Chocolate Lily Award Shortlist 2025

I am thrilled that Elliot Jelly-Legs and the Bobblehead Miracle is on the 2024/25 Chocolate Lily Award Shortlist! Here are the other nominees in the novel category: Bigfoot Crossing by Gail Anderson-Dargatz (Orca Book Publishers)Elliot Jelly-Legs and the Bobblehead Miracle by Yolanda Ridge, illustrated by Sydney Barnes (Orca Book Publishers)Game Face by Shari Green (Groundwood […]

Weird Rules to Follow

This award-winning book is a series of vignettes from the first person narrator, Amelia Douglas (Mia), during elementary school in the 1980s. Each short chapter gives readers an intimate insight into what it was like to belong to the Indigenous community of Tsimshian while growing up in the small coastal town of Prince Rupert, British […]

Happy World Environment Day!

For this year’s World Environment Day, the UN Environment Program is leading a campaign to #BeatPlasticPollution. I have a book set to release in 2024 with Orca Footprints, What Poo Can Do: How Animals are Fighting the Climate Crisis, that tackles plastic pollution in the first chapter on whales. The book I’m currently writing, BUGS […]

Those Kids From Fawn Creek

I went on the record during my CBC Radio interview about the challenge of including multiple characters in a book without creating character soup. In Elliot Jelly-Legs, I wanted to include an entire hockey team (or most of it). The solution was hockey cards inserted in the text as each character is introduced. In Those […]

Linked

Will prolific kid-lit author, Gordon Korman, ever run out of ideas? I reviewed his book, The Hypnotists, in this post on my old website and included Ungifted in my SciWhy article Science in Middle Grade Fiction. But those are just a few of many great titles by Gordon Korman, who keeps finding new ways to […]