildren who vote and cheer on their favorites. Van Belkom’s been nominated on many other occasions for the Aurora, the Bram Stoker, the Arthur Ellis and more.
Bram Stoker and Aurora Award-winner Edo van Belkom is the author of over 200 stories of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and mystery. As an editor, he has four anthologies to his credit that include two books for young adults, Be Afraid! (A Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year finalist) and Be Very Afraid! (An Aurora Award winner — Best Work in English). Born in Toronto, van Belkom graduated from York University, then worked as a daily newspaper sports and police reporter before becoming a full-time writer. He lives in Brampton, Ontario, with his wife Roberta and son Luke.
In this stunning debut, author Derrick Chow reenvisions the tale of the Pied Piper. Both terrifying and hauntingly beautiful, Chow masterfully uses literal and figurative monsters to explore the themes of grief and how we handle loss.
by Derrick Chow
Disney-Hyperion, July 2022
(via Kaplan/DeFiore Rights)
Climb aboard the midnight train! Things wondrous and terrible await you… Twelve-year-old Reggie Wong has a quick temper that’s always getting him into trouble at school, while at home his mom struggles to get out of bed–let alone leave their apartment. That’s why Reggie desperately needs his dad back. One problem: His dad is dead.
Enter the Conductor, a peculiar man who promises to make Reggie’s wish to see his father just one more time come true. All he must do is climb aboard the man’s subway train, which leaves St. Patrick Station promptly at midnight. Desperate to have his dad and happy family back, Reggie takes him up on the offer, only to discover the train is filled with other children who have lost a loved one, just like him. As he speeds through the wild, uncharted tunnels beneath the city, Reggie meets Chantal, an annoyingly peppy girl obsessed with lists and psychiatry, and Gareth, his arch-nemesis and bully since the fourth grade. As each kid steps off the train and into the arms of their lost family member, Reggie can’t believe his impossible wish is about to come true.
But when Reggie comes to the end of the line and sees his father waiting for him, he soon discovers all is not as it seems. He and his unlikely new friends have been ensnared in a deadly trap. Together, the three must find a way to foil the Conductor’s diabolical plot and find their way out of the underground subway where horrors worse than they have ever imagined lurk around every corner.
The rats of St. Patrick Station have taken over and they’re absolutely ravenous.
Derrick Chow is an author, illustrator, and comic creator. His short stories have been featured in several comic anthologies; and his illustrations appear in newspapers, magazines, and books across North America. He lives in Toronto, where he is very active in the local arts scene. This is his first novel.
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents critically acclaimed indigenous fantasy writer Rebecca Roanhorse’s thrilling adventure about a Navajo girl who discovers she’s a monsterslayer.
RACE TO THE SUN
by Rebecca Roanhorse
Disney-Hyperion, January 2020
(via Kaplan/DeFiore Rights)
Lately, seventh grader Nizhoni Begay has been able to detect monsters, like that man in the fancy suit who was in the bleachers at her basketball game. Turns out he’s Mr. Charles, her dad’s new boss at the oil and gas company, and he’s alarmingly interested in Nizhoni and her brother, Mac, their Navajo heritage, and the legend of the Hero Twins. Nizhoni knows he’s a threat, but her father won’t believe her.
When Dad disappears the next day, leaving behind a message that says « Run! », the siblings and Nizhoni’s best friend, Davery, are thrust into a rescue mission that can only be accomplished with the help of Diné Holy People, all disguised as quirky characters. Their aid will come at a price: the kids must pass a series of trials in which it seems like nature itself is out to kill them. If Nizhoni, Mac, and Davery can reach the House of the Sun, they will be outfitted with what they need to defeat the ancient monsters Mr. Charles has unleashed. But it will take more than weapons for Nizhoni to become the hero she was destined to be . . .
Timeless themes such as the importance of family and respect for the land resonate in this funny, fast-paced, and exciting quest adventure set in the American Southwest.
Rebecca Roanhorse is a black/indigenous (Ohkay Owingeh) writer of speculative fiction, including two adult books in the Sixth World series, Trail of Lightning and Storm of Locusts, and a Nebula and Hugo-winning short story, « Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience. » RACE TO THE SUN is her middle grade debut. Rebecca, a graduate of Yale, is a lawyer by day who specializes in federal Indian and tribal law. She lives in Northern New Mexico with her Navajo husband and their daughter.
A middle-grade fairytale-inspired fantasy about a twelve-year-old girl who embarks on a mission to save her kidnapped Grandma. She learns that her family have kept generations of secrets hidden, and that she must follow a trail of clues to discover exactly what they are. A rich and dark atmosphere reminiscent of Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Sophie Anderson and Frances Hardinge.
THE CLAMOURING (Book 1)
by Polly Crosby
On submission in the UK
(via Mushens Entertainment)
Twelve-year-old Nesta lives in the woods with her Grandma. It is a lonely life where the woodland animals are her only friends. When Nesta realises that her Grandma is missing, she finds a silver coin which shows her a vision – Grandma was taken by two men in wolfskins and she must rescue her. A local boy, Kit, arrives to take her to safety, but Nesta longs for an adventure and follows him to the bright and noisy town of Ostrov, where the residents are obsessed with fairytales – stories where the women are helpless and dependent, and are always needing to be saved. As the feisty and determined Nesta embarks on a mission to rescue her Grandma, she discovers that generations of secrets have been kept hidden from her. She realises that she must harness her emerging talents to save the only family she knows, figuring out the story of her heritage in the process…
Polly Crosby’s protagonist, Nesta, is non-verbal, and Polly plans to include more representations of disability throughout the series – she herself was the first baby in the world to be diagnosed with cystic fibrosis through the heel-prick test, and living with disability and chronic illness is a theme important to her writing. She intends this to be the first in a series of three books.
Polly Crosby is an alumna of Curtis Brown Creative and holds an MA in Creative Writing from The University of East Anglia. Her debut adult novel, The Illustrated Child, was a runner-up for the Bridport Prize’s Peggy Chapman Andrews Award for a First Novel. It was snapped up by HarperCollins HQ in the UK in a 48 hour pre-empt, and a few days later by HarperCollins Park Row Books in North America. Her second novel, The Unravelling, was published in January 2022 with two more adult novels to come from HQ. THE CLAMOURING will be her first middle-grade book.
La plateforme Disney+ a lancé le développement de Paola Santiago and the River of Tears, une série tv originale basée sur le roman jeunesse de Tehlor Kay Mejia, en partenariat avec UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, la société de production d’Eva Longoria, et 20th Television. Aucune date n’a été annoncée pour le moment. (Lire l’article de Deadline)
Le livre, publié en août 2020 chez Rick Riordan Presents/Disney-Hyperion aux États-Unis, est le premier volet d’une série middle-grade d’aventure et d’horreur qui s’inspire du folklore mexicain. Il met en scène une jeune fille qui s’est toujours appuyée sur les sciences exactes pour comprendre le monde qui l’entoure, jusqu’au jour où elle doit s’aventurer au pays des cauchemars pour retrouver son amie. Le troisième tome est prévu pour août 2022.
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