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Rui Umezawa is a Toronto storyteller and the author of Aiko s Flowers (illustrated by Yuji Ando). His work has appeared in various periodicals, including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Descant Magazine. Born in Japan, Mikiko Fujita is a young artist and graphic designer now living in Munich, Germany."

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"As if she can feel his stare, she turns to him. The face does not belong to Ume. Scars slide across her delicate features and dead skin. A black tongue hangs limply from her mouth . . . 'We will be together now always, ' Oiwa says hoarsely, and she smiles horribly." from the book " A CBC Best Book of the Year CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, Spring 2016 (starred selection) "By turns emotionally resonant and unsettling. Umezawa deftly captures the inherent strangeness of these tales." Quill & Quire, starred review "Beautifully written . . . an outstanding collection." Literacy Daily "That next moonless night when all the ghouls crawl out will be the perfect time to explore this Strange Light Afar." BookDragon "Storytellers will find this a rich mine for new tales." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "You want to read and re-read these stories for the beauty, fluidity and power of Umezawa's writing." Canadian Children's Book News " A CBC Best Book of the Year CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, Spring 2016 (starred selection) "By turns emotionally resonant and unsettling. Umezawa deftly captures the inherent strangeness of these tales." "Quill & Quire," starred review "Beautifully written . . . an outstanding collection." "Literacy Daily" "That next moonless night when all the ghouls crawl out will be the perfect time to explore this "Strange Light Afar."" "BookDragon" "Storytellers will find this a rich mine for new tales." "The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books" "You want to read and re-read these stories for the beauty, fluidity and power of Umezawa's writing." "Canadian Children's Book News" " A CBC Best Book of the Year "By turns emotionally resonant and unsettling. Umezawa deftly captures the inherent strangeness of these tales." "Quill & Quire," starred review "Beautifully written . . . an outstanding collection." "Literacy Daily" "That next moonless night when all the ghouls crawl out will be the perfect time to explore this "Strange Light Afar."" "BookDragon" "Storytellers will find this a rich mine for new tales." "The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books" " "By turns emotionally resonant and unsettling. Umezawa deftly captures the inherent strangeness of these tales." "Quill & Quire," starred review "Beautifully written . . . an outstanding collection." "Literacy Daily" "That next moonless night when all the ghouls crawl out will be the perfect time to explore this "Strange Light Afar."" "BookDragon"" "Beautifully written . . . an outstanding collection." "Literacy Daily" "That next moonless night when all the ghouls crawl out will be the perfect time to explore this "Strange Light Afar."" "BookDragon" " "As if she can feel his stare, she turns to him. The face does not belong to Ume. Scars slide across her delicate features and dead skin. A black tongue hangs limply from her mouth . . . 'We will be together now always, ' Oiwa says hoarsely, and she smiles horribly." from the book "

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