Triggered is one of “The Best”.

CCBC Best Book of 2013According to the good people at The Children’s Book Centre – and they know quite a bit about this type of thing - Triggered is one of the Best Books for Kids and Teens of 2013. (I just got word yesterday so don’t know who other honourees are. I’ll post the rest of the list as soon as I get it.)

A he said/she said thriller, Triggered is my latest quick-read in the popular Orca Soundings Series.

Here’s is a glimpse into what reviewers are saying about Triggered:

“A great read for both males and females…Grant has woven a story about teenage relationships that is both gripping and believable. She also touches on themes such as mental illness, co-dependent relationships, and poverty. Triggered would also make an interesting novel study for multiple grades and is highly recommend for middle-school and high school libraries. Highly Recommended.” CM Magazine – October 4, 2013

“Rich in teen angst and the human condition, this novel will shock the teen reader with an awareness of how emotionally disturbed the human psyche can become…Highly recommended for the reluctant reader collection in school library.” Resource Links – October 1, 2013

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TRIGGERED hits the bull’s eye.

Triggered Vicki GrantI’ve delighted to see that Triggered, my latest high/low novel for Orca Soundings was chosen as one of Resource Links’ Best Books of 2013.

Don’t know Resource Links?

Here’s what they have to say for themselves: “Published 5 times a year, Resource Links is Canada’s national journal devoted to the review and evaluation of Canadian English and French resources for children and young adults.

Resource Links informs you about Canadian writers, awards and announcements of interest to a Canadian audience. Written by educators and librarians working with young people across the nation, our reviewers span the country from British Columbia to Newfoundland.”

Triggered was chosen in the Best Fiction for Grades 7 to 12 category. This is the third time one of my books has been chosen by Resource Links: The Puppet Wrangler, Quid pro Quo and Res Judicata all made the list too.

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“Vicki Grant is funny and endearing.”

Vicki Grant, Christmas, snowAnd I’ve got that on good authority. Amy Mathers said so. (Click her name if you don’t believe me.)

Amy has begun a journey “across the Canadian landscape of teen fiction” through her Marathon of Books. Her quest is to open “readers up to new perspectives and inspire book lovers to fund a teen book award.” She’s reading a book a day on a literary cross-country tour. She began in Nova Scotia with some of my oeuvre and that of my dear buddy, Don Aker. She hopes to get $100,000 in pledges to go towards the award.

It’s a wonderful project (and I’d say that even if she didn’t call me “funny and endearing”. Did I already mention that?) Click here to find out how you can support Amy’s Marathon of Books.

Amy Mathers, reader extraordinaire

Amy Mathers, reader extraordinaire

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I’ve joined the Dream Team.

Orca Secrets

Marthe Jocelyn and Eric Walters hammering out some plot points at a top SECRETS meeting.

And when I say “dream team”, I mean DREAM TEAM. I’m one of seven authors writing a series of linked novels for Orca Books called Seven Secrets. Here, in alphabetical order, are my amazing co-writers: Kelley Armstrong, Marthe Jocelyn, Kathy Kacer, Norah McClintock, Teresa Toten, and our token – ha,ha – male, the inimitable Eric Walters. And that’s about all I can tell you about the project at the moment because the rest is – as the title suggests – still SECRETS. All will be revealed in 2015.

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Triggered!

Triggered Vicki GrantSuch a weird word. Triggered. It suddenly looks kind of Scandinavian to me. Is that really how it’s spelled?

Must be – because I can see it right here on the cover of my brand new Young Adult Thriller for Orca Soundings!!!!

I can also see it in the headline of this rather nice review from CM magazine, the gist of which is:

Triggered is a great read for both males and females. Vicki Grant has woven a story about teenage relationships that is both gripping and believable. She also touches on themes such as mental illness, co-dependent relationships, and poverty. Triggered would also make an interesting novel study for multiple grades and is highly recommend for middle-school and high school libraries.

But my favourite part is this: 3 1/2 stars out of 4!

 

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Vicki Grant (and no doubt more…)

Me looking thoughtfulVivian Howard of Dalhousie University is the driving force behind SeaStacks, a website devoted to children’s and young adult authors of Atlantic Canada. When she asked to interview me for the project, I’m sure she had no idea how much I could talk.

Man, do I go on.

In any event, here are a series of youtube videos that cover my background, my writing process, my approach to research and a lot of other things that just happened to pop into my head at the time.

Click here to watch. Enjoy!

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Young Love, circa 1942

World War 2 Vicki GrantIt was a classic case of one-thing-leading-to-another. I’d always known my father was 17 when he went to war but it never dawned on me just how very, very young that was until my own beardless boy was the same age. (At which point, it promptly broke my heart. Children should not go to war. I get weepy whenever I think about it.)

