Archive for 2011

Kathleen Martin Interview: The Always Surprising Jill MacLean




The Always Surprising Jill MacLean
Today I received my copy of the Fall issue of Canadian Children’s booknews (Vol. 34, No. 4).


Some time ago, Kathleen Martin (who used to be the Atlantic provinces representative for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre) interviewed me; and the interview appears in this issue, entitled “The Always Surprising Jill MacLean.”


I’m so happy with everything she said. Actually, I’m basking in it! Again, thank you, Kathleen.

“The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a great organization. Membership brings many benefits, and their magazine will keep you up to date on the world of kidlit.” – Kathleen Martin



Update on my new book: “Nix Minus One”



Nothing new in this update. I’m doing another round of revisions on “Nix Minus One,” my fourth book.

Is there any end to revisions? I promise there will be!

eBook versions have launched



Good news!

The Nine Lives of Travis Keating” and “The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy” are both up as eBooks on Sony, Kobo, E-books, and Barnes and Noble.

My thanks to my publishers, Fitzhenry & Whiteside!

Book Review – Kamakwie: Finding Peace, Love, and Injustice in Sierra Leone


Red Deer Press
I went to a presentation at Dalhousie University two days ago, where Kathleen Martin read from and talked about her new non-fiction book,”Kamakwie: Finding Peace, Love, and Injustice in Sierra Leone” (Red Deer Press, 2011).

World Hope, an international anti-poverty group, suggested that she might like to write a book based on her impressions of a village in Sierra Leone, and facilitated her journey there. The book is based on the time she spent in the village of Kamakwie, with some medical volunteers.

Her text is simple but evocative, and her photographs are truly stunning, reinforcing her message of how much we humans have in common. Some of the stories she tells are uplifting; others heart-breaking; all are of paramount importance.

The book will be sold on the website of the Child Soldiers Initiative (CSI) that was founded by Lt General Romeo Dallaire. Three dollars from the sale of each book will go to support CSI. Kathleen also will be donating part of the royalties to World Hope.


Thank you, Kathleen.

Celebrating a New Novel for Teens!

On Monday October 17th, I went to the launch of Vicki Grant’s new YA novel, “Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret”. What a wonderful gathering of friends, family, and fellow writers.

Vicki won the Red Maple Award last year for “Unsuitable for Family Viewing,” and at her launch mentioned Don Aker’s nomination for the White Pine Award 2012 for “The Fifth Rule,” and mine for the Red Maple, and welcomed writers Lisa Harrington and Jessica Scott-Kerrin. I was on a panel with Don Aker at Word on the Street last month, so it was a pleasure to see him again.

Great to see so many people out to celebrate a new novel for teens!

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The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden
Jill MacLean's latest book The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden , published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside and is available in bookstores and on-line!

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.
Published February 15, 2013

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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)