Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Cross over, CTV Your Morning, middle grade, Mystery, picture books, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Spring, Storytime, Uncategorized

As Seen on CTV: 10 Kids’ Books for Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day. Here are 10 Canadian children's books that celebrate nature and will spark needed conversations about conservation, climate and social justice, and instill a love and respect for the natural world. Thanks to CTV Your Morning for giving me the space to talk about kids' books! Watch the full segment on… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: 10 Kids’ Books for Earth Day

Award Winners, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, Cross over, friendship stories, Good Books for Boys, Graphic Novel, grief, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, picture books, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Uncategorized

As Seen on CTV: Kids’ Books That Address Mental Health & Wellness

January is Mental Health Awareness month in Canada. The conversation, especially around Bell Let's Talk Day on January 29th, is getting louder, more nuanced, and larger in scope, yet it can be hard to address these issues with children. I'm so grateful to the team at CTV Your Morning who continue to support children's books… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: Kids’ Books That Address Mental Health & Wellness

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Contests, Cross over, friendship stories, Good Books for Boys, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Post-Apocalyptic, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, Writing, YA

Giveaway: The Winnowing Book Club Kit

The only thing better than reading books is talking about books! That's why I'm a big fan of lit circles, book clubs, and reading groups. I'm putting together a Winnowing themed book club kit including: One copy of The Winnowing The Winnowing stickers The Winnowing bookmarks Official The Winnowing Discussion Guide Discussion Fuel (aka candy)… Continue reading Giveaway: The Winnowing Book Club Kit

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

Canadian, Cross over, Memoir, YA

New Digital Short: AMY ABBOT IS HAVING A PARTY

I was flattered when Fierce Ink Press approached me to write a piece for their Fierce Shorts program. Featuring powerful work by Jo Treggiari, Susin Nielsen and Alice Kuipers, the Fierce Shorts program is a response to the It Gets Better movement in which YA authors write a short, digital piece about an experience they… Continue reading New Digital Short: AMY ABBOT IS HAVING A PARTY

Canadian, Classics, Cross over, Fairytales, Ghost story, Gothic, middle grade, Mystery, Personal Faves, Spectacular Illustrations, YA

Feeling Halloweenish: 4 Spooky Books

It's my favourite time of year! Pumpkins, black cats everywhere, clever costumes, and amazing ghost stories. What's not to love about Halloween? Here is a round-up of some spooky, atmospheric and down-right terrifying books perfect for those of us who wait all year for October: The Swallow by Charis Cotter If you've read Summer Days,… Continue reading Feeling Halloweenish: 4 Spooky Books

Cross over, Historical Fiction, YA

YA to the Rescue: On Therese Casgrain & A Mad, Wicked Folly

This disturbing piece of news about the Harper government erasing Canadian feminist and women's rights activist Therese Casgrain's name from an award (not to mention that her image was also removed from the $50 bill in 2012) made me feel many things. Angry, obviously. But also disappointed, uneasy, and incredulous. It's easy to take the… Continue reading YA to the Rescue: On Therese Casgrain & A Mad, Wicked Folly

American contemporary, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Cross over, Days That End in Y, friendship stories, Funny Books, Graphic Novel, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Realistic contemporary, Summer Days Starry Nights, Summer Reads, YA

What To Read This Summer- YA Edition

The May long weekend has come and gone, my patio furniture is out, it seems that summer is finally, FINALLY just around the corner! Here are some great YA reads for those summer days, starry nights (*cough* shameless plug)*: We Were Liars I have been a big fan of E. Lockhart for many, many years.… Continue reading What To Read This Summer- YA Edition

American contemporary, Books for Everyone, Cross over, Funny Books, multicultural cast, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Spring, YA

YA Gets a 1950s Make-Over: Popular Review

Holy stars did I love this book! Fifteen year old (yes, 15!)¬†Maya Van Wagenen is smart, funny, achingly honest and a total star. In grade 8 she decided to follow the advice of a 1950s style guide, BETTY CORNELL'S TEEN-AGE POPULARITY GUIDE (which is also being republished by Dutton at the same time, GREAT kitschy… Continue reading YA Gets a 1950s Make-Over: Popular Review

American contemporary, Cross over, friendship stories, grief, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Realistic contemporary, YA

Why Aren’t You Reading Nina LaCour?

I love discovering new writers. There is something exciting about falling in love with a book by a an author you know little about and then telling everyone you know about said writer. My new current obsession is Nina LaCour. I had heard wonderful things about this contemporary YA writer but only recently did I… Continue reading Why Aren’t You Reading Nina LaCour?