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The Teddy Dialogues

BWL Publishing Inc. | The Canine Chronicles


Do you ever look at your dog and wonder what he’s thinking? Well, wonder no more. The Teddy Dialogues takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of what goes in a dog’s mind and how they perceive the odd way their humans behave. Teddy’s dry wit and irascible personality make this a quirky and fun read. You’ll never look at your dog the same after you read The Teddy Dialogues. Prepare to be entertained.

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I could not stop laughing. This book had tears running down my face.  If you've had a bad day and you need a good laugh then I know just what you need - a dose of Teddy.  

 
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Bullies Rule

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Currents


Daniel Abel is surprised when, instead of being punished for "pantsing" another eighth-grader, he is invited to become an ambassador of Mountview High at the school's upcoming open house. What he doesn't realize is that he is part of a social experiment on bullying being conducted by the local university.

He is a little nervous to learn he will be working with Jeff Kover, a tenth-grader with a reputation for being the biggest bully in the school. Daniel has never thought of himself as a bully. He just likes kidding around. But hanging out with Jeff will change Daniel's perspective on bullying and force him to examine his own behavior.

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Monique Polak has written many novels for young adults, including her historical novel, What World Is Left, which won the 2009 Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature. In addition to writing award-winning books for youth, Monique Polak teaches English and Humanities at Marianopolis College in Montréal, Quebec, and also works as a freelance journalist. For more information, visit www.moniquepolak.com.

 
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Crow

Goose Lane Editions


This Crow will ruffle a few feathers.

When Stacey Fortune is diagnosed with three highly unpredictable — and inoperable — brain tumours, she abandons the crumbling glamour of her life in Toronto for her mother Effie's scruffy trailer in rural Cape Breton. Back home, she's known as Crow, and everybody suspects that her family is cursed.

With her future all but sealed, Crow decides to go down in a blaze of unforgettable glory by writing a memoir that will raise eyebrows and drop jaws. She'll dig up "the dirt" on her family tree, including the supposed curse, and uncover the truth about her mysterious father, who disappeared a month before she was born.

But first, Crow must contend with an eclectic assortment of characters, including her gossipy Aunt Peggy, hedonistic party-pal Char, homebound best friend Allie, and high-school flame Willy. She'll also have to figure out how to live with her mother and how to muddle through the unsettling visual disturbances that are becoming more and more vivid each day.

Witty, energetic, and crackling with sharp Cape Breton humour, Crow is a story of big twists, big personalities, big drama, and even bigger heart.

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"Angry, petty, disillusioned, sharp-tongued, battered and bruised by the years, prone to snap decisions and judgments, and yet not a little scared of dying at 40, she's a complex and contradictory figure whose narrating tones relay very human traits — fallibility and indomitability, blindness and insight — via homespun, salty language."

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"Crow delighted me and amazed me the further I read, with its freshness, its daring, its refusal to conform (and the projectile vomiting)."

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"Spurway's use of language is skilful, making the novel highly readable. Crow is ribald, blunt, accessible, and immediately likeable, tumours and all . . . You know how people say, "You'll laugh, you'll cry"? You will. And you will."

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"Ridiculously good."

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"How can you resolve the sharpness of tragedy into a fairy-tale ending? Somehow, Spurway manages it. But even if she lays the sentimentality on pretty thick, she also proves even a Crow's laughter can be pretty infectious."

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Amy Spurway was born and raised on Cape Breton, where, at the age of 11, she landed her first writing and performing gigs with CBC Radio. She has worked as a communications consultant, editor, speech-writer, and performer. Her writing has appeared in Today's Parent, the Toronto Star, Babble, and Elephant Journal. She lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

 
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YOU comma Idiot

Goose Lane Editions


Winner, Quiddity Award for Best Book Trailer

Shortlisted, Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and QWF First Book Prize

"You're the kind of guy who falls in love after one date."

Marginalized and alienated, perennial fuck-up Lee Goodstone is a resounding zero: a low-rent hash-dealer with delusions of inadequacy. He's content to while away the hours of his life drinking, smoking, hanging out, playing the occasional game of hockey, and generally ignoring the world outside his tiny neighbourhood.

But Lee's near-idyllic existence is about to grind into second gear. His friend Henry has been accused of kidnapping and Lee's been cornered by the local media. Another friend has decided to shoehorn his way into Lee's drug business. And he's just made it with his best friend's girlfriend. Clearly, Lee needs a Plan B — not easy for a guy who long ago decided that the correct plan of action is to have no plan at all.

