Hello book lovers! The Tundra Books team is headed to ALA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition happening in Chicago on June 22nd to June 27th. We’ll be showcasing many of our wonderful titles at booth 2715! Come by and say hello to our Marketing and Publicity Senior Associate, Sam Devotta; our Marketing and Publicity Associate Director, Sylvia Chan; our Associate Publisher, Elizabeth Kribs; our Publisher, Tara Walker; and our CEO Kristin Cochrane!
We have lots of great programming scheduled with our awesome guest authors, so be sure to check out our list of panels and signings below!
Saturday, June 24th
At 10:30am to 11:20am at the Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage (Booth 1326), join author Ben Clanton for the Booklist Graphic Novels Panel, Part I.
At 1:00pm to 1:50pm at the Author Autographing Station 4, join Ben Clanton for a signing of A Super Scary Narwhalloween.
Sunday, June 25th
At 10:30am to 11:20am at the Diversity in Publishing Stage (Next to Booth 5240), join author Deke Moulton for a talk on Anti-Semitism and Re-Writing Stories in Middle Grade.
At 12:30pm to 1:20pm at the Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage (Booth 1326), join author Ben Clanton for Putting the ‘Sea’ in Comics: Ben Clanton Talks Narwhal and Jelly and Comics for Young Readers.
At 2:30pm to 3:30pm in McCormick Place (Room W183a), join author Jackie Khalilieh for a panel on Advancing Social Justice With Young Adult Literature.
Monday, June 26th
At 10:30am to 11:20am at the Chapter One Stage (Next to Booth 1342), join author Jackie Khalilieh for a talk on YA Romance for the Neurodiverse.
We will also be hosting signings at booth 2715! This is based on first come, first serve. One copy per person while quantities last and you must be in line for the signing to receive a complimentary copy.
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Tuesdays with Tundra is an ongoing series featuring our new releases. These titles are now available in stores and online!
I Am a Meadow Mermaid By Kallie George Illustrated by Elly MacKay 32 Pages | Ages 3-7 | Hardcover ISBN 9780735271371 | Tundra Books A little girl dreams of adventures in the water and feels the spirit of the ocean all around her . . . even though she lives on the prairie, with flat land as far as the eye can see. But she won’t let a little detail like that stand in the way of being a meadow mermaid! Frolicking in the “waves” of wheat and “oceans” of grass, spying sea horses and . . . a shipwrecked sailor? Even if that shipwreck is actually an overturned bike and the sailor a new kid from a neighboring field, it’s still a chance to make a new friend, one with an imagination as expansive and a love of the ocean as deep as the little girl’s own. This fanciful, whimsical picture book will charm young mermaids and little pirates everywhere, and inspire them to embrace the spirit of the ocean in the things around them, no matter where they live!
Something More By Jackie Khalilieh 336 Pages | Age 12+ | Hardcover ISBN 9781774882139 | Tundra Books Fifteen-year-old Jessie, a quirky loner obsessed with the nineties, is diagnosed as autistic just weeks before starting high school. Determined to make a fresh start and keep her diagnosis a secret, Jessie creates a list of goals that range from acquiring two distinct eyebrows to getting a magical first kiss and landing a spot in the school play. Within the halls of Holy Trinity High, she finds a world where things are no longer black and white and quickly learns that living in color is much more fun. But Jessie gets more than she bargained for when two very different boys steal her heart, forcing her to go off-script.
Something More is also available today in Audiobook!
New in Paperback:
Followers By Raziel Reid 336 Pages | Ages 14+ | Paperback ISBN 9780735263826 | Tundra Books After a disastrous date results in her arrest, sixteen-year-old Lily Rhode is horrified to discover her mugshot is leaked on a gossip website. Lily is the niece of Whitney Paley, a Hollywood housewife and star of reality show Platinum Triangle, a soap-opera-style docu-series in the vein of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Hills, revolving around several glamorous families living in the Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Holmby Hills neighborhoods of Los Angeles. When Lily’s mom kicks her out of their trailer home in the Valley, Whitney (Lily’s mom’s estranged sister) invites her to live with her, her movie-star husband, Patrick, and their daughter, Hailey. Lily is set up in the pool house and thrust into the company of reality-star offspring – kids who are born with silver spoon emojis on their feed. Lily’s cousin Hailey and the other teens have lived their entire lives on camera and are masters of deception, with Hailey leading the pack. As Lily learns from the Paleys how to navigate her newfound fame, she finds herself ensnared in the unfolding storylines. What Lily doesn’t know is that she’s just a pawn being used on the show to make the Paleys look sympathetic to viewers while distracting from on-set sexual misconduct rumors surrounding super hero dad Patrick Paley . . . Is Lily safe under Patrick’s roof? Or will Lily be Patrick’s downfall? If she isn’t destroyed by Hailey first. When Lily catches the eye of Hailey’s designated leading man Joel Strom – it’s war!
