Author Feature: Kari Jones

A Fair Deal

Fair trade is not about spending more money or buying more stuff. It’s about helping producers in developing countries get a fair price for their goods. In A Fair Deal: Shopping for Social Justice, Kari Jones provides a history of trade, explaining what makes trade systems unfair and what we can do about it. By examining ways in which our global trade systems value some people over others, the book illustrates areas in which fair trade practices can help families all around the world and suggests ways to get involved in making the world a […]






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Author Feature: Liam O’Donnell

9781459812581

Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Missing Mage— As the eve of the great Wizards’ Summit approaches, wizards from all over Rockfall Mountain descend on the school at Shadow Tower to refine their craft. When professors start disappearing, it’s up to magic-fearing monster sleuths Tank and Fizz to solve this spell-packed mystery and find the missing mages. Aleetha, their detective partner and a wizard-in-training, has dragged Tank and Fizz into the heart of the Shadow Tower, where libraries fly, spells fill the air, and an ancient army of darkness stirs, when she receives a […]






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Author Feature: Alison Hughes

Basketball, Shakespeare, sports, couch, announcer, middle grade novel

When the Gladiators basketball team’s nasty coach finally gets turfed midseason, things couldn’t possibly get worse. The team hasn’t won a game yet, and morale is at rock bottom. Sameer, who announces the games and keeps score, and Vijay, the team mascot, have their hands full keeping the team’s spirits up. When they get promoted to assistant coach and manager, can they help a small, unathletic, Shakespeare-quoting drama teacher coach the team to victory, or at least to dignity? Or will the courtside drama eclipse even the school play? What image/scene/character did you start Kings […]






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Author Feature: Melanie Jackson

Death Drop by Melanie Jackson

#TuesdayTalk with Melanie Jackson. Her novel, Death Drop, is on shelves now! Tell us a bit about your book. The title of my new novel, Death Drop, is the name of Vancouver’s new thrill ride based on the mythical Persephone’s fall into the underworld. Protagonist Zeke, waiting for baseball practice, lines up for the fiery, faster-than-gravity drop only to land in a devilish situation. A little girl he tries to help disappears—and Death Drop’s staff deny ever seeing her! Gabriel Rossetti’s famous painting Proserpina adds to the baffling brushstrokes of the mystery confronting Zeke. What […]






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Author Feature: Gabrielle Prendergast

Pandas on the Eastside by Gabrielle Prendergast

#TuesdayTalk with Gabrielle Prendergast. Her new novel, Pandas on the Eastside, is on shelves now! Tell us a bit about your book. Pandas on the Eastside is a historical middle grade fiction set in the downtown east side of Vancouver in the early 1970s. What was the catalyst for your story? My daughter was talking about pandas one day and she said something about the Eastside and I thought that sounded interesting, so it went from there. I decided to use the real life arrival of Ling Ling and Hsing-Hsing What was your favourite book […]






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Author Feature: Jocelyn Shipley

Shatterproof by Jocelyn Shipley

#TuesdayTalk with Jocelyn Shipley. Her new novel, Shatterproof, is on shelves now! Tell us a bit about your book. Thirteen-year-old Nate needs a break from looking after his recently disabled mom, so one day when she thinks he’s at a cross-country meet, he goes to the mall with Lug, a friend he’s not supposed to have any contact with. At the skate shop Nate sees a new board he has to have but can’t afford. Lug talks him into running a money-making scam, based on Nate’s resemblance to a teen TV star in a series […]






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