Author Interview: Leanne Lieberman

Desire, YA novel, Novel, Sex, Vagina Monologues, Depression, Anxiety, Mental Illness

Sixteen-year-old Sydney hates to talk (or even think) about sex. She’s also fighting a secret battle against depression, and she’s sure she’ll never have a boyfriend. When her classmate Paul starts texting and sending her nature photos, she is caught off guard by his interest. Always uncomfortable with any talk about sex, Sydney is shocked when her extroverted sister, Abby, announces that she is going to put on The Vagina Monologues at school. Despite her discomfort, Sydney starts to reexamine her relationship with her body, and with Paul. But her depression worsens, and with the […]






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Birthdays and German Apple Cake

German Apple Cake

Spring is coming! And we have a delicious cake recipe you get you in the fun, frivolous, fruity mood–German apple cake. It’s perfect for all the birthdays coming up, or for when you’re craving a slice of sweetness. This cake pairs best with a book featuring the recipe–a book all about birthdays! First, let’s get that batter bubbling in the oven. German Apple Cake Ingredients 2 eggs 3/4 c. vegetable oil 2 c. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 2 c. flour 2 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1/3 c. water 4-5 medium […]






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Author Feature: Karen Nesbitt

Subject to Change, Novel, author, Young adult, LGTBQ,

Declan’s life in small-town Quebec is defined by his parents’ divorce, his older brother’s delinquency and his own lackluster performance at school, which lands him with a tutor he calls Little Miss Perfect. He likes his job at the local ice rink, and he has a couple of good buddies, but his father’s five-year absence is a constant source of pain and anger. When he finds out the truth about his parents’ divorce, he is forced to reconsider everything he has believed about his family and himself.   What was the hardest scene to write […]






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Why I Do Author Visits

Judith Graves 2

The following post is written by author Judith Graves. I love doing author visits to schools and public libraries. They are the highlight of my writing life. Usually, my writing days consist of hours sitting at my desk, typing on my laptop or reading through research materials. I may or may not still be in my flannel PJs. I might consume a few pots of coffee. And certainly I’d make time to hang out with my three crazy dogs. These are hard-working days. They’re fun at times and frustrating at others—especially if my characters aren’t […]






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Illustrator Feature: Mark Hoffmann

Picture book, Read, Reading, Funny, Literacy, Celebration of literacy

In this fun and funny celebration of literacy, kids of all ages will discover that the act of reading is a daring adventure that can take you anywhere! You can read at the playground, under the sea, at the opera and even in outer space! It turns out you can read everywhere! And when you do, you open yourself to a universe of adventure. Presented in light-hearted, rib-tickling verse that’s perfect for reading aloud, You Can Read sings it loud and proud: Books are awesome. And so are the people who read them. How do […]






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Bob Tyrrell, founder of Orca Book Publishers, remembers Mel Bolen and Jim Munro

  The following post is written by Bob Tyrrell, founder of Orca Book Publishers. The book community on the west coast suffered a great loss this past fall when we lost both Jim Munro and Mel Bolen, a mere month apart. Although both were well and truly retired, and had passed their businesses on to capable successors, their deaths were felt by the bookselling community at large. Bolen and Munro were undoubtedly two of the smartest, most successful booksellers in the country. Ever. Both Mel and Jim were supportive of Orca in our early days. […]






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