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YA Book Club September Book Announcement

To make sure everyone has time to get a copy our next book, it is time to announce our September novel: The Lifters by Dave Eggers When Gran and his family move to Carousel, he has no idea that the town is built atop a secret. Little does he suspect, as he walks his sister… Continue reading YA Book Club September Book Announcement

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Book Review: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’ s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first.  Then… Continue reading Book Review: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

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Book Club Review: City on Strike by Harriet Zaidman

The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike was a key moment in Canadian history when demands of workers and returning soldiers all played out in the bloody streets of Winnipeg. The governing elite condemned the strike organizers as "Bolsheviks" and unleashed waves of violence. The country hasn't fully healed since. City on Strike is a riveting middle-grade fiction… Continue reading Book Club Review: City on Strike by Harriet Zaidman

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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