It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here!
My new picture book Fatima and the Clementine Thieves has arrived!
Fatima and the Clementine Thieves is the story of a young girl’s struggle to help save her family’s clementine orchard from mysterious clementine thieves. Based in Morocco, it’s a fable of collaboration and non-violence inspired by an African proverb.
Magnificently illustrate by the very talented Gabrielle Grimard, this story is sure to transport readers into a whimsical, citrus-scented land.
Fatima and the Clementine Thieves is now available both in French (Fatima et les voleurs de clémentines, Éditions de la Bagnole) and in English (Red Deer Press)!
The school presentations of this book will include a reading of the story, an activity with clementines (season permitting) and a discussion about proverbs or non-violent conflict resolution. I will also bring puppets of Fatima and her Grandfather!
Every year I have the great pleasure of visiting a number of schools to share my books and my love of reading and writing with thousands of students. This year I visited 47 schools across 3 provinces and met over 6000 students!
I’d like to take a moment to thank all the librarians, the teachers, the principals and, or course, the students, who made this possible. These visits are an unending source of inspiration for me and, I dare hope, might spark some budding authors into action.
A special thank you to… (suite…)
Looking for ways to enjoy The Branch even more? Look no further! The wonderful folks at Kids Can Press have put together an amazing, FREE, teaching guide that’s yours for the taking. Use it in class or use it at home!
The lessons in this teaching guide are designed to enhance a child’s ability to deal with challenging emotions, as well as think about the “potential” of each difficult situation, similar to the main character in the story. It’s also a lot of fun!
Click HERE to download it!
It’s here! The korean version of The Branch is now available. Doesn’t it look cool? Thank you to the team at Kids Can Press who keep finding new and wonderful ways to make my story travel and reach more readers!
It is with great honour that I will be the judge of the 2017 edition of the Creative Braille Writing Contest. Organized by the CNIB, this one-of-a-kind competition is open to anglophone and francophone primary and secondary students who are blind or partially sighted and who live in Canada. The stories, essays and poems will be submitted in braille where a panel of experts will rate them on their accuracy. Afterwards, the texts will be translated into sighted text for me to enjoy. I can’t wait!
The goal of this contest is to encourage kids with vision challenges to write and express themselves in braille while sharing their work with others from across the country. There are many cash prizes to be won in dozens of categories and the winners will be announced this fall during a great awards ceremony with all the finalists.
Here is an interview (in French) with Amélie Boucher, the 7 year old winner of last year’s competition in the poetry category. Impressive, n’est-ce pas?
I am thrilled to be part of this wonderful initiative and wish all the participants good luck!