Tuesday, October 21, 2008

High Praise for Lobster Press YA Novels!

Posing as Ashley, They Called Me Red, and Tin Angel. Critics agree, these three outstanding novels for teen readers are worthy of praise! Here's the latest buzz...

Posing as Ashley - Kimberly Joy Peters
A positive review of Posing as Ashley will appear in the November issue of School Library Journal. The review hails Peters' realistic depiction of various contemporary issues that many teens face today. It goes on to say, "with the same sincerity as Painting Caitlyn, Peters captures the fragility of the teenage soul and creates an honest character in Ashley. Situations such as her parents' divorce, her mom's illness, and a broken heart will resonate with many teens."

Posing as Ashley was also recently reviewed in CM: Canadian Review of Materials, and asserts that "not unlike her companion novel, Painting Caitlyn, [Peters' latest work] is destined to be a popular pick amongst teen girls and will likely hold great appeal for reluctant readers with its focus on modeling." The main character, Ashley, is seen as "an immediately likable protagonist... [who] will resonate with many readers." For the full review, click here.

They Called Me Red - Christina Kilbourne
The October issue of Quill & Quire includes a rave review of They Called Me Red. Reviewer, Sarah Jessop, notes that the plot "...although fictional, could easily have been plucked from today's headlines. Told with compassion and delicacy, the novel centres on a boy who is changed forever after he's sold into the global sex trade." Regarding the novel's subject matter, Jessop clarifies that "Kilbourne artfully depicts the horrors of forced child prostitution without resorting to disturbing specifics. The plot moves at a heart-pounding pace sure to appeal to young adult readers, and yet Kilbourne manages to imbue her characters with both depth and humanity."

CM: Canadian Review of Materials gave They Called Me Red four out of four stars. The review says that "...the best books deal not just with entertainment, but also education, and this is where Kilbourne stands apart from others... she enlightens her readers on facts of life that, while they could be ignored, are important to deal with in terms of our global community... This is a message of both determination and hope which teens need to hear." For the full review, click here.

Tin Angel - Shannon Cowan
Named one of the "Best Books of the Year" by Quill & Quire in 2007, Tin Angel continues receiving praise! This groundbreaking YA novel has been Shortlisted for the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People. This award, established in memory of the respected historian and children's author, Geoffrey Bilson, is given annually to the Canadian author of an outstanding work of historical fiction for young people. The winner will be chosen on November 9, 2008.

Tin Angel's nomination received mentions in the Vancouver Sun, the Montreal Gazette, and the Parksville Qualicum Beach News (one of B.C.'s daily community newspapers).

Please join us in congratulating these incredibly talented YA authors!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Pier 21 Nominated for First QWF Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature

Pier 21: Stories from Near and Far has been nominated for the Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature! This is the first year that this category has been included. We wish author Anne Renaud the best of luck!

Winners will be announced on Nov. 19 at the QWF Literary Gala at the Lion d'Or cabaret in Montreal. A complete list of nominees can be found by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Grim Hill Author Appearing at Vancouver's VCON - Sci Fi, Fantasy and Gaming Convention

Good news for fantasy book fans!!

Linda DeMeulemeester, the author of award-winning Lobster Press book, The Secret of Grim Hill, will be appearing at Vancouver's VCON this Friday, October 3 for their multi-author book launch. Organizers of the event will be auctioning signed copies of both Grim Hill novels.

Linda DeMeulemeester is a resident of Burnaby, B.C. and has credited her success as an author to her knowledge that danger makes good suspense.

You can visit the Grim Hill website at this link.

Cat Peters just transferred to Darkmont High and hates it. Learning that Grimoire, the private school nearby, is offering scholarships to the winners of a Halloween soccer match, Cat jumps at the chance. When she discovers that an entire soccer team disappeared many years ago, she investigates. This leads Cat to a book about ancient Celtic myth and fairy lore, and she soon realizes that there is something truly wicked at work inside the walls of Grimoire.

It is now November and things have finally gotten back to normal for Cat. Now the big drama in her life isn't a battle against diabolical fairies, but a battle of the sexes on the soccer field. Meanwhile, her little sister Sookie has only been interested in magic since she escaped the fairies on Halloween night. When Sookie takes her discoveries too far, it is up to Cat to set things straight. Can Cat really bear to return to the dreaded Grim Hill for a final confrontation with the powerful beings that dwell there?