Narwhal’s School of Awesomeness By Ben Clanton 80 Pages | Ages 6-9 | Paperback ISBN 9780735262553 | Tundra Books Dive into four new stories about Narwhal and Jelly becoming substitute teachers! The two best friends come across an enthusiastic school of fish one morning. Unfortunately, Mr. Blowfish, their teacher, has come down with a cold, and class will have to be cancelled . . . until Professor Knowell (Narwhal) and Super Teacher (Jelly) volunteer to help out! The first subject is Wafflematics, in which Narwhal and Jelly calculate the number of waffles needed to feed the class. That’s what we’re chalking about! Next up is a super-fun science scavenger hunt, followed by a game of “Tag! You’re Awesome!” at recess. Narwhal’s teaching methods may be unconventional, but with Jelly’s help, the two teach (and learn) with their trademark positivity and humor. Before they know it, the day is over . . . but what grade will Narwhal receive from Jelly?
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Father’s Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate the dads (and dad-like figures!) in your life than with a book?
A Bed of Stars By Jessica Love 40 Pages | Ages 4-8 | Hardcover ISBN 9781536212396 | Candlewick Going to bed each night can be dark and scary. The night sky stretches out endlessly, making one sensitive child feel small in comparison. So Dad comes up with a plan: a night of camping out in the desert. Together, the two load up Darlin’, the old pickup truck, and drive over the mountain with the radio on, stopping to shoot the breeze at a junkyard before setting up camp, jumping in sand dunes, and lying back to name all the birds they can see. After sunset, when the young thinker feels tiny against the vast sky, Dad knows just what to ask – and just what to say – to soothe away fears. Maybe this night spent under the stars (and a surprise from Mom and the baby later) are just what is needed to show that the universe is a friendly place. From acclaimed author-illustrator Jessica Love comes a story of small moments between father and child that affirms the comfort of finding one’s place in the world.
Banana By Zoey Abbott 40 Pages | Ages 3-7 | Hardcover ISBN 9780735271418 | Tundra Books My dad is the best. We love hanging out together. Recently, he got this banana. At first, we had a great time with the banana — it does cool stuff and it’s really fun. But lately he’s spending too much time with the banana. He’s distracted, and he’s not enjoying the things he used to enjoy, like hanging out with me. I don’t think this banana is good for him. It’s time to take action. Zoey Abbott tackles parental distraction in a quirky and hilarious way in this parable about too much of a good thing. With her trademark wit and engaging illustrations, she introduces a very wise kid and a not-so-wise parent who eventually see eye to eye in a story that will delight readers of all ages.
Bluey: Father’s Day Fun 40 Pages | Ages 4-6 | Paperback ISBN 9780593386873 | Penguin Young Readers Licenses Celebrate Father’s Day with this fun craft activity book based on the wildly successful animated series Bluey, as seen on Disney+ Find the footy, play Rug Island, create some leaf art, and more with Bluey, Bingo, and their awesome Dad, Bandit!
Daddy By Leslie Patricelli 26 Pages | Ages 0-3 | Board Book ISBN 9781536203820 | Candlewick Baby’s daddy is big and strong, and his legs are so, so long. He plays horsey, he sings, he cooks, he cleans – this daddy can do anything! In a sweet, simple board book threaded with signature humor, Leslie Patricelli pays tribute to the bond between a little one and a doting daddy.
Great Job, Dad! By Holman Wang 32 Pages | Ages 3-7 | Paperback ISBN 9781774880371 | Tundra Books This unique picture book for very young readers celebrates the many jobs being a parent encompasses: A receptionist scheduling important meetings (for playdates), an architect designing buildings (or pillow forts), an inspector (of diapers!) . . . When Dad gets home from his day job at the office, he never knows which job will be waiting for him, but he knows it’ll be fun! Each rhyming spread features intimate, familiar, comforting and humorous depictions of family life through a wholly original – and amazing! – needle-felted lens.
