“Why would you write about bats?”

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  The following post is written by Pamela McDowell, author of Bats in Trouble, which will be coming out in Fall 2017.   “There are so many cute animals out there, why would you write about bats?” My mother wasn’t impressed. She has never forgotten her personal bat encounter, when she was nine years old and alone in an outhouse. Some memories are hard to shake. My mom isn’t the only person who asks this question when I mention my next book, Bats in Trouble. First, I have to say that bats are pretty amazing […]






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Author Feature: Vicki Delany

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In Blood and Belonging, RCMP Sergeant Ray Robertson is in the Turks and Caicos Islands, enjoying two weeks of leave from his job training police in Haiti with the UN. On an early-morning jog along famed Grace Bay Beach he discovers a dead man in the surf. Ray is shocked to recognize the body as that of one of his Haitian police recruits. To his wife’s increasing dismay, Ray is compelled to follow the dead man’s trail and finds himself plunged into the world of human trafficking and the problems of a tiny country struggling […]






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Author Feature: Lisa Dalrymple

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In Jungle Jitters, Tate wants to shake his boring reputation and agrees to travel with his class up the Amazon River to help build a village school, even though he’s secretly terrified of deep water and all the scary things that swim below. He has his fingers and toes crossed that he won’t see any giant snakes or hungry piranhas. But there are even scarier things than anacondas lurking in the jungles of South America, and Tate soon learns of the legend of El Tunchi, a vengeful spirit that terrorizes those who harm the rain-forest. […]






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

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  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

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#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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