July 07, 2023
"Reality is Messier...It’s Vital that Books Reflect That" Kate Blair on Crafting Honest Young Adult Literature
It's often been said that every good story opens in the same way: when something changes. And one of the most enduring and universal story structures is that of "a stranger arrived".Kate Blair puts her ...
October 11, 2022
Excerpt: A New Friend Has a Dark Secret in Veteran KidLit Star Eric Walters' New Novel, Made 4 You
Eric Walters has written over 100—yes, you read that correctly—beloved books for young people, and won countless awards. Now a Member of the Order of Canada and a grandfather, Walters shows no sign ...
March 08, 2022
"As He Watched, Envy Stirred in His Heart" Read an Excerpt from A Bend in the Breeze by Valerie Sherrard
After decades of prophecy, the residents of a remote island have finally found what has been foretold: the Long Awaited, who will tell them their fate 17 days after appearing, has arrived in a boat drifting ...
September 25, 2021
Read an Excerpt from Mahtab Narsimhan's Valley of the Rats, the Story of a Father and Son Lost in a Mysterious Bamboo Forest
Krish has no interest in getting dragged around outside, camping and exploring and muddling in who-knows-what kind of germs. He's much rather stay inside with a good book, but his photographer father ...
August 12, 2021
Cherie Dimaline's The Marrow Thieves Hits Another Massive Milestone
To say that Cherie Dimaline's debut young adult novel, The Marrow Thieves (Dancing Cat), was a smash success upon its publication in 2017 is an understatement: the beloved novel swept awards in Canada ...
May 20, 2021
Read an Excerpt from Philippa Dowding's Firefly, the Story of a Young Girl Finding Herself through Costumes After Family Trauma
Philippa Dowding has a special knack for exploring tough issues in her kids' books without sacrificing storytelling and imagination. She meets kids and teens where they are to tell fascinating and often ...
May 09, 2019
Excerpt! Peek into the Dark & Unpredictable World of Cara Martin's Young Adult Novel, Shantallow
Meeting the girl of your dreams is supposed to be wonderful. But Tanvi isn't Mischa's dream girl; she's the girl he can't stop seeing in his nightmares. This is the premise that opens Cara Martin's chilling ...
December 01, 2018
Cherie Dimaline's Blockbuster YA Novel The Marrow Thieves wins CODE Burt Award
Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves (Dancing Cat Books) has gained the author both devoted readers and a huge breadth of awards since its publication in 2017.The newest prize added to Dimaline's ...