Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, CTV Your Morning, Early Chapter Books, middle grade, picture books, Uncategorized, YA

As Seen on CTV Your Morning: Canadian Children’s Book Week 2022

This year marks the 45th annual Canadian Children's Book Week, the largest national celebration of Canadian children's books and creators. Hundreds of virtual readings and events are happening across the country, including an online picturebook gallery where you can purchase original art from some of Canada's most distinguished illustrators in support of the Canadian Children's Book… Continue reading As Seen on CTV Your Morning: Canadian Children’s Book Week 2022

Books for Everyone, Bullying, Canadian, CTV Your Morning, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Graphic Novel, middle grade, multicultural cast, picture books, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Spring, Storytime, Uncategorized, YA

As Seen on CTV Your Morning: Fresh Spring Reads for Kids

When it rains, it pours! April showers bring a fresh new crop of Canadian kid’s books. Watch the segment here. Three Picture Books for Kids 3-7 RAINY DAYS (Pajama Press) Written in gentle rhyming couplets, this book is a celebration of the simple, ordinary joys of a rainy day, like splashing in puddles or finding… Continue reading As Seen on CTV Your Morning: Fresh Spring Reads for Kids

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, Funny Books, middle grade, multicultural cast, Realistic contemporary, Uncategorized

Middle Grade Monday: Two Naomis

It's awkward enough watching your parent date, but the situation is much, much worse when the daughter of your parent's new SO is not only the same age but has the same name as you. Such is the premise for Two Naomis, a charming story about Naomi E and Naomi M (who ends up taking… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Two Naomis

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

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Classics, Fairytales, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, Gothic, Magic, middle grade, Mystery, Uncategorized

Middle Grade Monday: Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

Sophie Quire lives with her father, a bookmender, in Bustleburgh. Her mother died mysteriously years before. Bustleburgh is becoming a dangerous place for Sophie and her father. All nonsense, particularly that found in books, is outlawed. So when a blindfolded boy and a cat with hooves show up with one of four magical books promising… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

American contemporary, Award Winners, Books for Everyone, Classics, friendship stories, middle grade, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Uncategorized

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

American contemporary, Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Classics, friendship stories, Good Books for Boys, middle grade, Readalouds, Uncategorized

Middle Grade Monday: The Wild Robot

You may know Peter Brown as the author-illustrator of the very funny Children Make Terrible Pets, My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not) or the earnest and lovely The Curious Garden. In his first middle grade book The Wild Robot Brown asserts himself as a deft novelist, with a fresh twist on the classic… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: The Wild Robot