Adelheid Koning was only 23 when the bombs started going off and the Earth fell silent. To help the stranded colonists of Mercury survive, Adelheid made hard choices -- ending up wearing an iron crown as queen of one of the rail cities that circle Mercury, moving fast to stay in the darkness. Sixty years later, Adelheid's granddaughter Freida is a 17-year-old princess who would rather be an engineer. Frieda's life is shattered when a suspicious accident takes both her hands -- then turned upside down when her mother dies, leaving her a young and vulnerable queen, locking horns with Adelheid, who is now regent and dowager. When Earth makes contact again, Frieda is eager to end Mercury's isolation, but Adelheid is suspicious of Earth's desperation. With thousands of lives on the line, is it wise to hope for healing? Or are we forever defined by what we do in the dark?
The image is entitled Sunrise on Mercury and is by Walter B. Myers. It is used with permission.
Coming Fall 2019 from Scholastic Canada.
Aurora Kelso is 15 when she realizes she’s been living a dream - literally. Her job waiting tables at a truck stop, her childhood in small-town Saskatchewan, even her name: none of it is real. But the real reality seems to include thunderstorms made out of crows and monsters made out of grocery bags. Aurora’s got only one thing going for her: all her life she’s been able to read people’s dreams by looking them in the eye. Armed with this uncomfortable ability and accompanied by her dream-less friend Polk, Aurora sets off to find her mother, the psychologist who wiped her real memory, and her father, the King of Dreams.
The Dream King’s Daughter is a novel for children and young adults aged 12 and up. It is an action-oriented urban fantasy set in rural Saskatchewan.
Coming Winter 2018/19 from REUTS Publications
Perpetua Collins works for a real troll. Well, technically a goblin, and it’s not as bad as it sounds. Being a secretary for an employment agency finding jobs for goblins and trolls is probably the most unusual job she could find in Toronto, but she’s grateful for it. She’s sick of barely scraping by, of living in a dank one-room apartment over a noisy restaurant, of always being on the verge of chucking it in and going back to the boring small town and overbearing mother she worked so hard to leave.
But as Perpetua settles into her new job, disturbing questions arise. The agency, like the mafia, has no visible means of support. How does her boss manage to keep his "clients" out of the public eye? Has her boss sold his soul to the devil? And what will happen if he decides to take it back?
The Night Girl is a New Adult urban fantasy novel.