Whirlwind tour

Whew! Just back from doing Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa  in less than a week (even did a presentation in Tsawwassen, BC early this morning after my late-night flight got in!). Thanks to all the libraries, schools and librarians that supported me, including Hillcrest...
Libraries are obsolete — NOT!

Libraries are obsolete — NOT!

When politicians with a mandate to make cuts cast their eyes on libraries, we need to rise up and shout. Why? Because far from being stacks of dusty books with people reading quietly within, libraries have evolved into what some call “knowledge hubs” or...
Birds, bees and boys

Birds, bees and boys

When your son (or boys in your classroom) are within reach of puberty, who initiates The Talk? Who teaches them about the birds and bees? Does their sex education include a chat about porn? It should. In his book Man, Interrupted, author Philip Zimbardo speculates...

Help me help refugees

I have a new hobby in between writing young-adult books and doing school presentations: helping refugees adapt to life in their new country. I’m on a steering committee* that is fundraising to provide English as a Second Language classes to newly arrived Syrian...

My new book cover: Bungee Jump

Announcing (drum roll…) my UPCOMING release, which is for ages 10-14: Bungee Jump with Orca Currents. It will be out September 2016, but you can pre-order it as of now, and see the cover (above). Thirteen-year-old Chris and his family are setting up a bungee...