Guess How Much I Love You By Sam McBratney Illustrated by Anita Jeram 40 Pages | All Ages | Hardcover ISBN 9780763674489 | Candlewick Press Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not an easy thing to measure! For two decades, Sam McBratney’s timelessly endearing story, beautifully rendered in Anita Jeram’s exquisite watercolors, has captured the deep and tender bond between parent and child. Guess How Much I Love You is one of the world’s best-loved picture books. Download a pop-up Father’s Day card here.
Hair Love By Matthew A. Cherry Illustrated by Vashti Harrison 32 Pages | Ages 4-8 | Hardcover ISBN 9780525553366 | Kokila Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her – and her hair – happy. Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair – and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.
How to Surprise a Dad By Jean Reagan Illustrated by Lee Wildish 32 Pages | Ages 4-8 | Paperback ISBN 9780593301920 | Dragonfly Books So you want to surprise your dad? You’re in luck! The pages of this book are full of tips on how to become a super dad surpriser, including tips for things you can make, do, or find—just for your dad. Be sure to read up on: · Yummy treats and presents for a dad · What to do if he starts getting suspicious · How to prepare for the big moment (where to hide everyone, and how to practice whispering “Surprise!”)
I Love Dad with The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle 32 Pages | Ages 3-5 | Hardcover ISBN 9781524785895 | World of Eric Carle Celebrate Dad’s special day by saying “I Love You”–with a little help from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This bright and colorful book is the ideal way to tell the person you call “Dad” how much you appreciate him.
I Love You, Daddy! By Edie Evans Illustrated by Melanie Demmer 16 Pages | Ages 2-5 | Hardcover ISBN 9781984892515 | Golden Books Each page of this sweet rhyming Little Golden Book celebrates the love shared between dads and their young children. Spending time together camping, gardening, at the petting zoo, or even just hanging out at home is extra-special when Daddy is there! Filled with fun, colorful illustrations, this is a great gift for Valentine’s Day or Father’s Day – and a perfect read-aloud for any day!
It’s Great Being a Dad By Dan Bar-el Illustrated by Gina Perry 32 Pages | Ages 4-8 | Hardcover ISBN 9781770496057 | Tundra Books A gang of mythical creatures is roaming around a magical land having a great time, until Bigfoot gets his foot stuck in a tree trunk and Unicorn gets her horn impaled on a table and Robot’s saw-arm gets rusted into position. But have no fear! Dad is there to fix things – even when a Sneaky Flying Alligator Pirate steals the Fairy Queen Ballerina Doctor’s wand. A hilarious story about imagination, play and the best parts about being a dad.
Just Me and My Dad By Mercer Mayer 24 Pages | Ages 3-7 | Paperback ISBN 9780307118394 | Random House BFYR Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter is going on a camping trip with his dad in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Whether he and his dad are canoeing, fishing, or building a campfire, parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story. A perfect gift for Father’s Day . . . or any day!
Leo Loves Daddy By Anna McQuinn Illustrated by Ruth Hearson 32 Pages | Ages 0-3 | Board Book ISBN 9781623542412 | Charlesbridge Perfect for Father’s Day or every day, this sweet companion to Leo Loves Mommy and spin-off of the best-selling Lola Reads series celebrates the love between young children and their dads. Leo and Daddy love to make pancakes for breakfast, dance to the beat, and go to the park together. When it’s time to sleep, Daddy’s hugs are the snuggliest.
My Dad Is Awesome by Bluey and Bingo 48 Pages | Ages 3-5 | Hardcover ISBN 9780593519653 | Penguin Young Readers Licenses Bluey and Bingo share why their dad is awesome in this hilarious and heartwarming picture book, featuring everyone’s favorite Heelers. Based on the on the wildly successful animated series, Bluey, as seen on Disney+. Everyone loves Bandit, but especially Bluey and Bingo! He’s always making up funny games, playing Daddy Robot, and taking them on exciting adventures. This is the perfect book to celebrate your dad on Father’s Day, or any day, and share what makes him awesome!
Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Skinnamarink By Sharon Hampson, Lois Lilienstein, and Bram Morrison, with Randi Hampson Illustrated by Qin Leng 40 Pages | Ages 4-8 | Hardcover ISBN 9780735264496 | Tundra Books What does “skinnamarink” mean? You may not find its definition in a dictionary, but the meaning is clear to the generations of children who sang along: friendship, happiness, sharing, community and, ultimately, love. This song has been sung in weddings and in classrooms. It can be fun and silly – especially with the accompanying actions! And it has a way of bringing people together. Based on the classic folk song made famous by a beloved trio of children’s entertainers, this picture book is best sung aloud! “Skinnamarink” is a timeless anthem of love and inclusion.
