Tuesdays with Tundra 3

Tuesdays with Tundra is a monthly post on our new releases. The following books are available today in stores and online!

All Aboard!
Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine

By Monica Kulling
Illustrated by Bill Slavin
ISBN 978-0-88776-945-0
US $17.95 / CAN $19.99
Ages 5-8
All Aboard! Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine is an intriguing and readable introduction to Elijah McCoy that whets the appetite for more, but it also touches on other thought-provoking themes such as slavery, the Underground Railroad, racial discrimination, railroad history, everyday inventions and belief in one’s own ideals…. The wonderful effervescent illustrations of Bill Slavin bring the story to life, capturing the atmosphere of the age with authenticity…. Highly recommended.” – CM Magazine

Dear George Clooney
Please Marry My Mom

By Susin Nielsen
ISBN 978-0-88776-977-1
US $15.95 / CAN $17.99
Ages 11-14
“Nielsen (Word Nerd) has created a narrator as sassy and candid as this memorable novel’s title….Nielsen skillfully balances her story’s keen humor…with poignancy. Especially affecting are Violet’s struggles to accept her father’s new family….” – Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Lucy Unstrung
By Carole Lazar
ISBN 978-0-88776-963-4
US $12.95 / CAN $14.99
Ages 10-14
Teens who get pregnant and raise their babies are often in the news. But what about those children who are growing up with parents scarcely half a generation older than themselves?

Lulu’s Piano Lesson
By Arlene Alda
Illustrated by Lisa Desimini
ISBN 978-0-88776-930-6
US $16.95 / CAN $18.99
Ages 4-7
“…Collage and digital art make for flattened surfaces and stylized shapes, enlivened by varying perspectives. Lulu has a beautiful head of bushy, curly hair and bright blue eyes. As lessons go, it’s a mighty nice one.” – Kirkus Reviews

A Night on the Town
By Caroline Merola
ISBN 978-1-77049-200-4
US $15.95 / CAN $17.99
Ages 3-6
“… Caroline Merola’s bold illustrations saturate every page with colour and create a rich, expressive backdrop to the story. The narrative flows naturally, with light, playful dialogue and a lively pace that will make reading aloud a pleasure. Pickles McPhee and Martha made loveable, spirited heroines…. A Night on the Town is a good-natured, charmingly illustrated book – just the ticket for a vicarious nighttime romp.” – Quill & Quire

Pub Date Giveaway: Which book would you love to get your hands on? Leave us a comment below and one lucky reader will receive a copy of their requested book, courtesy of Tundra! One request per person please. This offer ends on Wednesday, August 11th, 2010!

ALA Wrap up

The American Library Association’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in beautiful Washington D.C. was a great success.

An enormous thank-you to our authors who came by to sign their books.  We wouldn’t be here without you!

Thank you also to the many librarians, educators, booksellers, bloggers, reviewers, writers, artists and library professionals who stopped by to chat about our new titles or even just to say hello.  Your feedback is always appreciated!

Fantastic fall covers on display at booth #2916

Marthe Jocelyn was on hand to sign copies of Which Way?

Michael Mazo signed copies of Brothers

And then posed for a photo with his beautiful family; wife Natallia and daughter Esme

Finn the half-Great author, Theo Caldwell signs his book in green ink
 
See you in San Diego in January for ALA Midwinter!

The Clean Air Commute

This year, the 2010 Clean Air Commute takes place during June 14-18. For that week, try biking, walking, telecommuting, taking public transit, driving a hybrid, carpooling, or even just giving your car a tune-up. Who knows? You might discover a more enjoyable way of commuting.

Yes You Can!
Your Guide to Becoming an Activist
Written by Jane Drake and Ann Love
Trade Paperback
Pub Date: October 2010
Ages 11+  |  176 pages
ISBN 978-0-88776-942-9

  • Did you know? Ann Love, is one of the founding members of Pollution Probe!
  • Did you know? One of Pollution Probe’s first big campaigns was directed at phosphate pollution.

