Monthly Archives: February 2012

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Final cover for Yesterday’s Dead

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I’m excited to unveil the final cover for Yesterday’s Dead.

Melissa, the designer, brought her skills to the task of translating words into images. This lovely cover sets me to wondering …

Who is that girl?

What’s in her suitcase?

Where will the train take her?

 What will she finds when she gets there?

 

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Book Signing at Ontario Library Association Conference

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On Thursday February 2, I had an opportunity to sign advance reader copies of Yesterday’s Dead at the Ontario Library Association Conference held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It was quite thrilling, actually, since I’d never done that before! I enjoyed talking to the eager attendees who lined up to receive a signed copy at the Organization of Ontario Book Publishers’ booth. The teachers and librarians with whom I spoke were glad to see historical fiction set in Ontario as a support for the social studies curriculum in the middle grades and even for the history curriculum in high school. (A Grade 10 history project was mentioned by more than one teacher!)

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Half-blood Blues

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Half Blood BluesHalf Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An involving book with a memorable protagonist set in a fascinating time. An interesting perspective that encompassed black jazz musicians in Nazi Germany and war-time Paris, as well as the difficulties experienced by Jewish and German jazz musicians, and infused with a deep appreciation for the music. A compelling plot that pulled me along and made me care about each of the characters. I truly appreciated the depth of historical research and the confidence with which the author illuminated it. Switching back and forth from present to past heightened the tension as the story built to a its surprise climax. Wonderfully written, powerfully told, authentic voice. Loved it.

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