Books for at-risk youth (middle grade & young adults)

Books for at-risk youth (middle grade & young adults)

What should at-risk youth read? Edgy books, relatively short books, nonfiction books and “high interest, low vocabulary” books, also known as hi-low, reluctant-reader or quick-read books. Why? Here’s a paragraph I came across on a website for teacher-librarians: “As...
To those with chronic pain: There is always hope

To those with chronic pain: There is always hope

  Ten years ago I could not walk across an airport without a wheelchair. Here I am at 3,000 feet on Sunday after a two-hour hike (near The Chief by Squamish, BC, Canada). After a super-active young-adult life of sports and adventure, followed by 15 years of...
A winning young-adult novel

A winning young-adult novel

Sure, it has already won an award (The Ontario Library Association’s 2016 White Pine Honour Book Award), but I’m giving it another: best young-adult novel I’ve read in a very long time, and best one in the pile of 20 YA novels I had to take home and...
Definition of a bestseller (vs. a successful book)

Definition of a bestseller (vs. a successful book)

  It happens frequently: A total stranger beside me on a plane, when he learns I’m an author, asks how many copies I’ve sold, or how much money I earn from writing per year. Seriously, would I ask him his salary? It’s so rude! I was raised to be polite, so...
Most beautiful place on earth?

Most beautiful place on earth?

  What’s the most beautiful place in the world? A place of quiet inspiration and nature that takes one’s breath away? I’ve just returned from it, and am still under its magic spell. Who’d have thought I’d find a place more beautiful than the one I’m privileged to...
New book out this week! Bungee Jump

New book out this week! Bungee Jump

Drum roll…. Yes, a new book out this week! A middle-grade adventure story.     Quick summary: Thirteen-year-old Chris and his younger sister need to help make their family’s new bungee jump operation work, which means battling rumors that the island it’s on...