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The Indifference League
Richard Scarsbrook
Dundurn Press 2014

Rights: World, excluding Canada

The Indifference League is the racy, hilarious, and ultimately moving story of the obsessions and fears of the New Lost Generation.

Each chapter begins with a classic superhero quote; Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and other “Superfriends” voice the selfless and optimistic ideals of the Greatest Generation and their progeny.  Then The Indifference League—The Statistician, Hippie Avenger, SuperKen, SuperBarbie, Miss Demeanour, Mr. Nice Guy, The Drifter, and The Stunner, all archetypes of Generations X and Y—show us just how much things have changed.

Sex and love.  Religion and politics.  Left and Right.  Right and Wrong.  Can anyone be a hero in an age where the lines are so blurred? The members of The Indifference League will fight to find out. Or not.

Nothing Man and the Purple Zero
Richard Scarsbrook
Dancing Cat Books/Cormorant Books 2013

Rights: World, excluding Canada

Marty Apostrophes and Bill Brown are from opposite sides of the tracks, but their friendship allows them to overcome bullies and scrape through classes (with Bill doing the lion’s share of the scraping). Bill’s obsession with the classic cars owned by Marty’s family leads to a joy ride in a 1937 Cord 812 Sportsman, and the accidental foiling of a robbery—which is caught on video by their friend, aspiring teen reporter Elizabeth Murphy.

The video goes viral, and Marty and Bill—or at least, their accidental alter egos, Nothing Man and the Purple Zero—become instant celebrities. Is this a fleeting moment of celebrity? Or are the trio living up to a destiny foretold by a dying principal who reminded them that “Some have greatness thrust upon them”?

In Nothing Man and the Purple Zero, award-winning author Richard Scarsbrook brings us more hilarious adventures from the fictional every-town of Faireville.

The Monkeyface Chronicles
Richard Scarsbrook
Thistledown Press 2010

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Philip Skyler is born with a severe facial deformity. Scientists call it Van der Woude Syndrome; Philip’s classmates at Faireville Elementary just call him Monkeyface. Philip suffers a vicious schoolyard beating at the hands of identical-twin bullies Graham and Grant Brush, the notorious Grum and Grunt, and vows that he will become stronger and smarter than any of his aggressors. 

As he enters high school, Philip will stand up for the bullied and the outcast. He will surpass his non-identical, “normal” twin brother in everything but looks and popularity. He will muscle and score his way onto the local hockey team. He will help his truest friend escape a cult. He will find real love. 

Then it will all be ripped away.

As he loses his one true love, and discovers terrible truths about his reclusive scientist father, his beloved ex-mayor grandfather and his rebellious older brother, Philip will be involved in a horrible accident. The boy they called Monkeyface will return to Faireville with a new face and a new identity, seeking revenge. Can it lead to redemption?

Praise for The Monkeyface Chronicles:

“Richard Scarsbrook's third novel for young adults demonstrates his versatility with a very powerful and dramatic story. . . There are many dramatic and unexpected twists in this novel, but there is also a liberal amount of humour and irony, which keeps it both entertaining and readable. . .  Fans of the author's previous works will not be disappointed."

-- Canadian Children's Book News, Summer 2010

“The multi-layered, engrossing, complex tale reveals a unique coming-of-age novel peopled by characters whose strengths and weaknesses form a framework for the plot twists.…Scarsbrook carefully designs a protagonist who is modest, sees humour among the absurdities and struggles of daily life, manages the restrictions imposed by his facial deformity, and insightfully evaluates himself, his family, and his community. Well-paced prose infused with light humour produces some memorable scenes that resonate with credibility. Brisk, realistic dialogue reflects the author’s years of listening to student chatter as an elementary, secondary, and college level teacher.…In remarkable, keenly observed detail, [Scarsbrook] excels at capturing ordinary and extraordinary moments of life in a tale to engage and entertain readers of any age. The Monkeyface Chronicles is not an easy read, but it amply rewards those who persevere. Highly recommended.”

-- CM Magazine
Author Bio
Richard Scarsbrook is a Toronto-based writer and poet. In addition to writing, he acts in and directs theatre productions, plays the drums and harmonica, sings, teaches creative writing courses at George Brown College and Humber College, and occasionally sleeps. He also plays with a rock band called The Nerve.

