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Author Signings at OLA Super Conference 2015

We’re thrilled to have so many of our fantastic YA authors in our booth at OLA Super Conference this year. Drop by to say hello and get your book signed!

MEGAN CREWE will be signing EARTH & SKY on Thursday, January 29th @ 11am



SARAH HENSTRA will be signing ARCS of MAD MISS MIMIC on Friday, January 30th @ 11am



CAROLINE PIGNAT will be signing UNSPEAKABLE on Friday, January 30th @ 12pm



ERIC WALTERS will be signing FIGHT FOR POWER on Friday, January 30th @ 1:15pm




Behind the Bill: Megan Crewe


Today we’re going Behind the Bill with Canadian author Megan Crewe, author of the upcoming sci-fi YA novel Earth & Sky. 

1. What was your favourite book growing up?

My absolute favorite book as a kid was Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s THE CHANGELING. I related so much to the main character, Martha, who’s shy and imaginative and bookish, and I longed for a friend like Ivy to draw me out of my shell into creative adventures. I never did have a friend quite like Ivy, but that book made me feel that imagination and creativity were important skills, which I’m sure contributed to my having the confidence to continue writing stories and pursue writing professionally.

2. Tell us about the first piece of writing you ever finished.

If we’re talking any piece of writing at all, the first I remember was a My Little Pony story I made up about my toys when I was too young to even write it down, which my mom transcribed for me and I then illustrated in crayon. 🙂 On a more mature level, the first full-length book I ever finished was a high fantasy novel involving humans, elves, and half-breeds, an evil sorcerer determined to take over the world, and many other cliches, which I spent most of ninth grade writing and was already pretty disillusioned with by the time I reached the end. But I’m still glad I wrote it, because it proved to me that I could write a whole book–and I could only write better ones from there!

3. If you could have lunch with one author, alive or dead, who would it be & why?

I’d have to say Zilpha Keatley Snyder, because as I mentioned above she wrote my favorite childhood book, and I just recently found out she’s passed on, so other than by the magic of this question there’s no way I could meet her now. I’d love to find out more about her writing process, and it sounds like she had a fascinating life beyond her writing as well, with many travels around the world it’d be fun to talk about.

4. If you could hang out with one of the characters from your book, who would you choose & why?

Probably Win. He may have some ideas about Earthlings that need challenging, but he means well–and the fact that he has a time cloth that could take us anywhere and almost any when in Earth history while we were hanging out makes for a pretty big draw. 🙂

5. Describe your book in five words.

Unsettling alien time travel adventure.



Earth & Sky will be available October 28th. Pre-order here or here and be sure to follow along with the Canadian blog tour:

Oct 18 Me on Books
Oct 20 Cherry Blossoms and Maple Syrup
Oct 21 Read My Breath Away
Oct 22 Booking it with Hayley G
Oct 23 The Book Wars
Oct 24 Curling Up by the Fire
Oct 27 CanLit for Little Canadians
Oct 28 Esther’s Ever After
Oct 29 Bookish Notions
Oct 30 Feisty Little Woman
Oct 31 Chapter by Chapter
Nov 1 Cozy Up with a Good Read

THE INFINITE SEA Reading Preparedness Guide

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Rick Yancey’s highly anticipated follow-up to the blockbuster THE FIFTH WAVE is out tomorrow. Before you dig into THE INFINITE SEA, we thought we’d help prepare you for the experience.

1. Make sure your schedule is cleared. You’re going to want to read it in one sitting.

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2. Make sure you have a large enough cup of tea/coffee/warm beverage of your choice to get you through the reading process.

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3. Keep a flashlight nearby. You never know when the power is going to go out.


