Books Read in February 2017

REVIEWS THE ROANOKE GIRLS Amy Engel Everyone wants to be a Roanoke girl, but no one really knows the truth about them. Lane dreams of her mother’s childhood home and when her mother dies, she is sent to live there with her grandparents and cousin, Allegra. She quickly settles in, but secrets of the past…

Flickerink: Bookish Soy Candles

Hello! You may have seen on my Instagram and Twitter that I’ve been busy making book-inspired soy candles for Etsy and craft events. I’ve been setting up over the last few weeks in the build up to launching the little store. We’re called Flickerink and you can follow us on Twitter here and Instagram here….

2 New Picture Books from Scholastic

DEAR DINOSAUR Chae Strathie and Nicola O’Byrne Max visits the museum and can’t wait to see the dinosaur exhibition. But the museum is closing and Max lives too far away to come back soon, so the curator suggests he writes to his favourite dinosaur – the T-Rex. And it isn’t long until the T-Rex starts…

Books Read in January 2017

REVIEWS  INK Alice Broadway Citizens are tattooed from birth. Each mark signifies a life event and they build to create a life story. When a person dies, their skin is removed and a life book is created. The book is weighed and judged and if it’s worthy is given to the family of the deceased…

Interview with AG Howard, author of ROSEBLOOD

I’m delighted to welcome AG Howard to talk about her new YA Phantom of the Opera-inspired retelling, RoseBlood! The book is out today with Abrams and Chronicle. Kate Ormand: Congratulations on your new book! Can you tell us a little about how The Phantom of the Opera inspired you and why you chose it as the…

Books Read December 2016

REVIEWS FREEKS Amanda Hocking A traveling carnival where the acts have supernatural abilities arrive at a new site and something doesn’t feel right. Something is playing with their senses and weakening their powers. When one camp member goes missing and another is attacked, the group start searching for answers… High danger, an unknown evil, supernatural secrets, and…

Illustrator Interview: TOUGH COOKIE with Grace Sandford

Introducing Grace Sandford, illustrator of my third picture book release, Tough Cookie, published in November 2015 with Sky Pony Press… Kate Louise: Hi Grace! Thanks for stopping by. First can you share with us what techniques and materials you used for the Tough Cookie art? Grace Sandford: The artwork for Tough Cookie is mixed media…

Strand Bookstore Tour

(Originally posted here) I love walking into a good bookstore and taking a deep breath, feeling totally relaxed and ready to explore. Strand Bookstore has to be one of my all-time favourites. It’s a wonderful store and getting lost in the stacks is welcome. I visit several times on every trip to New York City. And…

Books Read November 2016

REVIEWS SUPER AWKWARD Beth Garrod Bella’s having the worst holiday ever while her friends are having a party back home. But things soon take a turn for the better when Bella meets Zac. Returning home to rumours following the party, Bella shares everything about Zac with her friends, but the information reaches the wrong ears.

Illustrator Interview: PIERRE THE FRENCH BULLDOG RECYCLES with Bethany Straker

Introducing Bethany Straker, illustrator of my second picture book, Pierre the French Bulldog Recycles, published in March 2015 with Sky Pony Press… Kate Louise: Hi Bethany! Thanks for stopping by. First can you share with us what techniques and materials you used for the Pierre art? Bethany Straker: Hi Kate! Thanks for having me. So, for this…

Books of Wonder Store Tour

(I originally posted this here) We love browsing the shelves at Books of Wonder. It’s such a magical store with so much to see and enjoy. We walk through the revolving door into another world and we know we’ll be here for a while… 

Books Read October 2016

REVIEWS    IRON CAST Destiny Soria Corinne is a wordsmith—she can make others see what’s not there, creating illusions through poetry. Ada is a songsmith—her music conjures powerful emotions and can meddle with memory. Both girls are hemopaths, considered a threat to society with their abilities to manipulate the mind. Iron can identify those whose…

Illustrator Interview: THE UPSIDE-DOWN FISH with Laura Matine

Introducing Laura Matine, illustrator of my first picture book, The Upside-Down Fish, published in February 2015 with Sky Pony Press… Kate Louise: Hi Laura! Thanks for stopping by. First can you share with us what techniques and materials you used for the UDF art? Laura Matine: Hi Kate, I’ve always been interested in mixed media….

Books of Halloweens Past

Every year I put a list of Halloween reads together for myself. As I’m currently working my way through my 2016 picks, with only 4 days left until Halloween, I’m looking back at the books I chose to read in previous years.

Books Read September 2016

REVIEWS FURTHERMORE Tahereh Mafi In a magical land of colour, Alice is born without any. She’s an outcast in Ferenwood. When a boy she dislikes approaches her for help on a task he’s been set by the Ferenwood Elders, Alice turns him down. But soon she discovers the task is to bring her father home,…

Creative Writing: A Journal with Art to Kickstart Your Writing by Eva Glettner

My thoughts on Creative Writing: A Journal with Art to Kickstart Your Writing by Eva Glettner This is a unique and wonderfully inventive creative writing journal, published this month with Chronicle Books. The pages are bursting with colour, inspiration, and writing prompts. It presents an idea, then lets the writer do the rest. It’s fun and it…

Books Read August 2016

REVIEWS THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK Meg Leder Penelope loves books and movies and romance, and wants her happily ever after. So when her friends start branching out and making new friends, things become complicated. And when a guy she likes asks her out, everything begins to change. Is Penelope’s world moving in the right direction?…