Awesome Authors 2022 is on!

Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest

Summer 2022 update: Winners of this year’s Awesome Authors contest are announced here on the Ottawa Public Library’s YouTube channel. 🙂

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The Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest is back! Young writers of the nation’s capital, get to work on your poems, short stories, and comics. You could win publication, glory, cold hard cash!

Learn all the details from the Awesome Authors page on the OPL website.

I’ll be judging English fiction in the 9-12 age category again this year — and I want to read your story!

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Launching Squirrels

November 17 Update: Thanks to everyone who attended the virtual launch of When the Squirrels Stole my Sister. I loved seeing all your faces and having your company to celebrate the book. (And I think we all drew some fabulous squirrels, thanks to Sean!)

Please check out the book page: When the Squirrels Stole my Sister for lots of squirrelly entertainment extras.

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Halloween Student Stories

It’s almost Halloween. To build the spooky atmosphere — and also to encourage creative writing — I’m offering these nine read-alouds, spooky stories written by students aged 11-17, all featured on my Cabin Tales podcast last October. They range from silly fun to gory terror, ideal for this time of year.

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My Latest Picture Book

It has been a long time coming! My new picture book, When the Squirrels Stole my Sister, illustrated by Sean Cassidy, will be published by Fitzhenry and Whiteside this fall. Just in time to stock up on nuts.

Love squirrels? Check out all the info and activities on my Squirrel book page. There’s student squirrel art, squirrel videos, an Eastern Grey Squirrel A-Z, an interview with a wildlife rehabilitator, mazes, crosswords, cootie catchers and more!

Want to read the book? Here’s the blurb:

My sister tamed a squirrel with peanuts until it ate out of her hand…. So begins a tongue—in—cheek tale of taming gone wrong. When a genius squirrel launches a daring winter storage plan, big sister ends up high in the oak tree with a new furry family. But what will happen when her nuts run out? It’s little sister to the rescue! (In her own ingenious way.)

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Cabin Tales Author Interview #29: Frieda Wishinsky

It’s the final Cabin Tales interview! With Frieda Wishinsky, award-winning author of more than 70 books for young readers, both fiction and non-fiction. Hear about her aversion to horror, her fondness for chronological order, and the similarities she finds in writing and gardening. 20 minutes.

Read the full transcript:

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