Saturday, 24 June 2017

Introducing Alex and The Other

Coming March 31/2018

CREEPY aliens, a lost cat, an evil twin ....

... HERE IT IS! The gorgeous cover for my next book, Alex and The Other!

It's so creepy, and so deliciously weird. This is book 4 in the award-winning Weird Stories Gone Wrong series, horror stories for kids 8-12. This one is a classic doppelganger/evil twin story, a bit darker than the other books in the series.

Beware The Other!

Thanks once again to illustrator Shawna Daigle for her amazing talents, and thanks to publisher Dundurn Press for letting us tell this next weird story. This is now my favourite cover of all time.

Here's more about the book on Amazon: Alex and The Other.

Here's the blurb:

"Beware The Other...

Alex is the loneliest boy at school. Not only are his parents away (again), but his beloved cat is missing. Plus, one morning his reflection in the haunted bathroom mirror at school starts talking to him. Then two mysterious strangers in overcoats and sunglasses appear, whispering the same message, over and over: Beware The Other …

But, worse than all that, is the girl with the braid. She looks just like Alex. She’s better than him at everything, and they even share the same name. Soon, she’s the only Alex anyone can see, at school, at work, even at home. In no time, it’s almost as though the real Alex never existed at all.

Can the real Alex outsmart his evil twin and get his life back before she replaces him for good? And more importantly, who is the REAL Alex, anyway?"

Click to find out more about Weird Stories Gone Wrong.
More blog posts about Weird Stories.
Book Trailer for Myles and the Monster Outside, Winner of the OLA Silver Birch Express Honour Book Award.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Carter excerpt just in time for Canada150!

Toronto is a pretty interesting place, at least I've always thought so... 

Recently, I joined the York Pioneer and Historical Society, which as the name implies, explores Toronto's history. They recently published their annual journal, The York Pioneer (along with a book about founding father, William Howland), and very nicely excerpted part of my time-travel slash historical-fiction novel for kids. I'm really chuffed to see part of my middle-grade story, Carter and the Curious Maze, in their venerable pages, thank you! And just in time for the celebration of Canada's 150th year of Confederation.

The section they excerpted (with permission), recounts a brief visit by two modern day boys (via a creepy maze), to the first European settlement on Toronto soil, at Fort Rouille, at the foot of Dufferin and Lakeshore roads, on the current CNE grounds. There's a memorial to the Fort, beside Scadding Cabin.

It was a pleasure to research this little-known French trading Fort, and to imagine visiting it in 1750, as a lost and frightened time-travelling boy from present day. The local First Nations hunters traded with the French at this spot.

It's an interesting look at Toronto's history, for kids 8-12. Here's a 4-star review (their highest) from CM Magazine.

There isn't much research material available in English (or much in French either) about the Fort, so I made the best use of materials at hand, with many thanks to Fort York and the CNE archives! And of course, thanks to the York Pioneers!

Here's how to purchase Carter and the Curious Maze.
Here's the Book Trailer.
Read more about  Carter and the Curious Maze on this blog.