Author Feature: Jocelyn Shipley

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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

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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

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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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Author Feature: Dr. Jillian Roberts

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A gentle introduction to the issue of poverty, On Our Street explores the realities of people living with inadequate resources. Using age-appropriate language, this book addresses mental illness, homelessness and refugee status as they are connected to this issue. Insightful quotes from individuals and organizations such as UNICEF are included throughout to add further perspective on the issue. An invaluable section on how kids can help empowers readers to take what they have learned and use it to make a difference. How do you usually begin writing your stories? I spend a great deal of […]






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Author Feature: Holly Bennett

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In Casting Lily, fourteen-year-old Ava is thrilled when she lands a part in a play based on the true story of orphans sent to Canada in the 1800s to work on farms. But is she good enough to hold her own in a professional production? As the rehearsal pressures crank up, Ava struggles with her character, with the vocal demands of outdoor theater and with the annoying ego of her castmate Kiefer. But as she learns more about the historical Lily on which her part is based, things begin to fall into place. Then one […]






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Author Feature: Regan McDonell

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Black Chuck: Psycho. Sick. Dangerous. Réal Dufresne’s reputation precedes him. When the mangled body of his best friend, Shaun, turns up in a field just east of town, tough-as-hell Réal blames himself. But except for the nightmares, all Ré remembers is beating the living crap out of Shaun the night of his death. Shaun’s girlfriend, sixteen-year-old Evie Hawley, keeps her feelings locked up tight. But now she’s pregnant, and the father of her baby is dead. And when Réal looks to her to atone for his sins, everything goes sideways. Fast. The tighter Evie and […]






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