GREAT REVIEW FROM TODD KYLE, CEO OF THE NEWMARKET PUBLIC LIBRARY, ONTARIO

GREAT REVIEW FROM TODD KYLE, CEO OF THE NEWMARKET PUBLIC LIBRARY, ONTARIO

Up in Arms is filled with intricate details of the geography of the West Coast of Canada and of the skills of boating, with a special emphasis on aircraft piloting, especially float planes. The text flows well and keeps the reader’s interest as the kids (most of them now teens) develop their characters and pursue their interests and dreams. But the most interesting aspect here is the spotlight on Indigenous nations, their historical mistreatment, and the feelings of non Indigenous…

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SHORTLISTED FOR CHOCOLATE LILY AWARD

The Chocolate Lily Award, BC’s young readers’ choice award, was awarded in three categories on June 9, 2017. The Chocolate Lily Awards encourages grade school students to read and enjoy fiction by BC’s authors and illustrators. “Brother XII’s Treasure” by Amanda Spottiswoode was one of the five short-listed titles in the Novel Category (Grades 4-7). READ MORE

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OKANAGAN BOOK TOUR, APRIL 2017

In April I visited the Shuswap Okanagan area to talk about my new book, ‘The Silver Lining’. I went to the community library in Chase, the libraries in Lake Country and Mission and did a joint presentation with Molly March at the Vernon Museum. The book is all about cattle ranching and silver mining in the Merritt area and was very well received by the children and librarians, partly because it relates directly to their part of BC. Here are…

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REVIEW FROM 11 YEAR OLD IN NEW YORK

Brother XII’s Treasure review by hawkreader10 Brother XII’s Treasure by Amanda Spottiswoode Age Range – 8 – 12 Genre – Adventure Student Review hawkreader10 Age at time of review – 11 Reviewer’s Location – Corning, New York, United States  View hawkreader10’s profile Have you ever dreamed of traveling halfway around the world for summer vacation?  In the unusually named book Brother XII’s Treasure, seven English boarding school friends have such an adventure.  One spring day in 1936, Ian, Sophie, Mark, Harriet, Molly, Leticia and Posy receive…

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REVELSTOKE LIBRARY VISIT

Early in February, Molly March and I visited the Revelstoke Library where several classes attended a joint presentation. Our talk was a mix of talking about the book and the history that inspired it, and demonstrating how an author and an illustrator work together. At the end of the presentation, we gave the children a black and white illustration from the book to colour. Here are some of the colourings from the Begbie View Elementary School, plus one that is an…

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