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Alex Van Tol Author / Speaker http://www.alexvantol.com
About MeI write fiction and nonfiction for kids and teens. Many of my books in the Orca Soundings and Orca Currents series deal with current youth-related issues such as parent/child relations, anxiety, social media, drugs, sexual health and risk-taking. My latest work of nonfiction, Aliens Among Us: Invasive Animals and Plants in British Columbia, is the first children's publication in the history of the Royal BC Museum, and is one of the museum's top sellers.

A former middle-grade teacher, I now travel to schools and speak with student audiences about themes that relate to my books, with a special emphasis on the topics of:

1. Anxiety — covers outcomes in Grade 10 Career Education/Planning and secondary Physical Education;
2. Social media/digital citizenship — touches on outcomes in personal responsibility and digital citizenship at all levels;
3. Invasive species and biodiversity — covers Science outcomes in every grade from K-12.

My presentations are interactive, lively and packed with information for students to take away. Teachers often tell me that while kids are sometimes deaf to the Big Messages their teachers and parents try to communicate, they'll often "hear" those messages from me, because of my special way of connecting with young people.
    Book Types
  • Chapter Books
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Middle Grade Nonfiction
  • YA Fiction
  • Educational & Information Books
  • Editorial Services
Andrew Buckley Author / Speaker http://www.andrewbuckleyauthor.com/
About MeI attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program in the nether regions of the 1990's. After pitching and developing several screenplay projects for film and television in Vancouver and New York, I worked in marketing and public relations, before eventually becoming a professional copy and content writer. During this time I began writing my first novel, DEATH, THE DEVIL AND THE GOLDFISH, followed closely by my second novel, STILTSKIN both published by Curiosity Quills Press. I also occasionally write under the pen name 'Jane D. Everly' for my HAVELOCK series of novels for adults.

The first instalment of an upper middle grade novel series, HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES, is available now from Month9Books and Scholastic Book Club, with the sequel scheduled for release in August 2017.

​I also co-host a geek movie podcast, am working on several new novels, and have a stunning amount of other ideas. I currently live happily in the Okanagan Valley, BC with one beautiful wife, three kids, one evil cat, one needy dog, and a multitude of characters that live comfortably inside of my mind.

I'm represented by Mark Gottlieb at the Trident Media Group, NY.
    Book Types
  • Chapter Books
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • YA Fiction
  • Plays & Screenplays
Arushi Raina Author / Speaker http://www.arushiraina.ca/
About MeArushi writes short and long fiction. She grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has also lived in Nigeria, Egypt, the UK and India. Her recently released debut novel, When Morning Comes, follows four very different teens in apartheid South Africa, in moments before an uprising that would change it forever.

Arushi studied English and Economics at Vassar College in New York, and currently lives and works in Vancouver, B.C. When she’s not writing, she enjoys travel, long car rides, and impassioned arguments.
    Book Types
  • YA Fiction
  • Educational & Information Books
Beryl Young Author / Speaker http://www.berylyoung.com
About MeI have written two novels and a biography for middle grade students and a picture book for younger children. My books are best sellers and have won several awards. I enjoy speaking about my books to students from grades one to seven, and I also teach writing classes to older students.
    Book Types
  • Picture Books
  • Chapter Books
  • Middle Grade Fiction
Carol Anne Shaw Author / Speaker http://www.carolanneshaw.com
About MeI write books for middle-grade/YA readers, and paint in the spaces in between.

I was a high school art teacher for nine years, and am now writing full time from my home. Teaching gave me a lot of material to work with, and I am so grateful to my students for providing so many eavesdropping opportunities! Thanks, guys.

I love animals, the woods surrounding my home, quality ice cream, and yes...Marmite. Pretty sure it's a DNA thing.

One of the best things about writing for young readers, is talkng with them. I especially enjoy their varied and insightful questions. Kids are so honest and candid. I respect that!

My favourite question to date?

Student: "How old do you have to be to get a book published?"

Me: "You can be ten, or one-hundred-and-ten. It doesn't matter. A good story is a good story."

Student (looking thoughtful): "Hmmmmm. I see. Well...why did you wait until you were so old then?"

