Sunday, March 6, 2022

No more posts

Quite some time ago I stopped posting here. Please see my website,, for new books and other news. Cheers.

Friday, January 11, 2019

It's been too long

I've been very bad about posting here in the last many months. But I'm personally excited about 2019 (if not quite so excited about the general state of the world). I'll have five books coming out this year, a crazy number. I won't post about them until closer to release dates but if you live in Toronto you might pencil in Thursday, May 30 for the launch of my novel, "The Student." (You can see the cover up on Amazon along with other new titles.) In the meantime, I'll decorate this post with the cover of "Little Blue Chair" that is coming out in France. Happy New year!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


Just in time for summer here is my new middle-grade novel, "The Hollow Under the Tree." In 1925 Sadie Menken, a piemaker's daughter, discovers a lion hiding in Toronto's High Park. * Here are some nice reviews: "A beautiful story. This novel will have every animal lover wanting their own personal 'Sunny'." Resource Links. * "Highly recommended. Young readers will definitely enjoy this novel which takes them to a different time in urban Toronto, a time when children could roam the streets to find adventure in the local park." CM Magazine * "An excellent read. Equally suitable as a read-aloud or as a choice for independent reading, this short chapter book will please animal enthusiasts and readers of tales about brave girls alike. Kirkus Reviews

What I'm reading now

"I have never forgotten any person who has come into my life." - Yiyun Li, "Gold Boy, Emerald Girl

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Wolfie and Fly--together again

I'm a little late posting about the publication of "Wolfie and Fly: Band on the Run," the second in this chapter book series about a girl who thinks she doesn't need any friends, a boy who desperately wants one, and the fantastical adventures they find themselves on. * "A wild adventure… Entertaining and relatable, Wolfie and Fly’s odd-couple friendship continues to illustrate the benefits of new experiences and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone." --Booklist * "[A] cute, little nine chapter story which would be a great easy read for young readers who want to start reading chapter books… Recommended." --CM Magazine

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Over the mountains

I had a wonderful time at the writers festivals this fall in Winnipeg, Calgary, Whistler, and Vancouver. It was a privilege to read with so many great authors (Dennis Lee, Steven Heighton, Nathan Englander, Kathleen Winter, Susin Nielsen, Andy Jones, Kyo Maclear, Sydney Smith...) and visit so many great schools. I'm always impressed by the positive feeling in schools these days. This drawing was done by a student in Whistler, B.C., who imagined the little blue chair floating over the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains that loom over her school. Nicely done!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Festival season!

I'm really looking forward to reading and speaking at several writers' festivals this fall. The first, in September, is the Thinair festival in Winnipeg. And then in October I'll be at Wordfest in Calgary, Whistler Writers Festival, and then at the Vancouver Writers' Fest. And to top it all off, I'll be at the International Author's Festival in Toronto to interview Danila Botha And Eric Beck Rubin, two fine authors shortlisted for the Vine Awards. I hope you'll join me along the way.