Wow, wow, wow! Secret Schools: True Stories of the Determination to Learn and The Prisoner and the Writer have both been named Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selections! Both books will be available Fall 2022.
2022 is a busy year with four new books on the way! I have to admit, I didn’t see much of 2021. I was busy writing, edited and proofreading three new books of my own and translating a very sweet book from French to English. I’ve also wrapped up a new middle-grade novel and aContinue reading “Four new books for 2022!”
Super awesome news alert! The Other Side has been named a 2021 Skipping Stones Honor Award winner! If you don’t know Skipping Stones Magazine, the books selected for the honor “promote an understanding of cultures, cultivate cooperation and/or encourage a deeper awareness of nature, ecology, and diversity. They foster respect for multiple viewpoints and closerContinue reading “2021 Skipping Stones Honor Award!”
What lovely news that What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? is up for a Diamond Willow Award, the young readers’ choice awards from the province of Saskatchewan. What If Soldiers is my first nonfiction book, and what a thrill to have it honoured this way. For more information and a look at all the nominees,Continue reading “What If Soldiers up for a Willow Award!”
My latest article for Canadian Children’s Book News is now available online. “The Emotional Impact of Writing About the Holocaust” is a personal essay along with interviews from Monique Polak, Emil Sher and Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch. It was a difficult piece to write, but I am so pleased with how it turned out. I hopeContinue reading “Writing about the Holocaust for Book News”
What an amazing honour to be nominated for the Forest Of Reading’s Red Maple Award for The Other Side! And to be in a category with some many authors whom I admire and who inspire me everyday. Big thank you to the Ontario Library Association, Red Deer Press, editor Peter Carver and everyone who helpedContinue reading “2020 Red Maple Nominee!”
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”
It really is a scary thing releasing a new book into the world, but so far, things are looking good! Publishers Weekly just posted a review of What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows and said my “brisk reportorial style is refreshingly straightforward. ” Cool! To read the review, visit Publishers Weekly.
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”
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!”