The summer is coming to a close as we welcome August, but there is still plenty of time to have some summer fun!
If you are in Chicagoland, come out and say hello at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con August 8-11. Our fun-lovin’ staff will be on hand with information about the upcoming TREEbook™ release, The Julian Year, and we will have plenty of awesome titles for purchase at crazy-low prices! So come on out to booth number 939 and show us some love.
With August comes the bustle of getting the kiddos ready to go back to the classroom, but before the school year officially starts, take some time to delve into the drama that is Beacon Prep.
Author Rachele Alpine is no stranger to the social struggles that kids face in high school. As an English teacher by day, Rachele has seen firsthand the challenges teenagers face to find their own voices amid the influence of their peers. In her first novel, Canary, Rachele introduces us to Kate, a girl who finds that staying quiet will destroy her but speaking up will destroy everyone.
Kate Franklin’s life changes for the better when her dad lands a job at Beacon Prep, an elite private school with one of the best basketball teams in the state. In a blog of prose and poetry, Kate chronicles the experience of dating a player, being caught up in a world of idolatry and entitlement, and discovering the perks the inner circle enjoys.
But those perks come at a price. At a party, one of her boyfriend’s teammates takes his power too far and assaults Kate. She knows she should speak out, but her dad tries to silence her in an effort to protect the team. The world that once welcomed Kate has betrayed her, and she must decide whether to stay quiet or expose the corruption, destroying her father’s career and bringing down a town’s heroes.
You can view the official trailer for Canary here.
Also, check out the incredible feedback we have already received about this powerful story:
“A sophisticated, evocative portrait of a teen girl finding her place among peers and family.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
“A searing and tender portrait of the complexities of high school friendships, dating, and privilege. Canary is a testament to the power of the hard-won truths.” ~ Daisy Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds and When You Were Here
“Rachele Alpine’s Canary sings the truth about what happens when we put our high school heroes on a pedestal and give them the power to act like villains.” ~ Erin Jade Lange, author of Butter
“The subtle way Rachele Alpine addresses love, loss, popularity, and friendship makes this book a realistic and arresting read. For anyone who ever struggled with frenemies and fitting in, Canary is an important addition to contemporary YA discussions.” ~ Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List
“Alpine’s Canary is a deeply felt, poignant account of someone trying to find strength in a world that has hurled its worst at her. Alpine has created a compelling narrator in Kate, and the challenges she must face are both realistic and heartbreaking.” ~ Colleen Clayton, author of What Happens Next
“This is a captivating tale that addresses a lot of contemporary issues in a sensitive and thought-provoking way.” ~ Nicki J Markus, author of Time Keepers
“I also admire how the subtexts of family, of privilege and how it is exploited, of bullying, and the sexual vulnerability of many girls are presented. . . . It is a powerful story that evokes intense emotions. . . . I encourage you to grab a copy of Canary. . . .” ~ Jhobell Kristyl, Book Maven’s Picks
“Canary is a powerful read. It takes you on a journey filled with loss, heartache, betrayal, and the road that leads you to finding yourself, your voice, and fully accepting who you are. It was not an easy journey. That’s what I loved about it so much.” ~ Jaiden, Girls on YA Books
Congratulations are in order for the editors of the upcoming anthology Burnt Tongues—Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas, and Dennis Widmyer—as well as all contributing authors, as AST Licence Ltd. picked up the Russian translation rights for this exciting title. Congrats, all!
Until next time . . .
Senior Vice President
Medallion Press, Inc.