American contemporary, Author Interview, Books for Everyone, Canadian, friendship stories, Funny Books, middle grade, News, P.S. Tell No one, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive LGBT characters, Uncategorized, Writing

New Book: P.S. TELL NO ONE coming Feb 2023

Scholastic Canda | Designer: Yvonne Lam | Art: Holly Allerellie Behold the show-stopping cover of my next middle grade novel, P.S. TELL NO ONE coming from Scholastic Canada in February 2023. All of my books are close to my heart, but this one is super special to me. For years I've referred to this as… Continue reading New Book: P.S. TELL NO ONE coming Feb 2023

Author Interview, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Events, Ghost story, middle grade

Talking Ghosts with Kenneth Oppel and Sachiko Kashiwaba

The Toronto International Festival of Authors kicks off this week, including 30+ kids' events. I am excited to be moderating a spooky author panel featuring two international superstars, Canada's own Kenneth Oppel and revered Japanese author, Sachiko Kashiwaba. GHOSTLIGHT takes place in and around one of my favourite local places, the Toronto Islands. Featuring a… Continue reading Talking Ghosts with Kenneth Oppel and Sachiko Kashiwaba

Author Interview, Canadian, Events, Uncategorized, YA

TPl Writer in Residence & Other News

In April, I left my day job at Penguin Random House Canada to focus on my writing and new opportunities. Here are some of the very exciting things coming down the pike. TPL Writer in Residence I am thrilled to be spending June & July as the Toronto Public Library's Writer in Residence, focusing on… Continue reading TPl Writer in Residence & Other News

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See the world through Anonymouse’s eyes at Read by the Sea virtual

Join me at Read By The Sea virtual! While I was sad not to be in River John in person, I did get the opportunity to film a tour of my own neighbourhood through Anonymouse's eyes. See my favourite hidden gems, painted rocks, murals & more. Thank you to the Read by the Sea organizers… Continue reading See the world through Anonymouse’s eyes at Read by the Sea virtual

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ANONYMOUSE on The Morning Show

I spoke to The Morning Show about Anonymouse, street art, and how turning my daily walks into discovery walks has been a source of inspiration and delight during the pandemic. Check out the video for my tips and tricks! They even made this amazing BINGO card that you can use to inspire your own discovery… Continue reading ANONYMOUSE on The Morning Show

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Anonymouse Virtual Storytime

https://youtu.be/1ZW8tjKCK8g Last weekend I was invited to read ANONYMOUSE as part of The Woodstock Public Library's family day weekend virtual events. You can check out the video on YouTube above or on the myWPL YouTube channel. Thanks to my hometown library for inviting me!

Author Interview, Canadian, If I Had a Gryphon, middle grade, picture book, Teddy Bear of the Year, the winnowing, Uncategorized

Someone’s Good Books Interview

It's a weird time to have a new book out, but thank goodness for people like author and librarian Joel A. Sutherland, who are finding fun and innovative works to promote these pandemic releases. I was thrilled to be a guest on his new video series, Someone's Good Books. Watch below and be sure to follow… Continue reading Someone’s Good Books Interview

Author Interview, Award Winners, Books for Everyone, Days That End in Y, Events, middle grade, Uncategorized, Writing

I’m Holding a Virtual Writing Workshop for Kids & Teens

This Thursday, April 12th at noon EST I will be taking over Milton Public Library's Instagram live to hold a virtual writing workshop for kids & teens. I'll share some tips, tricks, and exercises, so make sure your kids have a pen and paper handy! Learn about my process and find out the stories and inspiration… Continue reading I’m Holding a Virtual Writing Workshop for Kids & Teens

Animal Stories, Author Interview, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, Early Readers, Funny Books, Ghost story, Magic, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, Personal Faves, picture books, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive LGBT characters, Uncategorized

CTV Your Morning Kids’ Book Picks: Sept 13, 2019

At this time of year, kids are settling into new routines, battling back to school anxiety, and juggling homework, activities, and so much more. Reading can provide a much-needed moment of zen, a time to wind down and escape. Check out the video here, or read on to find out more: Picture Books, Ages 3-7… Continue reading CTV Your Morning Kids’ Book Picks: Sept 13, 2019

Author Interview, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Cross over, friendship stories, middle grade, Mystery, News, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, Writing

The Winnowing Blog Tour

I get it. The Winnowing seems like a hard left turn for me. My previous novels are coming-of-age stories about ordinary kids dealing with family and relationship-based drama. What is this slightly dystopian, conspiracy-driven thriller?! Where did it come from? In a series of Winspiration Guest posts I will attempt to answer this question. Thank… Continue reading The Winnowing Blog Tour