The Canyon’s Edge

I’m a big fan of Dusti Bowling. (See my review of Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus.) So when I heard her latest title described as Hatchet by Gary Paulsen meets Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds I was already hooked! Still – I had no idea what an emotional journey it would […]

Don’t Stand So Close To Me

Thanks to the pandemic, contemporary fiction writers face a new challenge: what will the world be like when/if my book gets published two or three years from now? As I write my current work-in-progress, people are wearing masks and not gathering in large groups. Will that be the case when my book finally comes out? […]

I Read Canadian Day 2021

Tomorrow’s the big day! Let’s get everyone reading Canadian for at least 15 minutes. Need motivation for you or your classroom? Premier Justin Trudeau will give a special message in both English and French on Bibliovideo’s YouTube channel. Bibliovideo will also host a virtual video series called I Write Canadian, featuring Canadian writers for young […]

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 […]

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 […]

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