middle grade novels

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 Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest; illustrated by Katy Schneider (HarperCollins, […]

The Willow Awards

It is an honour to have my latest middle-grade comedy, 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6, selected as a 2016 Diamond Willow Nominee! For those who may not know, Willows are not just gorgeous trees. They are also Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards (SYRCA). Every year, the Willow Awards offer Saskatchewan students an opportunity to vote […]

Thanks for the Lovely Launch!

Thanks to all the family, friends, writers and readers who braved the snow to attend my book launch on Sunday. It was so nice to see you. (Really, I couldn’t stop smiling.)   A huge thank-you to la Bibliothèque municipale de Gatineau for providing the room and refreshments, and to Michabou for handling book sales. Thanks to Anni del Sol for […]

28 Tricks Winner – and more to be won!

Now that I’ve rested up from over-blogging last month, I’m back to announce the winner of my Fearless February contest: Danielle E. Shipley. Congratulations, Danielle. A copy of 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6 will soon be heading your way. If you want to win a copy of this hilarious middle-grade comedy, you have […]

Fearless February

Dave Davidson, the persuasive hero of my soon-to-be-released middle-grade comedy, 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6, will be taking over this blog for the next month. Dave is a self-proclaimed “fear-slayer” who helps his friends through the scariest moments of grade 6, with sage and not-so-sage advice. Afraid of dancing at the school dance? Dave has tricks to fix […]

Book Me for Book Week 2014

I will be touring Nova Scotia during the 2014 TD Canadian Children’s Book Week. I am thrilled to be part of this annual week-long celebration of children’s literature. It’s my first time; I’ve been told to expect exhilaration, exhaustion, and excitement. I can’t wait. But I’ll have to:  Book Week will take place May 3rd to 10th, 2014.  While […]

Fearless Friday

I’m thrilled to be working with Carrie Gleason, my editor at Lorimer, on another sixth grade comedy. Dave Davidson, 6th Grade Fearslayer, will be published in Spring 2014. This will be a boyish sort of follow-up to 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6. It’s completely unrelated, with all new characters and stories, but it shares […]

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