A new novel from Order of Canada recipient Tim Wynne-Jones arrives in October. The Emperor of Any Place (Random House Canada) is described as a “pulse-quickening mystery evoking the elusiveness of truth and the endurance of wars passed from father to son.” Toronto-based theoretical physicist Kevin Sands marks his authorial debut with The Blackthorn Key (S&S Canada), a middle-grade novel in which a young apothecary’s apprentice must solve riddles, decipher codes, and save the world. No biggie. The latest instalment of Jennifer Lloyd’s popular series about a jungle detective is Murilla Gorilla and the Missing Mop. Illustrated by Jacqui Lee, the book will publish with Simply Read in October. Liam O’Donnell launches a new series, illustrated by Montreal illustrator Aurélie Grand, with Owlkids in October. West Meadow Detectives: The Case of the Snack Snatcher introduces readers to Myron and his clue crew sidekicks Hajrah and Danielle. In Winnipeg author Stephanie Tromly’s Trouble is a Friend of Mine (Kathy Dawson Books, Aug.), Zoe Webster finds herself dragged into the search for a kidnapper by the odd (or is that oddly attractive?) Philip Digby.
UP AND DOWN
Megan Crewe concludes her Earth and Sky trilogy with A Sky Unbroken (Razorbill Canada, Oct.), in which Skylar and a small group of Earthlings, having been captured by the Enforcers, find themselves on display in the Kemyates’ human zoo. Eric Walters adds a sequel to 2011’s End of Days with Regenesis (Tundra, Sept.), which follows a group of survivors trying to live underground after an asteroid strikes Earth. Broadcaster, author-illustrator, and funny guy Kevin Sylvester takes a sci-fi turn with Minrs (S&S Canada), in which a 12-year-old boy and his friends seek refuge in mining tunnels when their asteroid space colony is attacked.
NET HEROES AND LITTLE YOGIS
From scoring goals to downward dog, there’s plenty of sporty goodness for readers of all ages this fall
The Yoga Game in the Garden by Kathy Beliveau; Denise Holmes, illus. (Simply Read, Aug.)
In the Swish by Dawn Green (Red Deer Press, Oct.)
The Beautiful Game by David Skuy (Lorimer, Sept.)