Monday, January 11, 2010

MEETING MISS 405... continued

I'll be publishing A STAR THE WATER, the companion book to MEETING MISS 405 this spring.

Kids love feeling like insiders, being the first to preview a book by a well-known author, or being only one of a few who have a copy of something special.

So STAR will be published in a very limited edition, and will only be available to students, readers, and school and public libraries where I do author visits, readings, presentations or workshops in 2010, with a couple of copies designated for contests at my website.

We're just in the editing stage right now - the book was written a few years ago, and needs a fresh look - and we'll also be designing the book format and cover soon.

I hope A STAR IN THE WATER will be off the press by the time I present an Off the Page reading this spring - this FREE event offered to a local school is funded through the Federation of BC Writers. (If you know of a local school (Lower Mainland of BC, preferably Surrey area) who might enjoy a visit, please pass this info. on to them, or have them contact me at

I'll also have copies of A STAR IN THE WATER with me when I visit Ontario in May to celebrate the Forest of Reading festivities, for which MM405 is nominated in the Silver Birch Express category.

Meanwhile, information about how to win a copy of STAR will be posted on the Contest page of my website as it becomes available.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Cover for Knuckles McGraw

I was thrilled to see that once again artist Peter Ferguson created the cover for my upcoming book, THE BALLAD OF KNUCKLES McGRAW.

This second Young Reader for Orca Book Publishers is due out April 2010. Meanwhile the publisher will soon be distributing ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies) to teachers, librarians, reviewers and booksellers.

In the next few months I expect to begin edits on ELSIE AND THE SILVER RAIN, a midgrade novel set in Vancouver in the Depression, scheduled for publication fall 2010.

And, as usual, I have lots of other projects in the works.

Stay tuned.