Blog Categories: New Books

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...

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Book Launch in October

It’s time to release a new book out into the wild! I hope you’ll join me for the launch of Bats in Trouble on Thursday, October 19, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Owl’s Nest...

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Five Fast Fact for Friday: Exterminator

Exterminators provide a service that you might not think about or value much – until your deck has been eaten by termites or bats have made a home in your eaves. Here are five...

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Have you finished reading Salamander Rescue? Here’s a new QUIZ!

Are you ready for a challenge? If you have finished reading my newest chapter book, Salamander Rescue, try this new quiz to see how much you remember. I’ve included questions about the characters, Waterton,...

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Anne Frank: How much do you know?

Like me, you may have read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank when you were in school. More than 70 years after her death, Anne’s story is still riveting and her...

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A Whirlwind Weekend

It really was a whirlwind weekend for my book tour through southern Alberta as I dodged tornado warnings and golf-ball sized hail! Parks Day 2016 in Waterton was bigger and better than 2014, when...

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BOOK LAUNCH for Salamander Rescue

I hope you will join me for the launch of Salamander Rescue on Tuesday, May 10, 7:00 – 8:30pm at Owl’s Nest Books in Calgary. I’ll talk a bit about Waterton’s salamanders, read some...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Anne Frank

Anne Frank’s story is well-known around the world. Here are five fast facts you may not know: In 2013, more than one million people visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. The play, The...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Flight

If you could become an animal, what would you choose? I would like to be a bird, able to soar over mountains and deserts. When I was researching facts for this book, I discovered many...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Gorillas

I could watch the gorillas at the zoo for hours. Did you know they are the largest of the apes and live only in the forests of Africa? Here are a few more facts about gorillas:...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Gemstones

Minerals that are beautiful, durable and rare are called gemstones. Here are a fewthings you might not know about gemstones: The Star of India is the world’s largest sapphire. It was discovered more than...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Hibernation

It’s winter, and I would dearly love to curl up with a blanket and hibernate. But…in true hibernation, an animal is close to death. Its heart and breathing almost stop. Here are five fast...

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Saving Salamanders

Last month, I swung a pulaski for the first time. Okay, not so much swung it, as hacked and chopped and dug with it as I helped repair the salamander fences and tunnels in...

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A New Book in 2016!

After 15 years of writing, I have learned that the best news doesn’t arrive in the mail. Self-addressed stamped envelopes never contain anything more than rejection.  The words I hope for – we’d like to...

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Martin Luther King Day

Yes, I am Canadian. But when I was asked to write a biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. for Grade 3 – 5 students, I jumped at the opportunity.  The 50s and 60s were...

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Last year was a little buggy

It’s not often a book makes me itchy.  In fact, it’s only happened twice.  I knew I was in for a bit of discomfort when I began researching material for a book about lice. ...

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Who have YOU met on the internet?

If you look carefully, you can find some fascinating, helpful people through the internet. While writing Dirty Jobs: Coal Miner (published by Weigl, 2014), I was challenged to find accurate, reliable details about modern...

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Are you reading Ospreys in Danger? Take this quiz!

If you have finished reading Chapter Three of Ospreys in Danger, here’s a little quiz to see how much you remember.  The very first line of the book is “I love the smell of...

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Busy day in Waterton

On Parks Day, Saturday, July 19, Waterton was the busiest I’ve ever seen it. Hotels were full, the campground was bursting, and the aroma of waffle cones settled over the town as Ye Olde...

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Waterton launch of Ospreys in Danger on July 19!

My new chapter book, Ospreys in Danger, is set in Waterton Lakes National Park, so I am very excited to travel down to Waterton for a launch.  I will be at the Waterton Heritage...

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A different kind of osprey….

I googled Ospreys in Danger the other day and was a bit surprised by what I found.  Images of the striking brown and white bird of prey were evenly matched with images of the...

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Signing ‘The Wall’

Behind the counter at Monkeyshines Children’s Books there’s a cool and pretty unique feature wall.  It’s an “I was here” for authors and illustrators who have had the pleasure of reading/signing/launching their books at...

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Reading and signing this Saturday

  Monkeyshines Children’s Books is such a fun place to explore! On Saturday, May 31, I will be reading from Ospreys in Danger and signing books, so please drop in and say hello.  We...

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From call to launch: Two years, three months and 17 days

My telephone – my rather retro home landline – has a strange feature: it announces the caller.  I found that annoying right from the start because it garbled simple words.  I mean, really, how difficult is “Grandma...

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BOOK LAUNCH of Ospreys in Danger

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the launch of Ospreys in Danger on Saturday, May 10, 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary in Calgary.  I’ll share a bit of the book...

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