The Black Friend by Frederick Joseph came out this week! It’s such an important, timely book from an amazing author and we can’t wait for you all to read it. Head over to our Instagram account right now and you can enter to win a copy for you and a friend! Good luck!
The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person By Frederick Joseph
272 Pages | Ages 12+| Hardcover
ISBN 9781536217018 | Candlewick
For Frederick Joseph, life as a transfer student in a largely white high school was full of wince-worthy moments that he often simply let go. As he grew older, however, he saw these as missed opportunities not only to stand up for himself, but to spread awareness to those white people who didn’t see the negative impact they were having. Speaking directly to the reader, The Black Friend calls up race-related anecdotes from the author’s past, weaving in his thoughts on why they were hurtful and how he might handle things differently now. Touching on everything from cultural appropriation to power dynamics, “reverse racism” to white privilege, microaggressions to the tragic results of overt racism, this book serves as conversation starter, tool kit, and invaluable window into the life of a former “token Black kid” who now presents himself as the friend many readers need. Backmatter includes an encyclopedia of racism, providing details on relevant historical events, terminology, and more.
Happy Sunday! We have a special treat for you over on our Instagram – we’re giving away the first three books in Sabaa Tahir’s explosive An Ember in the Ashes quartet! Head over to Instagram for details on how you can enter, and scroll down for some information about each book. The fourth and final book, A Sky Beyond the Storm, comes out in December and we can’t wait!
An Ember in the Ashes By Sabaa Tahir 480 Pages | Ages 14+ | Paperback ISBN 9781595148049 | Razorbill Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do. But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier – and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined – and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
A Torch Against the Night By Sabaa Tahir 496 Pages | Ages 14+ | Paperback ISBN 9781101998885 | Razorbill After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire. Laia is determined to break into Kauf – the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison – to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom. But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene – Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike. Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own – one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape . . . and kill them both.
A Reaper at the Gates By Sabaa Tahir 480 Pages | Ages 14+ | Paperback ISBN 9780448494517 | Razorbill Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister’s life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor’s volatility to grow her own power – regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path. Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But in the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight. And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender – even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.
A Sky Beyond the Storm By Sabaa Tahir 528 Pages | Ages 14+ | Hardcover ISBN 9780448494531 | Razorbill The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning. At his side, Commandant Keris Veturia declares herself Empress, and calls for the heads of any and all who defy her rule. At the top of the list? The Blood Shrike and her remaining family. Laia of Serra, now allied with the Blood Shrike, struggles to recover from the loss of the two people most important to her. Determined to stop the approaching apocalypse, she throws herself into the destruction of the Nightbringer. In the process, she awakens an ancient power that could lead her to victory – or an unimaginable doom. And deep in the Waiting Place, the Soul Catcher seeks only to forget the life – and love – he left behind. Yet doing so means ignoring the trail of murder left by the Nightbringer and his jinn. To uphold his oath and protect the human world from the supernatural, the Soul Catcher must look beyond the borders of his own land. He must take on a mission that could save – or destroy– all that he knows.
Step 1: Pre-order the book. (You can pre-order from anywhere – even your favorite local bookstore and e-books count, too.)
Step 2: Fill out the form between July 17, 2017 to July 23, 2017 to confirm your pre-order.
Step 3: Once we receive your form, we will send you a “How to Make a Ghost Friend” craft kit or a limited edition READ art print.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: If I already pre-ordered the book, am I still eligible for a gift?
A: Yes! As long as you fill in our form between Monday, July 17, 2017 to Sunday, July 23, 2017.
Q: Is this only open to Canada and the United States of America?
A: Yes, this is for North America only. We are very sorry, international friends!
Q: Can I pick between the two gifts?
A: Unfortunately, no. We will fulfill the pre-orders as they come in to receive one of the two gifts.
Q: What does the “How to Make a Ghost Friend” craft kit include?
A: It includes an instruction sheet, a ghost stencil, two white-colored felt patches, a bundle of stuffing, and a needle and thread. You will need to use your own scissors, pink colored pencil, and black permanent marker.
Q: What does the READ art print look like?
A: It is an 8″ x 8″ card printed on 16 pt uncoated stock. Perfect for framing!
Tundra Books is exhibiting at ALA Annual this year with a very special anniversary in mind. Paired with the great city of Chicago and all its art, we’re bringing something special to the exhibit floor on opening night!
Please say hello to our wonderful marketing and publicity colleagues, Sylvia and Vikki, along with our esteemed publisher, Tara at booth #3826. They will be happy to tell you about our new and upcoming books or to answer any questions you may have. Here is our schedule of booth events:
Friday, June 23, 2017
#Tundra50 Pop-Up Gallery
We asked our illustrators to craft something on the back of our #Tundra50 anniversary tote bags. What they came up with blew us away! As a special treat to ALA Annual attendees, we are having a pop-up gallery from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, June 23, 2017. Join us at booth 3826 for our original art showcase, it’s for one-night only!
Janet Willen and Marjorie Gann: March is Women’s History Month in the U.S., a time to honor women who had the courage to speak up when people in power wanted to keep them quiet. We’re celebrating by showcasing Speak a Word for Freedom: Women against Slavery, which tells the stories of fourteen of these women, abolitionists past and present.
Nineteenth-century Englishwoman Elizabeth Heyrick felt she had no choice but to omit her name from her pamphlet Immediate, not Gradual Abolition, urging a quick end to slavery. In 1824 neither men nor women wanted to hear what a woman had to say on the topic. That didn’t stop her.
When U.S. President Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862, his first words were, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!” The book was Uncle Tom’s Cabin. It opened people’s eyes to slavery’s horrors, turned the North against the South and paved the way for the American Civil War.
Nina Smith, one of today’s heroes, heads an organization that works to free young children enslaved in rug factories in Afghanistan, India and Nepal. Some of the kids are forced to sleep near looms and work seventeen-hour days. When Smith started her work, she thought everyone would agree that slavery was wrong, but she found resistance in surprising places.
These women’s stories and more are highlighted in Speak a Word for Freedom. The book is a critical success:
“An inspiring collection of those who have fought and continue to fight against the evil of slavery and an effectively solemn reminder that slavery remains a global plague.” Kirkus Reviews
“A powerful indictment of human rights abuses and tribute to the women who have fought them.” Starred review, Publishers Weekly
GIVEAWAY: Enter for your chance to win a copy of Speak a Word for Freedom by filling in the entry form below. US and Canada only, March 21-31, 2016. Winner to be announced on April 1, 2016. Giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Sheelagh for winning a copy of the book.