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Rushing of the Brook by Kansas BradburyRushing of the Brook by Kansas Bradbury


Thanks to Lauren Roberts of Smith Publicity, I am giving away one print copy of Rushing of the Brook by Kansas Bradbury.

Description of Rushing of the Brook by Kansas Bradbury


It’s 1987, and a dark shadow is about to fall upon the city of Sifton and its residents. Hayward Barry and his best friends—Joe, Davey, and Pete—are typical fifth- and sixth-grade boys, hanging out after school and getting into trouble. However, powerful urges and deep feelings have begun to grow in the boys as they approach young adulthood; for Hayward, this is his affection for Beth, a girl in his class who he fears will be swept away by another boy named Daniel. For Pete, it is a volatile temper and the desire to always get his way. When Davey is given something that Pete wants, it sets off a disastrous chain of events that strips them all of their childhood, drowning their innocence to the sound of a rushing brook—a sound none of them will forget.

As misery and happenstance would have it, the day tragedy strikes Hayward and his friends, a murderous monster awakes from hibernation in a town miles away. Getting into a stolen vehicle with bloody clothes and an unspeakable lust for violence, the nameless man drives towards Sifton, wreaking destruction and horror along the way. While his story won’t collide with the boys’ lives until seventeen years later—when they have all grown up—this man will reopen old wounds and awaken the trauma that has never healed. Hayward, now a failed artist and reluctant police officer, is left to pick up the pieces of a shattered community and solve the mystery of the event that has come to dominate his life. 

About Kansas BradburyRushing of the Brook by Kansas Bradbury


Kansas Bradbury was born and raised in North Sydney, Nova Scotia. He graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce and subsequently became a drug store manager. In 2008, he moved from the retail business and began working as a heavy equipment operator in Alberta’s oil sands.

He started creative writing as a hobby, composing film scripts and short stories for fun. After receiving encouragement from his family and friends, he wrote The Rushing of the Brook, his first full-length novel. He currently resides in Fort McMurray with his wife Colleen and their two children.

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Play Like A Girl: How A Soccer School In Kenya's Slums Started A Revolution by Ellie RoscherPlay Like A Girl: How A Soccer School In Kenya’s Slums Started A Revolution by Ellie Roscher


Thanks to Allyson Fields of  Viva Editions, I am giving away one print copy of Play Like A Girl: How A Soccer School In Kenya’s Slums Started A Revolution by Ellie Roscher.

Description of Play Like A Girl by Ellie Roscher


Growing up and living in Kibera, Kenya, Abdul Kassim was well aware of the disproportionate number of challenges faced by women due to the extreme gender inequalities that persist in the slums. After being raised by his aunts, mother, and grandmother and having a daughter himself, he felt that he needed to make a difference.

In 2002, Abdul started a soccer team for girls called Girls Soccer in Kibera (GSK), with the hope of fostering a supportive community and providing emotional and mental support for the young women in the town. The soccer program was a success, but the looming dangers of slum life persisted, and the young women continued to fall victim to the worst kinds of human atrocities. Indeed, it was the unyielding injustice of these conditions that led Abdul to the conclusion that soccer alone was not enough to create the necessary systemic change.

In 2006, after much work, the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) was established with their first class of 11 girls and 2 volunteer teachers. Today, KGSA is composed of 20 full-time staff, provides a host of artistic and athletic programs for more than 130 students annually, and continues to expand. By providing academics inside and outside of the classroom along with artistic and athletic opportunities, KGSA inspires the young women of Kibera to become advocates for change within their own communities and for Kenya as a whole.

Play Like a Girl tells the KGSA story through Abdul s voice and vision and the stories of key staff and students. It is written by Ellie Roscher who spent 2 summers doing research at KGSA and several years writing this book.

