Ann Towell sent in a photo from her book launch last Saturday!
The photo was taken by Larry Towell/Magnum and posted with permission from the author.
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the launch of Grease Town with Ann Towell. Thank you once again to Connie Bell and to the wonderful staff at the Oil Museum of Canada for making the event a success!
February is Black History Month, visit your local bookstore or library to learn more. We also compiled our reading recommendations for you (click on the covers for more information):
By Ann Towell
Available on February 9, 2010
A heartbreaking history of prejudice, family ties, and the loss of innocence. The novel is based on a race riot that occurred in Oil Springs, Ontario on March 20, 1863.
By Colleen Craig
~ Short-listed for the 2009 IODE (National Chapter) Violet Downey Book Award
~ Selected for the Best Book for Kids and Teens 2009 list, presented by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Out of Slavery: The Journey to Amazing Grace By Linda Granfield
Illustrated by Janet Wilson
~ Selected as a Best Book (Non-fiction) by Quill & Quire
“…is beautifully written, evocative, and heart-wrenching” – School Library Journal
I Came as a Stranger: The Underground Railroad
By Bryan Prince
~ Honor Book for the Society of School Librarians International’s Best Book Award – Social Studies
~ Winner of 2005 Children’s Nautilus Book Awards (Non-fiction)
Season of Rage: Hugh Burnett and the Struggle for Civil Rights By John Cooper
“…well written and compelling.” – VOYA
“What is really a vignette of events in one small town results in a much broader view of the attitudes of an entire country. An eye-opening story.” – School Library Journal
Rapid Ray: The Story of Ray Lewis
By John Cooper
“…This well-written and engaging biography of the first Canadian-born black athlete to join a Canadian Olympic track-and-field team…” – School Library Journal
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This event spotlights upcoming releases that we are anticipating.
In our case, we are eagerly waiting for the advance copies of next season’s titles to arrive!
This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-hold-and-read” selection is:
Grease Town By Ann Towell
Publication Date: February 9, 2010
Just in time for Black History Month in February.
A heartbreaking history of prejudice, family ties, and the loss of innocence.When twelve-year-old Titus Sullivan decides to run away to join his Uncle Amos and older brother, Lem, he finds an alien and exciting world in Oil Springs, the first Canadian oil boomtown of the 19th century.
The Enniskillen swamp is slick with oil, and it takes enterprising folk to plumb its depths. The adventurers who work there are a tough lot of individuals. In this hard world, Titus becomes friends with a young black boy, the child of slaves who came to Canada on the Underground Railroad. When tragedy strikes in the form of a race riot, Titus’s loyalties are tested as he struggles to deal with the terrible fallout.
Though the characters are fictitious, the novel is based on a race riot that occurred in Oil Springs, Ontario, on March 20, 1863. Grease Town is historical fiction at its finest.
What are you “waiting on?”
Want to participate? Grab the logo from Breaking the Spine, post your own WoW entry on your blog, and leave a link in the comments section on Jill’s blog!