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The Proust Questionnaire, with Joyce Grant

Young readers first met Gabby back in 2012 in Joyce Grant's award-winning picture book, Gabby. The little redhead returns in her third adventure, Gabby Wonder Girl (Fitzhenry & Whiteside), wielding her magic letter book with the help of her heroic sidekick, Super Roy. Togethr Gabby and Roy set out to solve the mysterious of a strange photo they find in Gabby's backyard. With Jan Dolby's vibrant illustrations, this newest addition to the Gabby series is great fun for word lovers.

We're pleased to welcome Joyce to Open Book today to take our version of the Proust Quesitonnaire, where we get to know authors on a personal level.

The In Character Interview with James Leck

For 16-year old Charlie Harker, the news that his summer vacation will be spent helping his mom renovate an old inn in the middle of nowhere is about as bad as it gets. But that was before Charlie had to deal with Miles Van Helsing, his irritating new neighbour, who just might be completely insane. After all, there isn't really otherworldly happenings going on in the tiny town of Rolling Hills... is there?

So begins James Leck's After Dark (Kids Can Press), a young adult novel that is as funny as it is suspenseful. Prankster Charlie is a great character to carry the action of this clever tale of things that go bump in the night.

The Dirty Dozen, with Jeanette Lynes

Mixing the traditions of British romanticism with postmodern innovative is no small task, but it's one that Jeanette Lynes tackles with flare and wit in Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems (Wolsak & Wynn). Taking inspiration from the titular Romantic-era poet, Jeanette fuses Clare's pastoral world with a deep exploration of the 19th century poet's fascinating life, creating a poetic biography that is a pleasure to read.

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