The Facebook dilemma

Some celebrities and individuals are cancelling their Facebook accounts to protest the insidious use of personal data without their permission or knowledge. I just listened to a documentary that recommends another approach. Far more effective than cancelling, or...
Reading fiction builds empathy

Reading fiction builds empathy

The reason a Canadian named Carol Finlay started up book clubs in prisons was not just to give prisoners a welcome distraction and goal (to read the books), but to broaden and stimulate their minds through discussion about the book, and see if it could also expand...
One in four Americans didn’t read a book last year

One in four Americans didn’t read a book last year

The bad news is that 27% of Americans (probably Canadians too) did not read a book last year, according to Pew Research. Not even one book! The good news is that teens are more likely than adults to read for pleasure. (On the other hand, they read for pleasure less...
Sneak peek: My new young-adult adventure novel

Sneak peek: My new young-adult adventure novel

Stowaway won’t be out till August, but you can already pre-order it on Amazon or Chapters, or at any bookstore. And today I’m offering a peek view of (drum roll….) my next young-adult adventure novel! SUMMARY: People-smuggling is a very current topic...
Twenty Questions

Twenty Questions

There’s a new 20-questions interview template going around, and it goes deeper than most shallow media questionnaires. Created by French novelist Marcel Proust, it has been adopted by all kinds of media outlets to interview all kinds of politicians, celebs and...
The Oscars honor my favorite YA author, Deborah Ellis

The Oscars honor my favorite YA author, Deborah Ellis

Everyone has a favorite author. Mine is award-winning Canadian young-adult novelist Deborah Ellis, who has more than 30 titles to her name So for me, the past weekend’s Oscars wasn’t about the glamorous actors and actresses pausing on the red carpet, or...

Drawing Information-Lovers into Fiction and Vice Versa

Today I have the privilege of speaking to educators at the The Write to Learn Conference in Osage Beach, Missouri. Below are the digital handouts for attendees of my second session, “Drawing Information-Lovers into Fiction and Vice Versa.” Handouts for Pam...

How to Help Reluctant Learner Boys

Today I have the privilege of speaking to educators at the The Write to Learn Conference in Osage Beach, Missouri. Below are the digital handouts for attendees of my first session, “How to Help Reluctant Learner Boys.”   How to Help Reluctant Learner...