A Reading List for Bike to Work Week

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It’s Bike to Work Week in BC! Bike to Work BC is a non-profit society that aims to create a future in which as many people as possible experience the joy of commuting to work—or school—by bicycle. In celebration of Bike to Work Week, we put together a list of five great books that feature cycling. Pedal It! How Bicycles are Changing the World by Michelle Mulder   Pedal It! celebrates the humble bicycle—from the very first boneshakers to the sleek racing bikes of today, from handlebars to spokes to gear sprockets—and shows you why […]






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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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The Unnatural Selections Drawing Game

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Have you ever seen a Hawkodile? Or a Toraffe? What about a Cowaconda? All of these creatures (and more) can be found roaming through the imaginative universe of Unnatural Selections, a picture book by artist Wallace Edwards. To create this book, Professor I.B. Doodling, a traveling artist, took suggestions from schoolchildren to create fantastical hybrid animals. The result is a collection of magnificent beasts that are sure to inspire the imagination. Since your students or children will be full of creative energy after reading Unnatural Selections, here is a simple drawing activity that pairs perfectly […]






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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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