Category: books

Immersed in Student Writing

This Tuesday, I had the pleasure of calling the names of twelve young writers whose short fiction won places in the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors Contest. What a pleasure to be one of this year’s judges and to read excerpts from the fantastic…

Good Reading

I just received my copies of the latest Pot-Pourri — that’s the annual volume of youth writing published by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA). This lovely book contains all the winning poems and stories from last year’s Awesome Authors Contest, a…

The Squirrels are Coming!

Wonderful news: When the Squirrels Stole my Sister, my upcoming picture book with Fitzhenry & Whiteside, is going to be illustrated by Patricia Storms. 🙂 Patricia is an accomplished author/illustrator well-known in the Canadian kidlit scene. Her illustrations range from super-adorable to just-a-little-creepy (intentionally…

Friday Faves–Books I Read and Loved this Spring

I updated my Goodreads account this afternoon, adding a dozen or so titles that I read and loved this spring. If you’re looking for a summer read, here are a few of my recent faves. Picture Books Once I Ate a Pie Written by…

Judging Books by their Covers

While browsing my online library catalogue, this book caught my eye: It captured me not because of its great reviews but because I could have sworn it was in my TBR pile with a different name. I searched through the pile and found this: Ah yes. Not…

All Good Children go to Heaven (or at least to paperback and Booktrack editions)

A couple of cool things have happened this fall with my 2011 teen novel, All Good Children. First, All Good Children is now available in paperback! Orca Book Publishers has produced a gorgeous paperback version of the book. It’s blue, it’s ominous, it’s a…

Oh my Goodreads!

The Goodreads folk are awfully good at keeping in touch. They send me monthly updates, alert me when a favourite author publishes a new book, advise me on how to generate reader interest in my own books, and notify me whenever someone likes one of my reviews….

Satan Makes Lemonade

For the eighth time in my life, I’m trying to finish Milton’s Paradise Lost. (So far, I’ve reread Book I, the bit about the fallen angels landing in hell. It’s fun to read aloud when you get to lines like, “Awake, arise, or be…

Wednesday Word: Crepuscular

I can’t stop saying “crepuscular,” ever since I read this beautiful little book, Nocturne, by Traer Scott. In this book of stunning animal portraits and accompanying factual blurbs, the author features a few critters that are neither diurnal (active in the daytime) nor nocturnal (active in…

Friday Faves (Book Recommendations)

I know it’s not Friday. My New Year’s Resolution this year is to be nicer to myself and others, so it’s awesome that I’m writing my Friday blog post when it’s barely Saturday. Here are a few of my favourites among the books I’ve…

Cool Reads for Cool Kids

My latest middle grade novel, 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6, is featured in this month’s issue of Middle Shelf Magazine, in their “Cool Reads for Cool Kids” section (under the “Humor” category, natch – you’ll find my excerpt on page 22.) Check…

Friday Faves

I got an email from Goodreads informing me that I’d started reading The Complete Short Stories of Truman Capote 127 days ago and suggesting that I might want to update my progress. Oh yeah, Truman Capote’s stories. Never finished them. Didn’t grab me. But…

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