Tadpoles By Matt James 40 Pages | Ages 4-8 | Hardcover ISBN 9780823450053 | Neal Porter Books One rainy morning, a father and son bond over a walk through a field full of freshly formed ponds teeming with tadpoles. In this tender reflection on the fleeting rhythms of the natural world and the enduring love of family, a boy and his father spend a morning exploring an ephemeral pond, a delicate nursery formed by rainfall, perfect for sheltering tadpoles from predators as they grow. The boy’s father doesn’t live with him anymore, and the ponds may only be temporary, but together they make memories that just might last a lifetime.
The Bench By Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex Illustrated by Christian Robinson 40 Pages | Ages 3-7 | Hardcover ISBN 9780735272163 | Tundra Books In The Bench, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, touchingly captures the evolving and expanding relationship between father and son and reminds us of the many ways that love can take shape and be expressed in a modern family. Evoking a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion, The Duchess’s debut children’s book gives us a window into shared and enduring moments between a diverse group of fathers and sons—moments of peace and reflection, trust and belief, discovery and learning, and comfort and nurture. Working in watercolor for the first time, Caldecott-winning, bestselling illustrator Christian Robinson expands on his signature style to bring joy and softness to the pages, reflecting the beauty of a father’s love through a mother’s eyes. With a universal message, this thoughtful and heartwarming read-aloud is destined to be treasured by families for generations to come.
The Family Tree By Sean Dixon Illustrated by Lily Snowden-Fine 48 Pages | Ages 4-8 | Hardcover ISBN 9780735267664 | Tundra Books When her teacher gives her class a simple family tree assignment, Ada is stumped. How can she make her family fit into this simple template? Ada is adopted. She can see where to put her parents on the tree, but what about her birth mom? Ada has a biological sister, but her sister has different adoptive parents – where do they go on the tree? But with the help of her friends and family, Ada figures it out. She creates her family tree . . . and so much more. Loosely based on the author’s own experience, this moving story explores the different ways families are created and how the modern family is more diverse and welcoming than ever before.
The Hockey Sweater By Roch Carrier Illustrated by Sheldon Cohen Translated by Sheila Fischman 24 Pages | Ages 0-3 | Board Book ISBN 9780735268685 | Tundra Books In the days of Roch’s childhood, winters in the village of Ste. Justine were long. Life centered around school, church, and the hockey rink, and every boy’s hero was Montreal Canadiens hockey legend Maurice Richard. Everyone wore Richard’s number 9. They laced their skates like Richard. They even wore their hair like Richard. When Roch outgrows his cherished Canadiens sweater, his mother writes away for a new one. Much to Roch’s horror, he is sent the blue and white sweater of the rival Toronto Maple Leafs, dreaded and hated foes to his beloved team. How can Roch face the other kids at the rink?
Where’s Baby? By Anne Hunter 40 Pages | Ages 3-7 | Hardcover ISBN 9780735264984 | Tundra Books Papa Fox is looking for Baby Fox, who is just out of his sight . . . but not ours! In this clever introduction to prepositions, a near-sighted Papa is looking for his baby. Is Baby up in the tree? Is Baby under the log? Is Baby around the corner? Where could Baby be? Readers will delight in spotting the little fox on every page as Papa wanders the forest, encountering other animals all along the way, but never quite able to spot his own baby. Anne Hunter’s delicate and lovely illustrations with their limited palette highlight the humor of this adorable hide-and-seek tale.
Hello, and thanks for joining us at Tundra Telegram, the column where we plunge into the topics swimming through readers’ heads and recommend some books you could splash out on (if so inclined), just for the halibut.
Fans and the worldwide box office went wild this past weekend for the live-action version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago) and starring Halle Bailey as Ariel. The movie had a (sea) monster of an opening weekend, and has everyone humming “Under the Sea,” and hunting for a wacky seagull friend.
Since there seems to be a market for mermaid fare, we’re recommending mer-aculous books for all ages, from picture books to young adult. Dive in for some fin-tastic reads!
Like Prince Eric and Ariel, but platonic, The Mermaid Moon by Briony May Smith celebrates a friendship between two best friends – one living on land, and the other on the water. Mermaid Merrin and human Molly are best friends with limited interaction until the Mermaid Moon Festival: the sole night of the year mermaids can leave the sea. (And you don’t even have to offer a sea-witch your voice!)
