Karen Bass' latest novel - and first MG - is showing up in bookstores. Two Times a Traitor tells the story of Laz who visits the Halifax Citadel and accidentally slides through time to land in 1745. Now he's been captured by angry British colonists (New Englanders) who think he's a traitor and a spy. The only hope he has of returning home is to really become a spy for the colonists - in the French fortress of Louisbourg.
Perhaps inspired by her characters' adventurous spirits, Karen is embarking on an adventure of her own. She and her retired husband are moving to Hamilton. She can hardly wait to begin exploring a new province! Invite her to your school or library, and she will donate two of her adventures (your choice).
The 3rd installment of Robert Priest's Spell Crossed trilogy, Missing Piece, has been chosen by the CCBC for this Spring’s Best Books For Kids And Teens. Free copy of the book if you invite Robert to your school in May or June. “A complex world with fascinating magic." — Canadian Materials
Shane Peacock -- No Travel Charges! Governor-General Award nominee and current Blue Spruce Award candidate, Shane Peacock, who can speak to all and any grades from 1 to 12, still has some dates available for school visits from late April through June. No travel charges, regardless of distance within southern Ontario.
Visit Shane's page today for more information and to access his contact form.
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.
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!
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.
Arthur Slade, Red Maple Fiction nominated author, is in the GTA area the week of May 15th. He will bring his dynamic “rocking” audio/video presentation of silent film era factoids, creativity tips and literary inspiration. Book a full day and he’ll stay for a pizza party/lunch with Red Maple Kids. Travel fees waived for Toronto bookings. Subsidy eligible!
Eric Zweig will have new sports books with Scholastic Canada and Crabtree this fall, and another in 2018 with National Geographic Kids. Book him for this spring … or beat the rush with an early booking for fall of 2017. Savings available now on travel expenses!
Midland-based artist and author, Alma Fullerton is waiving her travel fees for schools and libraries that are within 120km of her home! This offer applies to bookings between now and June 2017 so book now to avoid disappointment.
Recent Bilson award winner & Red Maple nominated author, Karen Bass, will be based in Toronto from May 8th to 18th. She's offering a combo deal in May only: book her for a 1/2 day, 1 session for Red Maple nominated The Hill and 1 session for her new MG Two Times a Traitor. Two great sessions for the special price of $400. She waives travel costs and is willing to travel 90 minutes outside Toronto.
After a winter of trips to the far reaches of the province, Peter McMahon and the Ontario Planetarium will be touring libraries and schools in the Greater Toronto Area this coming February and March.
This is a great opportunity to have a nationally-renowned space magazine and children's science author share the universe with youth in a truly unique environment.
The Ontario Planetarium is a 30-35-seat mobile star theatre that comes to you, where participants of all ages and curriculums can have an interactive tour of planets, galaxies, constellations from different cultures (including world-exclusive views of Canadian First Nations constellations) guided by a live astronomy author
Organizations who book before Feb 1 will also receive a free signed copy of Peter's award-nominated book Space Tourism (Kids Can Press, 2011)
To book Peter, click on his name above and use the contact form at the bottom of his page.
Red Maple non-fiction nominee Robin Stevenson will be in Toronto and
available for school visits Jan. 30- Feb. 3, presenting on her book,
PRIDE: Celebrating Diversity and Community. Special deal: if you book
Robin for a Pride presentation, she will throw in a free small group Q and
A session for your school's GSA or similar group (Social Justice Club,
Rainbow Club, Equity Club, Anti-Bullying Club etc)! Robin also has fiction
presentations and workshops available for grades 4-12.
Diane Carmel Leger will be touring Ontario for TD Book week 2017 and plans to remain in the province the following week. This is a wonderful opportunity to book her for your school or library from May 15 - 19, with no long distance travel costs!
We are also pleased to announce that Diane’s title Mémére Soleil, Nannie Lune (translation of My Two Grandmothers) is one of the 75 French books chosen for the 2017 TD Summer Reading Club.
To book Diane, click on her name above and use the contact form at the bottom of her page.
49th Shelf is giving away copies of Richard Scarsbrook's latest novel, ROCKETS VERSUS GRAVITY! The book has received five-star reviews from Foreword Reviews and Novella Magazine, and it made The National Post Bestseller List! Enter the draw here: http://49thshelf.com/Giveaways
Bring Richard to your school or library! Click on his name above to access his page and scroll down to the contact form to reach him.
Red Maple Nominee Lorna Schultz Nicholson grew up in St. Catharines and is booking Niagara locations with no travel costs when she is visiting family there! (Ask about other locations.) Available January 30-February 1st, May 15, 17-19 and May 22-26.
For a limited time Lorna will donate one copy of Born With, and her entire Puckster series (8 books compliments of Hockey Canada) to each school library.
Click her name above to visit Lorna’s page and access her contact form.
Karen Bass' newest novel, The Hill, has been named a "White Raven" title by Germany's International Youth Library, and will be included in their annual catalogue of book recommendations in the field of international children's & youth literature.
Karen has one day still available for booking in the GTA the week of November 14-18, and she will return to Toronto from January 30 to February 2. The next two bookings will receive two books of the librarian's choice. To book Karen, click on her name above to access the contact form on her page.
Sharon McKay is available in Burlington and the GTA from now until March!
Sigmund Brouwer has a new WWI novel out and is available in the GTA for Remembrance Day bookings on Nov 9 and 10.
Spooky Charis Cotter is bringing her Newfoundland ghosts to Windsor schools November 2 and 3.
Red Maple Nominee Alberta author Lorna Schultz Nicholson will be available in the Toronto and Niagara area from November 14-18, 2016. She has books for all grades! Oh and by the way, she often leaves copies of her Puckster picture books with the school librarian. No travel costs. Lorna returns to Ontario January 30, 31and Feb 1, and then again in May in support of her RM nomination.
Red Maple Nominee Karen Bass, whose novel, Uncertain Soldier is a nominee for the Geoffrey Bilson Award will be in Toronto, November 14-18, and is available for school and library visits accessible by public transit in the GTA. No travel costs. Karen will also be in the Toronto area Jan 30 - Feb 2, 2017. See our DEALS section for an exciting opportunity!
White Pine winner 2016 & 2013. Young Adult: ages 12 and up. Jeyn Roberts is located out of Windsor, Ontario for the next six months and will be happy to travel around the province for school and library visits.
Red Maple NomineeRobin Stevenson will be in Toronto January 30- Feb 4 and again in May. She is available either of these times for school and library visits accessible by public transit in the GTA. No travel costs. Her newest title is a non-fiction book called Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community.
Golden Oak Nominee Michelle Barker 2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award nominee for A Year of Borrowed Men is in the Toronto area mid-November, 2016, early February, 2017, and early June, 2017.