Author Feature: Gail Anderson-Dargatz

A Race Against Time by Gail Anderson-Dargatz

#TuesdayTalk with Gail Anderson-Dargatz. Her novel, Race Against Time, is on shelves now! Tell us a bit about your book. My latest Rapid Reads book is called Race Against Time, a Claire Abbott mystery. What was the catalyst for your story? What if you had a vision that something terrible was about to happen? Could you stop it? What if no one believed you? This novel rose out of those questions. If your book is illustrated, what was it like to see your story come alive visually? The book plays with the concept of time. […]






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Author Feature: Gabrielle Prendergast

Pandas on the Eastside by Gabrielle Prendergast

#TuesdayTalk with Gabrielle Prendergast. Her new novel, Pandas on the Eastside, is on shelves now! Tell us a bit about your book. Pandas on the Eastside is a historical middle grade fiction set in the downtown east side of Vancouver in the early 1970s. What was the catalyst for your story? My daughter was talking about pandas one day and she said something about the Eastside and I thought that sounded interesting, so it went from there. I decided to use the real life arrival of Ling Ling and Hsing-Hsing What was your favourite book […]






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Author Feature: Eric Howling

Gang Tackle by Eric Howling

#TuesdayTalk with Eric Howling. His novel, Gang Tackle , is on shelves now. Tell us a bit about your book. Gang Tackle is my sixth sports novel and the third time I’ve used high school football as a backdrop. At its heart, Gang Tackle is the story of how a team rises up to take down their racist and demeaning coach. Let me say right up front that most coaches are nothing like Coach Roland Fort. They’re selfless, hard working, put-the-team-first leaders and mentors. But a mean, bad-mouthing authority figure was what the story needed […]






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Chana Masala Recipe

chana masala

Need comfort food or something to warm you up on these cold winter days? Try this great recipe for Chana Masala and then, while you’re at it, curl up with our nonfiction book Diwali to learn about the culture where your food originates. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 medium yellow onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 tablespoon coriander 1 teaspoon garam masala 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes with juices 2 15-ounce cans garbanzo […]






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Author Feature: Martha Brack Martin

River Traffic by Martha Brack Martin

#TuesdayTalk with Martha Brack Martin. Her novel, River Traffic, is on shelves now! Tell us your about your book. My novel, River Traffic, is a young adult thriller/mystery that revolves around the Detroit River. The river acts as a border between Canada and the United States, and has a history of trouble and danger — everything from wars to booze smuggling to escaping slaves on the Underground Railroad. Tom LeFave is the main character in River Traffic. He lives with his dad in his family’s old marina, right on the river. His ancestors were rum-runners, […]






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Word Match

sticky note sight words

Do your students or children need a little extra practice with reading over the holidays? Try this great word matching exercise: What you’ll need: A whiteboard (or a large sheet of paper to write on) Sticky notes (colorful are great!) A marker What to do: Write out words the child is struggling with on both the whiteboard and sticky notes, making sure the two sets are not laid out in the same order Have the child move the sticky note words to the same word on the whiteboard, reading each aloud as he / she […]






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