I am thrilled to announce that my new book Urchin is out.
And we are holding two launches: one virtual, and one in-person at The Theatre on King in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong, Ontario.
5pm virtual launch: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf_fTvRmfB91Wtm8tiKHr5g
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/298626542116605/?ref=newsfeed
7pm in person: Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/…/urchin-book-launch-tickets…
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/411541853963539/?ref=newsfeed
Urchin has been listed in the Globe and Mail’s Children’s Book Gift Guide, and what wonderful company I am in!
“A breathtaking mix of Newfoundland fairy lore and history as readers follow non-binary Dor – spy, adventurer, gender questioner – out into the snowy streets of St. John’s in December, 1901, when Marconi has arrived in Newfoundland to receive the first wireless trans-Atlantic radio signal and Dor’s been hired to find out what Marconi is really up to. But things go awry when the Little Strangers, the fairies, kidnap Dor’s mother and history and magic get all tangled up in this compelling novel.”
CBC ranks it in 22 Canadian YA books to watch out for
Kirkus Reviews calls it “a sprawling, lyrical historical fantasy”
Writing titan Lisa Moore calls it
“…electric with magic, glittering language, and high-wire tension. Story’s protagonist, non-binary Dor, is a brave spy and adventurer who soars off the page, out the window, through the gloom to the wonderfully terrifying kingdom of the fairies, on a wild quest to save her mother who has been led astray by the little people. This masterful coming-of-age tale is alive with energy and insight, charged with passion and wit. Here’s a queer, ultra-modern, historic St. John’s, where scientific advancement smacks up against potent magic and ancient lore. Sparks fly. Prepare to be zapped with high voltage suspense and megawatts of fun. Prepare to be spellbound.”
And Caighlan Smith, author of the wonderful Children of Icarus, says:
“Witty, tender, and heartrending, Urchin is the compelling coming of age story of Dor, who must grapple with curses, sabotage, and their very own identity. Urchin beautifully blends history and fantasy, bringing both early 20th century Newfoundland and its rich fairy lore vividly to life. Protagonist Dor is perhaps the greatest treat of all; a clever, endearing underdog who you root for from start to finish. Kate Story handles Dor’s struggles with gender and sexuality with honesty and grace. A truly valuable novel and a must-read!”
Can’t make it to the in-person launch? Order Urchin through the publisher, Running the Goat Books and Broadsides https://runningthegoat.com/urchin/