Unplugged! (except for August 18 book launch)

Unplugged! (except for August 18 book launch)

My annual sojourn into the boonies begins. Well, not really the boonies, just our cabin in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. But spending the next two months there, finishing my in-progress young adult novel (!), means I’ll be without internet (except for...
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...
Graphic novel makes computer science fun

Graphic novel makes computer science fun

A YA/teen graphic novel can make computer science education fun and easy?! The bad news is that roughly half of high schools don’t allow computer science classes to count as credit toward graduation. The good news is that now someone has made computer education...