Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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For the past 26 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 at the 27th festival on September 25, 2016.

Ordinary Teens, Extraordinary Stories

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

A boy stumbles into an upside-down dimension where his departed dog lives again. A girl discovers her Cayuga heritage when a strange mask begins to sing to her. Magical elements suddenly transform kids’ less-than-perfect lives by revealing new worlds within Richard Scrimger and Susan Currie’s new novels for young readers.

The Mask That Sang

The discovery of an Iroquois mask sets off a chain of events that will change Cass’s life forever – Cass and her mom have always stood on their own against the world. Then Cass learns she had a grandmother who has just died and left her and her mother the first house they could call their own. But the house brings more questions than answers: Why is her Mom determined not to live there? Why did they never know her grandmother? And what is the unusual mask, forgotten in a drawer, trying to tell her? Strange dreams, strange voices, and strange incidents all lead Cass closer to solving the mystery.

  • Children's
  • Fiction
  • Young Adult

Susan Currie

Susan Currie is a winner of Second Story Press’ Aboriginal Writing Contest, resulting in this, her second book. Her first book was Basket of Beethoven, a finalist for the CLA Book of the Year for Children, MYRCA, and Silver Birch Awards. She has an MA in children’s literature and has been an elementary teacher for 17 years. Susan is an adopted person who later learned about her Cayuga heritage, an experience that inspired The Mask That Sang. She lives in Brampton, Ontario.

Downside Up

Fred is a reeling from the loss of his beloved dog, Casey. Every day he walks home from school bouncing Casey’s old worn-out tennis ball. One day, the ball falls down a sewer grate, and Fred can’t bear to leave it down there. He pries open the grate and stumbles down. Through the sewer, Fred enters a parallel universe: Casey is alive, his mom and sister are happier, and there’s a version of Fred who’s happier too. Spending time with Casey, Fred feels joy for the first time since his dog’s death, but he slowly realizes that the loss of Casey is masking an even greater loss…Can everything that is lost be found again?

  • Fiction
  • Young Adult

Richard Scrimger

Richard Scrimger is the award-winning author of twenty books for children and adults. His works have been translated in many languages and have been critically acclaimed around the world. His first children’s novel, The Nose from Jupiter, won the 10th Annual Mr. Christie’s Book Award. His novel From Charlie’s Point of View was a CLA Honor Book and was chosen as one of the “Best of the Best” by the Chicago Public Library. Richard’s latest, Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book, was listed as a Top Shelf Honoree by VOYA magazine. His books Ink Me and The Wolf and Me are part of the Seven series. He lives in Toronto.