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

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

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

Books for Everyone, Canadian, friendship stories, multicultural cast, Mystery, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, Writing

New Book Alert: THE WINNOWING

I am thrilled to share the news that my next middle grade novel The Winnowing will be published by Scholastic Canada this fall. Here is the official description: Marivic Stone lives in a small world, and that’s fine with her. Home is with her beloved grandfather in a small town that just happens to be… Continue reading New Book Alert: THE WINNOWING

American contemporary, friendship stories, Historical Fiction, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive LGBT characters, Realistic contemporary, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, YA

What I Read in 2016: YA

I read a LOT of fab YA this year, some of which I won't go into here but you should definitely pick up (A Torch Against the Night! Empire of Storms! The Sun is Also a Star!). This list is by no means exhaustive, but here are some YA titles that made me think, slipped… Continue reading What I Read in 2016: YA

American contemporary, Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Bullying, Canadian, Good Books for Boys, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, middle grade, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Readalouds, Realistic contemporary, Uncategorized, War

Middle Grade Gift Suggestions 2016

Last week I got to talk to one of my favourite people, Ann Foster, about middle grade fiction. When not working at the Saskatoon Public Library recco-ing kids and teen books, she is writing about fashion in TV over at You Know You Love Fashion (currently chronicling the enviable wardrobe of Phryne Fisher) and spearheading a… Continue reading Middle Grade Gift Suggestions 2016

American contemporary, Books for Everyone, Fantasy, friendship stories, Ghost story, Graphic Novel, grief, middle grade, multicultural cast, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Realistic contemporary, Uncategorized

Middle Grade Monday: Ghosts

Cat is not at all excited to be moving to foggy, seaside Bahia de la Luna, particularly when she learns that it is a sort of capital for ghosts. But doctors have agreed that it is a better place for her sister Maya, who has Cystic Fibrosis. Cat is torn between wanting to make new… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Ghosts

American contemporary, Books for Everyone, Bullying, Canadian, Classics, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, Gothic, Graphic Novel, grief, Historical Fiction, Magic, middle grade, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Positive LGBT characters, Realistic contemporary, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Uncategorized, War, WWII

Middle Grade Monday: Fall 2016 Preview

This has already been a staggeringly good year for middle grade (don't call it a comeback), with personal favourites such as Raymie Nightingale, The Wild Robot, Look Out for the Fitzgerald Trouts, and Pax garnering all sorts of buzz and attention. Here is a sampling of the new kids on the block this fall: Ghosts … Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Fall 2016 Preview

American contemporary, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Classics, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Ghost story, Good Books for Boys, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, middle grade, Mystery, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Summer Reads, Uncategorized, War

Middle Grade Monday: Summer Reading Picks 2016

Whether you're lakeside, poolside, or inside, summer is the best time to read. Silly, spooky, thought-provoking and engrossing; here are some new(ish) books guaranteed to keep you or the middle grade reader in your life occupied this summer. Wolf Hollow We all have those keystone books in our lives, the ones so deeply affecting that… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Summer Reading Picks 2016

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Middle Grade Monday: Raymie Nightingale

There is a whole generation who will look back at two-time Newbery medalist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Kate DiCamillo the way my generation looks back at Gordon Korman, Judy Blume, Kit Pearson or Beverly Cleary. In fact, in an EW article DiCamillo names Cleary as a major influence for her latest novel, the superlative… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Raymie Nightingale