Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls, which includes my short story “Profanity,” received a highly-recommended rating from Canadian Review of Materials. The review, posted December 5th, says “the stories are very strong, with sympathetic girl protagonists, colourful purposeful mothers, realistic family situations and the gleaming knife of raw emotion. Highly Recommended.” You can read the full review here.
A ‘n’ E Vibe posted a great new review of Cleavage here. Monika Wierzbicki writes “When we get very lucky we come across a book that expands our minds, enlightens us, and miraculously is still entertaining enough to make us want read it again.” Cleavage is “written in a wonderfully direct and often hilariously offbeat way that will make you want to keep reading.” You can read more about Cleavage here.
A full crowd gathered at the Canadian Children’s Book Centre last night to celebrate the launch of Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls. We enjoyed mocktails and cool snacks before settling in for readings from five of the contributors to the book. Thanks to all for the enthusiastic response.
Teens and adults are welcome to join me at the official book launch for Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls, which includes my story “Profanity.” The event will be held on Wednesday, September 24 from 5:30-8:30 at the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (Suite 101, 40 Orchard View Blvd, Toronto). Please drop by to celebrate with us – and enjoy mocktails and cool munchies.
My latest story for teens, “Profanity,” will be published this Fall in Cleavage – an anthology about mothers, daughters, and body image (Sumach Press). In “Profanity,” teenaged Claudia is repelled by her mother’s pregnant body, referring to her as “the human whale.” Editors Deb Loughead and Jocelyn Shipley preview some of the issues in the anthology in the Parents Canada article “Your Child’s Body Image.”
The Castle Key was selected by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre for The Magic of Books: Great Canadian Children’s Books About Magic. This thematic guide recommends books that will create a magical reading experience for children.