CCBC author profile – with insider info!

Want to know more about the sequel to Tagged Out, and how Tagged Out came to be?

Or how I got out of gym and recess for a whole year in elementary school (not that it’s a good thing…)?

Check out this profile in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s newsletter.

Yeah… probably not the principal’s best call, to let me out of gym and recess… but I do thank him for it!

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Some people will do anything to avoid being tagged out!
Blue Jays’ Chris Coghlan sprints for home… catcher about to tag him… leaps in the air and performs a somersault *over* the catcher, to touch home plate. Safe!
Baseball is awesome.
Blue Jays baserunner Chris Coghlan's dive over the head of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina to score in the seventh inning on Tuesday night in St. Louis has play of the year potential.
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Tagged Out in hardcover! (US only)

Tagged Out hard cover edition*knock knock*

Nope, it’s not a joke–that’s me knocking on the cover of the new US version of Tagged Out. Exciting! Seeing as this is my first novel… these are my first hardcover editions. Oh, and you can order one from Amazon.com here. Um, if you’re in the States.

 

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Tagged Out on Glad Day’s Top 20 list

I’m extagged-out-15-on-glad-day-best-seller-list-2016cited and thrilled that Tagged Out is the #15 book at Glad Day Bookshop in Toronto.

Glad Day is an incredible bookstore–the world’s oldest LGBTQ bookstore, in fact–and the staff are smart and knowledgeable. I’m super-proud and pleased that Tagged Out is on their best-sellers list, in very good company.

Co-owner Scott was a beta-reader for Tagged Out, so how’s that for a bookstore that cares about and supports authors? Amazing.

 

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When characters do their own thing…

playground-children-pixabayI’m writing a scene for my baseball novel, Home Team.

In the scene, Miguel is babysitting a boy in the playground. He stops to talk to someone else, and when he’s distracted, the child runs away.

But here’s the thing. The kid did that on his own–nowhere in my synopsis or chapter outline does it say, “the boy runs away.” He just took off!

So now I need to write a scene where my main character looks for him.

Kids, these days! Sheesh!

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Tagged Out: 4/4 **** “Highly Recommended”

cm-review-tagged-out-screen-captureTagged Out has received a coveted 4/4 star review from CM (Canadian Review of Materials) journal and a “Highly Recommended” rating.

Well-written and full of relevant kid friendly information, Tagged Out, is an excellent read… Grant reflects the attitudes and behaviours of today’s young teens and made each of her characters real. Middle school kids will really enjoy reading this novel.

Thank you to CM and reviewer Elaine Fuhr. Read the whole review here.

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Baseball at the Ontario Summer Games

Photo: Allen Gou, Summer Games

Photo: Allen Gou, Summer Games

One of the reasons I wrote Tagged Out is that my son has played baseball practically since he could walk. In the summer, our entire family lives at the baseball diamond.

For many years, that diamond was at Christie Pits, where Tagged Out is set (and he still umps there). This year, he joined the Hamilton Cardinals Bantam Elite team and they were given a great opportunity–to participate in the Ontario Summer Youth Games in Mississauga. They had an incredible time, and took home the bronze.

Congratulations to all of the competitors — and yes, my next baseball book will include some scenes that happened right on the field during the Games!

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Great review of Tagged Out on 49th Shelf

With strong characters and lots of action, the deeper themes of Tagged Out ensure that even readers who aren’t familiar with baseball, or don’t consider themselves sports fans, will find many things to think about.

Thank you, 49th Shelf, for including Tagged Out in your wonderful list of summer reads!

And thanks to The National Reading Campaign’s Roseanne Gauthier for such a wonderful review. She really “gets” what I was trying to do with Tagged Out — it’s a really well written summary of the book and discussion of what else is going on in there. So great.

Here’s the National Reading Campaign’s review of Tagged Out.

And here’s the 49th Shelf list.

Capture 49th shelf August 2016 Tagged Out radar compilation by Kerry Clare

 

 

If you don’t know 49th Shelf, you should check it out — I refer to it as kind of a “Canadian Goodreads,” (which I, in turn, call “Facebook for books”).

 

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