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About MeI'm the author of four novels for young people - Shot in the Dark, Rescue Rider, Charlie, and Charlie on Tour - and a chapter book, Mr. Bert's Story Time. I + read more have also published three stories for children: The Great Wave, Illustrious, and My Space Pet, which appeared in chickaDEE magazine's 2013 space issue.

I hold a BFA in Creative Writing, with concentrations in Short Fiction and Writing for Children, and a Diploma in Library & Information Technology with a specialization in Children's Services. I'm currently a library technician at Langara College in Vancouver.

The above image shows Artist Carmen Papalia leading an Eyes-Closed Walking Tour through the Kitsilano area of Vancouver, and that's me at the end! The tour was part of my book launch for Shot in the Dark - a sports story focused on the blind sport Goalball.

Eyes-Closed Walking Tour photo (above) by Edzy Edzed.
Profile photo (left) by Sandy Ragan.
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You May Know Me For:
    Literature Types
  • Chapter Books
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Middle Grade Nonfiction

Published Works
Fiction:

Shot in the Dark
Lorimer Sports
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., 2015
9781459408517 (hardback)
9781459408500 (paperback)
9781459408524 (ebook)

Rescue Rider
Lorimer Sports
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., 2011
9781552778692 (hardback)
9781552778685 (paperback)
9781552778708 (ebook)

Charlie on Tour
Moving up with Literacy Place: Grade 6 novel
Scholastic Education, 2009
9780779191802 (paperback)

Charlie
Moving up with Literacy Place: Grade 5 novel
Scholastic Education, 2008
9780779183739 (paperback)

Mr. Bert's Storytime
Literacy Place for the Early Years: Grade 2 reader
Scholastic Education, 2006
9780779165643 (paperback)

Short Fiction:

My Space Pet
chickaDEE Magazine
January/February 2013

The Great Wave
Moving up with Literacy Place: Grade 6 short fiction
Scholastic Education, 2009
9780779191918 (paperback)

Illustrious
Moving up with Literacy Place: Grade 6 short fiction
Scholastic Education, 2009
9780779191833 (paperback)

Nonfiction:

Telling Stories Through Art: Canada's own Paul Morin
The Big Picture Inquiry Unit
Stepping up with Literacy Place 7-8
Scholastic Education, 2010
9780779198696 (paperback)

Speaking InformationI am available for interactive classroom or library visits that focus on Paralympic blind sports, Olympic equestrian sports, science fiction, supernatural + read more fiction, the writing life in general and, of course, Charlie Chaplin's early life. I love to read from my own work and/or classic children's books - old and new!

I'm a regular at WORD Vancouver and World Read-Aloud Day and was the featured storyteller for 'Celebrate Vancouver Day' at the Vancouver International Children's Festival. Show Less


    I Will Travel To:
  • Vancouver
  • Coast
  • Lower Mainland

    I Present to Age Groups:
  • Grades K-3
  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-8

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Awards and Recognition:Shot in the Dark
Shortlisted - 2016-2017 Red Cedar Award (Fiction)
Commended - Best Books + show more for Kids & Teens 2015 - Canadian Children's Book Centre
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