Dark Waters

Just finished Dark Waters by Catherine MacPhail. It is the story of a boy (Col)from Scotland who is brother to the biggest thug in their town. Col wants to be just like his law-breaking brother, but then ends up rescuing another boy from drowning in the loch. Now that he knows how it feels to be a hero, what choice will he make for his life?
The book was gripping towards the end and the Scottish setting and language make for an interesting setting. I recommend it.
This book is for YAs. It is one that boys will read happily and girls will enjoy. I always enjoy finding a book for boys that doesn’t revolve around sports and yet keeps a strong masculine tone.

Ellen Jackson

Ellen Jackson has a great website all about her work as a children’s book author. I think the best parts of her site are about rejection letters she has received and how to deal with rejection as an author.

Picture Book Site

This site is filled with information for children’s illustrators, authors and publishers. It has information on conferences, awards, galleries, groups, techniques, booksellers, recommended books, lists and more. Lots of stuff to look through for book lovers too.