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August 20, 2018

TINY HERO is a Nominee!





I'm delighted to announce that The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library has become an award nominee — several times over, and in both Canada and the U.S.!

It's currently nominated for the following fantastic children's choice reading awards:

•  The 2019 Sequoyah Book Award of Oklahoma (Oklahoma Library Association)
•  The 2018-19 B.C. Red Cedar Award (British Columbia)
•  The 2019 Rocky Mountain Book Awards (Alberta)

All three lists are filled with wonderful middle-grade novels. Happy reading to all the lucky kids who will participate!

P.S.  The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library is also a 2018 Canada-wide TD Summer Reading Club  Choice.


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April 18, 2018

Hot on the Trail in Ancient Egypt!






I am SO happy to announce the return of the Binkerton kids!

A few years back, Bill Slavin and I and Kids Can Press created an innovative book series about three time-traveling siblings that was . . . well . . . before its time. We called the books comic-book histories — but only because the term "graphic novel" was not yet in widespread use. The books combined a humorous adventure story with non-fiction info, and kids who found them LOVED them! But filed away on separate history shelves, they weren't always easy to find . . .

Fast-forward to 2018! I'm delighted to announce the Binkertons' return in a new, kid-friendly, soft-cover, graphic-novel format — updated, improved and expanded! Here's what they look like inside. Fiction on top, non-fiction below:




And here's some of the all-new, extra material at the back. (So much fun for me to revisit this ancient world.)





So welcome back to Josh, Emma and Libby Binkerton! I MISSED YOU GUYS! Thanks, Kids Can Press!

P.S. Coming soon — Stowing Away with the Vikings and On the Run in Ancient China.




January 19, 2018

The Perogy Party!



What could possibly be more amazingly, comfortingly, cheesily delicious  than a few hundred hand-made perogies?

The photo above shows me and my sisters — Debbie (centre) and Wendy (right), just a few weeks ago in Vancouver. My year-end holidays this year were extra-exciting — with a wedding! My daughter Tess got married on New Year's eve to Lucas. It was a brilliant wedding, and everyone was thrilled!!!

Not least, if I do say so myself, by the bowls of home-made perogies. My family had gathered, and as part of the celebrations, we decided to go back to our Polish-Ukrainian prairie immigrant origins — and make perogies. Lots of them. From scratch. With our hands.

So one rainy Saturday in Vancouver, my sisters, my daughters, my nieces, my grand-niece and I — and one very brave niece's boyfriend — gathered around a giant bowl of dough and an even more gigantic bowl of cheesy-potatoes, and proceeded with the extreeeemely labour-intensive job of making perogies.


Our efforts were hampered at first by the fact that most of our labour force were rank amateurs. Luckily, they were quick learners. It only took an hour or two — okay, three — to hand-make all the perogies you see in the top photo. And since you ask . . . YES, they were amazing! And YES, they were the hit of the wedding. 

Why am I reporting all this on my blog? Because there could be a book in it. Hasn't been done, right? I don't know a single book anywhere about a perogy party.

Okay then. It's January. Less eating. More writing. Enough said.



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