In things we already knew, Mermaids Are Real! says the title of a board book by Holly Hatam, who also brought us Unicorns Are Real! and Dragons Are Real! But not only does the book speak to mermaids’ veracity, it also notes they are vegetarian (which explains how Flounder and Sebastian got along with Ariel), along with many other mermaid fun facts.
Speaking of learning: schools aren’t just for fish; they’re also for mermaids, as seen in the picture book Mermaid School by Joanne Stewart Wetzel and Julianna Swaney. The book follows mermaid Molly’s first day at mermaid school, during which they count clamshells, recite the A B Seas, and even read outlandish stories about children who walk on land, in a fantastical underwater first day of school.
A celebration of every girl who dreamt of being a mermaid, Kate Pugsley’s Mermaid Dreams tells the story of Maya, a shy little girl who falls asleep on the beach and finds herself transported underwater, where she lives as a mermaid with her other mermaid and sea creature friends. Even better – her aquatic adventure inspires her to reach out friends on the beach when she awakens.
A little girl turns into a mermaid eco-hero in Mermaid Kenzie: Protector of the Deeps by Charlotte Watson Sherman and Geneva Bowers. When Kenzie slips on her mermaid tail, she imagines herself as Mermaid Kenzie, protector of the deeps. One day as Kenzie snorkels around a shipwreck, she discovers more plastic bags than fish. Grabbing her spear and mermaid net, she begins to clean up the water and the shore – inspiring other kids to keep the oceans clean.
And mermaids give a little of the old razzle-dazzle in Brigitte Barrager’s Harmony & Echo: The Mermaid Ballet. Super-chill mermaid Harmony is determined for her anxiety-plagued friend Echo to enjoy their debut performance in the big Mermaid Ballet. And the best way to overcome oceanic stage fright is coincidentally the same way to get to Carnegie Hall: practice!
You’ll have to wait until June 6, but landlocked mermaid lovers will be thrilled by Kallie George and Elly MacKay’s picture book, I Am a Meadow Mermaid. A farm girl on the prairies dreams of adventures in the ocean even though she is far from “under the sea.” It’s a picture book that celebrates imagination and recognizes you don’t have to live seaside to love the idea of mermaids.
Technically, Heba, the main character of A Mermaid Girl by Sana Rafi and Olivia Aserr, isn’t a mermaid. But she feels like one the first summer she gets a new, yellow burkini, and can enjoy the community pool with her friends for the first time. Heba is reminded of all the “mermaid girls” in her family, sparkling in their burkinis in a book that celebrates Muslim traditions and summertime swims.
Rounding out our picture books of mermaids that maybe aren’t mermaids in the breathe-underwater sense is classic picture book Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love. A buoyant celebration of self-love and genderfluidity, the story follows young Julián after he notices three women dressed spectacularly on the subway, all on their way to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume. Methinks Julián needs to meet up with Heba and the kid from I Am a Meadow Mermaid!
CHAPTER BOOKS & MIDDLE GRADE
A nonfiction survey at everything from the Hans Christian Andersen tale, the Disney animated feature, sirens, the mami wata of Africa and the ningyo of Japan, The Very Short, Entirely True History of Mermaids by Sarah Laskow and illustrated by Reimena Yee will answer all your boiling mermaid questions.
Mermaids meet surf culture in the tubular graphic novel Sea Sirens by Amy Chu and Janet K. Lee, as Trot, a spunky Vietnamese American surfer girl and her cantankerous talking cat, Cap’n Bill, wipe out and get sucked down into a magical underwater kingdom. Only one problem: a totally gnarly battle is being waged between the beautiful Sea Siren mermaids and the Serpent King (not this guy) and his slithery minions. I’m already stoked!
Like The Little Mermaid but with more palace politics, Once Upon a Tide: A Mermaid’s Tale by Stephanie Kate Strohm features aquatic diplomacy at its finest. The book features Princess Lana, the youngest ambassador for the underwater kingdom. She’s sent to the Royal Festival, trading her mermaid tail for a clumsy pair of legs―and having to spend a week with her mother, who chose life on land over the sea – where intrigue ensues.
In nine books, the Emily Windsnap series, written by Liz Kessler, feature the adventures of everyone’s favorite half-mermaid. (Does that mean she’s only a quarter-fish?) Twelve-year-old boat dweller Emily feels an uncanny connection to the sea. A connection that is explained once she takes swimming lessons and learns of her mermaid side. Soon, she’s making mermaid BFFs, battling sea monsters, and uncovering the many secrets of King Neptune.
