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Students Rap Their Way Through IF I HAD A GRYPHON

Of all the delightful and unexpected things that have happened to me as an author, this video featuring students from Madoc Drive Public School in Brampton, ON rapping their way through my picture book IF I HAD A GRYPHON is truly special. This was part of a music class lead by Miss Yoo and involved… Continue reading Students Rap Their Way Through IF I HAD A GRYPHON

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2017: The Year in Review

What a year it’s been! I feel so fortunate to have had such amazing experiences. In March, I had the pleasure of being part of the Rainforest of Reading, an annual children’s book festival in Grenada, Saint Lucia, Montserrat and Nevis run by OneWorld Schoolhouse Foundation. The festival is the largest literacy initiative undertaken in… Continue reading 2017: The Year in Review

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October 2017 Events

I'm hitting the road in October to talk about The Winnowing (with a few If I Had a Gryphon story times in there for good measure). I'd love to see your smiling faces! Check the Events Page for the most recent updates.   Oct 14, 2-3pm Make it an Indigo Weekend Teen Takeover: Indigo Burlington 1250… Continue reading October 2017 Events

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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

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The Winnowing Book Launch

Fall is just around the corner which means sweater weather, pumpkin pie, and The Winnowing! I've been busy working on some guest posts for The Winnowing blog tour and booking events for the fall. Full details coming soon, but for now here is everything you need to know about the Toronto book launch! When: Tuesday,… Continue reading The Winnowing Book Launch

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The Best Moments in Children’s Books, 2014

There were some shining moments in the children's book world in 2014. This year we encouraged children to practice their reading with cats, celebrated graphic novels, established a new YA award in Canada, and took a stand on diversity. Mac Barnett's TED talk Barnett's books are funny, clever, and sophisticated, but never at the expense… Continue reading The Best Moments in Children’s Books, 2014

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Summer Days, Starry Nights Shortlisted for the 2015 Red Maple Award

I could not be more thrilled to be among the fantastic writers on the 2015 Red Maple Award list. The OLA Forest of Reading is one of the largest children's choice award programs in Canada and attending the Forest of Trees ceremony in Toronto is one of my favourite days of the year. If you… Continue reading Summer Days, Starry Nights Shortlisted for the 2015 Red Maple Award

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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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Fall 2013 Events

Today is the first day of school for many kids across the country, so it seems a fitting time to do a round-up of my fall events. Here is the schedule thus far: Sept 13: CANSCAIP September Meeting, 7pm I'll be chatting social media with a CanLit dream team consisting of Lena Coakley, Cheryl Rainfield, and… Continue reading Fall 2013 Events