Richard's short stories and poems have been published widely in literary journals, magazines, and anthologies, and he has won a number of prizes and awards. His first book, Cheeseburger Subversive, is a funny, moving must-read young adult novel. Released in May 2003, it is now in its fourth printing. Featherless Bipeds, the exciting rock ’n’ roll sequel to Cheeseburger Subversive, was shortlisted for the 2007 Young Adult Book Award by the Canadian Library Association, and was a 2008/2009 Stellar Book Award (British Columbia’s Teen Readers’ Choice Award) nominee. Richard’s third young adult novel, the White Pine Award-winning The Monkeyface Chronicles, was published by Thistledown Press in April 2010.

 “Bankrupt,” a short story featuring characters from The Indifference League, Richard’s newest novel, won Matrix magazine/Pop Montreal’s 2009 LitPop Award for fiction. "The Statistician"—also based on characters from The Indifference League—was awarded a Commendation by Philip O'Ceallaigh, judge for the Ireland-based 2009 Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition.

Minerva’s Voyage

Lynne Kositsky
Dundurn Press, January 2010

Manuscript available
Rights: World, excluding Canada

Robin Starveling, aka Noah Vaile, is scooped off the streets of Bristol and dragged on board a ship bound for Virginia by the murderous William Thatcher, who needs a servant with no past and no future to aid him in a nefarious plot to steal gold. Starveling fits the bill perfectly as he lives nowhere and has no parents. Aboard the ship, Starveling makes friends with a young cabin boy, Peter Fence.

Together, they suffer through a frightening hurricane and are shipwrecked on the mysterious Isle of Devils. They solve the ciphers embedded in emblems found in Thatcher’s sea-chest, which has washed up with the wreck. The two boys make their way through gloomy forests and tortuous labyrinths to a cave on the shore which houses a wizard-like old man. Beset by danger and villainy on every side, they finally find out the old man’s identity, and discover a treasure that is much rarer and much finer than gold. 

Praise for Minerva’s Voyage:

“…an exhilarating adventure story…. Robin’s first person narration often uses language that is old-fashioned and out-dated, which has the effect of making his character seem believable and authentic. At the same time, the diction in the book stops short of being cumbersome; it does not impede the narrative flow or the comprehension of the modern reader. Robin’s story feels real, and the book’s “Afterward“ provides a much-appreciated explanation that situates the fiction in the actual historical account…. The book’s greatest strength comes from the delightful character of Robin Starveling, someone whom the reader quickly befriends as he humorously battles against his own wickedness and the abuse of his disgusting employer…. Boys and girls alike will be quickly drawn into the adventure as they puzzle out the clues to the treasure along with Fence and Starveling. Highly recommended.”

-- CM Magazine

“The setting on both the ship and the tropical island are stunning. Readers will gasp with horror at conditions on the ship, tremble at the storm scenes and thrill to the tension around the solving of the puzzle. The pace of the plot is relentless and this book is impossible to put down.”

-- Resource Links

The Dancer
Lynne Kositsky

Manuscript available
Rights: World

A poor Irish boy is orphaned. All he has left in the world are his father's dancing shoes and his mother's flute. When he puts on the shoes, he discovers that he can dance as if bewitched. In order to earn his living, he goes from town to town, entrancing the townspeople who offer him food and lodging. He meets a young girl who encourages him, but leaves her behind as he travels on. At length he reaches a seaside village. A terrible storm blows up, and the Lord of the Sea captures the men when their fishing boats are wrecked in the waves. The Dancer calls out to the Lord of the Sea, asking him to release the men, and the Lord of the sea calls for a dance contest between the Dancer and himself. The Lord is proclaimed the winner, but recognizes the boy's extraordinary talent. Jealous of it, he offers to send the men home safely if the boy promises never to dance again. Heartbroken, the Dancer agrees, and instantly finds himself back on the beach, but without his shoes. He has lost his ability to dance and his way of surviving. At first, when he refuses the villagers' request for him to dance, they grow angry. They finally leave him alone as winter approaches. 

