“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!

Enter to Win a Copy of Bats in Trouble!

Today is the last day of International Bat Week 2017 and to celebrate, I am offering 10 free copies of Bats in Trouble in a Goodreads giveaway!

This story is great for young readers, aged 7 – 9, and budding environmentalists. Kasia Charko has worked her magic with 12 full-page illustrations throughout the book. Not every child has seen a bat or wind turbine, so Kasia’s illustrations are informative and beautiful.

Bats in Trouble is the third adventure featuring Cricket McKay and her friends. In this story, they are enjoying the last few weeks of summer vacation on Grandpa McKay’s farm when they make a shocking discovery – dead bats. The girls have a theory that the newly-installed wind turbines might be what’s killing them. Now they need to figure out a way to get the power company’s attention and save the bats!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Bats in Trouble by Pamela McDowell

Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 4 Love YYC Day
Come see me in the Toy Shoppe at Heritage Park, 11:30 - 2:30, where I'll be signing books and doing bat origami!

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