A hip, comedic novel, Doug Harris's YOU comma Idiot is a dark, demented, deeply delightful excursion into youthful alienation and ennui.

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"By the end of the novel, Lee felt like an old friend, someone that I had run into again after a long time and spent the day reminiscing with. ... Harris's book is a surprisingly meaningful work. ... YOU comma Idiot is mostly a really fun and engaging read, and a welcome break from all the other 'eccentric' or 'quirky' novels out there, overbearing in their attempts at literary greatness through offbeat realism."

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"As reader, we are both trapped inside Lee's vision of the world, and watching Harris get it all down with delicious verve and wit. ... I found this a brave book. A hyper-lucid guy plays against the odds, bats out of his league and survives to tell the tale, just."

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"Debuting novelist Doug Harris has crafted a whippet-quick, greasy read in YOU comma Idiot, and it starts with a believable group of characters ... The author also does a splendid job in depicting in minute detail the fading jewel that is Montreal. In fact, he's to Montreal what novelist Russell Smith (How Insensitive, Girl Crazy) is to Toronto ... a clever wordsmith/observer of the under-engaged and slothful."

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"Rapid-fire, authentic and a pleasure to read."

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"More entertaining and relevant than any of the books that won Canadian literary prizes in 2010 ... High velocity purity that doesn't once check itself in the mirror to see if it looks good ... It;s a book full of surprises, some of them uncomfortable, a few uplifting, none plot-driven or arbitrary, and there's absolutely no navel lint clouding the view."

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"Exceptionally realistic — consistently funny. ... A funny slice of life slacker dude style. ... If you were ever a teenaged badass in Montreal, you will know Lee Goodstone. He's the kind of dealer you can befriend with ease; he'll smoke you up for the exchange of his appreciative glances and harness the kind of wit an adolescent girl will swoon for in its cynical wisdom, and later recognize as trite."

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"You comma Idiot ... puts the fun back in books and is sure to be one of the fall's most entertaining reads. You'll bust your guts laughing and you might even crack a rib. More importantly, all humour aside, Harris is great writer. There is a praise-worthy attention to detail here, and that's what makes it the page-turning accomplishment it is."

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"A whippet-quick, greasy read. Harris is to Montreal what novelist Russell Smith is to Toronto ... a clever wordsmith/observer of the under-engaged and slothful."

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"Keen and often humorous ... the fun [Harris] appears to have writing this novel spills over to those of us reading it."

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"[A] blistering social satire, set in Montreal, which frequently had me laughing out loud. ... a tour de force of second-person narration."

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"[A] fun read with a serious dark side."

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"[A] hash-fuelled joyride about some less than beautiful losers ... YOU comma Idiot is a black comedy with some neat twists. Throw in a fresh jacket design and endpaper illustrations by the author and you have a winner."

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In his teens, Doug Harris unloaded watermelon trucks from Florida and disposed of corpses at an animal hospital. Then, in his twenties, he got through film school by working night shifts as a hospital orderly — once again transporting dead bodies. Though it was hard to leave the cadavers behind, at 24 Doug co-wrote and directed the feature film Remembering Mel, a quirky, ambitious comedy that was screened in Canada, Great Britain, and Germany. Today he runs an award-winning video production company.

 
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Bad Day in a Banana Hammock

BWL Publishing Inc. | A Zach and Zora Mystery


Zach wakes up with no memory, no phone, and no clothes except his stripper g-string. And oh yeah! There’s that pesky naked dead guy in bed next to him. Problem is Zach's not gay. Or a murderer. At least, he doesn't think so. Only one person can help him, his sister, Zora. Of course Zora's got problems of her own—she has three kids at home and is eight month's pregnant with the fourth. So she’s a bit cranky. But that’s not going to stop her from helping her brother. With kids in tow, the siblings set how to find the true killer, clear Zach's name, and reassure Zach he's not gay

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"A hilarious murder mystery romp. Ride along with Zach and Zora on this most entertaining of mysteries.”

 
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Orca Book Publishers | Orca Echoes


Johnny Maverick and his friends Tom and Stu want to win the prizes donated for their hockey team's Valentine's Day dance fundraiser. Whoever wins the dance contest takes home all the prizes, one of which is a graphite hockey stick. When the boys learn that Connie, the new girl in Howling, is a great dancer, they each want her as their dance partner. But they don't think about asking her to go with them until it's too late. And as usual, things don't turn out as planned for Johnny and his friends.