As he travels from one town to another, the people ignore him. Starving and exhausted, he lies down, using his bundle for a pillow, and notices something hard inside it. When he pulls it out, he realizes it is his mother's flute. He picks it up and plays as if bewitched, drawing everyone to him again. When he revisits the young girl's town, she comes to see him, and as he plays she begins to dance to the music as he once danced. She names him Ireland, for he is the spirit of the land. The two are never parted.

The Plagues of Kondar
Lynne Kositsky
Dundurn Press, Summer 2014

Manuscript available
Rights: World, excluding Canada

Kondar is a planet with a light side that faces the sun and a dark side trapped in eternal night. Those on Lightside have never met those on dark side, known as Oscura, and doubt they exist.  Arien lives in Kattannya, on Lightside. She is awaiting the return of her parents, but discovers that while crossing Icer Lake they fell through thin ice and drowned.  As is the custom with orphans in her community, Arien is taken to the marketplace to be sold. The chief seer of Vor, Yaddair, purchases her to work for his two wives and care for their children. Yaddair is said to commune with the gods and have magical powers.

Vor is very close to Edge, a high grey wall of fog that divides Lightside from Oscura. The Oscurans are suffering from a terrible plague, and in their wish to escape contagion, some of them fly into Vor, bringing the disease with them.  Desperate to stop the “Edge Dwellers Plague,” the Vorians employ remedies–sometimes peculiar ones–but without success. Yaddair, fighting to regain control after having his leadership challenged, cannot do anything to stop the disease, and is revealed as having no supernatural powers. He decides to quarantine Vor so as not to infect other settlements, but in an ironic twist, sends his own children away with his second wife so that they can escape death. His first wife dies of the plague, after she and Arien nurse the sick. Though Arien becomes ill herself, she is one of the few who recover–largely due to finding the remedy for plague, hints of which are passed onto her telepathically by two mysterious “strangers.” After the quarantine is lifted, she makes a daring decision that will ultimately help not just the dwellers of Vor, but all the inhabitants of Kondar.

The Plagues of Kondar is topical, as new illnesses such as SARS and H1N1 continue to threaten the world. It is loosely based on source material that describes an outbreak of plague in Eyam, Derbyshire in 1665-1666.

Shooting the Breeze
Lynne Kositsky

Manuscript available
Rights: World

Cecil and Buxtehude Breeze, the train-loving parents of Weird Effie and Little Breeze, cannot go on their usual summer holiday because the train line between Toronto and Vancouver by way of Calgary has shut down. Instead, they rent the line themselves and drag a rusty train from a siding to carry them, their very clumsy nephew Beryl the waiter, and various wacky passengers across the prairie.

These include a policeman with a butterfly net to catch burglars, Crying Criselda, and a mysterious nun known to Cecil as Sister Maybelline of the Messy Squirrels. The staff is comprised of a lion-taming waitress, a rhyming chef, Mr. Calypso, who has a tendency to explode when thing aren’t going to plan—as they almost always aren’t—and the dining-car entertainer, Mrs. Esmeralda Bilge, who sleeps in her grand piano with a pudding bowl over her head to keep her hair in place, and plays the keyboard with remarkable imprecision. On board is also all the furniture from the Breezes’ house, a fat cat who sleeps in a teapot, at least seven kittens, a small, bad-tempered hound, and about two hundred butterflies.
Will this strange assortment of people, animals, and belongings reach their destination on schedule? Especially as the Breezes always stop for the Sabbath? Ride the train and find out.

Praise for The Thought of High Windows by Lynne Kositsky:

“Superb, wrenching Holocaust fiction…. Kositsky's poetic and piercing language honors Esther's severe loneliness and the horrors she witnesses.”

-- Kirkus Review

“Kositsky has created an engaging, introspective narrator, and she uses detail to define even minor characters clearly. This is a mature novel, honest about the dangers and uncertainties of life for Jews during World War II.”

-- School Library Journal

Author Bio
Lynne Kositsky is an award-winning Canadian poet and author. Her poetry has won the prestigious E. J. Pratt Medal and Award, and the Canadian Author and Bookman Award. One of Lynne’s novels, A Question of Will, concerns the Shakespeare authorship question, and was recently on display at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington.  Her 2004 Holocaust novel, The Thought of High Windows, was lauded by The Horn Book, Kirkus, The Washington Post, and many other journals and newspapers, besides being shortlisted for several prizes. It recently won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Youth. Lynne’s first book in the Our Canadian Girl Series, Rachel: A Mighty Big Imagining, won the International Youth Library’s White Raven Award, which is given to books that "contribute to an international understanding of a culture and people.”