4. THE INFINITE SEA starts with a bang and you may want to have THE FIFTH WAVE close by for reference.


5. Blankie/teddy bear/pet. There are some scary bits and some shocking bits. You will something cuddly.





Behind the Bill: Laura Langston


1. What was your favourite book growing up?

I can’t pick just one. I remember being enthralled with the book of short stories my grandmother gave me at Christmas when I was maybe eight. A Collection of Stories for Girls I think it was called. By the time I was 11, I was hooked on Nancy Drew and I’d fallen in love with a series of Sue Barton nurse books too. She had red hair (how glamorous!) and helped save lives (how meaningful!). My next big love was a book called Mrs. Mike. In it, a 16 year old Boston girl moves to the Canadian wilderness and falls in love with a Mountie. It was a wonderful story with themes of overcoming hardship, resilience and living a life of purpose. In my teens I went through a Russian novelist phase (Anna Karenina was a favorite) and I also loved Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice. I have eclectic taste.

2. Tell us about the first piece of writing you ever finished.

I was in Grade Four and I wrote a short story about a girl who was trapped in a box and managed to escape (somehow) so when her parents went to open the box, it was empty. I’m sure Freud would have loved it. My teacher did. I got five out of five.

3. If you could have lunch with one author, alive or dead, who would it be & why?

Oh, this is such a tough question. Just one? Really? Honestly, it depends on my mood. I’d love to sit down with Paulo Coelho or Madeleine L’Engle or maybe Meg Cabot because she’s funny. Today I’d like to lunch with JoJo Moyes because I adored her novel Me Before You and it would be a total fan girl moment, plus I could pick her brain about characterization. She tackled a difficult subject and created characters who aren’t necessarily likable, yet you couldn’t help but sympathize with them. It was a love story without a traditional happy ending and it worked very, very well. I’m in awe of that kind of talent.
4. If you could hang out with one of the characters from your book, who would you choose & why?

Because I spent so many months hanging out with Sloane and Isaac and I know them pretty well, I’d probably say Lexi, Sloane’s best friend. She’s a terrible hypochondriac but funny. I’d like to find out what makes her tick and why she’s so terrified of illness. I sense a story there.
5. Describe your book in 5 words.

Rich, thoughtful, absorbing and heartfelt.

langston_ArtofGettingStared_pbTHE ART OF GETTING STARED AT hits shelves September 9th across Canada!

Join in the blog tour this month! Our dedicated bloggers will be sharing their reviews along with their own thoughts on the one thing they wish they could tell their teenage selves about body image. The schedule is:

09/02 More Than Just Magic

09/03 Xpresso Reads

09/04 Chapter by Chapter

09/05 Mostly YA Lit

09/06 Padfoot’s Library

09/07 Maji Bookshelf

09/08 Pop Goes the Reader

09/09 Emilie’s Book World

09/10 Cherry Blossoms & Maple Syrup

09/11 Conversations of a Reading Addict 0

9/12 Addie’s Book Blog


Behind the Bill: Una LaMarche

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What was your favourite book growing up?

That’s such a tough question! The first book I can remember really loving was Kay Thompson’s Eloise, because I, too, am a city child—although I did not have a swanky upbringing at the Plaza Hotel, much to my chagrin. As a teenager, though, I really began to have an emotional reaction to books, and the ones that affected me most deeply were Little Women and Maeve Binchy’s Circle of Friends. Those two just killed me. I was so invested in the romantic relationships, I literally wrote passionate graffiti on the spines.

Tell us about the first piece of writing you ever finished.

When I was about three years old I wrote a book titled “FOOD BOOK,” in which I drew pictures of different kinds of foods. But that was really more illustration-heavy. My first truly finished work was “When Cathy Learned Sign Language,” a short story about accepting deaf people that I wrote in the first grade. My teacher laminated it and everything.

If you could have lunch with one author, alive or dead, who would it be & why?

 Fran Lebowitz, because she’s so quick and funny and brilliant, both on paper and in person.

If you could hang out with one of the characters from your book, who would you choose & why?

Jaxon (the male protagonist of Like No Other), because I just love him. I wrote him as a kind of John Hughes male lead, in the tradition of John Cusack in Say Anything, that sort of nerdy guy with a whip-smart wit and a heart of gold that you can’t help but fall in love with even though he’s your best friend.

