In the trees!

I’m absolutely thrilled to have DNA Detective nominated for a Red Maple Award this year. Part of the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading, the Red Maple is a reader’s choice award for kids in grades seven and eight.

DNA Cover

I’m personally glad I’m not one of those kids, because it’s going to be impossible to choose. Other books on the list include Pride by Robin Stevenson, Child Soldier by Michel Chikwanine and Jessica Dee Humphreys, and Vanished by Elizabeth McLeod (which is currently topping my list of books I wish I’d written).

vanished

Congrats to all the other nominees, and a huge thanks to the Ontario Library Association!

Happy news!

I am so thrilled to have When the Worst Happens included on the Silver Birch and Golden Oak lists for this year’s Forest of Reading in Ontario.

The Silver Birch is a middle-grade reader’s choice award and thousands (literally thousands) of kids read the books and vote for their favourites.

The Golden Oak is for readers in adult literacy programs. I visited with a few groups when my novel Truth was shortlisted, years ago, and they were some of the most inspiring readers I’ve ever met.

Thank you, Ontario Library Association!

Squee!

And to think, I almost didn’t answer my phone.

You see, the calls began a week or so ago… unfamiliar Ontario number… right at dinner time… no messages left. No one answers calls like that, right?

Then the same number popped up one morning, and I grabbed the phone all ready to DEMAND to be taken off the list.

Yeah. It was the Ontario Library Association calling.

Thank goodness they didn’t take me off their list! I am so excited to have not one, but two books included in this year’s Forest of Reading program. The shortlists were revealed today.

I’m so looking forward to hearing what the readers think!