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The biggest lesson about the editing process.

I've written stories nearly all my life. I still have an original from when I was in grade two, three maybe. I wrote poetry and gory short stories through my teens. Picture books when my kids were little. And now, I focus on novel writing for middle grade and young adult audiences.  Amazing how our… Continue reading The biggest lesson about the editing process.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the… Continue reading Book Review: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

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Book Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne Fifteen-year-old Edie Fraser searches for her mother, who has gone missing shortly after the two moved to London, England, to escape Edie’s abusive father. Is it possible to outrun your past? Fifteen-year-old Edie Fraser and her mother, Sydney, have been trying to do just that for five… Continue reading Book Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

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Book Review: Blood Brothers by Colleen Nelson

Blood Brothers by Colleen Nelson Fifteen-year-old Jakub Kaminsky is the son of Polish immigrants, a good Catholic boy, and a graffiti artist. While his father sleeps, Jakub and his best friend, Lincoln, sneak out with spray paint to make their mark as Morf and Skar. When Jakub gets a scholarship to an elite private school,… Continue reading Book Review: Blood Brothers by Colleen Nelson

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Book Review: Black Chuck by Regan McDonell

Black Chuck by Regan McDonell Psycho. Sick. Dangerous. Réal Dufresne's reputation precedes him. When the mangled body of his best friend, Shaun, turns up in a field just east of town, tough-as-hell Réal blames himself. But except for the nightmares, all Ré remembers is beating the living crap out of Shaun the night of his… Continue reading Book Review: Black Chuck by Regan McDonell

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Book Review: Impossible by Jocelyn Shipley

Impossible by Jocelyn Shipley Seventeen-year-old Jemma's older brother took her in when she needed to get away from her abusive ex-boyfriend, Razor. All Jemma wants now is to be a good mom to her baby daughter, Violet. But one night she needs to go out, just for a few minutes, to get diapers and ice… Continue reading Book Review: Impossible by Jocelyn Shipley

Editing

Don’t Get Shelved!

Do you write middle grade, young adult or new adult novels? Writing for these audiences is very different than writing for adults. A lot of people believe it's easier to write for kids -- oh, if they only knew. . . Clear, clean, concise writing; convincing dialogue; and telling a story without preaching a message… Continue reading Don’t Get Shelved!