It's party time! If you're in the Toronto area on Tuesday, May 28th come celebrate the launch of SUMMER DAYS, STARRY NIGHTS with me at one of my favourite Junction hotspots, 3030. Starting at 7pm, this is an all ages event and will feature a reading by yours truly and a performance by the amazing … Continue reading Summer Days, Starry Nights Toronto Launch: Party Like it’s 1962!
Phoebe Stone is a master of contemporary voice. Despite a tragically misleading cover*, The Romeo and Juliet Code was (and remains) a favourite book of mine. She has done it again in the funny and cathartic The Boy on Cinnamon Street, the second of two MG books I've read recently dealing with grief. Warning, this review contains spoilers! Louise … Continue reading Hope, Grief & A Pizza Boy: The Boy on Cinnamon Street Review
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
I've been reading a lot about grief in middle grade fiction these days. This is the first of two reviews that focus quite heavily on grief versus guilt, a concept one generally thinks of as too heavy for middle graders, but in the hands of a fantastic author is not only manageable but important. See You … Continue reading Dealing with Grief: See You at Harry’s Review
Nothing breaks my heart more than a truly outstanding series that for whatever reason does not achieve the success it deserves. As a busy reader and writer, I rarely get to sequels or subsequent books in a series. When I do, I know the series is a winner. And so I present to you ten … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Under-sung Series
In my pledge to read more middle grade in 2013, I give you the latest from a wonderful Canadian author who totally gets the tween experience. The Encyclopedia of Me came out in mid 2012, but I did not get around to it until recently. I am very glad that I did! Tink Aaron-Martin has … Continue reading The ABCs of Middle Grade: Encyclopedia of Me Review