Lorna Schultz Nicholson – update on a new book

Lorna Schultz Nicholson was featured previously on Reading Recommendations in April, 2015, and is back now to tell us about a new novel in the One-to-One series for teens.

Born With

Born With
by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
Published by Clockwise Press

There’s a Goodreads Giveaway until April 13 for 6 copies of this book – Canadian members only. You may enter here.

Meet Erika and Gianni: One is a fifteen-year-old girl who loves to dance and sing and make people laugh. She tells people that she was born with an extra gene, but her sister has to buy hers at the mall (ha, ha!!).

Being in three dance numbers in the school production of Grease is a big job, but with the help of her Best Buddy, Gianni, Erika knows her can be a star.

The other is a Grade 11 boy with a secret. Like his Best Buddy, Erika, who was born with Down Syndrome, Gianni loves to sing and dance. He also knows that he was born different from the other boys in his school — but is he that different from Blake, the cool, attractive male lead in the school play? Or is he just imagining that the sparks between them are mutual? And will the rough gang of guys at school also pick up on who he really is?

Told in the alternating voices of Erika and Gianni, Born With is the story of two teens who help each other to find their own versions of success and acceptance.

Each One-to-One novel tells the story of a different pair of teens participating in the Best Buddies program at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School. Follow the lives of this group of friends who come together with different expectations and problems, seeing the world from their own unique perspectives and facing it head on together.

Where to purchase Lorna’s book:
Amazon Canada
Amazon US
Chapters/Indigo
Goodreads

Natalie Hyde

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Stay Strong: A Musician’s Journey from Congo is non-fiction.

Quick description: Growing up, Gentil Misigaro only knew the world as a place of loss, fear, and death. For fifteen years he and his family moved from country to country to escape the violence, but it followed them from their village in Congo to Rwanda and then Uganda. Through it all Gentil found strength and hope in music. When his family got the news that they had finally found a new home in Canada, Gentil saw his music as a powerful force that could bring positive change to his new homeland and to the world.

Natalie has provided a few links to Gentil’s music videos: With Status4 founder Kevin Gibson; Beautiful People Video; and the ExileZ Facebook page offers more music!

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Brief biography:
Natalie Hyde is the author of over fifty fiction and non-fiction books for kids. She lives in Southern Ontario with her family, a little leopard gecko, and a cat that desperately wants to eat him.

Links to buy Natalie’s book:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside

Natalie’s promo links:
Website
Facebook
Twitter

What are you working on now?
I am currently working on the second book in the Arrivals series. This book will feature a young woman who fled Colombia to find a new life in Canada. I am also working on a new middle grade novel as well as a new middle grade non-fiction book.

Natalie’s reading recommendation:
I just had the pleasure of reading Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson. Great story!

Marty Chan – an update on a new novel

Marty Chan was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in May, 2015, and is back now to tell us about a new novel in a new series from a new publisher,      Clockwise Press!

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Keepers of the Vault: Fire and Glass
by Marty Chan
Published by Clockwise Press
Genre: hi-lo fantasy series for reluctant readers ages 12+

A fourth floor that is only pretending to be a storage space, stairs that lead to an abyss and a Goth djinn stalker who likes to play with fire . . .

As if life wasn’t hard enough for Kristina Mah being the new kid in school. The adventures of the Keepers of the Vault are just beginning.

Keepers of the Vault is a hi-lo fantasy series for reluctant readers ages 12+ and uses a dyslexia-friendly font.

Marty Chan is a popular presenter and author for young people, as well as a playwright and radio personality. His previous novel series include the Marty Chan Mysteries and the Ehrich Weiss Chronicles for young adult readers.

For more information about Marty Chan, see the Clockwise Press blog post, Introducing Marty Chan: Author Q&A.

Marty’s book may be purchased from:
Clockwise Press
Amazon
Chapters/Indigo

Lorna Schultz Nicholson

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Fragile Bones – YA Contemporary

Quick description: Two teens: Two voices. Harrison is a 15-year-old boy with high functioning autism/Asperger’s and Anna is an overachiever in her senior year of high school. They are paired together in the Best Buddies club at their high school. Harrison and Anna meet for ice cream and at the Science Center and develop a friendship that goes through many emotions. Written in alternating voices, Fragile Bones is the story of an unlikely but beautiful friendship.

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Brief biography:
Lorna has published over thirty books, including picture books, middle grade fiction and YA fiction and non-fiction. They have been nominated for the Golden Eagle Award, Diamond Willow Award, and Red Cedar. She loves writing series. Fragile Bones is the first book in her One-2-One series. Oh, and she divides her time between Edmonton and Penticton and lives with her hubby, and two dogs: a whiny Bichon Shih Tzu and a naughty Mexican rescue dog.

Links to buy Lorna’s book:
Amazon
Chapters/Indigo

Lorna’s promo links:
Website
Facebook
Twitter

What are you working on now?
The second book in the One-2-One series. There is no title as of yet but it will be about Erika, (a 15-year old born with Down syndrome), and Gianni, her Best Buddy. It will be released in March 2016 with Clockwise Press.

Lorna’s reading recommendation:
Since I’m a voracious reader and always have a book on the go I will tell you what I just finished. 1) The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. I’m a bit of a crime fiction junkie and this was an entertaining read. 2) Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius. This is a very interesting and deeply emotional memoir about a young boy locked in his body. Since Canada has so many wonderful children’s writers I also recommend Teresa Toten and the Unlikely Hero of Room 13B. And Crush, Candy, Corpse by Sylvia McNicoll. My mother has Alzheimer’s so this book resonated with me. Also, Janet Gurtler, Beverley Brenna, Natalie Hyde, (loved Hockey Girl), Susin Nielsen, Deborah Ellis (my hero) and there are so many more. Oh, and I can’t forget Ann-Marie MacDonald and Jane Urquhart. I could go on and on with this question so I’ll stop.