Tweets From the Trenches: An Amazing New Book About WWI

I’d like to welcome Jackie Carmichael to the blog today! In addition to being my not-so-evil-stepmother, Jackie is a journalist and a poet and is celebrating the release of her first book. Tweets from the Trenches was inspired by her grandfather’s WWI letters and trench diaries. It’s a potent, emotional gut punch of a book, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in military or Canadian history.  You can meet Jackie on October 22, at noon, at the Trenton Rotary Club (15 Creswell Drive, Trenton ON), where she’ll be reading and signing copies just in time for Remembrance...

Great Big Book News!

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*emerges from hiding* *checks to see whether anyone is still here* *pulls out bullhorn and confetti cannon* I’M WRITING A BOOK FOR KIDS CAN PRESS. KIDS CAN PRESS, PEOPLE.   Unless you’re in the biz, you may not know that Kids Can Press was named Best Children’s Publisher in North America for 2017. You might not know that Kids Can Press publishes beautiful, wonderful, ground-breaking books by some seriously awesome Canadian authors and illustrators, including two of my favourite science writing peeps, Helaine Becker and Claire Eamer. You might not know that Kids Can Press books routinely appear on...

Tornado Alley – A Short Story for Middle Readers

Ann emptied her purse onto the bedspread and poked through the coins. Ninety-seven cents. A Barbie doll cost three dollars. She sighed. “I’ll never earn enough.” Tree branches scraped against the window, and Ann flinched, her pulse jumping. “It’s just wind,” she said, to calm herself. “You’re ten years old. Too old to be scared of tornadoes.” But she was. Had been, ever since she’d first watched The Wizard of Oz on television. That was six years ago, in 1956. The same year her family moved to Newton, Kansas, in the heart of Tornado Alley. Mom rapped at the...