Praise for Play Like A Girl by Ellie Roscher


” Through these stories, we come to recognize how the human spirit will prevail. We owe a great debt to people like Abdul Kassim and his colleagues who have turned vision into reality.”-Brooks Goddard, TEAA President

“The inhabitants of Africa’s largest urban slum are often depicted with broad, incomplete brush strokes but Play Like a Girl gives us history and nuance instead. We learn the history of Kibera, its position within the larger Nairobi ecosystem, the complex list of issues that affect a girl’s ability to stay in school and about each of the students and teachers who gave so much to make KGSA a reality.”- Dani Zacarias, Director of Content at Worldreader

“Books For Africa applauds the brave girls of Kibera who used their voices and their bodies to advocate for their needs and pursue their dreams. They will be writing the story of the next generation of African youth, with all of their promise and power. We all recognize and encourage their inherent capabilities and possibilities.”- Carole Patrikakos, Deputy Director of Books For Africa

About Ellie RoscherPlay Like A Girl: How A Soccer School In Kenya's Slums Started A Revolution by Ellie Roscher


Ellie Roscher is an educator, writer and speaker. Her work has taken her to places like Kenya, El Salvador and Uruguay, but she currently lives in Minneapolis with her spouse and sons. She has a MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a MA in Theology from Luther Seminary. For more information, please visit her website: www.ellieroscher.com or follow her on Twitter: @ellieroscher.

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Hawkweed Prophecy and Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull


Thanks to Tanya Farrell of Wunderkind PR, I am giving away one print copy of Hawkweed Prophecy and Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull.

Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena BrignullDescription of Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull


THE HAWKWEED PROPHECY is the stunning debut novel that tells a bewitching story: two girls, one ancient prophecy. Only one can be queen of the witches.  Poppy Hooper and Ember Hawkweed couldn’t lead more different lives. Poppy is a troubled teen: moving from school to school, causing chaos wherever she goes, never making friends or lasting connections. Ember is a young witch, struggling to find a place within her coven and prove her worth. Both are outsiders: feeling like they don’t belong and seeking escape. 

Poppy and Ember soon become friends, and secretly share knowledge of their two worlds. Little do they know that destiny has brought them together: an ancient prophecy, and a life-changing betrayal. Growing closer, they begin to understand why they’ve never belonged and the reason they are now forever connected to each other.  Enter Leo, a homeless boy with a painful past who – befriending them both – tests their love and loyalty. Can Poppy and Ember’s friendship survive? And can it withstand the dark forces that are gathering?

Description of Hawkweed Legacy by Irena BrignullHawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull


THE HAWKWEED LEGACY begins after two girls, Poppy Hooper and Ember Hawkweed, discover they were switched at birth because of a centuries old-prophecy that destined one of them to be Queen of the witches.  Stunned by their findings, Poppy finds comfort with a boy and his great-grandmother in Africa while Ember settles into a new non-coven life with Leo, the boy that is bound to both of them in ways neither of them can yet understand. 

When both the young women, Leo and the throne are threatened, they must choose between love and destiny as everything they know and cherish may be destroyed.

Praise for Hawkweed Prophecy and Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull


“Wise, weird, a touch evil and totally charming, Irena Brignull’s tale of magic in our time is as rich and complicated as sisterhood. From the first page, I felt drawn into a modern classic.”— Anna Godbersen, author of The Luxe and Bright Young Things series

“Irena Brignull’s The Hawkweed Prophecy is a book of wicked, beautiful magic. Compulsively readable and delightfully gritty, one does not mess with these Hawkweed witches.”— Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood and Three Dark Crowns

“The real unbreakable bond in these stories is that between mother and child. Interesting and well written…”―Kirkus Reviews

“I remain completely thrilled by this series. I feel like the best is still yet to come.”―Read by Jess

Hawkweed Prophecy and Hawkweed Legacy by Irena BrignullAbout Irena Brignull


Irena Brignull is an acclaimed screenwriter whose credits include The Boxtrolls, Come Together, Skellig, and the upcoming adaptation of the beloved classic, The Little Prince.

Previously, Irena was a Script Executive at the BBC and then Head of Development at Dogstar Films where she worked on Shakespeare in Love, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, I Capture the Castle, and Bravo Two Zero. She holds a BA in English Literature from Oxford University.

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