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As Seen on CTV: 10 Canadian Kids’ Books for Pride Month

Happy Pride! Here are some Canadian books featuring characters and stories from across the LGBTQIA2S+ spectrum to add to your collections. Watch the segment here! Ages 3-7 For the youngest reader, Pride Puppy (Orca Book) is an alphabet book that takes readers through the day of a Pride parade. The vibrancy of the illustrations captures… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: 10 Canadian Kids’ Books for Pride Month

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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

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Tiger Eyes & Days That End in Y: I Heart the CBC

There are a million and one reasons to love the CBC, including this right here:   First of all, what a total thrill to be featured on The Next Chapter, a fantastic program that has taught me so much about books, writers, and Canadian literature in particular. Shelagh Rogers is warm, funny, and a fantastic… Continue reading Tiger Eyes & Days That End in Y: I Heart the CBC

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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

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Read, Write, Blog: 2013 in Review

WHAT I PUBLISHED Not one, but TWO new novels! Bringing my series about Benji and Clarissa to a close in DAYS THAT END IN Y was bittersweet. I love this review in CM Magazine because above all else I aim to be authentic, and if the mother of a teenage daughter who happens to be… Continue reading Read, Write, Blog: 2013 in Review

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A Star for Starry Nights!

Despite the crisp autumn air, Summer Days, Starry Nights is still kicking around! I was thrilled to see a shiny red star next to Summer Days, Starry Nights in the Fall 2013 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens. Days That End in Y also got a mention, which means that all three Clarissa books have… Continue reading A Star for Starry Nights!

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Summer Days, Starry Nights: Signings & Event Schedule

Tonight kicks off 6 weeks of signings, workshops and events. Am I coming to a town near you? TORONTO BOOK LAUNCH- May 28th, 7pm 3030: 3030 Dundas West and High Park, Toronto WOODSTOCK BOOK SIGNING- June 1st, 1pm Merrifield Bookshop: 417 Dundas Street, Woodstock, On CHAPTERS ERIN MILLS- June 8th, 1pm CANWRITE CONFERENCE- June 13-14 June 13, 3:30-4:45: "Mapping Your… Continue reading Summer Days, Starry Nights: Signings & Event Schedule

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DAYS THAT END IN Y: Events and Signed Copies

Want to Hang Out With Me? Upcoming events include this awesome bookstore sleepover for three lucky winners at Mabel's Fables in Toronto: And a writing workshop & signing at Chapters Waterloo on March 23rd from 1-3pm.   Where to Get Signed Books If you're in Toronto, there are now signed copies at the following locations:… Continue reading DAYS THAT END IN Y: Events and Signed Copies

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The Power of Pink: Pink Shirt Day CONTEST

Are you wearing pink today? Pink Shirt Day is a great anti-bullying initiative inspired by the actions a group of grade nine students who decided to show their solidarity for a student who was being picked on because of a fashion choice. This kind of harassment is sadly not unusual, but the massive student response is. I am… Continue reading The Power of Pink: Pink Shirt Day CONTEST

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WINNERS of Clarissa & Benji Video Contest!

After months of not-so-patiently waiting, I am thrilled to announce the winners of the video contest and share their wonderful creation, inspired by my book Words That Start With B, here! From River Oaks PS in Oakville: Jessica, Albert, Ashley, Devon and Elijah: Congratulations to everyone for such clever, imaginative, and faithful imaginings of Words That Start… Continue reading WINNERS of Clarissa & Benji Video Contest!