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

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, 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

Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Early Readers, Events, Fantasy, Funny Books, Magic, multicultural cast, picture book, poetry, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations, Uncategorized, Writing

IF I HAD A GRYPHON: EVENTS!

What's in the bag? Do you know any young pet detectives who could help me solve a magical mystery? I've been gathering props and breaking out the vocal exercises all in preparation for events and storytimes across Ontario for IF I HAD A GRYPHON. Come join me (and maybe a magical creature or two) on… Continue reading IF I HAD A GRYPHON: EVENTS!

Canadian, Cross over, Memoir, YA

New Digital Short: AMY ABBOT IS HAVING A PARTY

I was flattered when Fierce Ink Press approached me to write a piece for their Fierce Shorts program. Featuring powerful work by Jo Treggiari, Susin Nielsen and Alice Kuipers, the Fierce Shorts program is a response to the It Gets Better movement in which YA authors write a short, digital piece about an experience they… Continue reading New Digital Short: AMY ABBOT IS HAVING A PARTY

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, Contests, Events, middle grade, Summer Reads, Words That Start With B

Canada Day News Round-Up

It's Canada Day! I am a proud Canadian, and today I am especially proud of three cool news pieces: Just in time for Canada Day, check out this stellar line-up of Canadian authors, as recommended by Danielle at Bookish Notions, including L.M. Montgomery, Kit Pearson, Kenneth Oppel, and ME! I had to double-check to ensure… Continue reading Canada Day News Round-Up

Canadian, Contests, Events, Love is a Four-Letter Word, middle grade, News, Uncategorized, Words That Start With B, Writing

Upcoming Events & Workshops

My summer/fall dance card is filling up with a number of fun, bookish events: New Tecumseth Public Library  Writing Workshop- July 24th, New Tecumseth ON The wonderful staff at New Tecumseth public library are holding a teen writing contest which I will be judging along with 3 other distinguished judges. If you are a teen… Continue reading Upcoming Events & Workshops

Canadian, Events, Love is a Four-Letter Word, middle grade, Uncategorized, Words That Start With B, Writing

TD Book Week: Day Five

That beautiful building seen above is Buena Vista school, which turns 100 next year. This was my first stop on my last official day of my tour of Saskatchewan. The students here had lots of questions about the ins and outs of publishing and being a professional writer. Then I zipped over to Aberdeen to… Continue reading TD Book Week: Day Five

Canadian, Events, Love is a Four-Letter Word, middle grade, Words That Start With B, Writing

TD Book Week: Day One

Here I am in sunny Saskatchewan, which certainly lived up to that moniker today! My book week is off to a wonderful start, with bright skies and lots of eager readers. Today brought me to The Chapel Gallery in North Battleford. What a beautiful space to present in, featuring art by local artists. I had a… Continue reading TD Book Week: Day One