Sam Swallow and the Riddleworld League
By William New, illustrations by Yayo Tradewind Books, 128 pages, $13 DO you know someone who loves riddles? Then this is the book for them. Sam Swallow is 10 and can’t wait to try out for the Byrd City baseball team. He hates all the jokes he faces about his name. But when Sam trips over a ball on his front steps on his way to the ballpark, he’s knocked into Riddleworld. Sam turns into a real swallow and to succeed in this league he has to solve all sorts of puzzles: anagrams, crosswords, mathematical puzzles, word riddles. This is Vancouver author (and obviously puzzle fanatic) New’s first novel. Yayo, whose black-and white artwork enlivens the book, lives in Montreal.