Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Trending – Kira Vermond’s latest nonfiction book for middle-grade kids is available now


Trending: How and Why Stuff Gets Popular by Kira Vermond
Fads and trends: How do they start? Why do they spread? And how deep can their impact be? Although trends might seem trivial, if you dig deeper, you’ll find that our desire to chase the next big thing can have an even bigger impact than expected.
Established middle-grade author Kira Vermond and cartoonist Clayton Hanmer team up in this fun and accessible nonfiction look at fads. In four short chapters, the book explores what a fad is, how the latest crazes catch on, and what makes us jump on the bandwagon. Finally, it looks at the fascinating and even frightening effects of fads both modern and historic. Who knew the beaver pelt craze in 17th century Europe would change ecosystems, start wars, and disrupt life as people knew it?
Comic-strip illustrations, an upbeat tone, and reader-friendly text make this a fun and timely tool for young readers who are building critical-thinking skills in the age of fake news and a world gone viral.

Trending is available from OwlKids here. See details of all four of Kira’s four books with OwlKids here. And see details of Kira's last book, Why Don’t Cars Run on Apple Juice, at Annick Press here.

Kira on stage for the Forest of Reading Awards
Reviews:
“If you’re lucky, you’ve heard Kira as a guest speaker at one of my Writing Kid Lit classes or workshops. If you’re even luckier, you’ve read her books and given them as gifts to the young people in your life.” – Brian Henry
"Complex material is broken down into accessible language and explained with lively example stories, allowing for a surprisingly sophisticated overview." – Kirkus Reviews - STARRED REVIEW
"Vermond cuts through the hype and presents a level-headed investigation into the under-lying economic, psychological, and marketing forces that enable a fad to catch fire... [She] employs sharp-witted and thoughtful analysis to demonstrate that fads are not all fun and games." – Quill & Quire
An entertaining, enlightening book on an unusual topic." Booklist - STARRED REVIEW
"The stories of the high-profile fads are entertaining and concise, and sidebars add information on related research and terminology used by social scientists to study fads."  Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Vermond cuts through the hype and presents a level-headed investigation into the under-lying economic, psychological, and marketing forces that enable a fad to catch fire... [She] employs sharp-witted and thoughtful analysis to demonstrate that fads are not all fun and games." Quill & Quire
"Trending: How and Why Stuff Gets Popular will be an opportunity for everyone to share and learn more about this interesting and stimulating subject." Canadian Review of Material

Note: Kira will be one of the two guest speakers for my Writing Kid Lit course {for adults} this fall. Details here. ~Brian

See my complete current schedule hereincluding writing workshops, weekly online writing classes, and weekend retreats in Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Southampton, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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