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Becoming Muhammad Ali

I’m not a big boxing fan but after reading this book, I’m now a fan of Muhammad Ali. Becoming Muhammad Ali is a fictional depiction of the heavy weight boxing champion when he was Cassius Clay, mostly focused on his middle grade years. In addition to showing readers how he became a boxer, it covers […]

World Read Aloud Day

Today is World Read Aloud Day! With help from the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC (CWILL), I virtually connected with two schools to answer questions and read from my books. Thank you Little Mountain Elementary and Chilliwack Middle School for hosting my author visits and to all the students who listened and asked GREAT […]

Front Desk

I was a big reader in middle grade but shamefully admit that most of my favorites (series like Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley High and anything by the still amazing Judy Blume) featured privileged, white characters. I realize only now what a narrow view of the world I had as a result. Diversity in children’s […]

Looking ahead to 2021

Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve posted so I thought I’d provide one last “news and views” for 2020. I’ve been very busy since attending the virtual SCBWI/Smithsonian Nonfiction workshop at the beginning of November. The workshop was not as good as it would have been in person but I was super impressed with […]

CRISPR and… Saved by Science!

UPDATE: I had a great time talking to Dr. Mark Poznansky today (despite the technical difficulties)! If you want to watch, the recording is here: https://fb.watch/1psG37pX8f/ *** I just finished reading Saved by Science and can’t wait to talk to Dr. Mark Poznansky in this Facebook Live event tomorrow. To tune in, follow this link: […]

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