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Pencil: A Story with a Point

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From Governor General’s Literary Award finalist Michelle Kadarusman comes a novel about a young violinist who discovers her mother’s family secretly harbor a sanctuary for extinct Tasmanian tigers in the remote Australian rainforest.


Juevenile Fiction for Children Ages 8–12 Free classroom reading guide available Rights available: World ex. North America HC ISBN: 978-1-77278-054-3 Trim Size: 5.5 x 8 in / 13.97 x 20.32 cm | Pages: 192 List Price: $17.95 USD / $22.95 CAD Hardcover with dust jacket | $14.95 ebook

“Incorporating themes of diversity and environmental preservation into her adventure, Kadarusman (Girl of the Southern Sea) creates a story straight out of adolescent daydreams....Compassionate and endearing, Music for Tigers hits all the right notes.” —Shelf Awareness Starred Review “Kadarusman masterfully creates a lush, magical world where issues associated with conservation, neurodiversity, and history intersect in surprising and authentic ways….A beautiful conservation story told in a rich setting and peopled with memorable characters.” —Kirkus Reviews Starred Review “Outstanding...Kadarusman continues to be a clear, insightful, and humourous guide to unfamiliar experiences and settings, and in this case species. She’s unearthed the fascinating history of an extinct animal and entwined it with a heartfelt story of a dedicated family whose good deeds have run up against the ever-encroaching, commerce-driven modern world.” —Quill & Quire Starred Review

“A stirring tale that will inspire young readers to take to heart our collective responsibility as stewards of the planet, Music for Tigers is a coming-of-age story with a conservation twist.” —Foreword Reviews Starred Review

“Kadarusman deftly incorporates Australian history into this middle-grade book that reads like a love letter to the unique flora and fauna of the Tasmanian Tarkine….Music for Tigers is perfect for young readers interested in ecology and preservation.”—Booklist

“A well-told and timely story, which gently but firmly addresses topics such as environmental impact, endangered species, neurodiversity, friendship, bullying, and being your best self.”—School Library Journal

• 2020 Washington Post KidsPost Summer Book Club selection IN A FULL-COLOR DOG BOOK UNLIKE ANY OTHER, acclaimed children’s nonfiction author Rob Laidlaw delves into the history and evolution of dogs as human companions, and empowers young readers to promote the health and happiness of dogs in their own lives and beyond. This immersive nonfiction book also features profiles of children who work toward making a difference in canine lives.

“The author’s obvious love of dogs and the impressive feats of the Dog Patrol will inspire young readers to take an interest in animal welfare causes....Dog lovers will relish the rich detail and extensive photography in this engaging guide to canine care and advocacy.”—School Library Journal

“A fetching book for dog lovers.”—Booklist

Juevenile Nonfiction for Children Ages 8–12 Free classroom reading guide available Rights available: World ex. North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-103-8 Trim Size: 9 x 10 in / 22.86 x 25.4 cm | Pages: 52 List Price: $19.95 USD / $23.95 CAD Hardcover with dust jacket / Index / Glossary / 8-page gatefold illustration

“Clear, accurate, engaging, and informative text combines with a substantial collection of high-interest color photographs, several per large page, to round out a thorough exploration of an important issue….Perfect for dog lovers and those contemplating that critical mission.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The Dog Patrol functions as both a how-to manual on taking care of a dog and a celebration of kids who have made significant efforts to protect and help dogs... An excellent resource for anyone thinking about getting a dog, as well as for those who already have dogs. Highly recommended.”—Youth Services Book Review