I’m looking forward to two kids’ events at VWF: #4 Picture Perfect, with Norman, Speak! and #35 Tell Me More, with Jasper John Dooley, NOT in Love. Click here for a full Vancouver Writers Fest schedule.
My dog Mickey, who was the model for June Bug in A Simple Case of Angels, takes interest in the arrival of the book!
Thank you to illustrator Qin Leng and Groundwood Books for creating this lovely video about how she created Norman of Norman, Speak! .
I hope you can join me for this evening of dog tales in honour of the wonderful Joan Stuchner.
Today is the official publication date for my new middle-grade novel, A Simple Case of Angels. To celebrate, I’m releasing the marvellous book trailer created by Rascal Media.
This 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, my better half for Norman, Speak!, is interviewed here by Norman’s loving owner. And have a look at Qin in action!
Nicola 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’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!
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!