Students’ and my take—make that double-take—on the doppelgänger

Author, teacher, school visit

  The following post is written by Melanie Jackson, author of Death Drop.   Everyone has one. That not-quite-double, that other self. A nicer other self, or a more sinister one. Possibly a deadly one. I’ve been exploring the idea of the doppelgänger with three classes of Grade 8 Creative Writing students at Vancouver’s Lord Byng Secondary. It’s part of a mystery unit I’m delighted to be teaching, with the help, advice, brilliant comments and unwavering cup-of-tea support of Byng teacher and English Department head Amy Hughes. We’re studying the doppelgänger as portrayed in a […]






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Author Feature: Gabrielle Prendergast

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In Pinch Me, seventeen-year-old pop star Darius Zaire falls out of bed and lands on the cruddy floor of his old bedroom after another night of girls, music and booze. No mansion, no luxury cars, no platinum records. Now he’s just ordinary Darren Zegers. Some kind of nightmare has erased everything that happened to change Darren the dweeb into Darius the multimillionaire. Now Darius has to face an ordinary day in the twelfth grade, suffering through remedial English and wondering what happened to the last three years, let alone all his fans and money. He […]






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Illustrator Feature: Dave Whamond

Dave Whamond Collage

#TuesdayTalk with Dave Whamond! His illustrations can be seen in Justine McKeen, Thermostat Chat and Wild Cards—both available now! How do you start an illustration project? It depends. If it’s a manuscript from an author, I can see the characters and setting in my head as I’m reading it. I can hardly wait to sit down and draw it before I forget everything. I sometimes have a drawing pad beside me and do rough character sketches while I read. If it’s for a book I am conceiving, it’s much the same except most of the […]






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Author Feature: Sarah N. Harvey

YA fiction, teen fiction, novel

In Blood on the Beach, eight teens are dropped off on a remote west-coast island for a week-long treatment program called INTRO (Into Nature to Renew Ourselves). The story is told by two of them: Alice, whose police-officer mother believes Alice might have a substance-abuse problem, and Caleb, who assaulted his abusive stepfather. They are joined by six other miscreants and three staff: a psychologist, a social worker and an ex-cop. On the first night, one of the girls disappears from her cabin. There is a panicked search of the island, but she is nowhere […]






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“Where did you get the idea for your book?”

Dominion, Science Fiction, Sci-fi, Strong female character, fantasy, spirits

The following post is written by Shane Arbuthnott, author of Dominion.   “Where did you get the idea for your book?” This seems to be a common question for authors. My debut novel, Dominion, only came out at the end of February, but I’ve already heard it a dozen times. I usually rattle off something about themes and worldbuilding. But my answer is always incomplete, because a book takes more than one idea. So I thought maybe I might try to answer that question properly here. This might take a while. For most of my […]






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Author Feature: Robin Stevenson

Blood on the Beach by Robin Stevenson and Sarah N. Harvey

In Blood on the Beach, eight teens are dropped off on a remote west-coast island for a week-long treatment program called INTRO (Into Nature to Renew Ourselves). The story is told by two of them: Alice, whose police-officer mother believes Alice might have a substance-abuse problem, and Caleb, who assaulted his abusive stepfather. They are joined by six other miscreants and three staff: a psychologist, a social worker and an ex-cop. On the first night, one of the girls disappears from her cabin. There is a panicked search of the island, but she is nowhere […]






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