The “Tagged Out” pigeon returns!

In an early draft of Tagged Out, there was a curmudgeonly pigeon. He got cut for length, but editor Kat Mototsune and I still miss him.

In fact, when we got together a couple of days ago, we talked about him. How much we liked him but, alas, how he had to go (it was the right editorial decision).

Toronto Playgrounds is the league that plays in Christie Pits. This is truly life imitating art.

Photo: Paul Hum.

Photo: Paul Hum.

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Thanks, to the students at Unionville Montessori!

Unionville Montessori TO presentation Jan 2017When I heard about this, it made my day. Thank you to all the kids at Unionville Montessori — it’s always a great pleasure to visit and to present there.

We had an all-school assembly on Friday, January 30th, to announce and kick-off the start of our annual Literacy Week. All the students were gathered in the gym, numbering almost 600, from grades 1 to 8.

Our coordinator, Gary Kohl, announced that authors would be visiting the students beginning that coming Monday. As he read through the names, in order, from authors visiting the grade 1s and up, the students listened intently. A few names were familiar, as they have visited before.

But when Mr. Kohl announced the return of Joyce Grant, a spontaneous and sudden cheer went up into the air. I was surprised to hear it, not because Joyce isn’t a dynamic and engaging speaker — she truly is — but because this cheer was so sudden and spontaneous. It’s been a pleasure having her.

– Adrianna McQuaid, Vice-Principal
Unionville Montessori Private School

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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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PRIDE Family Storytime July 2, 10:30 a.m.

PrideTO_Logo_BlackI’ll be doing a reading of Tagged Out during PRIDE Toronto, at the
Yorkville Library on Sat., July 2 at 10:30 a.m.

There will be other authors there as well, including Catherine Hernandez.

It’s a free event, and great for the whole family. Hope you can join us!

Click here for more details.

 

 

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Free Teachers’ Guide for Tagged Out — download today!

Capture Tagged Out teachers guideDownload the Tagged Out Teachers’ Guide, free.

For each chapter, you’ll find:
* Reading Prompts
* Writing/Discussion Prompts
* Vocabulary
* Baseball-specific vocabulary
* Grammar points

Plus, comments from the author about the writing of Tagged Out. Fun!

To download, click on the image.

 

Graphic design: Stephanie Arnell.

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Cover reveal!

tagged out coverI can finally reveal the cover of my debut novel, Tagged Out. Ta-da!

Tagged Out is a middle-grade (grade 6-8) novel for reluctant readers. It’s set in Christie Pits in Toronto.

Here’s the back-cover blurb:

The inner-city Toronto Blues baseball team is having a lousy year. Shortstop Gnash and the Blues can’t seem to win. They especially hate losing to their arch-rivals, the snooty Parkhill Pirates. When all-star player Jock joins the team, it looks like the Blues might be able to turn the season around. The only problem? When the Pirates find out that Jock is gay, they ambush Gnash and Jock, and Gnash has to decide whether he wants to stick with his old ways–or become the person he really wants to be.

You can pre-order a copy of Tagged Out, on Amazon.

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