Dad became a pilot of a Halifax bomber. By the time he returned to his hometown of Stittsville, Ontario in 1945, he’d flown 33 missions over Nazi Germany. He’d won the Distinguished Flying Cross for valour. And he’d been engaged at least twice. This was all before he was in the eyes of the law even considered an adult. (He turned 21 on the troopship home.)

That belated realization on my part spawned several creative projects. The first is a little video I did last year for Remembrance Day. (It’s only a minute long so please watch if you can.)

The second is on-going: a mystery novel set in Halifax (the city, not the bomber) during World War 2. For several years, Halifax, believe it or not, was the most important port in North America. Soldiers, sailors and airmen from all over the world filled the harbour, streets and dance halls. It made it a very exciting time – especially for young Haligonian girls.

Dancing Was My DutyAnd that’s what lead me to my third project. In the course of doing research for the book, I interviewed a number of women who lived in the city at the time. I thought I was going to hear sad stories of young lives lost – and I did hear a few of those – but mostly I heard about the crazy fun of wartime Halifax. There were ten boys for every girl so, as one of my ladies said, “If you didn’t have at least a few dates for Saturday night, you were slipping.” Their fabulous, hilarious stories are recorded in my very first documentary, Dancing Was My Duty. It aired on CBC-TV in the summer but you can watch it now online.

 

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Spot the difference.

A comic adventure novel for 10- to 14-year olds.

A comic adventure novel for 10- to 14-year olds.

I just received a wonderful note from a young woman named Alexia Panakos. She’s now a budding fashion designer but when she was in Grade Six, she read a funny little book called The Puppet Wrangler. It’s about a girl named Telly and a – how shall we say it? - character named Bitsie. (He’s hard to explain.)

Alexia enjoyed the book so much she decided to make a life-size replica of Bitsie.

Even better, she decided that it’s time the little guy came home to Mummy. Alexia is sending Bitsie to me so I can take him on school visits.

Didn’t she do an amazing job?

 

 

 

 

 

Bitsie by Alexia Panakos

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Ni Dører?

Nine DoorsAccording to good old Google, that’s how you say “Nine Doors” in Norwegian.

I have no idea if the Scandinavian publisher will keep that title but my comic high/low novel  will soon be available in Norway.

To which all I can say is, “Kjempeflott!”

(Which I hope means “awesome” and not “grilled cheese sandwich” or “orthopedic insoles” – although both, under the correct conditions, can be pretty darn good too.)

In case you’re not familiar with Nine Doors (“What?!), it’s a short Young Adult novel in Orca’s wonderful Currents series.

Here are a few reviews to whet your appetite.

“Vicki Grant has done it again: she’s come up with another great hi-lo teen novel that is almost certain to garner accolades equal to those which her past efforts (all ALA “Quick Picks” books) have earned. NINE DOORSboasts a plot that’s simple yet gripping, pacing that’s tight and rapid-fire, and true-to-life characters that will resonate with readers both young and old…On top of its absorbing storyline and sharply-drawn main characters who undergo believable changes, NINE DOORS even has a splash of romance thrown in – truly a fantastic all-round read that is a sure bet for grabbing the interest of reluctant readers. CM Magazine

“No one creates more likable, fully rounded characters than Vicki Grant’s protagonists and “good guys”. Her central characters are memorable individuals whose comments clearly show their views of the world and the motivations and interconnections between them and their allies.” The Virtual Bookmark

“Realistic action and dialogue, along with a fast-paced plot, will keep reluctant readers turning pages.” School Library Journal

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I just squeaked in.

ALA Quick Pick, OLA Best betThe good people at the Ontario Library Association (OLA) had a nice surprise for me. They awarded Hold the Pickles with an honourable mention on its Best Bets List 2012.

Hold the Pickles is a comic adventure for middle grade readers. It tells the continuing story of Dan Hogg, the hero* (sort of) of Pigboy, another Orca Currents young adult novel.

* He’d like that.

Congratulations to all the other authors who made the list!

Adderson, Caroline. Middle of Nowhere. Groundwood Books.
Bourke, Pat. Yesterday’s Dead. Second Story Press.
Curtis, Christoper Paul. The Mighty Miss Malone. Wendy Lamb Books.
Gay, Marie Louise and Homel, David. Summer in the City. Groundwood Books.
Horvath, Polly. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny – Detectives Extraordinaire! Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Groundwood Books.
Korman, Gordon. Ungifted. Scholastic.
Peterson, Lois. The Paper House. Orca Book Publishers.
Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk. Making Bombs for Hitler. Scholastic Books.
Stratton, Allan. The Grave Robber’s Apprentice. Harper Collins.

Junior Fiction – Honourables:
Grant, Vicki. Hold the Pickles. Orca Book Publishers.
Trogan, Kari and Brit. Margaret and the Moth Tree. Kids Can.
Wharton, Tomas. The Fathomless Fire. Doubleday.
White, Susan. Ten Thousand Truths. Acorn Press.

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