I was in WWF today and noticed they have an interesting campaign add-on to the Clean Air Commute. WWF is encouraging people to pin a car-key on their shirts as a way of pointing out that their choice to cycle or walk is a deliberate alternative to driving. Either you or your parents could do that – choose a sturdy fabric and a strong safety pin to attach the key prominently to the front of your shirt or jacket. So, you do a good thing for the environment and you make the point so that others will think about walking or cycling too… – Ann Love

Cyclist BikeList
The Book for Every Rider

Written by Laura Robinson
Illustrated by Ramón K. Pérez
Trade Paperback
Ages 9+  |  64 pages
ISBN 978-0-88776-784-5

  • Issues concerning cyclists vs. bikers covered in Cyclist BikeList – Mike Marino, The Florida Times-Union/Jacksonville.com
  • Book hits just the right gear – Paul Jankowsky, Owen Sound Sun Times
  • The Bicycle Nut with Laura Robinson discussion Cyclist BikeList – Jerry, The Bicycle Nut

Bring the kids and spend an afternoon with author Laura Robinson and discover the joy of cycling. Laura will be launching Cyclist BikeList with Octopus Books on Sunday, June 6, 2010.

For more information on the Clean Air Commute or to register your workplace, please visit their website: www.cleanaircommute.ca

BookExpo America 2010

Will you be going to New York for BookExpo America? If so, make sure to stop by these signing tables to meet our authors:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Signing Table 22 – 10:00
Rona Arato, author of Mrs. Kaputnik’s Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium will be signing.
For ages 8-11

Treat yourself to a visit to the wackiest restaurant ever! Mrs. Kaputnik’s Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium is a colourful tale that blends history and fantasy with a journey of discovery, adventure, and fun.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Signing Table 2 – 12:00
Tom Slaughter, illustrator of Which Way? will be signing
For ages 2-5

A new book from the team of Marthe Jocelyn and Tom Slaughter, Which Way? is an invitation to explore and understand the concepts we see every day in signs around us.

Thursday, May 27, 2010
Signing Table 1 – 11:00
Arlene Alda and Lisa Desimini, author and illustrator of Lulu’s Piano Lesson will be signing.
For ages 4-7

Who wants to practice the piano? Certainly not Lulu. She’d rather listen to her swing squeak, the bell on her bike ring, or the apples thump as she climbs a tree. Even her shoes play a tip-tap tune as she runs on the sidewalk. Before she knows it, it’s Friday afternoon and time for her piano lesson. Lulu’s heart sinks. She hasn’t practiced all week. Luckily, Lulu’s teacher knows how to inspire his small student.

Thursday, May 27, 2010
Signing Table 1 – 9:30
Dirk McLean, author of Curtain Up! A Book for Young Performers will be signing
For ages 6-8

Young Amaya is auditioning for a role in a professional play. Although she longs to perform, she is about to learn how much team effort and hard work is involved. As the reader follows her progress from a nervous hopeful at an audition through the fittings for costumes, the rehearsals, the memory work, and even stage fright, Dirk McLean introduces the many people and jobs involved in staging a play.

Don’t forget to visit Tundra Books at booth #4252 – Alison Morgan and Pamela Osti will be there to let you know about our new and upcoming books! Or if you’re shy, come say hi and pick up our catalogues, posters, bookmarks, and postcards.

OLA Wrap Up

The expo portion of the Ontario Library Association‘s Super Conference is now over. Another great show and thank you to everyone that came to visit our booth. Here are some photos from the two day show:

Before the show began, all is quiet…

Books on display: OLA Best Bets and OLA Forest of Reading nominees!

Heather Hartt-Sussman came in to sign Nana’s Getting Married on Thursday.

Ann Love came in to sign Talking Tails: The Incredible Connection Between People and Their Pets. Are you dog person or a cat person? Maybe both?

Monica Kulling signing All Aboard! Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine.

Shane Peacock signing Death in the Air: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 2nd Case.

Illustrator Laura Beingessner came in to sign Sail Away with Me by Jane Collins-Philippe.

Rona Arato signing Mrs. Kaputnik’s Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium. She even brought in a giant matzo ball for display!

Not pictured, but Richard Scrimger, Theo Caldwell, Marla Stewart Konrad, and J. Torres also braved the weather to come in to sign their books: