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Book Club Review: The Way Back Home by Allan Stratton

Zoe's straitlaced and narrow-minded parents don't understand her. Worse than that, they also want to put Zoe's beloved Granny in a seniors home, despite Zoe's objections. Sure, Granny has become a bit odd and her memory is spotty, but she's outspoken and funny, and Zoe loves her. Granny still mourns her favourite son, Teddy, who… Continue reading Book Club Review: The Way Back Home by Allan Stratton

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Vision and Voice

I’m attending a CANSCAIP writers’ conference right now. I’m so excited to see all of the great friends I know here and new ones I’m meeting.

We kicked off the conference with an inspiring and informative panel discussion which I was going to blog about upon my return home, however my good friend, MaryLou, posted her blog this morning and summed up the discussion so nicely, I decided to take the easy route and reblog her fantastic post! Thanks, MaryLou!

What Next?

Arthur Slade, David Robertson, and Miriam Körner are some of the most successful children’s writers in Canada right now.  Between them, they have published a raft of books and have won all kinds of awards.  I listened to them last night as they shared their vision and voice in a discussion at a Saskatoon conference for children’s writers. Their exchange of ideas was led by Alice Kuipers a children’s writer who helped to organize the conference. 

Arthur and David listen as Miriam talks about her writing motivation

It was interesting to note what motivates each writer. Miriam is passionate about Canada’s north and loves sled dogs and sled dog racing.  In her books, she is trying to share that passion with others.  

Arthur told us his latest book Crimson was written especially for his daughter who he and his wife adopted from China in 2010. He wanted…

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Book Review: Finding Hope by Colleen Nelson

  Hope leaves her small town for a fresh start, but her plans are derailed by an online romance and the appearance of her brother.Hope lives in a small town with nothing to do and nowhere to go. With a drug addict for a brother, she focuses on the only thing that keeps her sane,… Continue reading Book Review: Finding Hope by Colleen Nelson

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YA Book Club June Book Announcement

We are nearing our meeting for my YA book club where we will be discussing our May novel, The Way Back Home by Allan Stratton. However, to make sure everyone has time to get a copy, it is time to announce our June book: City on Strikeby Harriet Zaidman The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike was… Continue reading YA Book Club June Book Announcement

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Book Review: Restart by Gordon Korman

Chase's memory just went out the window. Chase doesn't remember falling off the roof. He doesn't remember hitting his head. He doesn't, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name. He knows he's Chase.… Continue reading Book Review: Restart by Gordon Korman

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Book Review: The 11th Hour by Kristine Scarrow

One day, after weeks of secret planning, seventeen-year-old Annika Dietty leaves home at dawn to run away with her boyfriend, the charming and popular Dylan Sopick. She tried telling her friends and family how amazing Dylan is, but seeing as they all seem set against the relationship, she’s decided their only chance is to run… Continue reading Book Review: The 11th Hour by Kristine Scarrow

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Book Club Review: Me (and) Me by Alice Kuipers

It’s Lark’s seventeenth birthday, and although she’s hated to be reminded of the day ever since her mom’s death three years ago, it’s off to a great start. Lark has written a killer song to perform with her band, the weather is stunning and she’s got a date with gorgeous Alec. The two take a… Continue reading Book Club Review: Me (and) Me by Alice Kuipers