Vikki VanSickle
The Winnowing

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In a world where the familiar has sinister undertones, two friends are torn apart just when they need one another most. Can they both survive?

Marivic Stone lives in a small world, and that’s fine with her. Home is with her beloved grandfather in a small town that just happens to be famous for a medical discovery that saved humankind—though not without significant repercussions. Marivic loves her best friend, Saren, and the two of them promise to stick together, through thick and thin, and especially through the uncertain winnowing procedure, a now inevitable—but dangerous—part of adolescence.

But when tragedy separates the two friends, Marivic is thrust into a world of conspiracy, rebellion and revolution. For the first time in her life, Marivic is forced to think and act big. If she is going to avenge Saren and right a decade of wrongs, she will need to trust her own frightening new abilities, even when it means turning her back on everything, and everyone, she’s known and loved.

A gripping exploration of growing up, love and loss, The Winnowing is a page-turning adventure that will have readers rooting for their new hero, Marivic Stone, as they unravel the horror and intrigue of a world at once familiar but with a chilling strangeness lurking beneath the everyday.

Praise for Vikki VanSickle's Summer Days, Starry Nights:

Starred selection, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens (2013)
OLA Best Bet (2013)
Finalist, Red Maple Awards (2015)

"Summer Days, Starry Nights is a love letter to summer, the 1960s, and the decade's music . . . Through Reenie's innocent eyes, author Vikki VanSickle beautifully captures the novel's time and place. Reenie's affection for Sandy Shores shines through the lush descriptions of the resort and its surroundings. It's hard not to fall in love with Reenie's favourite place. And it's just as hard not to fall in love with Reenie." —Quill & Quire

"Summer Days, Starry Nights examines the delicate balance between individuality and preserving our sense of home." —National Post

“VanSickle taps into ’60s culture lightly and effectively, celebrating the bodily freedom of dance while she tracks Reenie’s developing self-knowledge and comfort with her small town, family resort setting. Not everyone has to leave for the city at the end of August, she seems to say in this comfortable, end-of-summer read.” —The Toronto Star

“Vikki VanSickle pens a story that is like a classic rock-and-roll song: there is a familiarity to its melody . . . it is a pleasing sound that resonates with all. Summer Days, Starry Nights is sure to be a summer hit”
—Can Lit for Little Canadians

“Vikki ably paces her story — mysteries unfold, friendships blossom, and as the stakes are raised on the action, the suspense builds to a satisfying climax and big reveal . . . A dramatic revelation, well developed characters, and natural dialogue all combine to create an engaging summer read . . .  its old-fashioned charm will entertain older readers who remember sitting on the front porch with a glass of lemonade and the latest Trixie Belden or Judy Blume novel.” —Your Hidden Shelf

Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Length: 312 pages (pb)
Publication Date: September 2017 


Canada English rights, Scholastic Canada
North America French rights, Scholastic Canada

For all other rights contact The Cooke Agency.
Vikki VanSickle

VIKKI VANSICKLE is the author of Words That Start With B, Love Is a Four-Letter Word, Days That End in Y and Summer Days, Starry Nights, which was nominated for a Red Maple Award. She is an active member of the children’s literature community, presenting at academic conferences, reviewing books, and managing her popular children’s lit blog. Currently, she splits her time between writing and working in marketing and publicity. Vikki lives in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at www.vikkivansickle.wordpress.com.