Lynne is also a Shakespeare buff, who writes academic essays about the Bard. Her latest article, which was co-authored by Professor Roger Stritmatter, explores the possible influence of William Strachey’s True Reportory on The Tempest, and has been published by Review of English Studies (Oxford University).

Picturing Alyssa

Alison Lohans
Dundurn Press 2011

Manuscript available
Rights: World, excluding Canada

Everything is a mess for 11-year-old Alyssa following the still-birth of her baby sister. Her mother's immobilizing depression renders her dysfunctional as a parent. Alyssa must contend with crises arising from trying to live according to her family's pacifist principles, or simply giving in to the expectations of her 6th grade teacher who is a staunch supporter of the war effort and is unwilling to accept other opinions. Worse, Brooklynne, a popular girl who constantly bullies Alyssa, is escalating her efforts. 

While working on a family genealogy project for a class assignment, an old photo mysteriously transports Alyssa to an Iowa farm in 1931, where she encounters her great-grandmother Deborah at the same age. Through a series of time-trips Alyssa gains a more complete sense of herself and her family's situation. She becomes able to play proactive roles in learning to stand up for herself; helping with her mother's healing; and assisting in small ways to help ease a family crisis in her great-grandmother's past. 

Praise for The Raspberry Room by Alison Lohans:

“"This chapter book will surely be enjoyed by everyone who appreciates imagination...and secret rooms…. Highly recommended."
-- CM Magazine

Praise for Don’t Think Twice by Alison Lohans:

“Lohans is a seasoned writer… and she offers up a sprawling family saga…. There’s a large cast of characters to track…[but] Lohans keeps us curious about them all…. Don’t Think Twice is an ambitious and complex story that reads like an intimate and honest journal. Teenage girls may want to hand this over to their mothers when they’re done.”
-- Quill & Quire

Author Bio
Born and raised in California, Alison Lohans has been writing all her life. She has published over twenty books for children and young adults, many of them Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” selections. This Land We Call Home (Pearson Education, New Zealand) won the Young Adult category of the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Awards, and Picturing Alyssa (Dundurn Press) was a double-nominee for the 2011 Saskatchewan Book Awards.

In addition to her writing, Alison has worked as a teacher and as a writer-in-residence. She has extensive experience in critiquing and editing, and has been a research assistant and project associate for the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina. Alison has read and presented at hundreds of Canadian schools and conferences, and was recently honoured with a Jacqui Shumiatcher Woman of Distinction Award for her contributions to the arts.

Blue Mountain Trouble
Martin Mordecai
Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., April 2009

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Mordecai’s lyrical prose truly evokes a sense of the landscape and its inhabitants….”

-- Kirkus Supplements, Vol. 5, No. 10 – The Best Children’s Books of 2009

Jackson and Pollyread (so called because she talks and reads a lot) are twins, living in Top Valley, a village high up in the Blue Mountains of an unnamed island that is probably identifiable as Jamaica if you know the place or the way the people speak. They are the children of Royston (Poppa) and Maisie (Mama) Gilmore, small farmers and market vendors (as is most of the small community) just managing to make ends meet. Blue Mountain Trouble began life as a bedtime story to a child who is now in his thirties, and blossomed into what Kirkus has called one of the Best Children’s Books of 2009!

Praise for Blue Mountain Trouble:
“Most delicious of all in this plum pudding of a book is the language…. Mordecai, without resorting to explanations or a glossary, teaches us how to hear and understand…. We might well reach the end of the book, a lovely quiet conversational coda about the souls of the dead and the unborn, without ever exactly knowing what a ‘duppy’ or an ‘obeah’ is, but Mordecai pays us the compliment of respecting that readers have more than one way of understanding a word and a concept. When human relationships are honest and precisely observed, as they are in this novel, everything else falls into place as newly familiar.”
-- Quill & Quire, starred review

