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For the past 28 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent that will appear at our 29th festival on September 23rd, 2018.
A new perspective or two can complicate and enrich the stories we think we know. Laurel Croza, Susan Glickman, and Lori Weber situate characters outside the limits and conventions of teen drama.
In these seven stories by Laurel Croza, five teenagers, a doll and a squirrel break out of the expectations placed upon them. The Whirlpool also features beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Kelsey Garrity-Riley.
Laurel Croza is the author of the award-winning picture book I Know Here, illustrated by Matt James. She also wrote the sequel, From There to Here . The Whirlpool is Laurel’s first short-story collection. She lives with her husband in Toronto.
The Discovery of Flight is about two sisters who write. 12-year-old Sophie is keeping a journal, and 16-year-old Libby, disabled by cerebral palsy, is penning a fantasy story for Sophie’s birthday. The novel is told in their alternating voices.
Susan Glickman is author of The Discovery of Flight (Inanna, 2018), three novels for adults, most recently Safe as Houses, and the Lunch Bunch trilogy of children’s books. She has published six volumes of poetry including The Smooth Yarrow.
Deep Girls tells stories that sweep aside the YA clichés of fictional life, giving us stories of lives that mirror the real world. A moment of awakening in each story brings these deep girls a step closer to understanding who they are and their place in the world.
Lori Weber is the author of many books for young readers, including Klepto, If You Live Like Me, and Tattoo Heaven. Her acclaimed novel Lightning Lou, published by DCB, was shortlisted for the QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.