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Kidlit Fall Preview: debuts

Synchro Boy
Shannon McFerran

Arsenal Pulp Press, Nov.

In Synchro Boy, Victoria’s Shannon McFerran follows the athletic and romantic exploits of Bart Lively, a 16-year-old competitive swimmer who is wooed over to the synchronized team. But things get complicated when he falls for his female duet partner – and crushes on a guy on the diving team.


Sanctuary
Caryn Lix

Simon Pulse, July

Southern Alberta’s Caryn Lix takes the prison thriller genre to new places in this YA novel. Kenzie, a prison-guard-in-training, is taken hostage by a group of superpowered criminal teens who’ve been incarcerated in space because they are too dangerous to keep on Earth.


The Light Between Worlds
Laura E. Weymouth

HarperTeen, Oct.

Ontario-born, New York State–based Laura E. Weymouth tackles both the fantasy and historical novel genres in The Light Between Worlds. The YA title follows two sisters who must adjust to life in post–Second World War England after returning from six years in a magical kingdom called the Woodlands.


The Story of My Face
Leanne Baugh

Second Story Press, Sept.

In this YA novel from Victoria writer Leanne Baugh, 17-year-old Abby has only just recovered from a harrowing grizzly bear attack in the Rocky Mountains. Now she must return to school and hope that her friends, boyfriend, and the rest of the student body can see past her extensive scars

 

Tall tales

  1. A Giant Man from a Tiny Town: A Story of Angus MacAskill, Tom Ryan and Christopher Hoyt, ill. (Nimbus Publishing, Oct.)
  2. The True Tale of a Giantess: The Story of Anna Swan, Anne Renaud and Marie Lafrance, ill. (Kids Can Press, Sept.)