Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A child's visit to Fort Rouille during the CNE...


Tree pose with the York Pioneers (not easy in a skirt);
photo courtesy InsideToronto.com
Yoga, monarch tagging, and a child's visit to Fort Rouille! Come to Scadding Cabin during the CNE, and go back to a simpler time in Toronto. 

Join me on August 21 and 28th, 1-3 p.m., I'll be reading from my time-travel/historical fantasy children's novel, Carter and the Curious Maze, which is set in 3 different time periods on the CNE grounds: 1903, 1813 and the Grand Magazine Explosion, and 1750 trading day at Fort Rouille.

Fort Rouille, Toronto @1750
Here's an InsideToronto.com article about Scadding Cabin events during the CNE (yes, that's me in the hat, trying to do tree pose in a long skirt, or laughing like a maniac in the third picture):
Scadding Cabin During the CNE

Thanks to the York Pioneer and Historical Society for inviting me to read to kids during the CNE!

Friday, 11 August 2017

Join me for a reading at Fort Rouille during the CNE!


My book, Carter and the Curious Maze, has been out for a year now. Somehow! It's a time-travel/historical fantasy for kids 8-12, set on the CNE grounds in Toronto, and is book 3 in the award-winning Weird Stories Gone Wrong series.

Last summer I read from the book on the CNE stage, and at Fort York. Now, in the last leg of a reading triumvirate, I'm reading at Fort Rouille, twice during the CNE 2017. Many thanks to the wonderful York Pioneer and Historical Society for the time slot, and the encouragement!

Fort Rouille was the first European settlement in the Toronto area, 1750-1759, a French trading post set strategically near the Humber River, to combat the English fur trade in the area. The original site still sits at the foot of Dufferin Street and Lakeshore Road, on the current CNE grounds.

Part of Carter's time-travel story is set there. It's a fascinating, little-known part of Toronto history that kids won't learn about in school.

Come join me at Scadding Cabin, for a little history and fun on Family Mondays (kids get in with adults for $2):

August 21, 1-3 p.m.: Fort Rouille with Philippa Dowding
August 28, 1-3 p.m.: Fort Rouille with Philippa Dowding

Carter and the Curious Maze Book Trailer
All posts about Carter and the Curious Maze on this Blog