BEASTLY PUZZLES by Rachel Poliquin and illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler (Kids Can Press) has won the 2020-21 Hackmatack Award in the English Nonfiction category! The Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award is a literary program designed for young readers in Atlantic Canada. Each year, thousands of children in grades four to six (aged nine to twelve) read from the selection of outstanding Canadian books and vote for their favourites.

About Beastly Puzzles:

This book asks children: If you’re given a list of features and characteristics, can you guess which animal they make? This might seem easy enough, but solving the puzzles in this book is deviously, outrageously, almost impossibly tricky! Once readers make a guess (or if they get stumped!), they can open the gatefold to reveal the animal, with each clue explained and lots of additional fascinating facts.

Rachel Poliquin is a writer and curator with a background in visual arts, cultural history and natural history. Rachel has also written for the Believer Magazine and the New York Times. Rachel lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Rachel is represented by Amy Tompkins.

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