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

Author, teacher, school visit

  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: Melodie Campbell

The Bootlegger's Goddaughter by Melodie Campbell

As Gina gets ready for her Christmas wedding, all is quiet in Steeltown. Then she’s robbed, cousin Jimmy has a heart attack, and someone in the city has hijacked a transport truck full of booze. But who? And why? Gina knows bootlegging used to be a family business, but they stopped that in the ’30s. Didn’t they? Gina and Nico work feverishly to keep the latest bungled family matter under wraps, but the police are closing in. And, once again, everything points to the Holy Cannoli Retirement Home. The Bootlegger’s Goddaughter is the fifth book […]






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Author Feature: Gail Anderson-Dargatz

A Race Against Time by Gail Anderson-Dargatz

#TuesdayTalk with Gail Anderson-Dargatz. Her novel, Race Against Time, is on shelves now! Tell us a bit about your book. My latest Rapid Reads book is called Race Against Time, a Claire Abbott mystery. What was the catalyst for your story? What if you had a vision that something terrible was about to happen? Could you stop it? What if no one believed you? This novel rose out of those questions. If your book is illustrated, what was it like to see your story come alive visually? The book plays with the concept of time. […]






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Author Feature: Brian Harvey

Tokyo Girl by Brian Harvey

#TuesdayTalk with Brian Harvey. His new Frank Ryan mystery, Tokyo Girl, is on shelves now! Tell us a bit about your book. Feckless piano tuner Frank Ryan visits Tokyo and becomes an unwitting pawn in a beautiful woman’s scheme to bring down her gangster ex-boyfriend. What was the catalyst for your story? Many trips to Tokyo, a place that gets more fascinating, more puzzling and more weird every time I go there. What are the challenges of writing for or within a series? For me the main challenge is to keep your main character (the […]






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Author Feature: Monique Polak

Passover: Festival of Freedom by Monique Polak

#TuesdayTalk with Monique Polak. Monique’s titles, Passover: Festival of Freedom, Legging Revolt and Forensics Squad Unleashed, are on shelves now! Tell us about your books. My first new book, Passover: Festival of Freedom, looks at the history of Passover. I’ve always been interested in the Holocaust (my mom is a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp), and I wanted to look at what Passover means to Holocaust survivors, and their memories of Passover because tragedy struck their lives. This book allowed me to explore that. My second book, Leggings Revolt, is about a group of […]






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Author Feature: John Wilson

Lost by John Wilson

#TuesdayTalk with John Wilson. His new book, Lost, is on shelves now. Tell us about your book. My latest book is Lost, in the Orca Currents series. For the third time, Sam and Annabel pit their wits against the fabulously wealthy and unscrupulous collector, Humphrey Battleford. When they win a cruise to the Canadian Arctic, Sam and Annabel find themselves close to the shipwreck that might hold the answer to the 170 year old mystery of what happened to the Franklin Expedition, but the situation is not as it seems. If the answer does lie […]






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