It's game time!

Coming soon!

I’m excited to share the cover of my new snowboarding book, “Whiteout”, which will be published by Scholastic Canada this winter.

Steven White’s family has just moved. Again. The good news:  there’s great snowboarding. The bad news: another new school.
This time Steven takes a shortcut to popularity — by claiming to be related to the famous snowboarder Cody White. But it’s not long before his lie is discovered and Steven is facing a whole new kind of unpopularity.
He takes refuge on the slopes and strikes up a friendship with a mysterious snowboarder, who turns out to be running from troubles of his own.
As they challenge each other to take on the hardest runs, can they also help each other face up to some difficult truths?

Maryland Madness!

I recently visited McDonogh School, just outside of Baltimore.  I was surprising Paula, a young reader who has read almost all of my books (including the hockey series, which isn’t sold in the United States!)

Needless to say, she was surprised, along with the rest of Ms. Hailstone’s class. The kids were good listeners and asked really great questions, making it a very fun stop!

Hanging out with Paula

Ms. Hailstone's class - a lively bunch! Can you spot the teacher?

Paula and her mom Anna, who was a great host and surprised ME. . .

with a box shaped like one of my books. . .

filled with cookies, decorated with my book covers! Seriously, how cool is that?

The Classic Catering People were responsible for the treats. Thank you!!!

And special thanks to Harriet, our delightful pre-visit lunch companion.

Until next time, Maryland!

A Thanksgiving School Visit

Some 4th graders

I was invited to visit Odyssey Elementary in Everett, Washington on my way to my hometown of Vancouver BC for the holiday.

Athlete vs Mathlete was nominated for the Mukilteo Children’s Book Award and I had a great time meeting 4th and 5th grade students with lots of excellent questions about books and the writing life.

Thank you for having me!

This was one of the best school libraries I've seen. Just packed with books!

And 5th Graders

And special thanks to my host, Teacher-Librarian Ms. Bajczuk!

Louisiana, Here I Come!

I had a fantastic time at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge, where I was delighted to accept the Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award for “Athlete vs Mathlete” and meet some great students, librarians and readers from all over the state.

The lovely LYRCA Award and an event program

Students spending a day at the Book Festival

A wall of book covers at the State Library

A school visit close to home

I recently spent an afternoon and evening at Washington Elementary in Vancouver, Washington.

I visited with 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students in the school library.

The kids had great questions and the staff was wonderful.

This visit was extra special for me because three of my nephews attend Washington Elementary.

My nephews - Colten, Joey and Christian - "Athlete vs Mathlete" is dedicated to them!

A great display for Breakaway!

Elisabetta, of Vancouver Island (where the Nugget McDonald hockey series takes place) put together a fantastic display about Breakaway for her school’s Literacy Fair. Great job, Elisabetta!

Baton Rouge, Here I Come!

I am thrilled to announce that Athlete vs Mathlete is the winner of the 2016 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award for 6th-8th grade!

I will be attending the Louisiana Book Festival on October 29th, 2016 and I hope to see you there!

Going International!

I’m happy to report that Athlete vs Mathlete was nominated for the Hansel & Gretel Readers’ Choice Award.

It’s an elimination tournament of 16 books, and the voters are students at international schools in Germany. Very cool!

Some great books were nominated (including one of my favorites – Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing by Judy Blume) and first place went to Gangsta Granny by David Walliams.

Alabama School Visits

Athlete vs Mathlete was one of four books chosen to be part of Huntsville Alabama’s Summer Reading List.

In a whirlwind tour, I visited 9 schools and met a lot of wonderful people:

I was warmly welcomed in all kinds of ways

The students were attentive and had tons of questions

The teachers and librarians were superstars!

One of the coolest kids I met was Warren, who started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for new books for his school library. Way to go, Warren!

Two students performed a live version of their Athlete vs Mathlete video

I met students who used their creativity to design WC Mack author biographies

We ended the visits with meeting, greeting, autographs and photos

I thought I'd just be signing books, until Michael Robert appeared with a colorful cast

Huge thanks to Kristen at Perma-Bound Books, who organized the tour and was a fantastic host!

More Finnish!

Line Change will be published in Finnish in October!