Come out this year to meet and listen to authors, illustrators, and performers from across Canada! Watch this space for new developments between now and festival day...
Caroline Pignat is the award-winning author of seven YA novels. She is a two-time winner of the Governor General’s Award (The Gospel Truth in 2015 and Greener Grass in 2009). Unspeakable, a Red Maple Honour book, was also shortlisted for the 2015 CLA Young Adult Book Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People. A high school teacher, she lives in Ottawa with her family. Her most recent book, Shooter, is on the 2018 shortlist for the Alberta-based children’s reader’s choice Rocky Mountain Book Awards.
A lockdown catches five grade 12 students by surprise and throws them together in the only unlocked room on that empty third floor wing: the boys’ washroom. They sit in silence, judging each other by what they see, by the stories they’ve heard over the years. Stuck here with them–could anything be worse?
There’s Alice: an introverted writer, trapped in the role of big sister to her older autistic brother, Noah.
Isabelle: the popular, high-achieving, student council president, whose greatest performance is her everyday life.
Hogan: an ex-football player with a troubled past and a hopeless future.
Xander: that socially awkward guy hiding behind the camera, whose candid pictures of school life, especially those of Isabelle, have brought him more trouble than answers.
Told in five unique voices through prose, poetry, text messages, journals and homework assignments, this modern-day Breakfast Club takes a twist when Isabelle gets a text that changes everything: NOT A DRILL!! Shooter in the school!
Suddenly, the bathroom doesn’t seem so safe anymore. Especially when they learn that one of them knows more about the shooter than they realized…