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...
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...