Caroline Adderson

Caroline Adderson is the author of a bunch of books for kids. Very Serious Children (Scholastic 2007) is a very funny novel about two brothers, the sons of clowns, who run away from the circus. I, Bruno (Orca 2007) and its sequel, Bruno For Real (Orca 2009), are collections of stories for emerging readers featuring seven year-old Bruno and his true life adventures. From Kids Can Press comes the hilarious Jasper John Dooley series of chapter books: Jasper John Dooley, Star of the Week (2012), Jasper John Dooley, Left Behind (2013), Jasper John Dooley, NOT in Love (2014), Jasper John Dooley, You're In Trouble (2014) and Jasper John Dooley, Lost and Found (2015). Middle of Nowhere (Groundwood 2012) is a middle-grade novel about two inner city brothers who abscond to the north woods with an elderly neighbour in order to stay out of foster care. Also for middle-grade readers is A Simple Case of Angels (Groundwood 2014), the story of a girl who, along with her dog, comes to suspect that the local care home houses more than old folks.

Norman, Speak! (Groundwood 2014) is Caroline’s first picture book. Look out for two more: Eat, Leo! Eat! (Kids Can 2015) and I Love You One to Ten (Groundwood 2015).

Caroline also writes books for books for grown up readers. Her work for adults and children has received many prizes and prize nominations.

News and events

Mister Socks Meets Norman

Mister SocksThis darling Yorkshire Terrier is Mister Socks.  He belongs to Groundwood Books publicist Cindy Ma.  Cindy reports that Mister Socks responds to commands in English and Cantonese.  Here he is making a start on Mandarin!  Thank you Mister Socks, my first canine reader.

Qin Leng in Action

qin lwngQin Leng, my better half for Norman, Speak!, is interviewed here by Norman’s loving owner.  And have a look at Qin in action!

Kirkus Reviews

A Simple Case of Angels coverNicola and June Bug get their first review, and it’s a good one.  Kirkus Reviews writes: “Characters are gloriously quirky…  Nicola navigates concepts of hell and goodness, looking for reasonable answers to ponderous questions. Though paranormal explanations are only gently hinted at, the angelic twist at the conclusion is satisfyingly appropriate and more about human goodness than evangelizing—entirely in keeping with the book.”

Read the whole review here.

I Love Chocolate!

chocolate lily logoI’m excited that Jasper John Dooley, Left Behind has been nominated for a Chocolate Lily Award in the new Chapter Book category. British Columbia kids will vote on their favourite BC book.  Read more about the award and all the nominees here.  Yeah, Jasper!

First Book Canada

I was honoured to visit Lord Strathcona Elementary School last week as a guest of First Book Canada.  I presented Norman, Speak! to more than 60 Grade One students, all of whom received a copy of the book thanks to HSBC and First Book Canada.  What a great start, Norman!  Here are some photos of the event!

Norman presentationStrathcona presentationStrathcona presentation

Literacy for Life in Saskatoon

I had a wonderful three days at Literacy for Life in Saskatoon.  A special treat was the gift of these three portraits of me by Grade One artists:

Sam's portrait Artist: Sam E.

Portrait by Stacy

Artist: Stacy Z.

Austin's portrait

Artist: Austin W.

Another Star for Jasper John!

Jasper John Dooley, NOT in LoveThis starred review from Deirdre Baker in Quill and Quire made my day!  Baker writes, “This short novel is a triumph of its kind, suffused with refreshing, intelligent wackiness. Each character is precisely drawn; Jasper is eccentric, enthusiastic, and realistic, and so is Isabel, with her interests in babies and marriage, trampolines, and drum sets. This third volume confirms the series’ exceptional subtlety and high literary quality.”

Read the whole review.

Launching Norman!

I’m excited to be launching my first picture book, Norman, Speak! with the beloved middle-grade author Sarah Ellis.  I hope you can join us!

book launch

 

Groundwood Guest Blog

rottweilerHere’s a little piece about how I came to write Norman, Speak! on the Groundwood Books blog.  Read it here.

Open Book Toronto Interview

open book toronto logsChildren’s author Susan Hughes publishes a thoughtful blog on Open Book Toronto.  She interviewed me about my Jasper John Dooley series in her post Writing a Fiction Series: Ins, Outs, Ups and Downs.  Read Part One here.  Read Part Two here.