Author Feature: John Lawrence Reynolds

In Murder Among the Pines, small-town police chief Maxine “Max” Benson is just settling into her new life when her ex appears on the scene. Apparently, he and his new young lover just happen to be visiting her area on holiday. Max left her marriage and the Toronto police to become chief in Port Ainslie, where she runs a three-person department with few problems and enjoys a different pace of life. That’s all about to change when Max’s ex-husband is accused of killing his young lover right in Max’s own backyard. It seems that only […]

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Illustrator Feature: Joe Weissmann

In Harry’s Hiccups, written by children’s literature legend Jean Little and illustrated by award-winning illustrator Joe Weissmann, Harry is afflicted with a case of the hopeless hiccups. He tries drinking a glass of water upside down, he tries putting an ice-cold key down his back, he gleefully tries eating a spoonful of sugar. But nothing works! It’s not until Harry has a surprise encounter with a different sort of neighbor that it seems like Harry might finally get some relief…hiccup, hiccup…   Can you tell us about the illustration style of your book? How did […]

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Author Feature: Michelle Mulder

Going Wild: Helping Nature Thrive in Cities: “Going wild.” We don’t see it as a good thing. And why would we? For most of our time on earth, humanity has been running from lions and other wilderness dangers. We’ve worked hard to make our local landscapes as safe and convenient as possible. Sometimes that’s meant paving over areas that might burst into weeds. Other times, we’ve dammed rivers for electricity or irrigation. But now pollution, climate change and disruptions to the water cycle are affecting the world in ways we never anticipated. What if the […]

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Author Feature: Jocelyn Shipley

In Impossible, seventeen-year-old Jemma’s older brother took her in when she needed to get away from her abusive ex-boyfriend, Razor. All Jemma wants now is to be a good mom to her baby daughter, Violet. But one night she needs to go out, just for a few minutes, to get diapers and ice cream. On her way back, she witnesses the drive-by shooting of a kid, Kwame, who lives in the same building. The driver is Razor. Jemma is terrified. If she tells anyone what she saw, they’ll know she left her baby alone and […]

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Author Feature: Charles Ghigna

Who Can? YOU CAN! Tongue-twisty teasers lead the reader through a miscellany of animals in this brilliantly illustrated hint-and-reveal book. Careful clues invite the child to guess what’s coming next, and rhythm and repetition invite early readers to try out this little riddle book on their own. From toucan to centipede, all will delight in Vlasta van Kampen’s colorful art and Charles Ghigna’s whimsical words.   How do you usually begin writing your stories? Story ideas often pop into my mind at the most unexpected times, such as in the middle of a school visit […]

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Author Feature: Andrea Curtis

Big Water: Seventeen-year-old Christina McBurney, grieving the loss of her twin brother, Jonathan, to consumption, runs away from her Parkdale home and secures passage on the SS Asia, on its way to Sault Ste. Marie. But when the overloaded and top-heavy steamship sinks in a violent storm, Christina must figure out a way to work together with the only other survivor, a brooding young man with a likely criminal past. What planning and research did you do for you book? My first book was adult creative nonfiction called Into the Blue about another shipwreck on […]

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