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Festival of Trees

fest_of_treesI had a whirlwind week in Ontario for the White Pine nomination for Nix Minus One – such an honour to be nominated. And warm congratulations to Lisa Harrington for her win with “Live to Tell”.

There were three Nova Scotians among the ten writers nominated – Lisa, Don Aker (Running on Empty), and myself.

Writing is alive and well in the Maritimes!

On May 13th I took an early train (a very early train) from Union Station – which, like a lot of Toronto, is under construction. A delightful ride through the Ontario countryside – green fields, trees in leaf, and trilliums in bloom. I was met in Belleville by Jane Foster, who drove me to Centre Hastings School in Madoc. I always enjoy meeting the students for whom I write, and it was fun to have lunch with the reading group. Thanks to Jane for organizing this.

May 14th was the Festival of Trees at Harbourfront (also under construction) – complete with crowds of screaming students. You feel like a rock star, you get to meet kids who’ve read your book, and then you can relax at the reception when it’s all done. Lovely to see familiar faces, among them my publisher, Gail Winskill.

May 15th I went by subway to North York Central Branch of the Toronto Public Library, where I did a presentation of Nix on one of the six floors of the library – I wanted to pick up the whole building and all its books and take it home with me. Thank you, Nasim, Deb and Leigh.  And I was very happy to see a friend there who dated from our high school years.

Lunch, then off to Hillcrest Branch on Leslie Street, which reminded me of my home library in Bedford. Another presentation of Nix, with more attentive readers (thank you, Mary), then back by subway and bus to Dufferin Street, cab to Billy Bishop Airport (fog, all flights delayed), then plane to Ottawa and cab to the hotel.

May 16th was theFestival of Trees in Ottawa at the Nepean Centre, again so many enthusiastic fans and so well organized, such a delight. My only complaint? I wanted time to play some of the games arranged for the kids!

Warm thanks to Meredith Tutching and all the many helpers and volunteers who make the amazing Ontario Festivals happen year after year.
And – to all of us – keep reading!

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Jill is on TV!!

Watch for me on the Morning Show on Global TV on Monday morning February 17th at 6:45 a.m. (yes, that’s a.m.) with Crystal Garrett, the Anchor and Co-Host of the Morning News.

We’ll be talking about all five of my books.

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New Reviews Are In!

 

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“…The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden is simply about making things right. Jill MacLean has a similar agenda in her writing: show young readers that life can be difficult but nothing is ever final and there are ways to manage. Luckily her agenda is as benevolent as her writing is compassionate.”

Here’s the link to the whole review, hope you like it:

http://canlitforlittlecanadians.blogspot.ca/2014/01/the-hidden-agenda-of-sigrid-sugden.html<

Marathon of Books Project Nix_C_PRINT_Nov13.indd

Amy Mathers’s “Marathon of Books” project involves reading a book a day and making her way across Canada as she goes, beginning in Newfoundland. She is raising money for a YA book award with the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Check out this wonderfully worthwhile project at:

www.amysmarathonofbooks.ca

She has reviewed Nix Minus One (set in Newfoundland).

www.amysmarathonofbooks.ca/nix-minus-one/

“For me, the beauty of this book begins with its title, Nix Minus One. What happens when you subtract one from nothing?…There are so many things I love about this book….this is my second time reading Nix Minus One, and I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time.”

Thanks, Amy! And best of luck.

Jill

 

 

New Review for Sigrid

 

Fantastic review of The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden! It’s in the University of Manitoba’s CM Magazine, Volume XX Number 17, January 3, 2014.
 
The link is here:

http://umanitoba.ca/outreach/cm/vol20/no17/thehiddenagendaofsigridsugden.html
 
The reviewer, Dr. Gregory Bryan, specializes in children’s literature in the Faculty of Education.

Of the three books that make up the trilogy, he says, “These are powerful, moving stories from the pen of one of Canada’s best writers.”

Now that’s the way to begin the New Year!
 
(The only glitch is, the review shows the original working cover of the book, which was replaced by a cover with a girl on the bicycle by the sea. I’ll have to see if the publishers can get that changed)
 
Either way, I’m so glad that Sigrid is making her way into the world.

Book Launch in Halifax

100_4875My friend Meghan Marentette and I had a joint launch at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia of her first children’s novel, The Stowaways (Pajama Press) and of my fifth novel, The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden (Fitzhenry & Whiteside).100_4873Halifax-20131117-00155

A terrific event – a sandwich board outside the door, children sitting on a rug near the podium, delicious nibblies prepared by us (yes, I’m boasting!). Lisa Doucet was there from Woozles,

Lisa Doucet of Woozles Children's Bookstore in Halifax

Lisa Doucet of Woozles Children’s Bookstore in Halifax

selling books. My great-grandson Logan was in the front row (his first book launch) with his mother Jessica, my granddaughter, to whom my book is dedicated.

Carmen Klassen of CBC Radio did a wonderful job of introducing Meghan and me, thank you, Carmen.

And many friends came to help us celebrate as our two new books make their way into the world. Thanks to everyone who made this event so successful.

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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)