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11-Year-Olds Who Rock the Rock!

 

Well, well, well … move over Barbara Walters and J.K. Rowling!

Today I am very proud to introduce 11-year-olds Avery Hearty and Stella Heald, both from Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada.

Stella recently completed work on her first novel, and in honour of Literacy Day (which is today, btw) I thought it would be fun to celebrate her accomplishments with a video interview. My daughter, Avery, was keen to take on the role of journalist and ask the questions.

Now, there’s not much more for me to do here except join Barbara and J.K. on the sidelines and let these two up-and-comers through. Take it away ladies!

 

Valerie Francis

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

Well, you’re not going to believe this. Reece Witherspoon and I picked the same book for our February book clubs. Sort of.  Late last year, I came across THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict and was fascinated by the premise. Benedict writes historical fiction, much like Philippa Gregory,

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A Girl Named Howard

This month, rather than recommend one book to read, I’m recommending the entire body of work of one author because Anne Rice, who passed away December 11, 2021, single-handedly revolutionized the role of vampires in literature.  Yes, vampires.  And the impact she’s had is more significant than you might realize.

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The Christmas Bookshop

If you’ve had it up to your eyes with holiday preparations and are looking for a light-hearted story to escape into, The Christmas Bookshop, by Jenny Colgan, might be just the ticket. The title is a bit misleading, in my opinion. Yes, there’s a bookstore. Yes, the plot unfolds in

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