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Thanks East Garry, hello to Windsor, see you soon Book Week Tour

I’ve been a bit slow to post about my upcoming and recent school visits, so here’s quick rundown of where I’ve been and where I’m going in the coming days:

Last Wednesday, I spend the morning talking comics with grade 7 – 8 students at East Garafraxa Public School, in the Upper Grand District School Board. Despite getting slightly lost on the way there, I made it to the school on time and had the kids were all fired up to find out how comics are made. There were many budding writers there and budding illustrators all with great questions for me. Thanks to all the teachers and students who helped make that day a lot of fun.

Also at East Garry (as it’s known apparently) that day was Silver Birch nominee, and all around great person, L. M. Falcone. She gave a great spooky talk to the junior grades about her new book Walking with the Dead.

Next week, the Max Finder Mystery Tour hits the road once again. This time, I’ll be visiting schools in and around Windsor to share the secrets of mystery writing and comic creation.

It all starts on Tuesday afternoon at Prince Andrew Public School in LaSalle. Then Wednesday I’ll be at Oakwood Public School in the morning and Glenwood Public School in the afternoon. The tour wraps up on Thursday, where I’ll be presenting at Princess Anne Public School in the morning. Starting with a prince and ending with a princess with some foresty schools in between – not a bad combination.

I’m excited as this will be the biggest tour I’ve done to date. I’m really looking forward to meeting all the kids to show them how comics are made and how they can create their own mysterious adventures.

And finally, I’ve also got to mention that I’ve been selected as a touring author for the 2007 Children’s Book Week, which is pretty cool. The tour kicks off in November and I have no idea where I’ll be touring, but wherever I go, I know I’ll meet some great students along the way. More on that in the coming weeks.

Now, all I have to do is squeeze in some time to actually get some writing done.

Did I mention . . .

. . . that Max Finder Mystery Collected Casebook Volume 2 is out and available in bookstores? Didn’t think so. But it is and I’m totally excited about this new collection of ten more great you-solve-it mysteries. And I’m not the only one.

Canadian Family magazine gives the thumbs up to Max and Alison’s second graphic novel in their May issue:

Join Max and Alison Santos and a diverse crew of characters in 10 solve-it-yourself mysteries, first published in Owl, presented here in full comic form. Spot-on illustrations and dialogue distinguish this graphic series.

“It’s sort of like a Choose Your Own Adventure book, but smarter.” Basil, 10, Winnipeg.

Basil is a smart kid! CYOA books were my favourite when I was his age. I couldn’t get enough of them – especially the super geeky ones from Steve Jackson that came with dice on the pages, but that’s a whole other post. Thanks to Brad of the Great Wooden Trio for telling me about the CF mention.

So, there you have it. Max #2 is out and looking for a home on your book shelf. Now, all I have to do is actually update the books page here and the marketing juggernaut that is my website will be running at full steam.

Ah, I’ll do that later . . .

Meeting comic fans at Whitchurch Highlands PS

Okay, so Tuesday has come and gone and come again. My visit to Whitchurch Highlands was a lot of fun. We had a great time talking comics and I’d like to thank all the students for their excellent questions about writing.

And thanks for the totally cool Whitchurch Highlands bookmark. It’s already holding my place in one of the many books I currently have on the go and doing a great job of it!