The biggest compliment of them all

Books get all sorts of reviews, the good and the bad. This week, What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? received a review that was beyond good. It was amazing. Incredible. Fantastic. I am still shaking. Booklist, from the American Library Association, said What If Soldiers is “a book that should be paired with John Lennon’sContinue reading “The biggest compliment of them all”

First review for first nonfiction

What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows?, my first nonfiction book, will be released March 15, 2020, and the first review is in! “Fifteen quirky, thoughtful what-if statements trace the history of lesser-known social activists and organizations,” Kirkus Reviews writes, calls the book “hopeful and inspiring.” A pretty good start, I say! What If Soldiers FoughtContinue reading “First review for first nonfiction”

CCBC Book Awards Announced!

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre announced the nominees for its annual awards and Clutch made the list! Clutch is nominated for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, along with Heather Smith’s The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, Kevin Sands’ The Assassin’s Curse, Julie Lawson’s A Blinding Light and Uma Krishnaswami’s Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh.Continue reading “CCBC Book Awards Announced!”

Three Questions

This week, the wonderful author and illustrator Debbie Ohi posted an article featuring, well, me. In “Three Questions,” I offer advice for young readers, talk about Jackie Robinson and describe a bookcase in my office. Yes, a bookcase. Please have a read of “Three Questions,” and check out the rest of Debbie’s site for  interviewsContinue reading “Three Questions”

Silver Birch Nomination!

Yesterday was a huge day. The Ontario Library Association (OLA) announced its Forest of Reading nominations, and Clutch was one of ten nominees for the Silver Birch!!! If you don’t know about the Forest of Reading program, here are a few things to get your started: A celebration of Canadian authors, books and publishers. Canada’sContinue reading “Silver Birch Nomination!”

A Kirkus starred review!

It’s one thing to get feedback about a novel from friends and family, but it’s quite another to read what professional reviewers have to say. And let me tell you, it’s been amazing! The first review came in Quill & Quire, in which Paul Gessell wrote: “Joey is a fully developed, complex character one can’tContinue reading “A Kirkus starred review!”