Just wanted to share the news since the press release is going out today: my middle grade novel, Just Watch Me, won third place in a writing contest for Common Deer Press. It will be published in Fall 2020. I’m really excited and want to thank everyone who had a hand in getting it to this stage. I hope readers will enjoy the novel when it comes out.
Can’t wait to read the book by the 14-year-old who won the first place prize!
Note: For information about submitting to Common Deer Press, see here.
From Common Deer Press
The Uncommon Quest for a Great Canadian Children's Novel – 2019 WINNERS
“Action! Time machines! Force fields! This story has all the good stuff. The readers who made The Hunger Games and Divergent best sellers will love the action of Broken Shards of Time. An intricate web of thrilling adventure stories, creating one compelling and exciting journey that will have you wanting more.” – The Jurors
Wren Derecho is the lone survivor of a mysterious accident that took the lives of her parents. As Wren tries to navigate through the pain of grief and loss, she crosses paths with three other individuals and soon realizes that something beyond coincidence has intertwined their lives together. Each of their journeys are marked by immense tragedy, fate, a time machine, and a mysterious power source that seems to be alive.
Nyah Nichol was born and raised in Cold Lake, Alberta and attends the local high school. She says, “It has been my dream ever since I can remember to write a novel, and have it published. I’ve always enjoyed writing short stories and essays but had never attempted anything longer until now. One day, I started writing this story intending for it to just be a short story but then it grew and grew. I felt like giving up a few times but the thought that kept me going throughout was, If I don’t finish it, I can’t read it.”
“The friendship of Maddy and Clare is timeless in every sense. The Girl from the Attic is a creative story with endearing characters that vividly transports you through time, allowing the reader to experience the timelessness of family and friendship. I loved it and didn't even see the twist coming at the end!” – The Jurors
Maddy Rose lives in two worlds, one-hundred years apart, in the same strange house built as an octagon. When a mysterious black cat leads her into its unknown attic, she meets Clare and his very sick sister Eva. Will Maddy be able to deal with hardships of two lives? Will the skills she learned in the past help her solve the problems of the present?
For Marie Prins, her life has been, in one way or another, about books. As a child, she devoured them, at university, she studied them with a BA in English Literature, as an adult, she sold them at The Toronto Women’s Bookstore and Parentbooks. Now she teaches children how to read them.
“We can all relate to Simon Rosen's attempts to navigate the trials and tribulations of middle school and social media, and his journey to class hero is a nice ride. A captivating story of a modern middle grader. Delightfully funny and modern, Just Watch Me tells an endearing childhood story of friendship, acceptance and the frenzied world of social media.” – The Jurors
Twelve-year-old Simon Rosen has qualified for the Canadian Video Game Championships in Vancouver. If he can get straight A’s in school, his parents have agreed to take him. The stakes are especially high. His parents are always fighting, and if he can just get them to Vancouver – the place where they fell in love – maybe he can save his family from the brink of divorce.
Erin Silver has a postgraduate journalism degree and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Globe & Mail, Harper’s Bazaar and Good Housekeeping. One of her picture books was named a finalist in the 2017 CANSCAIP Writing for Children Competition. She is currently working on a book for Lorimer scheduled for publication in 2020.
See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.