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!”
I’m not sure where spring went now that we’ve reached summer, but I do know I have been remiss in updating the crazy life of a first-time author and all the wonderful news from the past season. I say crazy, but overwhelming may be the better word because I have so much to be thankfulContinue reading “Spring wrap-up”
Today, Kirkus Reviews posted its Best Books of 2017 for middle grade. And Clutch was among the honorees! Clutch appears in the Best Middle Grade Historical Fiction category along with eight other very deserving titles. You can find the full list here. Another remarkable day in a extraordinary year.
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”
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!”
I recently had the opportunity to hang out with Debbie Ridpath Ohi for an article I was writing about the picture-book author for June issue of Quill & Quire magazine. If you don’t know her work, please do check it out. She’s illustrated a great deal of books for various authors, including Michael Ian BlackContinue reading “Debbie Ridpath Ohi”
Hey all, As we count down to the release of Clutch, some fun things are happening. My first interview was just published on Open Book, a fantastic site with the enviable goal of promoting Ontario’s literary scene. You can find the interview here. I have to say, as a journalist it was quite weird beingContinue reading “Open Book article online”
I was so excited to learn that Clutch was written up in the Spring Preview issue of Quill & Quire magazine (February 2017). I found out quite by accident. I was emailing with my editor at Q&Q, for which I write book reviews, and I quietly mentioned that I had a novel coming out. My editor told meContinue reading ““Not really about sports”: My first mention!”