Islandport Press is excited to announce that Elizabeth Atkinson’s "The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball" is out now! We are so proud of Atkinson’s beautiful work and cannot wait for readers to get to know and love Ruby and Eleanor, the book’s main characters. Ruby’s well-meaning, quirky nature is very relatable and down to earth, and it shows in early reviews.
“A feel-good story that has it all," the School Library Journal remarked, "this work touches upon topics such as blended families, cultural diversity, economics, and even physical well-being without an ounce of moralization,” and we couldn’t agree more.
As if the release and early reviews aren’t exciting enough, we’re also delighted to announce that "The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball" will be translated into three languages—Norwegian, Swedish, and Finnish—for Scandinavian book clubs published by Stabenfeldt, that resemble the Scholastic Reading Clubs here in the US. The translated versions will arrive in January or February of 2017.
Islandport Press has an active foreign rights business, which is not so common for a smaller publishing house. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Transatlantic Literary Agency, our Toronto-based foreign rights agent, "The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever" and "Crustacean Vacation" have been translated into Korean, "My Wonderful Christmas Tree" was published in France, and "Stripes and Spots" and "The Little Fisherman" are available in Japanese, just to list a few examples!
Until Atkinson’s new middle-grade novel is translated, we’ll be reading the English version. You can get your copy here.
And if you happen to be in West Newbury, Massachusetts on Friday, October 16, join Atkinson and Islandport Press for the official "The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball" book launch! There will be a host of fun activities and prizes, plus a book sale and signing. The launch will take place GAR Memorial Library, 490 Main Street, West Newbury, MA from 6:00-7:30 p.m., and all funds raised will help purchase furniture for the library's Children's Room. To learn more about this family-friendly event, visit our events calendar.