OLA Best Bets 2009

Each year the OLA Best Bets Committee selects the top 10 Canadian picture books, fiction and non fiction for children and fiction for teens. The selections are presented at OLA Superconference. Here are the Tundra titles that made their 2009 lists:

Picture Books:

Bird Child
By Nan Forler
Illustrated by François Thisdale
ISBN 978-0-88776-894-1
Hardcover
32 Pages
Ages 5-8
Bullying and the ability to rise above it are at the heart of this strikingly beautiful picture book.

Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion
By Jane Barclay
Illustrated by Renné Benoit
ISBN 978-0-88776-951-1
Hardcover
24 Pages
Ages 4-7
Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion has relevance to a growing number of families, as new waves of soldiers leave home.

Same Same
By Marthe Jocelyn
Illustrated by Tom Slaughter
ISBN 978-0-88776-885-9
Hardcover
24 Pages
Ages 2-5
Forget about differences! Here’s a wonderful new concept book to explore and enjoy!

Timmerman was Here
By Colleen Sydor
Illustrated by Nicolas Debon
ISBN 978-0-88776-890-3
Hardcover
32 Pages
Ages 4-7
Timmerman Was Here is a charming tale of mystery, perception, and the gift of friendship.

Children’s Fiction:

The Battle for Duncragglin
By Andrew Vanderwal
ISBN 978-0-88776-886-6
Hardcover
320 Pages
Ages 11+
Set in the time of William Wallace, this is historical fiction at its bloody best!

Watching Jimmy
By Nancy Hartry
ISBN 978-0-88776-871-2
Hardcover
160 Pages
Ages 9+
A novel of danger, warmth, and dark humor — about a brain-damaged young boy and the friend who knows a terrible secret.

Vanishing Girl
By Shane Peacock
ISBN 978-0-88776-852-1
Hardcover
320 Pages
Ages 10-14
The third case in the compelling Boy Sherlock Holmes series is full of as many twists and turns as the backstreets of Victorian London.

Children’s Non Fiction:

It’s a Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph
By Monika Kulling
Illustrated by Bill Slavin
ISBN 978-0-88776-881-1
Hardcover
32 Pages
Ages 5-8
Monica Kulling’s spunky, playful text is beautifully complemented by the stunning pen-and-ink with watercolour illustrations of artist Bill Slavin.

Which books do you think will make the 2010 list?

ALA 2009

*Sheepish Grin* We know these are late, but at last we’ve posted photos from the ALA Annual 2009 Conference in Chicago!


We had Theo Caldwell signing ARCs of Finn the half-Great on Sunday and Andrew H. Vanderwal signing The Battle for Duncragglin on the Monday.

BookExpo America 2009

Tundra’s Director of Marketing and Sales and Director of Rights and Special Markets went to BEA this year in New York. Here are a few photos they took:

New York City
Seating around Time Square in New York City! As you can see, the chairs are very popular.

Tundra Books' booth at BEA09
Our booth at BookExpo America! We had a mixture of Spring 2009 titles and advance materials of our Fall 2009 books on display.

Theo Caldwell signing Finn the half-Great
Theo Caldwell signing ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) of Finn the half-Great at table 12 on May 29.

Theo Caldwell
For more information about Finn the half-Great, visit http://www.halfgreat.com/. You can also write to Finn!

Andrew H. Vanderwal signing The Battle for Duncragglin
Andrew H. Vanderwal signing finished copies of The Battle for Duncragglin at table 7 on May 29.

Andrew H. Vanderwal
To learn more about The Battle for Duncragglin, visit Andrew H. Vanderwal’s website, http://www.duncragglin.com/.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth to say “hi” or to browse through our books. We hope to see you next year at BEA, May 25-27 2010!

Launch of: The Battle for Duncragglin

Andrew H. Vanderwal’s young adult novel, The Battle for Dunragglin, was launched on Tuesday, April 14, 2009. The outstanding event was held at the Assembly Hall from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

The Battle for DuncragglinCopies of The Battle for Duncragglin waiting to be signed and read.

Andrew H. Vanderwal's first signing at the launchAndrew H. Vanderwal’s first signing at his launch!

MCI Senior Strings Quartet
MCI Senior Strings QuartetAndrew H. Vanderwal hired his son’s school’s quartet, The MCI Senior Strings Quartet, to play at the book launch.

McDonnell School of Highland Dance
The McDonnell School of Highland DanceA wonderful performance from the McDonnell School of Highland Dance. Many thanks to Julie McDonnell and her students! Short video clips of the performance can be viewed on our facebook page.

Kathy LowingerTundra’s publisher, Kathy Lowinger, talks about The Battle for Duncragglin and introduces Andrew H. Vanderwal on stage.

Andrew H. VanderwalAndrew H. Vanderwal talks about the progression of The Battle for Duncragglin and reads a passage from the book.

Guests at the Battle for Duncragglin launchWhat a fabulous turnout of guests!

Tundra would like to thank Andrew H. Vanderwal and his wife, Jan, for making the event such a success! You can read about the launch on Andrew’s blog here.