Green gold in 1850s B.C.

Gabriel Hemery’s (l.) semi-fictional story of a Scottish gardener hired to collect seeds of wild B.C. plants to send home, enthralled reviewer Michael Layland – once he got over his distaste for the book cover. FULL STORY

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Drama offstage

December 09th, 2015

For ages 10-14, Cristy Watson’s forthcoming On Cue (Orca 2016) will be a young readers’ novel about an aspiring teen actor in high school who helps to successfully launch a proposal to have drama taught as an extracurricular activity after school, only to to be stymied by her family’s need for her to look after her special needs (autism) brother Toby after school instead. A teacher based in White Rock, Cristy Watson got the idea for her first book, Benched (Orca, 2011), when she noticed that a park bench had gone missing in her local park. The young-adult novel challenges Cody to choose between gang acceptance, and doing the right thing. Her second novel in the Orca Currents series, Living Rough (Orca 2011), is about a boy who tries to hide the fact that he is living in a tent on city land while going to school. $9.95 9781459811058

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