This little bear went to Stanley Park

“The late Alasdair Cairns Russell (l.) created a character about a Whistler bear cub that travelled to Vancouver in a garbage truck. A book inspired by his notes and drawings has now been published by his mother.” FULL STORY

Chick: Lister due in Spring

December 07th, 2014

Alex Van Tol has the bit between her teeth. This spring the Victoria freelance writer and editor is releasing her ninth and tenth titles in less than five years, for sale while continuing to work on an adult novel. Along with her third non-fiction title—this one for the Royal B.C. Museum—Van Tol, a self-described ‘recreational list maker,’ has fashioned another very serious novel for young readers; this time about an over-anxious teen named Chick who feels burdened by his father’s overbearing and impossible expectations. Chick copes by making lists, lots and lots of lists. It helps a lot to have a budding romance with Audrey on his debating team, but her advice to simply confront his father is hard to take. Never concede defeat you’ve even raised your sword, she tells him. Due in April, Chick: Lister (Orca $9.95) is for 10-14-year-olds. 9781459810006

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