That Was Historical Fiction?

T Sometimes when I visit schools students ask me whether I ever read my own books. The thought horrifies me, actually – by the time a book has gone from idea to draft to draft to draft to draft #72 over the course of months or years,  after […]

Of Trees and Love

While looking for tree quotes that might be suitable for the CIP page of Deep Roots I came across this one by Khalil Gibran who is a pretty quotable guy. I probably won’t use it in the book (I’m leaning toward something from Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell). Another possibility […]

My Kingdom for a Caption

  Deep Roots:How Trees Sustain Our Planet is back on my desk for a few days. This is part of the Orca Footprints series (Orca Book Publishers) and, like the other books in this series, it looks beeee-u-tee-ful! Jenn at Orca is doing a great job with these titles […]

Under reconstruction!

Please excuse the chaos and dust as we rebuild the website! Things are a tad chaotic right now, so if you don’t find what you are looking for, no wonder – it’s probably not where you saw it last! All things being equal, this messy phase won’t last […]


Orca Soundings, $9.95 Tara’s sister died a year ago, on the day that Tara didn’t answer her phone when Hannah called. And Hannah stepped in front of a bus. Now Tara lives with the guilt of wondering if things would be different if she had been there when […]

Razor’s Edge

Orca Sports, $9.95 Travis and his best friends Ryan and Jasper live for the thrill of watching their horses race. When a thief starts hacking off the tails of Standardbred horses stabled at Blackdown Park, suddenly the track isn’t such a great place to hang out. Things get […]


Orca Sports, $9.95 Sixteen-year-old Spencer loves his job at the local racing stable, but when he becomes convinced that someone is drugging the racehorse Lord of the Flies, no one believes him. In an effort to find out who is behind a dangerous race-fixing scheme, he takes on […]

The Racehorse (Behind the Scenes)

Fitzhenry and Whiteside, $12.95 Experienced horsewoman Nikki Tate takes the reader behind the scenes to examine the world of the racetrack. Sections include: The history of horse racing from chariots to chuckwagons; An examination of the racing breeds from thoroughbreds to quarter horses; The role of the trainers, […]

Jo’s Journey

Orca Young Readers, $7.95 It’s 1862, and orphan Jo has made it from Carson City, Nevada, to San Francisco without anyone figuring out that she’s a girl in boys’ clothing. When she hears talk of gold strikes in the Cariboo, Jo and her friend Bart sign on for […]

Jo’s Triumph

Orca Young Readers, $6.95 Flame quivered beneath me, ready to fly off the moment I asked. “The mail’s been stopped one minute and twenty seconds,” Uncle Billy said. “That’s more than long enough.” He slapped Flame on the rump and the horse leaped forward as if shot from […]

Trouble on Tarragon Island

Sono Nis Pres $9.95 Heather Blake is horrified when her grandmother gets involved with the Ladies of the Forest, a radical group of protesters willing to do just about anything to save a stand of old-growth trees from the loggers’ chainsaws. When the Ladies make a calendar, semi-nude […]

No Cafés in Narnia

Sono Nis Press It’s not easy to have a private life on a small island. Thirteen-year-old Heather Blake can’t stand the fact people on Tarragon Island know about her family’s traumas practically before she does. The local youth writing group is supposed to help her meet people and […]

Tarragon Island

Sono Nis Press, $6.95 Heather Blake can’t believe her bad luck when her family moves from Toronto to tiny Tarragon Island on the West Coast. What will she, a budding author, write about on this rock in the middle of nowhere? Heather’s mother is too busy getting established […]

The Battle for Carnillo

Sono Nis Press Banished from his tribe, twelve-year-old Dominique’s quest continues as he reaches the great port city of Carnillo. Civil strife and rumours of imminent invasion bring suspicion upon all who walk the streets. Arrested and imprisoned, Dominique receives help from an unexpected ally and is drawn […]

The Cave of Departure

Sono Nis Press Twelve-year-old Dominique fails to complete a deadly serious ritual and is banished from his place with the Estorian people, a tribe of nomadic storytellers. He must travel alone to a distant cave where, it is believed, he will find the voice he has always longed […]

Keeping Secrets at Dark Creek

Sono Nis Press Fans of Nikki Tate’s horse novels will be happy to see Jessa and the rest of the Dark Creek gang back for more horsey action in the seventh volume of the best-selling StableMates series. Jessa continues to struggle to control her new mount, Jasmine, even […]