Praise for “The Kingdom of Strange”

“As much a creative writing manual as it is a tween novel, this debut takes Thisbe, a 14-year-old Vancouverite, a step or two nearer maturity as she works on a school assignment designed to help her think as a writer about Audience… Young would-be authors will identify with Thisbe’s steady determination to be a writer and benefit from her exercises.” Booklist

“Painting a thoughtful portrait of an aspiring young novelist, the book teaches readers to treasure their imagination, to steadfastly climb out of the pits of self-doubt and to never disregard the simple pleasures of life.” Jewish Independent (British Columbia).

“The Kingdom of Strange is smart, thought provoking fiction filled with wit and charm! I couldn’t put it down! Read my complete review here.” Chapters reviewer

Blog Reports

  • My blog report from the Vancouver Public Library event: “Getting Started in Children’s Books” (March 2010).
  • The Surrey International Writers’ Conference site here.
  • A report from CWILL-BC (Writers’ Association of BC) here
  • An interview with popular blogger Little Willow (Bildungsroman) here
  • Emily’s blog review here


Meeting readers at the Fall Book Harvest, Vancouver Public Library (Oct. 2008).