Orca Publishers get teachers. As a teacher myself, I appreciate that. Besides offering a fantastic catalogue for readers and great teacher guides for educators, they’ve launched Text2Reader, an online magazine for teachers packed with resources, lesson ideas and rubrics around their award-winning books.
Text2Reader offers high-quality reading selections from award-winning books and engaging activities to help your students make meaning from what they read. And for you? We’ve packaged a boatload of easy-to-use, teacher-created comprehension exercises, reading and writing activities, assessments and opportunities for enrichment—all directly tied to ELA learning outcomes.
And for a limited time, you can download the September 2011 issue for free. And best of all, that issue features lesson ideas around my graphic novel Food Fight.
So, if you’re scrambling for one last language arts lesson before the kids escape for summer, check it out and think about getting a subscription for next school year. When September rolls around (and it will) you’ll be glad you did.
Can’t get enough of politics? Has this 41st Canadian Election turned you into a political junkie? Poor you. It’s almost over and by the time you read this, it probably already is all over. Which means you’ll have lots of time to read Graphic Guide Adventure #6: Power Play.
What’s it about?
Glad you asked:
Devin and Nadia team up with Bounce, Pema and Marcus as they all travel to Northern Ontario to watch their parents present to the Summit of World Leaders. A swarm of politicians, lobbyists, corporate bosses and protestors have all converged on the summit to get their messages heard. A tragic accident just hours before their parents’ presentation plunges the kids into their biggest mystery yet and sets them on the trail of a murderer bent on stopping their parents’ controversial message from being heard.
Head over to see a trailer for the book, help Devin track down some missing documents, grab an avatar and much more.
And if you really want, you could think about picking up the book too, either from Orca, Amazon or Indigo online.
Better yet! Walk down the street to your local bookselling establishment and say: “Excuse me, good sir or madam, would you perchance happen to have the stellar new release from one Liam O’Donnell? I believe it is called Power Play.” (if you’re really keen, you can put on a British accent, but it’s not necessary.)
A few weeks ago, I got an email from a teacher telling me that his Grade 6 class had just finished reading Wild Ride. They had each written a letter to me about the book and would I mind if he mailed them to me? Being the egotistical writer that I am, I was totally into it.
This post is my letter back to the students in Mr. Sales’ class at Maple Ridge Elementary School. (But you can read too.)
Hey Maple Ridge Readers!
When Mr. Sales first asked me about reading your letters about Wild Ride I was like: “Definitely!”
Then I thought, “Wait a minute! He said they wrote about the book. He didn’t say they wrote nice things about the book.”
What if all your letters told me how terrible the book was? What would my inflated ego do then?
With these serious matters weighing on my mind, I checked my mailbox each day until these arrived:
Your letters! And they didn’t just arrive in one day. They came and came and came over three days. Each time I checked my mailbox there was another batch.
Over the next week, I read them all and I breathed a huge sigh of relief. The verdict? You liked Wild Ride.
And you had questions. Lots of them. Which is fantastic. Asking questions of the author is the most important thing a reader can do. I won’t be able to answer all the questions here, but I’ll try and tackle the ones you asked the most.
Yesterday I spoke about writing comics to a great bunch of folks at CANSCAIP’s annual Packaging Your Imagination conference. It was a lot fun to hang out with fellow writers, both published and soon-to-be published. My talk, Getting Graphic: Creating Comics When You Can’t Draw, focused on how I got into writing comics for kids and how I put it all together. As promised to those who came out yesterday, here are the slides for the presentation:
As if writing a book called Media Meltdown isn’t enough, I get to have my say on media and kids in the pages of the September 2010 issue of Alive magazine, too. The article focuses on how marketers are increasingly targeting young people in their sales pitches and I’m lucky enough to way in on the subject with my thoughts. The article has some good tips for parents on how they can engage their kids to think critically about the messages they’re receiving from advertisers. I encourage you to check it out.
It was a lot of fun to talk with teachingbooks.net about the importance of media literacy in education today. The twenty minute phone chat was edited down to a 2 minute clip, where I talk about how Media Meltdown blends an adventure story kids will love with media literacy and production skills essential to navigating the mediascape that surrounds us them (and us) today.
First it was advance copies, now it’s websites! The Food Fight website is now live at food-fight.net and ready for you to click and explore. There are games, free stuff to download, information on food and even some great build-a-comic tools.
Check it out and get ready for Food Fight, landing in stores this month!
Yesterday, I had my first look at an advanced copy of Food Fight, Graphic Guide #5 and it rocks! Once again, illustrator extraordinaire Mike Deas has turned my confused ramblings into a pretty cool looking graphic novel.
The back cover blurb sums up the story nicely:
While Devin and Nadia spend summer vacation at a university camp for little kids—Nadia as a counselor and Devin as an unwilling participant—their mother’s research project is vandalized and her motives are questioned. Devin, Nadia and Simon stumble upon shady characters, corporate conspiracy and a plot to take over the nation’s food supply.