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It\'s out!

I was very happy to drop by Kids Books in Vancouver to see the great people working there and my new book, P'esk'a!

Posted on 13 Sep 2015 10:44 -  Category: update
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I'm very excited to report that 'P'esk'a and the First Salmon Ceremony' is out! This book has been a labour of love.  The story follows P'esk'a through the village of Hiqelem. He races to get a tray to the chief in time for the first salmon ceremony. On the way we learn what life was like 1000 years ago in a First Nations village.
I'm happy to report two more books are in the works - still waiting on contracts so I won't spill the beans just yet. Don't want to jinx anything!

Posted on 03 Sep 2015 09:52 -  Category: update
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My House is Alive!

It's been a strange week here in Vancouver with the smoke shrouding so much of the city, humid weather and a wicked fight between a heron and a seagull.  I guess that's life on the west coast. Rain rain rain is what we need!
 I'm pretty excited to be wrapping up my new book called My House is Alive (with OwlKids). It's all about the weird noises we hear in the quiet of the night. Each page starts off with a spooky monster then is followed by an explanation of why the fridge hums and clanks or how come the toilet is gurgling.  Here's a sample. This book was so much fun to do. 

Posted on 09 Jul 2015 01:06 -  Category: update
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You Tube Video for Look Where We Live

Getting some great reviews for Look Where We Live and the clever people at Kids Can Press have come out with a nice little video. Have a look:
Looking forward to the Bologna book fair in a couple of weeks. Hope to see some friends there. 

Posted on 09 Jul 2015 01:11 -  Category: update
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Reviews are in!

Reviews are starting to come in for 'Look Where We Live!' and they're good! I specially liked Kirkus. You can see it here:
And the CBC has chosen 'Look Where We Live!' as one of their 15 'kids' books to watch out for' in 2015.
Another book I've just finished is called 'P'Úsk'a and The First Salmon Ceremony'.  It's out in the fall. The original name was 'Qwuni and The First Salmon Ceremony' but I found out that Qwuni is the wrong dialect for where my story takes place so it had to be changed. It turned out to be a good thing because P'Úsk'a means hummingbird. It's a perfect name for the little boy as he runs through the village, poking his nose into everything. I'm really grateful to the Chief of the Sto'lo nation who was kind enough to give his approval to the book - it means a lot to me. 
So that's the latest news - of course there are the usual possible, probable or potential projects that may (or may not) come through - all part of the ever exciting life of a freelancer!

Posted on 29 Jan 2015 08:17 -  Category: update
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