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Travels with My Family

When you hear the word “vacation,” what do you think of? Beaches and warm water, nice hotels with swimming pools? Giant waterslides and amusement parks and miniature golf? Me, too. But not my parents. So begins Travels with My Family, a delightful, funny and deceptively deep book about a peripatetic clan whose two children prefer […]

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Grace and the Ice Prince

Joyce Scharf used to make up bedtime stories for her now teenaged daughter, Grace. “Coming up with a new story every night was pretty taxing,” she says. Scharf didn’t know that those fairytales would one day form the basis of her first novel, Grace and the Ice Prince. If she had, she would have taken […]

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Why YA? It’s a question many writers working in the genre of Young Adult literature have had to contend with. Thinking perhaps of the slew of “fashion-flirting-and-fun” series enjoying immense popularity among teen readers these days, sceptics tend to dismiss all YA lit as soft and fleeting. Lori Weber, a Montreal-based author of four novels […]

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English-language children’s publishers in Montreal are like palm trees in South Carolina: small and scarce. Overshadowed by their conglomerate counterparts to the south and west, local youth publishers need to work a little harder and scream a little louder to make noise in an industry with no shortage of quality competition and a limited local […]