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Cheers to 2019

To all of my valued readers, I wish you a Happy New Year! Every one of you is appreciated and I hope all good things for you this year. Thank you for following along my writing journey. Here's a toast to 2019! *************************** I start thinking about my next year's commitments in November, so by… Continue reading Cheers to 2019

Book Reviews, YA Book Club for Writers

Suzanne Goulden’s YA Book Club for Writers

Starting January 2019, I'm running a book club for writers of middle grade and young adult fiction. If you're a MG or YA writer from Winnipeg or surrounding area, and are interested in learning more, please contact me. (Note: There's a *bit* more to this group than just reading a novel and having a discussion.) I… Continue reading Suzanne Goulden’s YA Book Club for Writers

Book Reviews

Book Review: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Everybody loves Mother Paula’s pancakes. Everybody, that is, except the colony of cute but endangered owls that live on the building site of the new restaurant. Can the awkward new kid and his feral friend prank the pancake people out of town? Or is the owls’ fate cemented in pancake batter? My thoughts: People say… Continue reading Book Review: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Book Reviews, Editing, Reading, Writer Life

10 Opening Lines: Do they entice you to read on?

I picked 10 novels off my middle grade and young adult shelves. All books I've read and enjoyed, but I was curious to pay closer attention to how they start. Do their opening lines have a hook? Let's take a look: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate I am Ivan. I am a… Continue reading 10 Opening Lines: Do they entice you to read on?

Editing, Reading, Writer Life

Regina Brooks’ 5 Rules for Engaging YA Readers

When I first started writing YA, long ago, I picked up Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks. It's a book I still highly recommend today. However, it's been years since I read it, so I've pulled it off my shelf to give it my time and attention again. And I'm rather amused.… Continue reading Regina Brooks’ 5 Rules for Engaging YA Readers

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as… Continue reading Book Review: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne