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Last-minute gift ideas: indie booksellers hand-pick more fiction for young readers

Every fall, independent booksellers and publishers work together to promote a range of new titles published in Canada and internationally. Books for Everybody is a hand-picked selection of books for all interests, including young readers. Here are some highlights from the catalogues that provide great last-minute ideas for gifts and stocking stuffers.


Blue Lily, Lily Blue: Raven Cycle #3
Maggie Stiefvater

Blue, a girl with psychic power, and the Raven Boys, a group of private school friends, each with a secret of his own, continue their twisted quest to unlock age-old mysteries in Henrietta, a town seething with paranormal energy.
Fantasy, Myths & Legends, ages 14 and up, $19.99 cl, 400 pp. 978-0-545-42496-7
Also Available:
Raven Cycle #1: The Raven Boys, $10.99 pa, 416 pp. 978-0-545-42493-6
Raven Cycle #2: The Dream Thieves, $10.99 pa, 448 pp. 978-0-545-42495-0


Bone, Fog, Ash & Star: The Last Days of Tian Di, Book III
Catherine Egan
(Coteau Books)

“Yours is the lonely road. You will lose all those you love. You will cut out your own heart.” In the breathtaking conclusion to the epic trilogy, sorceress Eliza Tok finally faces the terrible prophecy made for her when she was twelve.
Fantasy & Quest, ages 12 and up, $12.95 pa, 320 pp. 978-1-55050-593-1
Also Available:
Shade & Sorceress (Book I), $12.95 pa, 352 pp. 978-1-55050-514-6
The Unmaking (Book II), $12.95 pa, 248 pp. 978-1-55050-559-7


The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing
C.K. Kelly Martin
(Dancing Cat Books)

Serena was able to avoid being exploited by a boyfriend on video, but some of her friends were not so lucky. They make a no-more-guys pact; so, what is Serena going to tell her friends when a new guy comes into her life?
Teen Issues, ages 13 and up, $14.95 pa, 256 pp. 978-1-77086-411-5


b>Timmy Failure: We Meet AgainStephan Pastis(Candlewick Press)

Timmy Failure: We Meet Again
Stephan Pastis
(Candlewick Press)

His name is Failure. Timmy Failure. And his detective agency is on the verge of global domination. Global riches. Global fame.
And yet the gods keep throwing him curve-balls: for starters, academic probation. The coveted Miracle Report is the key to everything, including a good grade. It’s dirty business. It’s best you know nothing. But one thing is for sure: Timmy Failure will be triumphant again!
Juvenile Mystery & Humour, ages 8–12, $14.99 cl, b&w illus. throughout, 272 pp. 978-0-7636-7375-8
Also Available:
No.1: Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, $14.99 cl, 304 pp. 978-0-7636-6050-5
No.2: Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done, $14.99 cl, 288 pp. 978-0-7636-6051-2


Twist of the Blade: The Shards of Excalibur, Book II
Edward Willett
(Coteau Books)

Ariane and Wally must travel to France, and go deep underground, to find the second Shard of Excalibur before Rex Major can get his hands on it.
Fantasy & Quest, ages 13 and up, $14.95 pa, 288 pp. 978-1-55050-599-3
Also Available:
Song of the Sword, Book I, $14.95 pa, 288 pp. 978-1-55050-580-1


A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius Stacey Matson (Scholastic Canada)

A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius
Stacey Matson
(Scholastic Canada)

This genius series debut is a fresh and funny story about a boy whose bad luck can’t dampen his spirit—or his love of writing.
Humour & Social Issues, ages 9–12, $14.99 cl, 272 pp. 978-1-4431-3317-3

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