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

Award Winners, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Events, friendship stories, Funny Books, middle grade, multicultural cast, News, Personal Faves, picture book, Positive Gay Characters, Uncategorized, Writing, YA

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

American contemporary, Personal Faves, Positive Gay Characters, Summer Reads, Uncategorized, YA

Nina LaCour, Patron Saint of California: Everything Leads to You Review

This blog is in danger of becoming a Nina LaCour fansite, but I can't ¬†help gushing about her books. Her latest might just be her best one yet. When Emi's senior year ends, her brother gives her the keys to his sweet apartment for the summer, telling her to use the space and the time… Continue reading Nina LaCour, Patron Saint of California: Everything Leads to You Review

Author Interview, Canadian, Days That End in Y, friendship stories, middle grade, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Realistic contemporary

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

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, 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?

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Cross over, Days That End in Y, Love is a Four-Letter Word, middle grade, New Adult, News, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Summer Reads, Words That Start With B, Writing, YA

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

Cross over, Gothic, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Summer Reads, YA

Once Upon a Time in N’awlins: Out of the Easy Review

Forgive the hiatus. I've been busy summering, and by summering I mean working, writing, reading, and New Yorking (a positively gushy review of Matilda the Musical coming soon!) I have read some fantastic new novels that I can't wait to share with you, including this one. There's something about New Orleans. I seem to have… Continue reading Once Upon a Time in N’awlins: Out of the Easy Review

Canadian, grief, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Realistic contemporary, Summer Reads, YA

Not Your Average Love Story: When We Were Good Review

After the death of her grandmother, Katherine is feeling at sea. Her so-called best friend has turned into a mean, boy-crazed stranger and she can't seem to even feign interest in anything anymore. But a chance encounter with Marie, a self-professed straight-edge music lover makes her life colourful again. Over the course of one spring,… Continue reading Not Your Average Love Story: When We Were Good Review

Books for Everyone, Bullying, Good Books for Boys, middle grade, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Writing

YA is Too Late: Gay Characters in Middle Grade Fiction

I can't remember when I learned what the word gay meant. I remember people snickering when Maria sings "I feel pretty and witty and gay!" in West Side Story and not getting the joke. I remember how "that's so gay" was used as an insult in middle school and I repeated it, not fully understanding… Continue reading YA is Too Late: Gay Characters in Middle Grade Fiction