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
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
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
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
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
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?
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