“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” Stephen Leacock

Bats in Trouble published by Orca Books, October 2017

Do you like to keep busy? I find the busier I am, the busier I get. It’s not unusual for me to have three or four projects going at once — thank goodness for coloured file folders! I think a diversity of subjects and genres keeps me from getting bored. Moving from a Kindergarten non-fiction series to a chapter book to a rhyming picture book to a biography for Grade 5 students is a lot like cross-training in the gym. I’m flexing many different writing muscles, relying on the coaching of my personal trainers (my editors), and sweating a lot. Some projects are easy, like sit-ups, and others are excruciatingly difficult, like chin-ups.

Writing is just like exercise: the more you do it, the more you can do it. And for me, the tighter the deadline, the more efficient I get. So am I busy? Yup — and loving every minute of it!

Readers of Ospreys in Danger and Salamander Rescue will be happy to hear that Cricket and her friends have a new adventure! Bats in Trouble will be on shelves October 2017!

It’s a party! Join me for the launch of Bats in Trouble on Thursday, October 19, at 7:00 pm at Owl’s Nest Books, 815A – 49th Avenue SW, Calgary. We will talk about bats, enjoy some cupcakes, and maybe even make an origami bat to take home!

Five (More) Fast Facts for Friday: Bats

Bats exist on every continent except Antarctica (just like ospreys!), and there are many amazing different species.

  1. One quarter – yes, 25% – of all known mammal species are bats. There are 1293 species of bats worldwide, and more are discovered every year!
  2. The Malayan Flying Fox is one of the largest species, weighing 1 kg (that’s about two pounds!) with a wingspan of more than 2 metres. 

 

 

 

 

3.  The Bumblebee Bat is the smallest species, weighing 2g (less than a dime) with a wingspan of 17 cm.

 

 

4.  Canada has 18 species of bats. They are all fairly small and eat insects. Nope, there are no vampire bats in Canada.

5.  British Columbia has the greatest diversity of bat species, including 8 that are nowhere else in Canada.

 

My book, Bats in Trouble, focuses on the hoary bat, the largest bat in Canada. It can weigh up to 26 grams and has a wingspan

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Upcoming Events

October 19, 2017 Book Launch for Bats in Trouble
Join me at Owl's Nest Books at 7:00pm for cupcakes and fun! 815A 49th Avenue SW Calgary

October 29, 2017 Celebrate Bat Week
I'll be signing books and talking about bats at Chapters 130th Avenue, Calgary, from 11:00am to 4:00pm Come say hello!

November 18, 2017 Curious about Bats?
Come see me at Chapters Signal Hill where I will be signing Bats in Trouble 11:00am to 4:00pm 5570 Signal Hill Centre SW, Calgary