Dear CSIS, FBI, CIA…

Dear CSIS, FBI, CIA…

I stand here with hands up, white flag poked into my author’s cap. There has been lots of news coverage lately of the way you look into private email accounts and websites, and I’m quite sure I’m on your radar this week. But the thing is, I’m...
Authorfest 2016

Authorfest 2016

  I’m looking forward to speaking to 325 teacher candidates on Monday, Nov. 21 at Authorfest 2016 (a University of British Columbia Education Library and Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable event). I’m privileged to share the stage with...
Author Roald Dahl: Little-Known Facts

Author Roald Dahl: Little-Known Facts

To my mind, Roald Dahl (1916 – 1990) was a genius with words; he’s definitely one of my heroes. I’m far from the only one: His books, which have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide, include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,...
Tracker’s Canyon

Tracker’s Canyon

When Tristan’s dad disappears, he puts his tracking skills to the test to find him — but will Tristan’s talents save him if it turns out to be a trap? Thanks to his dad’s coaching, sixteen-year-old Tristan is one of the best climbers and trackers in his community. He...
Meet my new teen editor, Vansh

Meet my new teen editor, Vansh

We met through a teacher librarian when my former teen editor turned eighteen. (I fire my teen editors when they turn eighteen :). Vansh had a trial by fire: I had two young-adult adventure manuscripts for him to go through the minute he agreed to the position. (One...
New young-adult novel scheduled!

New young-adult novel scheduled!

It’s official: I have a new young-adult adventure novel scheduled to come off the press the summer of 2017. It was only just accepted by Dundurn Press. I love the cover, which my teen editor helped select. You can pre-order Tracker’s Canyon already on...
Hello Toronto

Hello Toronto

Dear Toronto schools and libraries: I will be in Toronto Feb 1-5 and would be pleased to respond to any interest in school or library presentations. I have a new middle-grade book out — Bungee Jump from Orca. (Another YA adventure novel is coming summer of 2017;...
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...