Category Archives: Award Winner

Spell Read and Me

I’ve always had a special place in my heart for ‘reluctant readers’ – kids who for whatever reason don’t like to read, have trouble reading or are struggling with English as a second language. That’s why I write so many … Continue reading

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Coming soon to Toronto!

Can I go to school with you? I’ll be in the GTA October 14, 15 and 16 and would love to visit your class or library. I do my best to make my presentations entertaining and, when I can get away … Continue reading

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“Vicki Grant is funny and endearing.”

And 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 … Continue reading

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I’ve joined the Dream Team.

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, … Continue reading

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

Vivian 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 … Continue reading

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Young Love, circa 1942

It 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 … Continue reading

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Spot the difference.

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 … Continue reading

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Check me out at The Human Library.

If I were a book, what would I be? A thriller? In my dreams. A romance?  Not bloody likely. A comic book? Closer, perhaps – that is if the cover were a little wrinkled, some of the jokes kind of … Continue reading

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My Christmas Shopping Guide – Part 1

“Gripping, heartbreaking, and revelatory, a book that will touch teen (and adult) readers deeply.” That’s what The Canadian Children’s Book News had to say about Don Aker’s RUNNING ON EMPTY. I bet there’s a teenager on your gift list who’d just … Continue reading

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Bacon and Eggs and Wonderful Kids.

I just arrived back from three very busy days of school visits in Chatham-Kent and London, Ontario. I loved the delicious breakfast (and fabulous retro decor) of the St. Clair Restaurant in downtown Chatham. But most of all, I loved … Continue reading

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