What’s New

It’s ALMOST here: Coming this fall from Scholastic Canada:

THE ALMOST EPIC SQUAD, an explosively hilarious new series.

Add four ordinary kids, four oddly super powers, and four oddly super writers (Ted Staunton, Kevin Sylvester, Richard Scrimger, Lesley Livingston) and you get four SUPER BOOKS that are more than epic!

Check out the whole series, including Kevin’s just-released Mucus Mayhem (official book trailer) at Scholastic Canada/Almost Epic Squad.

What Blows Up, must come down…

For Gary Lundborg, it’s literally mind over matter when his telekinetic power kicks in. Unfortunately, it only works between three and six in the morning, and a growth spurt is making Gary clumsy. Will Gary find the confidence to mind what really matters on a top-secret mission to foil a master criminal planning to rule the world from a farting blimp? Not even Doctor Fassbinder knows for sure…

Released in 2017:

A Whodunit Surprise for Middle Grade Readers

Bounced Scholastic > link to Bounced on Scholastic’s website

If mystery, adventure, and the occasional crocodile on the loose are your thing a new novel is on its way to you! Watch here for updates.


A New Picture Book!

Harry and Clare’s Amazing Staycation Illustrated by Mika Song Tundra Books > link to Harry and Clare’s Amazing Staycation on Penguin Random House’s website

When Harry and Clare are stuck at home for a rainy vacation it’s a good thing they have such great imaginations. Trouble is, older sister Clare likes to make the rules – and eat all the snacks. Can Harry come up with a way to turn the tables?

Released in 2016:

Speed (The Seven Prequels) Orca Book Publishers > link to Speed on Orca’s website

How can you liven up a boring camping trip with your grandpa and your younger brother? Lose the new cell phone you weren’t supposed to bring with you.

Spencer finds more than he was looking for as he dodges a War of 1812 reenactment, a student film crew, an old flame of Grandpa’s, a crooked history buff, and Laura Secord’s cowbell: a first taste of independence and maybe a glimpse of his future – by way of the past.

The third installment of Seven is ‘prequels’: stories that happened before the first two, when the boys were twelve and thirteen and Grandpa was there with them. Watch for Seven author events near you and at OLA!

New Collaborative Writing Workshops:

Story Team with Richard Scrimger 

Two long-time writing collaborators help students pool their imaginations and writing skills to create stories in teams.  Fast-paced, fun and flexible workshops for grades 6 – 12. (See Presentations & Workshops.)