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Una is doing a Canadian blog tour this week to celebrate her book birthday! Follow along with us:
July 25 Library of Clean Reads review

July 27 More Than Just Magic review + Q&A

July 28 Sam Couture Reviews

July 29 Words of Mystery

July 30 Pop Goes the Reader review + guest post

July 31 A Lot of Loves

Aug 1

Aug 2 Emilie’s Book World

Check out Una LaMarche’s fantastic LIKE NO OTHER, available now!

TFIOS Movie Preparedness Guide


The Fault in Our Stars hits theatres this Friday. We were lucky to see an early screening and created a handy guide to help you prepare for THE movie event of the summer:

1. Bring tissues. Maybe a whole box. We love these custom packages created for #BEA14:



2. Round up your closest friends. You’re going to want someone’s hand to hold during the sad parts, not to mention a hug when the movie ends.


3. Prep yourself by watching the trailer. A few weeks ago the official TFIOS movie trailer made history as the most liked trailer on Youtube. Take that, cats everywhere!

4.Start listening to the soundtrack. The Huffington Post said that ” ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ soundtrack might be this generation’s ‘Breakfast Club'” Those are some strong words!


5. Pick up some TFIOS swag, like these amazing fingerless gloves. Find these and other creative projects on Etsy. In Canada, Hot Topic has some great tees and buttons available, too.


6. Don’t forget to hydrate! You’re going to need to replenish your fluids after the sobfest…and maybe invest in some waterproof mascara. #TFIOS forever!


Top Ten Reasons Why We Love Lesley Livingston

Today is the book birthday for NOW AND FOR NEVER and we’re celebrating all things Lesley Livingston! Here are the Top Ten Reasons we love this brilliant Canadian author:


1. She’s smart and not afraid to show it. Lesley has a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Toronto specializing in Shakespeare and Arthurian literature.  She is a fountain of all kinds of knowledge, including pop culture, literature, history, and folklore. She dropped by the Indigo Teen Blog to say a number of smart things about storytelling, history, and Star Wars.

2. She throws the best launch parties! If you’re in Toronto on Thursday, May 29th you should drop by Dominion on Queen at 7pm and find out:


3. The girl can SING! The proof? Check out this impromptu performance at the launch of Starling. Did we mention she throws the best book launch parties?

4. Book Boyfriends. Lesley writes some of our favourite fictional crushes. Stoic Sonny, fiery Fennrys, and lovely, sweet Milo- whatever your type, Lesley’s got a (fictional) crush for you!

5. She is a great reader. Lesley often records her own audio books. Here she is reading from Every Never After at the launch party:


6. Lesley is the Queen of One-Liners. Like this one:

“Now that I’ve crossed ‘Paranormal Phenomenon’ off my life-experience to-do list, I might as well start working my way up to ‘Close Encounter.’ ” -from Once Every Never

Or this one:

“What did Shakepeare know? He probably would have rewritten that bit if he’d thought about it.” -from Wondrous Strange

7. Mythology Maven. Lesley has an extensive knowledge of mythology, which she incorporates into her engrossing, fully-realized worlds. You’ll find nods to Celtic, Norse, and Egyptian mythology- among others-in her books.

8. Kick-ass Heroines.

Lesley’s ladies are smart, witty, and capable heroines. You won’t find any shrinking violets or passive victims in her books. She writes the kind of characters you want to be BFFs with- especially if you’re traveling through time or trying to deal with an ancient curse.

9. She’s good on the twitter.

10. She’s witty. It’s no surprise that Lesley’s books are praised for being funny; her heroines clearly get their sense of humour from the author:



Be sure to pick up Now and For Never, in stores today!



Friday Reads: #WeNeedDiverseBooks Edition

Inspired by the #WeNeedDiverseBooks conversations happening on twitter this week, we gathered some of our favourite YA reads featuring diverse characters and experiences.




BLUES FOR ZOEY by Robert Paul Weston


KARMA by Cathy Ostlere


POINTE by Brandy Colbert


UNDER MY SKIN by Charles de Lint

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A TIME TO DANCE by Padma Venkatraman


YOU SET ME ON FIRE by Mariko Tamaki


LIKE NO OTHER by Una LaMarche


THE SECRET SKY by Atia Abawi