Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Dragon Finds New Home in Library

Reading and dragons come together at the Dufferin/St. Clair Branch of the Toronto Public Library in a special room inspired by The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko. After a major renovation and restoration, one of Toronto's oldest public libraries reopened this week. The Dufferin/St. Clair Branch features a KidsStop with an Enchanted Forest theme. KidsStops are interactive early literacy centres where children and their parents and caregivers can learn pre-literacy skills in a hands-on environment. And who better to help young children become excited about books and reading than the iconic dragon from the classic Munsch favourite? The Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system, and we're delighted that Annick Press is a visible presence in this renovated branch.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Time for Celebrating

The second floor of the Gladstone Hotel in downtown Toronto was jam-packed with people of all ages. The beat of an African drum reverberated throughout the room. The media was there armed with cameras and notepads. The occasion? The launch party for The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara and Susan McClelland.

Heralded by School Library Journal as “honest, raw and powerful,” The Bite of the Mango, in addition to being a memoir about lost childhood, suffering, and hope, is first and foremost a labour of love. That was readily apparent in the speech by Susan McClelland, who talked about hearing of Mariatu, then meeting her, and finally knowing that she had to tell her story. It also came across loud and clear from Mariatu herself who spoke about leaving behind the traumatic events of the past to come to Canada where she was warmly embraced by the Sierra Leonean community, supported by teachers and new-found friends, and welcomed into the home of Kadi and Abou Nabe as one of their own. And if there was any doubt left at all, Kadi and Abou spoke about their “daughter,” Mariatu, and how the publication of her book was one of the proudest days of their lives. By this point, there were very few dry eyes left.

The warmth, the pride, the satisfaction of being associated with a book that has the power to change lives were palpable to all those who were part of this very special evening.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Video - Secrets in the Fire

Secrets in the Fire by Henning Mankell (Ages 11+) ;
The unforgettable true story of an indomitable young girl as she transcends the horror of her shattered childhood in war-torn Mozambique.

“A hard-hitting, eye-opening novel that brings readers face to face with the horrors of war.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“One of the first books to dramatize the global landmine crisis…will grab readers with the truth of one child’s terror and courage.”—Booklist, starred review

“Puts a human face on a tragic issue.”—Heather Mills McCartney

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Video - Chanda's Secrets

Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton (Ages 14+ ) ...A book of great sorrow and great hope that puts a human face on the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Smart and determined, Chanda is a character whom readers come to care for and believe in, in spite of her almost impossible situation.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“The statistics of the millions infected with HIV/AIDS in southern Africa find a human face in this gripping story of one teenager.”—Booklist, starred review

“The strong, respectful writing makes this crucial and broadly relevant story unfailingly human.” —Kirkus

“It is not only an important book; it is also a good story.” —VOYA

*Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in YA Literature, ALA *Best Book for Older Readers, Children’s Africana Book Awards *Best Books for Young Adults List, ALA *Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults List, ALA *“Editor's Choice”, Booklist *Top 10 Black History Books for Youth, Booklist

Now available from your favorite bookseller
Published by Annick Press
Distributed by Firefly Books

(c) BookShorts Inc for Annick Press who acknowledge the assistance of the OMDC Book Fund, an initiative of Ontario Media Development Corporation.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Video - Rise of the Golden Cobra - Rise of the Golden Cobra, Written by Henry T. Aubin (Ages 11+): An action-packed tale of revenge and forgiveness from the time of the pharaohs.

"A well-crafted and intriguing adventure.”—School Library Journal
“Reflects the moral dilemmas that our political and military leaders of today face.” –CM Magazine

“…takes young readers on a memorable journey through one of the greatest periods in ancient history.” —Resource Links

*2008 Honor Book, Children’s Africana Book Awards
*Nautilus Book Award 2008, Silver
*2008 Skipping Stones Honor Award
*Young Adult Fiction Top 10 List, Ontario Library Association

Now available from your favorite bookseller
Published by Annick
Distributed by Firefly Books

(c) BookShorts Inc for Annick Press who acknowledge the assistance of the OMDC Book Fund, an initiative of Ontario Media Development Corporation.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Video - The Bite of the Mango

Pictures often speak louder than words. That is why Annick Press teamed up with Book ShortsInc. to produce video trailers for four of our novels. Centred on the theme of Africa Then and Now, these trailers will be posted on our website for everyone to see. We’re hoping that this small taste of our books will make people hungry for more. Let us know what you think.

Click below to play a trailer for The Bite of the Mango, by Mariatu Kamara and Susan McClelland.

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Friday, October 10, 2008