“Mordecai’s balance of the ordinary and the supernatural is Virginia Hamilton–esque in its delicacy. Jackson and Pollyread emerge as distinct and entirely likable individuals, their mutual affection and love for their parents both endearing and believable…. A gorgeous snapshot of a locale and culture not seen enough in children’s books.”
-- Kirkus, starred review

“[Rich] in characterization with a beautifully realized setting. The elements of magic and mystery are intriguing, too, but best of all is the author’s use of wonderfully idiosyncratic, powerfully expressive, and downright musical Jamaican English.”
-- Booklist

“Through colorful narrative punctuated with regional colloquialisms and poetic language…the author captures the rhythm of the children’s daily life and effectively conveys their hopes, fears and family love as they look toward the future and learn secrets about the past.”
-- Publishers Weekly

Author Bio
Martin Mordecai has led many lives: civil servant, diplomat, journalist, radio and television director, publisher, book distributor, and, through it all, husband and father. While acting out these various incarnations he has scribbled: diaries, stories, occasional poems, magazine articles and two novels, of which Blue Mountain Trouble is the first to be completed. It began life as a bedtime story to a child who is now in his thirties. During the writing of Blue Mountain Trouble, Mordecai received juried grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.  In 2000, Culture and Customs of Jamaica, a reference work co-written with his wife Pamela Mordecai, was published by Greenwood Press.

Vision of the Owl

Cheryl Lewis

Manuscript available
Rights: World

Fourteen-year-old Jack-Jonathon visits his reclusive grandfather at his cabin near Algonquin Park and discovers that the shaman game they’ve played since he was a kid has been the real thing: his grandfather has been trying to make him a shaman! Off-put by his grandfather’s persistent instruction, Jack-Jonathon rejects shamanism outright. He thinks that’s the end of it, but after a visit from a mysterious owl, animals start to come to him for help. It’s only after meeting Kira and Melissa, the enigmatic sisters whose guardian runs the local animal sanctuary, that he suspects things may be out his control. Jack-Jonathon’s mother thinks he’s going crazy, and his grandfather is shaken by the prospect that he really did make the boy a shaman.

As Jack-Jonathon listens to the voices of nature, he is transformed by his new awareness. He saves Kira and Melissa from a menacing bobcat, and he begins to understand the significance of that mysterious owl. It is all wondrous and strange, but when he lands in trouble with the law and starts seeing dragons, Jack-Jonathon worries that things might have gone too far. Is he just going crazy? If he really is becoming a shaman, does he have the power to return to “normal" teenaged life? And when shamanism becomes a matter of life and death, will his grandfather believe in him?

Author Bio
Cheryl Lewis grew up in Toronto and Brockville, Ontario, and spent summers in Algonquin Park. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Queen’s University and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. She spent many years as a corporate lawyer on Toronto’s Bay Street, where she sometimes watched peregrine falcons and American kestrels from her window and compared lawyers and shamans. After leaving the practice of law, she decided to face her own fears and write a novel. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their two children, two dogs, two rabbits, and the occasional mischievous spirit that wreaks havoc on their lives. Vision of the Owl is her first book.

Since You’ve Been Gone
Mary Jennifer Payne

Manuscript available
Rights: World

Fifteen-year-old Edie Fraser and her mother, Sydney, are on the run again, trying to make a new life for themselves. This time they’ve ended up in London, England. For Edie it’s the beginning of a new academic year in another unfamiliar school. Things weren’t always like this.

Seven years ago, Edie’s childhood in a middle-class, Toronto suburb appeared perfect to anyone who didn’t know the family secret. Her father, a successful and respected psychologist with the Toronto police, had a penchant for good scotch, great hockey and abusing his wife. When his temper turned on Edie, Sydney was compelled to run, but James Fraser has continued to use every resource at his disposal to find them. He simply won’t let them go. Deep down, Edie blames herself for what’s happened in their lives and fears that she’s inherited some of her father’s uncontrollable rage.

Now things have gone from bad to worse. Not only is she in a new school; Edie’s in an entirely new country. And, as she discovers all too quickly, some of the students and teachers in her new school are less than welcoming. Though her mother promises that the situation will get better, especially now that she’s secured a job in central London, Edie is still skeptical. Then Sydney suddenly disappears and Edie faces the most difficult challenge of her life…

Since You’ve Been Gone is a page-turning look at domestic violence, displacement, and teenage self-discovery.

