Fair Trade for the Holidays

A Fair Deal Holiday

The following post is written by Kari Jones, author of A Fair Deal: Shopping for Social Justice. What are your favorite stores to buy fair trade gifts from? We are lucky in Victoria that we have a few fair trade stores to choose from. The one most people know about is 10 Thousand Villages downtown at 1009 Government Street, but there is also the Global Village Store at 527 Pandora Street.  Those two are specifically fair trade stores, but there are lots of other stores in Victoria that carry fair trade products. Look for the […]






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Author Feature: Debby Waldman

Miriam's Secret

Miriam’s Secret: In 1930 nine-year-old Miriam travels by train from Brooklyn to her grandparents’ farm in upstate New York. Her grandparents are kind, generous people, but they aren’t exactly ideal playmates for a lonely girl. When Miriam is not doing homework in the kitchen with Bubby or helping prepare meals for the migrant workers that Zayde hires to help out on the farm, she plays with the barn kittens born just before she arrived. Those kittens are her only friends, until the day Miriam discovers a young girl hiding in the barn. Cissy and her […]






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Author Feature: Johanna Wagstaffe

Fault Lines

Fault Lines: Understanding the Power of Earthquakes—Earthquakes are a terrifying yet fascinating force of nature. Seismologist Johanna Wagstaffe takes you through her own journey of understanding the earth beneath our feet. Along the way you’ll learn the science behind what makes the earth rumble and hear from kids around the world who have experienced the wonder, and terror, of an earthquake. What planning and research did you do for you book? I have spent a lot of time going to classrooms to talk to children about earthquakes. I thought about what questions and topics students […]






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Illustrator Feature: Josée Bisaillon

Bedtime 123

Written by Eric Walters, Bedtime 123 will lull your little one to sleep while counting the animals also nestling in for the night. Count the stars coming out, fox cubs snuggling, puppies piling and chicks cuddling as baby rocks gently to sleep in this gorgeously illustrated board book from bestselling author Eric Walters and award-winning illustrator Josée Bisaillon. Tell us about the illustration style of your book? How did you decide what it would be? I don’t really know how to describe my style…maybe whimsical ? For Bedtime 123, I wanted the book to have […]






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Author Feature: Darren Groth

Munro vs. the Coyote

Munro vs. the Coyote: Since the sudden death of his younger sister, Evie, sixteen-year-old Munro Maddux has been having flashbacks and anger-management issues. He has a constant ache in his right hand. And there’s a taunting, barking, biting voice he calls “the Coyote.” Munro knows a six-month student exchange will not be the stuff of teenage dreams, but in Brisbane he intends to move beyond his troubled past. It is there, at an assisted living residence called Fair Go Community Village, that Munro discovers the Coyote can be silenced. Munro volunteers as a “Living Partner” […]






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Author Feature: John Lawrence Reynolds

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It’s almost summer in small town Port Ainslie. Or is it? Temperatures are so far below normal that Police Chief Maxine Benson and her team are wearing sweaters. But is it cold enough to freeze the body of the man found in a ditch on the outskirts of town one morning? Maxine starts to investigate, but she is elbowed aside by the mostly-male provincial police force so she takes charge on her own. Soon she’s visiting the victim’s cold-hearted widow, tracking the widow’s mysterious brother, and confronting the killer alone in a tract of forest. […]






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