Monday, October 5, 2015

What's New for Fall...Part 4

Who do you think you are? What makes you tick? Are you an extrovert or an introvert? A bold, brash Leo or a live-and-let-live Libra? An Ox or a Monkey? A creative red or a mystical purple? This insightful quiz book will give you a fascinating glimpse into the secret workings of your — and your pals’ — personalities.

And you'll laugh, too.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

What's New for Fall...Part 3

This Canadianized Christmas carol became an instant holiday classic when it first came out in 2011. Now the whole family can join in the fun with this hot off the press, specially adapted board book version — the perfect first Christmas book for every preschooler on your list!
Enjoy all of Werner Zimmermann’s zany illustrations, count the characters from 1 to 12, and sing along. It’s Christmas as only Canadians can celebrate it — with squirrels curling, Mounties munching donuts, hockey players-a-leaping.... and A Porcupine in a Pine Tree!
It's kinda the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for a new baby, don't you think???

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What's New for Fall..Part 2

Get ready to blast off into space to explore planets, stars, and beyond! This fun book will pull you in like gravity, full of fun facts, reports from explorers, maps and infographics, and more than 100 pictures.

The National Geographic Kids Everything series breathes new life into the fun reference category with a fresh and dynamic presentation of the nonfiction subjects kids are most passionate about. Packed with facts and tantalizing anecdotes from real experts and bursting with photographs, these lively books give kids a fun way to absorb everything they want to know about a subject, whether they are driven by passion or curiosity.

It was particularly fun for me to work on this book, since - a first! -  I co-wrote it with my son, Michael Szasz. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

What's New for Fall.... Part 1

In just two short days, the latest book in my quiz book series from Scholastic Canada comes out! It's funny. Here are the deets:

Have you got what it takes to survive?
Would you survive an attack by intergalactic microbes? What about sentient robots? Ghost cats? Or a Sharknado? See how you stack up against evil masterminds, giant scorpions, and the neighborhood bully! Rate your bravery, confidence, musclepower, and find out if you can master your own inner demons.
Reader tip: Don’t open the book without a firm grip on your security blanket. You’ll need every extra bit of bravery-boosting possible!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Silver Birch Honour Award

I'm thrilled to announce that Zoobots was named a Silver Birch Honour Book at the Forest of Reading Awards ceremony last week. The program reached over 250,000 young people in schools, public libraries and at home, making it one of the largest, if not the largest, children's choice award programs in the world!

You can find the complete list of winners, as well as more information about this wonderful program here.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sydney Taylor Book Awards

I am verklempt.

My Young Adult novel, Gottika  (Dancing Cat Books) has just been named a 2015 Sydney Taylor Notable Book.

Here is the complete list of winners, honor books and notable books. Congratulations to all!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

And the Shortlists are Out!

One of the highlights of the Canadian kidlit scene is the announcement of the OLA's Forest of Reading Awards shortlists. That was today. And it's sweeter than ever this year because Zoobots has made the Silver Birch Nonfiction Shortlist! Woo hoo Zoo!!!!!

It's an honour to be selected, and to be in such great company with such wonderful friends and colleagues like Frieda Wishinsky, Liz MacLeod, Tanya Lloyd Kyi, Hugh Brewster and Deborah Ellis, among others! I'm also holding up the fist bump for all the great folks - and stellar books -  nominated in all the other categories.

I am so looking forward to meeting kid-fans at the extra school visits the award will generate, and to meeting everyone at all the great Forest of Trees festivities throughout the year! I know how much fun it all is, since I've had the great good fortune to be nominated several times before. (Psst: I've even won a few times! Boredom Blasters and Secret Agent Y.O.U. won in 2006 and 2008; What's the Big Idea? won an Honour Award in 2011.)

Because: Science!

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