Announcing: Congratulations to Nafiza!

Congratulations to Nafiza! Nafiza’s debut novel, The Candle and the Flame, has been acquired by Scholastic. Mark your calendars: this gem is coming out in 2019.

The photo, taken from Publishers Weekly’s Rights Report for the week of April 9, reads:

Lisa Sandell at Scholastic has acquired Nafiza Azad’s debut, The Candle and the Flame. Set in a city along the Silk Road that has become a refuge for those of all faiths, the YA fantasy is about a young woman with mysterious origins and two clans of powerful djinn who threaten to destroy her peace, and the unlikely alliances she’ll make to survive. Publication is slated for 2019; Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg LIterary Management handled the deal for North American rights.

Nafiza, congratulations and well done!

2017 LGBTQ YA Releases

2017 LGBTQ YA Releases

I’ll be honest – this month’s romance theme is a tough one for me. I don’t typically read a lot of YA or MG, and there isn’t usually that much romance in picture books. However – when I’m not singing songs with toddlers, I’m one of the co-chairs of the BC Library Association’s LGBTQ Interest Group. […]

Actually space (or, rambles about Ken Oppel’s Airborn trilogy and Starclimber in particular)

Actually space (or, rambles about Ken Oppel’s Airborn trilogy and Starclimber in particular)

Ever have a disappointing run of books? You come home from the library and delve in to your pile of loot, only to find that in one or more stories: the plot is lacking the characters are flat the illustrations are clumsy the word choice is bland the treatment of [race/gender/sexuality/ethnic group/religious group/age group/insert-group-here] is off? Not outright […]

Blog Tour: Guest Post by C.K. Kelly Martin, Author of Delicate

Blog Tour: Guest Post by C.K. Kelly Martin, Author of Delicate

Long before I was an author I was a fan of books about Winnie the Pooh, Babar, Madeline, Anne Shirley and anything by Judy Blume. Throughout high school my favourite class was English. No surprise, then, that most of my time spent at York University in Toronto was as an English major—not the traditional way […]

Review: Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman

Review: Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman

Hardcover, 608 pages Published March 10th 2015 by Random House Children’s Books Source: Publisher Shadow Scale is a sequel to Seraphina and will most probably contain spoilers for the first book in this duology. So if you haven’t read the first one and plan to, you may not want to read this review. Seraphina ended (there, a spoiler already) […]

A few quotes from Serendipity 2015

A few quotes from Serendipity 2015

Last Saturday, the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable (VCLR) put on the annual Serendipity event. What is Serendipity? Well, basically the VCLR brings in really awesome* authors and/or illustrators and/or editors and/or other people from the children’s book trade world, and they talk about their stories and their work, and answer whatever questions the audience thinks […]

Guest Post: Annette LeBox on the Inspiration behind Peace is an Offering

Guest Post: Annette LeBox on the Inspiration behind Peace is an Offering

Annette LeBox is an environmental activist and award-winning author of four picture books and two YA novels. As a founding member and director of the Pitt Polder Preservation Society, she was a major stakeholder in the conservation of two British Columbia Regional Parks: Blaney Bog and Codd Wetlands. Her picture book, Salmon Creek, was awarded […]