Last round of edits for Tagged Out

Pits pano hi rez Oct 2015

I’m in the final round of edits for my baseball novel, Tagged Out, which comes out in March 2016.

This round is when I check and double-check and triple-check everything, and supply the dedication and acknowledgements information.

After this, the book goes “into production,” which means that it will go from my current editor, the amazing Kat, to a project manager. She will find a copy editor/proof reader for it, and she’ll co-ordinate all of the production, cover photography and design, layout, etc.

So, as I am wont to do… I headed down to Christie Pits. I just sat and looked out at it and man, it was beautiful! Good setting for a novel, if I do say so myself.

Tagged Out

The latest word is that my new book will be called Tagged Out. (We’re 99% certain that’s going to be the title.)

We went from Bottom Nine, to Hit by a Curve, to Out at Home — to Tagged Out.

Here’s someone who is definitely being “tagged out,” and in a pretty spectacular manner. “Flying bodies,” as the baseball kids say.

“Tagged Out” is my first novel, a baseball book for reluctant readers, to be published March 2105.

Image from GazetteNet.

Image from GazetteNet.

49th Shelf’s “Most Anticipated” list (yay!)

Are you familiar with the Canadian readers’ website 49th Shelf? If not, head over there and register because it’s a smart, thoughtful portal for great books.

And with that in mind, ahem, it is with absolutely no modesty whatsoever that we point out that once again, they’ve shown excellent taste… and added Gabby: Wonder Girl to their “Most Anticipated Books” list for Fall 2015.

Well, 49th Shelf, all we can say is thank-you, and…




Out at Home


Christie Pits Panorama Bigger

The title of my baseball book may be “Out at Home.”

It still has to pass muster with Lorimer’s marketing and publishing experts, but Out at Home seems to be the leading contender. I like it–it not only harkens to the book’s gay theme but it is also (slight spoiler alert) descriptive of one of the major chapters.

Out at Home.

I love it.

Colour Gabby

colouring-page-GabbyPrint out some great Gabby colouring pages (by Jan Dolby) and bring them to the cottage or send them with your child to camp.

Just make sure to pack a lot of orange crayons!

To download free Gabby colouring pages, click here.
(Note: They work best if you print them in Landscape format.)

Best of all, you can email a picture of your child’s completed drawing (joycehgrant at gmail dot com) and I’ll include it in Gabby’s online kds’ art gallery.

Hit by a Curve — my first novel!

Image: Paul Hum

Image: Paul Hum

I’ve just hit ENTER and sent my first novel manuscript to my editor, Kat, at Lorimer Publishing.

It all started last August, when Christie Harkin–who had signed me for the Gabby series at Fitzhenry and had recently moved to Lorimer–sent out a note to authors asking if they wanted to write a middle-grade novel.

I called her and she suggested that I write a baseball novel, since my son (the kid on the left in the photo, back when he was 10 years old) is an avid baseball player and most days in the summer I can be found on the sidelines at a game–or two, or three.

Christie said the novel had to have a few specific things: an urban setting, kids around 12 or 13 years old, lots of baseball action, diversity and problems or issues that kids can solve for themselves, without involving adults.

I went home and talked to my son and my husband about it. Together, we came up with a scenario in which a struggling PeeWee Select team is getting a talented new player–who just happens to be gay. It’s a new situation for these kids, who aren’t the most open-minded bunch to begin with. So how do they react? On one hand, they desperately need the new boy’s skill and expertise on the team. On the other hand, they’re now confronted with their own prejudices–that they perhaps didn’t even know they had.

I’ll be blogging about the novel and about the writing process, so please stay tuned. And I’ll let you know what my new editor says about the manuscript! (Fingers crossed!)

PS: Christie has recently started her own publishing firm, Clockwise Press, whose “mission is to publish high-quality young adult and children’s books featuring themes of diversity, inclusion, and global awareness.”

PS2: “Hit by a Curve” is just the working title. It will be changed. I’ll letchya know.


One World Schoolhouse Foundation on CTV News

Richard Clewes ran around St. Lucia (two marathons in two days!) to raise money for his One World Schoolhouse Foundation.

Richard Clewes ran around St. Lucia (two marathons in two days!) to raise money for his One World Schoolhouse Foundation.

There was a terrific news piece on CTV News recently about One World Schoolhouse, the foundation that brought Gabby and 11 other great kids’ picture books to St. Lucia and Grenada last year.


CTV News: One World Schoolhouse Foundation

Please take a moment to check out the tremendous work by Richard, Sonya, Marlaina and the many volunteers who built and maintain this important foundation.