Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Chapter Books, Christmas Books, CTV Your Morning, Early Chapter Books, Fantasy, Funny Books, Graphic Novel, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery, picture books, Positive LGBT characters, Readalouds, Storytime, Uncategorized, YA

As Seen on CTV: Kids’ Holiday Gift Guide

Can we agree that books make the best gifts? Whether you're providing independent readers with an escape or giving the gift of quality time spent reading with a little one, here are some options to consider this year. Remember to check and see if your local independent bookstore is offering curbside pick-up or delivery, as… Continue reading As Seen on CTV: Kids’ Holiday Gift Guide

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

Canadian, Contests, Days That End in Y, Events, friendship stories, Funny Books, Love is a Four-Letter Word, middle grade, Words That Start With B, Writing

Calling All Budding Filmmakers, Grade 4 and up!

You still have time to enter my book trailer contest! Create a fun, short video celebrating the Clarissa and Benji  books and you could WIN! All video submissions must be received by January 15th, 2013. GRAND PRIZE WINNER: 1. The winning video will be revealed here on the blog as the OFFICIAL TRAILER. It will also… Continue reading Calling All Budding Filmmakers, Grade 4 and up!

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Contests, Days That End in Y, Events, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, Love is a Four-Letter Word, middle grade, Words That Start With B, Writing

CONTEST: Create a Book Trailer and WIN!

Calling all book-lovers and budding filmmakers in Grades 4 and up! Create a fun, short (no longer than 2 MINUTES) video celebrating the Clarissa and Benji series and you could WIN a school visit from me AND a library of Scholastic books valued at $100! DETAILS: Contest runs from October 1st, 2012 to January 15th… Continue reading CONTEST: Create a Book Trailer and WIN!

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Funny Books, Love is a Four-Letter Word, middle grade, News, Summer Reads, Words That Start With B, Writing

New Book Announcement: DAYS THAT END IN Y

I am thrilled to announce that Scholastic Canada will publish my third novel, DAYS THAT END IN Y in February 2013. Here are some things to look forward to: fireworks, Little League baseball games, old high school yearbooks, bicycle missions, doggie drama, a wedding, at least three major misunderstandings, and as always, a  few surprises.… Continue reading New Book Announcement: DAYS THAT END IN Y

Canadian, Historical Fiction, middle grade

Titanic Achievement: Dear Canada That Fatal Night Review

Along with the Harry Potter books, one of the children's literature phenomenons I am sad to have missed out on as a child is the Dear Canada series.* For those of you who are unfamiliar with the series (although I don't know if it's possible NOT to know this series) the concept is this: a… Continue reading Titanic Achievement: Dear Canada That Fatal Night Review

Canadian, Events, Love is a Four-Letter Word

BOOK LAUNCH: Love is a Four-Letter Word

It's that time again! BOOK LAUNCH TIME! Get your calendars out and draw a big red circle around Monday, September 12th; that is the day I am celebrating the release of my sequel, Love is a Four-Letter Word, and I want YOU to join me at Breakout Studios, from 6:30-8:30, for all kinds of book-related… Continue reading BOOK LAUNCH: Love is a Four-Letter Word