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"Flagpoles, toilet water, plungers and arm farting may not win the fair Connie's heart, but these antics will endear Timberwolf Rivals to the young boy reader. Recommended."

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"This is a great early chapter book and the rivalry and sports related action will engage boy readers."

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Sigmund Brouwer is the author of over 20 novels for adults and dozens of books for children. He visits over 150 schools per year to deliver his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation, reaching about 60,000 students per year. Sigmund lives in Red Deer, Alberta. For more information, visit www.sigmundbrouwer.com.

 
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Death Sentences

University of Ottawa Press | Literary Translation


Death may seem a grim subject matter but, in the capable hands of Suzanne Myre, nothing is beyond humour. Though at times sincere, sorrowful, and even a tad gruesome, Death Sentences is also wry, mordant, and amusingly ironic.

Death Sentences features 13 unique short stories, thematically united by death, sex, and existential angst. Solitary and dejected characters explore Montreal’s parks and alleys, seeking comfort and contending with their own everyday tragedies. A woman contemplates the deadly consequences of an almond croissant; another escapes her worries in a monastery. Precocious children’s fates are intertwined with a Rottweiler’s. Young girls fall in love with the most unlikely partners and a woman seeks salvation in a most unconventional way. The tales in Death Sentences intrigue, surprise, and entertain, from one page to the next.

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Suzanne Myre is a prolific and critically acclaimed Montreal writer, specializing in the short story genre. She was shortlisted for the Grand Prix littéraire France-Québec (2003) and the Prix des libraires (2004). Death Sentences is the first translation of her work.

 
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11 Novellen

fabula Verlag Hamburg


11 Novellen über Liebe und Hass, menschliche Grausamkeiten und Schwächen, aber auch berührende Momente der Zuneigung und Nächstenliebe – Joachim Ringelnatz´ Novellen sind Geschichten voller Wendungen und Überraschungen und subtilen Wahrheiten über den menschlichen Charakter. Angereichert mit feinem Humor und poetischer Sprache bleiben sie zeitlos. Eine vielschichtige Lektüre, die zum mehrmaligen Lesen einlädt.

Joachim Ringelnatz (1883-1934) gehört zu den bedeutendsten deutschen Lyrikern und Kabarettisten. Mit bürgerlichem Namen Hans Bötticher verfasste er unter seinem Pseudonym eine Vielzahl an Gedichtbänden, Bühnenstücken und Kinderbüchern.

 
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In the Buff

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Currents


After a big fight with his wife, Rupert's grandfather, known to everyone as Gump, packs up and moves into Gentle Breezes Nudist Community for Active Seniors.

Thirteen-year-old Rupert is sent in to talk some sense into him. While he's there, Rupert accidentally lets Gump's dog, Wayne, escape. Gump is frantic. Wayne is blind and tends to panic. Rupert and his grandfather set out to search the woods, and soon they are lost too. Aside from an apron, Gump is butt naked, and without his phone, Rupert feels naked too.

The only way they are going to get out of this mess is by working together.

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"Very funny. Rupert is a great narrator, and Grant gives him great comic timing…He and Gump make a wonderful 'fish out of water' partnership, endowed with both humour and affection. This novel is a pleasure for readers of any age or level."

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"Grant's fast-paced, hilarious story is filled with nudity-related jokes, puns, and asides…large print, short chapters, and mostly simple sentences also add to the book's appeal, especially for younger or reluctant readers…A very enjoyable read."

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Vicki Grant is the award-winning author of sixteen books for teens. Her books have been translated into fifteen languages. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.vickigrant.com.

 
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LYX.digital | Argeneau


125 Jahre ist es her, seit Beth Argenis zum ersten Mal Cullen "Scotty" MacDonald traf.

125 Jahre ist es her, seit er ihr Leben vor einem der Abtrünnigen rettete. 125 Jahre, seit er zum Traum ihrer schlaflosen Nächte wurde. Mittlerweile ist Beth jedoch selbst zur Jägerin geworden und braucht ganz gewiss keinen Schutz mehr - auch wenn Scotty nach wie vor davon überzeugt ist. Beth hingegen würde viel lieber dieses unbändige Feuer, das zwischen ihnen lodert, mit wilden Küssen löschen ...

"Lynsay Sands' Bücher machen einfach Spaß: sexy, unendlich lustig und bis oben hin gefüllt mit Abenteuern!" Library Journal

Band 26 der Argeneau-Reihe von Spiegel-Bestseller-Autorin Lynsay Sands

 
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