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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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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!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Days That End in Y

My third book, the final in the Clarissa and Benji series, Days That End in Y is available in three weeks! I can barely contain my excitement. I've already received my author copies from Scholastic Canada, look how pretty: Doesn't the blue make you think of summer? Doesn't Clarissa look just ever-so slightly more mature and… Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday: Days That End in Y

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Calling All Budding Filmmakers, Grade 4 and up!

You still have time to enter my book trailer contest! Create a fun, short video celebrating the Clarissa and Benji  books and you could WIN! All video submissions must be received by January 15th, 2013. GRAND PRIZE WINNER: 1. The winning video will be revealed here on the blog as the OFFICIAL TRAILER. It will also… Continue reading Calling All Budding Filmmakers, Grade 4 and up!

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What Makes a Great Book Trailer?

I'm holding a book trailer contest for kids in grades 4+. The winning trailer will be the OFFICIAL trailer for Days That End in Y (due out in February) and the winning filmmaker will get all sorts of fun stuff like signed books, a prize package from Scholastic Canada, and his/her school will win an… Continue reading What Makes a Great Book Trailer?

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October Kid Lit Events Round-up

October is my favourite month. It's pumpkin pie, salted-caramel hot chocolate, and boots season. The air smells like woodsmoke and apples and everywhere you look the leaves are shirking their uniform greenness and letting their colours show. Plus their are two fantastic holidays, Thanksgiving and Halloween! Feasts and costumes! Who doesn't love October?! So it… Continue reading October Kid Lit Events Round-up

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CONTEST: Create a Book Trailer and WIN!

Calling all book-lovers and budding filmmakers in Grades 4 and up! Create a fun, short (no longer than 2 MINUTES) video celebrating the Clarissa and Benji series and you could WIN a school visit from me AND a library of Scholastic books valued at $100! DETAILS: Contest runs from October 1st, 2012 to January 15th… Continue reading CONTEST: Create a Book Trailer and WIN!