"The Explorersis a rollicking and clever adventure!" - Arthur Slade, author of The Hunchback Assignments
This story begins with a pig in a teeny hat. After that a risk-averse boy stumbles upon a very mysterious Explorers Society which sets in motion a tale of danger and adventure; there are missing persons, hired thugs, a hidden box, a lost map, famous explorers, and a girl on a rescue mission. The Explorers: The Door in the Alley is the first book in a series that is sure to hit young readers, especially reluctant ones, right in the funny bone.
"In this wildly funny adventure...animals in teeny hats, Wonderland-style logic, and loads of wordplay and sarcasm will keep readers giggling all the way through." — Kirkus Reviews
To book Adrienne for a visit, follow the link on her name.
We are devastated by the news that Gisela Sherman died suddenly on April 23, 2017. Gisela is a friend and colleague, and a wonderful writer.
All of us at Authors' Booking Service extend our sincere sympathy to her family.
Gisela's dear friend Sylvia McNicoll said it best:
Today my friend of some thirty years took her Sunday morning hike in glorious sunshine and at the end of the walk turned to her hiking partner to say something and instead suffered a heart attack and died. Gisela Sherman is a writer, an actor, a fiercely competitive Scrabble player, a hiker and cyclist, a great friend, but above all else she loved her family. She will miss you Frank, Becky, Jainna, and Charlie. Our hearts are broken.
Anne Marie Sisti recently wrote: Thank you once again for a great recommendation! Lana Button was great with our primary students! Engaging, entertaining and delivers such positive messages. We loved having her but I knew she would be great because Willow is such an amazing character!
Ted Staunton is eager to share his two brand new books this spring:
Bounced (Scholastic) a rollicking mid-grade mystery novel, AND
Harry and Clare’s Amazing Staycation (Tundra). Ted has dates available in May and June. He’d love to visit your school. Subsidy eligible.
Simon Shapiro's Faster, Higher, Smarter has been shortlisted as one of five candidates for the Canadian Science Writers' Association's Youth Book Award. Simon is still available for some dates in April and for dates in May / June. Subsidy eligible.
Janet Wilson, the acclaimed all-grades social issues author has openings on two days in May. Available: Two morning sessions in Stoney Creek May 3, and One afternoon session in Welland May 4. Special 10% discount plus no travel fees for these dates. For presentation details and to contact Janet, go here.
Schools booking Sylvia McNicoll's The Best Mistake Mystery Presentation (suitable for grades 3 through 6) for April, May or June will enjoy one complimentary 30-minute Mistake Writing workshop. Subsidy eligible.
April’s poetry month! And there are still subsidies left to book Robert Priest for school readings. Inspiring, fun age-appropriate poems and songs for any age. Start by emailing from his contact form here to set up a time. First come first served. “HIs poetry for children is almost miraculous.” Michelle Landsberg
Caroline Fernandez wants to bring Boredom Busters (Silver Birch Non-Fiction Honour Book) and More Boredom Busters to your school.You'll be inspired to get creative, recycle, and enjoy screen-free entertainment!
Caroline is available for booking in East York, North York, and Scarborough schools in April and May (no travel fees)! To book Caroline, click on her name above and use the contact form at the bottom of her page. Subsidy eligible!
Nikki Tate’s non-fiction title, Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet has been nominated for a BC Book Prize and long-listed for a 2017 Green Earth Book Award. Nikki has added one more day to her trip to Toronto for the Forest of Reading Awards in May. If you’d like to snap up that last opening on May 18 by booking a regular author presentation, Nikki will also host a Young Authors Chat for up to 20 of your keenest student writers for no additional charge. A smaller group gathering like this allows young writers to ask questions and discuss their work in a more intimate and supportive setting than is possible during larger school presentations. Subsidy eligible!
Silver Birch fiction winning author, Robin Stevenson's Red Maple book PRIDE is now also up for the Hackmatack and the BC Book Prizes, bringing its list of
honours to seven! Robin will be visiting Ontario in May and still has
openings for May 17, 18 and 19. Subsidy eligible!
The countdown is on for the 2016-17 National Hockey League playoffs. Let’s celebrate together!
If you can name an NHLer from your hometown (or a nearby city), Silver Birch nominee Sue Irwin will do a Skype visit with your class for just $100. That’s for a 45-minute session! This offer applies to bookings during the month of April, so book now to avoid disappointment.
Here’s how you can save:
Choose a legend from the past OR a current hockey star.
Then, click on Sue’s name to access her page and scroll down to the email contact form. Include the name of the player and your hometown in your email.
Dave Atkinson's hilarious Cure for Wereduck has been nominated for the 2017-2018 Hackmatack Children's Choice Awards!
Cure is the follow-up to Dave's popular debut middle grade novel Wereduck, which tells the adventures of Kate—a 13-year-old girl who grew up in a family of werewolves. Kate's never felt much like a wolf. Cure for Wereduck continues the story of a girl who learned to quack at the moon.
Dave is coming from Prince Edward Island to tour schools in the Toronto area for Education Week, May 1-5. There's still time to book him, but don't delay! Subsidies are available.
Make that three honours for Ellen Schwartz’s middle-grade novel Heart of a Champion. First, the Silver Birch Fiction nomination. Second, being named a VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocacy) Top Shelf book. And now a nomination for the Diamond Willow Award, presented by the Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards.
Ellen will be visiting Ontario in May and still has openings for May 15 and 19. Book her now to avoid disappointment. Subsidy eligible!
Allan Stratton’s new YA novel, THE WAY BACK HOME, comes out in May from Scholastic Canada and Andersen Press UK. It’s about a troubled girl whose grandmother is placed in care against her will. When Zoe springs her in a quest to reunite Granny with her loved but long-missing son.