News and Reviews



Watch Out for Watch Out
Watch out for the fall 2019 release of Watch Out, a gripping Rear Window-style thriller that Kirkus Reviews calls "an entertaining roller-coaster ride of emotions for reluctant readers"! 
Two New Releases Out August and September
Hide and Shriek, a gripping hi-lo title for Orca's Soundings Series for reluctant readers will be released on August 28. The Cold Little Voice, a picture book about self-acceptance, releases September 15 with Clockwise Press. 
2018 TD Canadian Children's Book Week Set to Kick Off in May
Very excited to be heading to Southwestern Ontario for this wonderful festival of children's literature.
A Double! Hit the Ground Running and Kings of the Court are both nominated for the Willow Awards
Honored that the Saskatchewan's Young Readers' Choice awards has nominated me for both the Snow Willow Award and the Diamond Willow Award for 2018.
Ottawa Public Library's One School One Book Project
I'm heading back to Ottawa for the third time courtesy of the lovely folks at the Ottawa Public Library! Lost in the Backyard is their One School, One Book Project book, which means I have kids all over the Ottawa area reading the book and grilling me about every detail. 
Hit the Ground Running nominated for a 2017 Governor General's Award
Still in shock about this one.  My two kids on the dusty highway have come a looong way.  So honoured to be nominated with a great group of authors and books: 
Another lovely cover from Orca Book Publishers!
New middle grade out spring 2018!
Hit the Ground Running is a Junior Library Guild Selection
Spare Dog Parts up for the Chocolate Lily Award 2017
What Matters nominated for the R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature (Alberta Literary Awards)
Such an honour to be nominated alongside the talented Georgia Graham and Paige Feurer.
Spare Dog Parts named a 2017 Best Children's Book of the Year by Bank Street College of Education (NY)
I know.  I needed proof, too:
First Young Adult novel is out August 20, 2017! 
The good people at Orca Book Publishers have come up with a beauty of a cover:
What Matters is Featured in the Canadian Children's Book News (Winter 2016) 
A lovely review of What Matters by Tracey Schindler for The Classroom Bookshelf:  Think Outside the Trash...Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
SCBWI selects What Matters and Spare Dog Parts for their Winter Reading List 2016
Delighted to have two picture books selected for this list!  Check out #SCBWIReadingList or
Ottawa Public Library Selects Lost in the Backyard
Oct/Nov, 2016:  The Ottawa Public Library chose Lost in the Backyard for their One School, One Book Pilot Project!  I had a great time presenting at York Street Public School and Rockcliffe Park Public School.  Thanks to everyone involved.
Cover reveal for new middle grade released this March!
(Yes, basketball may possibly be involved)
What Matters is looking lovely on Amazon (released Sept/16)
A great review from Kirkus, too:
Silver Birch and OLA's Forest of Reading Festival
May 17, 2016:  A rollicking great time at the Forest of Reading's wind-up festival at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto!  They don't call it a "rock concert of reading" for nothing.  It was wonderful to meet the other nominated authors, but it was a special treat to get to talk to so many children who've read Lost in the Backyard. Thanks to the Ontario Library Association for such a great program and festival and to the Edmonton Arts Council for covering the cost of my travel to Toronto.
SONWA Nature Writing Award Notable Book
April 26, 2016:  Lost in the Backyard has been selected as a Young Adult Notable Book for the Sigrud F. Olson Nature Writing Award! 
Spare Dog Parts on the BC Association of Book Publishers Bestseller List
April 6, 2016:  The oddly-assembled mutt has drooled and panted her way onto a bestseller list compiled from 80 independent BC book sellers.  
Lost in the Backyard nominated for a Diamond Willow award
April 6, 2016:  Flynn's flailing and thrashing in the forest seems to be striking a chord.  Honoured again to be nominated for another children's choice award, this time for Saskatchewan's beautifully-named Diamond Willow award.
Lost in the Backyard nominated for a Hackmatack Atlantic Canada Children's Choice Award

9 March, 2016:  I'm honoured to be nominated for this award for the second time.  I had a fantastic experience in Halifax for a week in 2015 when Poser was nominated.  It's a great children's choice program with very enthusiastic librarians and volunteers.  Looking forward to being a part of it again.

Gerbil, Uncurled Squeaks onto Foreword Reviews 16 Best Picture Books of Winter 2016
Lost in the Backyard is an Ontario Library Association Best Bet!
Jan 29, 2016:  The Ontario Library Association announced the winners of their Best Bets Awards at their Super Conference today in Toronto.  Lost in the Backyard is officially a junior fiction Best Bet!  Got the sticker to prove it.
Edmonton Journal Profile of Me, our dog Milly, and Spare Dog Parts
Jan 29, 2016:  Thank you, Michael Hingston, for the dignified profile piece in the Edmonton Journal.  Less dignified was the "photo shoot" (aka "wrestling match") with Milly, who seriously distrusted the nice photographer.  In the picture, I have her in a firm hold of love/restraint:
Spare Dog Parts released, along with a lovely review!

Jan, 2016:  Always such fun to get the first copies of a new book in the mail! And it's a beaut!  Very fun starred review from Quill & Quire:
Beatrice More Moves In released
November, 2015:  Beatrice More, list-making neat-freak, has moved into bookstores!  I'm happy to have a title on the Orca Echoes list for readers ages 7-9.
Lost in the Backyard nominated for an Ontario Forest of Reading Silver Birch award!
October, 2015:  What an honour to be nominated alongside so many great titles and authors for the 2016 awards!  I had a great time putting together semi-serious supplementary materials for classes reading the book in the coming months.
Word on the Street Festival, Toronto
September, 2015:  Suzanne Del Rizzo (illustrator extraordinaire) and I had fun presenting Gerbil, Uncurled at the TD Children's Literature tent of the Word on the Street Festival in Toronto, on September 27th.  Great to finally meet Suzanne in person and share our book.
Gerbil, Uncurled released!
September, 2015:  My first picture book, illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo, is officially released!  A tale of difference, inclusion, community and activism?  Possibly.  A squeaking fun romp with a cage-full of gerbils?  Definitely.
Hackmatack Atlantic Canada award week in Halifax


May, 2015:  I had a wonderful time at the Hackmatack Atlantic Canada Children's Choice Award week in Halifax, where I presented at Lunenburg Academy, Hebbville Academy, Halifax Grammar and the spectacular new Halifax Public Library.  Poser was nominated for the award, and it was great to meet the other nominees and the members of the organizing committee.

Poser nominated for BC's Red Cedar Award
May 2015:  Very excited to be nominated for British Columbia's children's choice awards.
Interview with Open Book Toronto
The lovely Susan Hughes interviewed a panel of writers including me about writing in multiple genres for Open Book Toronto: