Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Thank you CanLit for Kids!


Thank you to the CanKit for Kids experts out in BC! They have selected not one, but TWO, of my titles for their winter catalog selection. 

Both Everton Miles is Stranger than Me (Dundurn, 2016) and Carter and the Curious Maze (Dundurn, 2016), have been selected.

You can read more about the books here.

CanLit for Kids selects great books for schools and libraries across the country, and their selections are updated spring and fall. Subscribers then order pre-selected book packages of high-quality books for school-age kids. Go and check them out, they are wholly Canadian and very knowledgeable (and lovely) book folks.

Publishing two books close together poses a few challenges (like how to be in two or three places at once!), but both books have done well so far and have fabulous reviews. It's very gratifying to see both books get the nod from a great service like Canlit for Kids.

Everton Miles is Stranger than Me is the sequel to The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden (nominated for the OLA Red Maple Award 2015), and the series is called The Night Flyer's Handbook.

Carter and the Curious Maze is book 3 in my award-nominated middle-grade series, Weird Stories Gone Wrong.

Thank you CanLit for Kids!

More about the books:

Everton Miles is Stranger than Me (posts on this blog)
Carter and the Curious Maze (posts on this blog)

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Talking Kidlit, Horror and more at the OLA SuperConference


Librarians, teachers, fellow authors (and you, if you happen to fall outside that group but are reading this!) ...

I'm doing three events at the OLA SuperConference in Toronto this year, on February 3. If you're there, please drop by and say hi, pick up a signed book, listen in.


Here's my schedule for the day:

1. OLA Forest of Reading Breakfast, 8:00-9:00. My book Myles and the Monster Outside is a Silver Birch Express nominee for 2017 (thank  you!). I'll be at the breakfast with series illustrator, Shawna Daigle (and she's way cooler than me!) Please come by and say hello!

2. Author Signing, 10:30-11:00. I'll be signing copies of my latest book, Everton Miles is Stranger than Me, at the Dundurn Booth from 10:30 to 11:00. Come by and grab a free autographed copy, but come early, I run out every year. You'll also catch authors Sylvia McNicoll and Melody Fitzpatrick signing along with me.

3. CANSCAIP/OLA Forest of Reading Book launch, @11:15. this year I was invited to join the CANSCAIP folks, talking about my Forest of Reading title, Myles and the Monster Outside. At @11:15, I'll be briefly discussing writing horror for kids, what inspired me to write these stories (my then-9-year-old son), series overview and more. There are nine other authors you won't want to miss on stage with me, including Kenneth Oppel, Lena Coakley, Helaine Becker and more. Come hear some great Canadian kids' authors talk about their craft. Here's the link for more info.

For fun, here's my book trailer for Myles and the Monster Outside, featuring Shawna's brilliant illustrations.

Hope to see you at the OLA!

PD