Author Feature: Holly Bennett

Drawn Away by Holly Bennett

What image/scene/character did you start this book with? This doesn’t often happen to me, but the first scene actually did come to me almost as if I was watching a movie. Dare I admit I was driving at the time? I came home, wrote it down, and it stuck. Finding the rest of the story took a whole lot longer! What kind of research did you do for your book? I did some research about Hans Christian Andersen’s life and times. I also needed to find out something about the life of the lower classes […]






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Happy Family Literacy Day!!

Family Literacy Day

Happy Family Literacy Day! Books and family seem a perfect segue into the weekend, setting us up for relaxing and cozy days in this chilly January. And how’s that to-be-read pile? Do you have enough books for your kids and for you, so you can read when they’re (finally) tucked into bed. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there. Books for Bedtime What Matters Written by Alison Hughes and illustrated by Holly Hatam Teach your children about environmentalism and why little actions matter with this charming picture book. Follow along with what happens when one […]






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#BellLet’sTalk About Mental Health

Bell Let's Talk

Bell Let’s Talk, taking place on January 25, is designed to remove stigmas around mental health and break the silence and barriers that so often surrounds them. We have a list of books to spark conversation in your family and give children protagonists they can relate to. Chick: Lister by Alex Van Tol Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Chick is a popular fourteen-year-old who is essentially on this earth to live up to his father’s impossible expectations—or, at least, that’s how he feels. This pressure is a grinding source of anxiety for him, which he copes with by […]






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Author Feature: Melanie Jackson

Death Drop by Melanie Jackson

#TuesdayTalk with Melanie Jackson. Her novel, Death Drop, is on shelves now! Tell us a bit about your book. The title of my new novel, Death Drop, is the name of Vancouver’s new thrill ride based on the mythical Persephone’s fall into the underworld. Protagonist Zeke, waiting for baseball practice, lines up for the fiery, faster-than-gravity drop only to land in a devilish situation. A little girl he tries to help disappears—and Death Drop’s staff deny ever seeing her! Gabriel Rossetti’s famous painting Proserpina adds to the baffling brushstrokes of the mystery confronting Zeke. What […]






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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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