Stolen Sister
Mary Jennifer Payne

Manuscript forthcoming
Rights: World

Life hasn’t been easy for fourteen-year-old Jasmine Guzman since her twin sister, Jade, disappeared. Jasmine’s spent much of the last six years unsuccessfully trying to deal with her intense feelings of guilt and anger, and to forget the “thing” she saw abduct her twin. Things go from bad to worse when a series of bizarre occurrences make her fear she might be losing her mind again.

With help from Raphael, a mysterious boy whom she meets at her new school, Jasmine discovers she is a Seer, part of a worldwide group of twin girls that have the power to read minds, see the future, and battle supernatural forces.

After a chance encounter with an ibeji doll, Jasmine is drawn into the Place-In-Between, or Limbo, where armies of demons roam and lost spirits are forced to live through the most violent periods in London’s history. She discovers Jade is being held captive in this underworld and vows to rescue her sister. With the help of Raphael and two other Seers, can Jasmine save her sister?

Author Bio
Mary Jennifer Payne was born in Kingston, Ontario. She studied English and History at Queen’s University, and holds a Master of Arts degree as well as her Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. Her writing has been published in journals, anthologies, and magazines in both Canada and abroad. Her graphic novels for young adults, Most Valuable Player, Friends or Enemies, Lion of Africa and Dog Disaster, are a part of the Boldprint Graphic series, which was awarded the 2010 Texty Award from the Text and Academic Authors’ Association and the 2011 Teachers’ Choice Award for Children’s Books.

Mary Jennifer is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers’ Summer Workshop in Creative Writing where she was mentored by the award-winning, young adult writer Marsha Skrypuch.

Since You’ve Been Gone is her first full-length, young adult novel, and it was written with generous support from both the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils.

Madd Bandits
Olivia Anastasia Arnaud

Manuscript forthcoming
Rights: World

Two years after the 2008 recession that left both his parents unemployed, 17-year-old genius Leo Maddock is still coping with his father's subsequent abandonment. Unaware of the financial hole his mother has been left in, Leo now confronts imminent eviction from his childhood home. Desperate, he constructs a plan to rescue his family from debt with the help of his long-time crush, Maggie, and decides to rob a jewelry store.     

Author Bio
Olivia Anastasia Arnaud has been writing novels since she was eleven years old. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Bishop's University, and a graduate diploma and letter of distinction in Creative Writing from the Humber School for Writers. She won second place in the 2012 Toronto Star Short Story Contest with “After Red,” a tale of classroom violence told through the eyes of a disturbed student.

At the Humber School for Writers, Arnaud completed her adult novel, After Silence, under the tutelage of Richard Bausch. Her first young adult novel, Madd Bandits, is in progress.

The Art of Rebellion
Brenda Johnson

Manuscript forthcoming
Rights: World

Sixteen-year-old Gabrielle de Villiers' bold plan to study art disintegrates when her mother promises her hand in marriage to an aging baron. Unwilling to accept this new fate, Gabbi flees to Paris to live with her suffragist grandmother, but upon her arrival, she discovers her grandmother has disappeared. Alone in the city, Gabbi wonders who to trust: her new bohemian friends or the attractive stranger she met on the train, who suspiciously appears at the most opportune moments.

Blinded by her artistic ambition, Gabbi is betrayed and abused. Can she find the courage to trust her passion for art and create a new life on her own terms?

Author Bio
Growing up on a farm in southern Alberta, Brenda Johnson developed the array of interests that lead her to study Leisure and Recreation at the University of Lethbridge and law at the University of Calgary. Although she worked in parks departments and practised law for over twenty years, her first love is writing. She has published professional articles in journals, including Canadian Bar Association publications, Alberta Doctor’s Digest, and Canadian Health Law Journal. Her poetry has been published by the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival. Brenda is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers, where she was mentored by award-winning author Tim Wynne-Jones and recommended for a Letter of Distinction.

Brenda’s childhood was rife with stories of her famous cowboy grandfather, Wildhorse Jack, but she always wondered about her grandmother. Researching her roots in France, Brenda unearthed the family history that informs her first historical young adult novel, The Art of Rebellion.

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