Archive for February 2009

More Reviews

My publisher sent me the review of “The Nine Lives of Travis Keating” that appeared in the School Library Journal in the United States. Apparently this is the journal that school librarians use all over the US. Here are some quotes from the review: “Travis is likable and sympathetic…a boy of imagination, courage, and empathy. This is a solid piece of contemporary fiction with an interesting story. It should have broad appeal.” Yay!

The book also got a very positive review from The Canadian Children’s Book News, Winter 2009. One sentence that struck me: “This beautifully written story left me wanting more.” I’m working hard editing the second book, which is about Prinny. And I have lots of ideas for a book about Hud. So let’s hope this all comes about.

Back to School

My first school visit today, a grade four class in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
The teacher, Mrs. Tenwolde, has been reading my book to the kids, so they had lots of questions for me, and I had questions for them. It was a wonderfully lively session, and I was so impressed with the children’s curiosity and interest.
They’re doing book reviews on Nine Lives, and have promised me copies – I really look forward to getting them. It was a great introduction to the classroom – I don’t want to tell you how many years since I’ve been in school!
And the whole session made me understand, once again, why I wrote the book – because I hoped kids would get to read and enjoy it.

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This book is the completion of the Newfoundland trilogy which started with The Nine Lives of Travis Keating, followed by The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy.

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Nix Minus One

Jill MacLean's book Nix Minus One , published by Pajama Press and now available in bookstores!

Nix Minus One is geared for readers in Grade 7-8 and up.
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Jill MacLean's books on Goodreads

Home Truths
Home Truths

reviews: 34

ratings: 143 (avg rating 4.20)

The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy
The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy

reviews: 14

ratings: 69 (avg rating 4.19)

The Nine Lives of Travis Keating
The Nine Lives of Travis Keating

reviews: 26

ratings: 91 (avg rating 4.16)

Nix Minus One
Nix Minus One

reviews: 6

ratings: 13 (avg rating 4.15)

Brevity of Red, The
Brevity of Red, The

ratings: 1 (avg rating 3.00)