For younger chapter book readers, there’s the Purrmaids series by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Vivien Wu. You wouldn’t think cats and fish would mix – cats generally hate water and like eating fish – but mermaid kittens Angel, Coral, and Shelly are best friends who don’t fit your preconceived notions of fish hybrids. They love swimming around their home of Kittentail Cove and getting creative at sea school, and there are 14 books in their adventures to read, chronicling everything from sleepovers to holiday fun at Fish-mas.
While there are whole series with mermaid content, there are also a few mermaid episodes in other popular series. For example, The Princess in Black and the Mermaid Princess by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, in which the Princess in Black and her friends are cruising in the royal boat when a real, live mermaid princess (Princess Posy) crashes the party. Princess Posy is seeking help protecting her sea goats from being eaten by a kraken, but the princesses aren’t great at fighting underwater, so it may be up to Princess Posy to save the day … and the goats.
The fourth book in Fairy Mom and Me: Fairy Mermaid Magic by Sophie Kinsella sees Ella, who has always dreamed of becoming a fairy like her mom someday, wish for a spell to turn into a mermaid, too! Mom and daughter swim with the mermaids soon enough in this light adventure.
The mermaids in Pacey Packer, Unicorn Tracker: Mermaids vs Unicorns by J. C. Phillipps are not so magical. In fact, they’re kind of mean! But unfortunately Pacey and her grumpy unicorn pal Slasher will have to enter the underwater world of the malicious mermaids in this graphic novel to retrieve a lost Alpha Unicorn horn and try their best not to get into any scrapes!
And in the third installment of Natasha Deen and Lissy Marlin’s Spooky Sleuths: Don’t Go Near the Water, Asim and Rokshar go on a nautical field trip to the Salish Sea. There they discover the fairmaids, mermaids from Guyanese folklore, may be alive and well under the water.
We just recommended Natasha Bowen’s Skin of the Sea in an earlier Tundra Telegram, but if you’re talking about mermaids, you can’t ignore this incredible YA adventure featuring Simi, a Mami Wata who collects the souls of those who die at sea and blesses their journeys back home. When Simi defies her calling and saves a human boy thrown overboard, things get hairy. (If there’s one thing I’ve learned about mermaids from books and movies, it’s that they don’t like being told what to do.) And in the sequel Soul of the Deep, Simi realizes the true cost of her actions, as demons begin to reappear in the water and threaten the world’s end.
Not to be confused with the Briony May Smith picture book, the YA novel Mermaid Moon by Susann Cokal follows Sanna, a half-mermaid who leaves the sea in search of her surface-breathing mother who has been cursed to forget all about her.
And Maggie Tokuda-Hall, who has been fighting book bans across North America of late, wrote a rollicking YA adventure entitled The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea full of pirates, colonialism, and – yes – those mythical mermaids … or at least their blood. (It’s a long story.) This fall, look for the follow-up, The Siren, the Song, and the Spy, in which the Pirate Supreme and their resistance fighters continue their battle against the empire – an empire that expands through profits made from the hunting of mermaids for their blood. (Well, maybe it wasn’t that long a story.)
Tuesdays with Tundra is an ongoing series featuring our new releases. These titles are now available in stores and online!
Friends Like These By Meg Rosoff 208 Pages | Ages 14+ | Paperback ISBN 9781774881101 | Tundra Books New York City. Summer 1983. A summer internship in New York was meant to be everything Beth wanted. But from the moment she arrives in the city she feels wrong: wrong hair, terrible clothes, defective smile, too obviously a virgin. Sharing a hot, cockroach-filled apartment with a couple falling out of love completes the dream picture. Then she meets her fellow interns: ambitious out-of-towner Dan, preppy rich boy Oliver, and Edie – a beautiful, brittle, magnetic, instant best friend. Irresistible people are like gravity. You can’t help being pulled towards them – can you?
Friends Like These is also available today in Audiobook!
New in Audio:
The Scaredy Squirrel Collection By Melanie Watt Read by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan 1 hour | Audiobook ISBN 9781770499485 | Tundra Books Now presenting seven Scaredy Squirrel adventures in one audiobook collection! The Scaredy Squirrel Collection includes: Scaredy Squirrel Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach Scaredy Squirrel at Night Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping Scaredy Squirrel Visits the Doctor
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