Out of the mouths of babes...







    Book Types
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • YA Fiction
Caroline Adderson Author / Speaker http://www.carolineaddersonkids.com
About MeI'm the author of a bunch of books for kids starting with the chapter books I, Bruno (Orca 2007) and Bruno For Real (Orca 2009). From Kids Can Press comes the hilarious Jasper John Dooley series: Star of the Week (2012), Left Behind (2013), NOT in Love (2014), You're In Trouble (2015), Lost and Found (2015) and Public Library Enemy #1 (2016). Middle grade readers may enjoy my novels Very Serious Children (Scholastic 2007), Middle of Nowhere (Groundwood 2012) and A Simple Case of Angels (Groundwood 2014). I've also published three picture books: Norman, Speak! (Groundwood 2014), Eat, Leo! Eat! (Kids Can 2015), and I Love You One to Ten (Groundwood 2015).

My children’s books have accumulated many stars and won the Diamond Willow Award, the Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children's Story Award, the Sheila Egoff Award, and the Chocolate Lily Book Award. Three of my titles have been Junior Library Guild Selections and have appeared on numerous Best Book lists. Nominations include the Canadian Library Association's Children's Book of the Year, the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, multiple Chocolate Lily Book Awards, the Rocky Mountain Book Award, and the Shining Willow Award. I live in Vancouver, B.C. with my husband, dog, and the son who lied to us when he promised he’d always be seven.
    Book Types
  • Picture Books
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • YA Fiction
  • Editorial Services
Caroline Woodward Author / Speaker http://www.carolinewoodward.ca
About MeI grew up on a Peace River homestead, attended high school while staying in a dormitory in Fort St. John and went on to UBC to earn a B.A. and Teacher's Certificate. I have worked, studied and travelled in Canada, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Europe, and the UK, serving as a volunteer in Sri Lanka with Canadian Crossroads International and as a group leader with Canada World Youth to Sri Lanka and India. I then earned a Diploma in Creative Writing from David Thompson University Centre in Nelson.

My writing career (i.e., paid work) began with a weekly column in the Alaska Highway News for two years while still in high school and since then, I've published poetry, non-fiction essays and journalism, short and long fiction, stage and radio plays, and children's literature. So far I've published eight books and I am at work on two more children's books for my publisher.

After working a great variety of white, pink and blue collar jobs, I am now writing nearly full-time while working shifts as a relief lightkeeper at West Coast lighthouses, from my home base at the Lennard Island Lightstation near Tofino.
    Book Types
  • Picture Books
  • Chapter Books
  • YA Fiction
Christina Leist Author / Illustrator / Speaker http://www.christinaleist.com
About MeI earn a living by creating imaginative content for books, editorial & advertising and digital media by illustrating, writing and designing.

I have been hired to do so by Owl Press, Highlights Magazine, Tradewind Books, British Columbia's Knowledge Network, Silk Web Publishing, Simply Read Books, Saatchi&Saatchi, Arena Verlag and more.

I can also be booked for visits to schools and libraries.

Originally from a small town outside of Frankfurt in Germany, I now live in Vancouver, Canada.
    Book Types
  • Board Books
  • Picture Books
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Educational & Information Books
  • Games & Apps
Cynthia Nugent Author / Illustrator / Speaker http://www.cynthianugent.com
About MeI am an author and illustrator of picturebooks and juvenile fiction and have an MA in children's literature. My focus these days is on story apps and animated book trailers. You can see one I created for a client below.
    Book Types
  • Picture Books
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Games & Apps
D.R. Graham Author / Speaker http://www.drgrahambooks.com/
About MeMy name is Danielle and I write as D.R. Graham. I'm the author of numerous Young Adult and New Adult novels for HarperCollins and Entangled Publishing. I worked as a social worker with at-risk youth before becoming a therapist in private practice. The clients I work with are children and teenagers, and my novels deal with issues relevant to young and new adults in love, transition, or crisis. I am also an award winning columnist for the Richmond News. I currently live in Vancouver, British Columbia with my husband.
    Book Types
  • YA Fiction