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#BookADay: THE INSECTO-FILES written by +Helaine Becker , illustrated by Claudia Davila (Owlkids). What a fun book for summer reading! Check out the starred Quill & Quire review: http://www.quillandquire.com/review/the-insecto-files-amazing-insect-science-and-bug-facts-you-ll-never-believe/

More about the book: https://store.owlkids.com/store/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=206

More about Helaine Becker: http://www.helainebecker.com/

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
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Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/
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#BookADay : ABOVE by +Leah Bobet (Arthur A. Levine Books /Scholastic). Love the voice in this beautifully written YA urban fantasy. Heartbreaking, dark yet hopeful, romantic. Love the fact that the narrator is the Teller, who is responsible for remembering and guarding the stories of his friends. Love the diverse and wonderfully complex characters. And check out the cover; that's Toronto!

ABOVE was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2012, nominated for the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction & Fantasy, and nominated for the Aurora Award For Best YA Novel. Here's an excerpt from the starred Publishers Weekly review: "*[A] dark, dazzling tale…Bobet effortlessly blends reality and fantasy, her characters are both gifted and broken—hers is a world that is simultaneously fantastic and painfully real. Heartbreaking, romantic, complex, and magical, this fantasy lingers on the senses." 

More about the book, including an excerpt: http://www.arthuralevinebooks.com/book.asp?bookid=201

More about Leah: http://leahbobet.com/

You can also find her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/leahbobet

Leah's new book, AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES, comes out from Clarion Books (U.S.) on Oct. 6 and Scholastic Canada (Canada) in Sept later this year: http://leahbobet.com/writing/an-inheritance-of-ashes/

The Torkidlit community is lucky to have Leah, and I look forward to reading her next book!

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/
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Happy Book Birthday to LILLIPUT, written by Sam Gayton Children's Author and illustrated by my friend +Alice Ratterree, published by Peachtree Publishers. Alice will be answering Three Questions on my blog Inkygirl.com very soon.

For ages 8-12. Synopsis: "In a city full of giants, can one tiny girl find her way home?

She is a girl three inches tall with eyes like drops of dew. Her clothes are cut from handkerchiefs and stitched with spider silk. For half her life, she has been trapped in a birdcage while her giant kidnapper sits beside her, writing in a leather-bound book the size of a house. Her name is Lily, and tonight she is escaping. She is going home. To Lilliput.

Inspired by Gulliver's Travels, Lilliput is an exhilarating adventure filled with cunning escape plans, evil clock makers, and talkative parrots. Join Lily as she travels through eighteenth-century London - over rooftops, down chimneys, and into chocolate shops - on a journey to find the one place in the world where she belongs...home."

More about LILLIPUT at: http://peachtree-online.com/index.php/book/lilliput.html

More about Alice: http://www.aliceink.com/

More about Sam: http://www.samgayton.com/
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A handwritten journal entry about missing #LA15SCBWI and awesome tweets. :-)

More handwritten journal entries: https://www.flickr.com/photos/debbieohi/sets/65360
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#BookADay: HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED by +Jess Keating(Sourcebooks Jabberwocky). If you or your tween is looking for a fun summer read, I strongly recommend this book. Love the funny, fresh voice and quirky humour. Love the poignant moments. Love the fact that Ana's parents are zoologists (Ana is short for Anaconda!) -- the author herself has a zoology background. 

I've already bought the next in the series, HOW TO OUTSWIM A SHARK WITHOUT A SNORKEL and also look forward to the release of HOW TO OUTFOX YOUR FRIENDS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A CLUE, which comes out in October 2015....and it just got a starred review in Kirkus: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jess-keating/how-outfox-your-friends-when-you-dont-have-clue/

Synopsis of HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE: "Ana Wright's social life is now officially on the endangered list: she lives in a zoo (umm, elephant droppings!?), her best friend lives on the other side of the world, and the Sneerers are making junior high miserable. All Ana wants is to fade into the background.

Yeah, that's not going to happen."

More about Jess and her books: http://jesskeating.com

More about Jess's Sourcebook Jabberwocky series: http://www.sourcebooks.com/index.php?option=com_egdauthors&view=author&aid=A2729

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/
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‪#‎BookADay‬: WAIT by Antoinette Portis (Roaring Brook, 2015). LOVE the beautiful simplicity of the story and illustrations. A visual feast! This book received well-deserved starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly.

See sample illustrations & more about the book: http://us.macmillan.com/wait-1/antoinetteportis and on Antoinette's site: http://www.antoinetteportis.com/index1.html

Synopsis: "As a boy and his mother move quickly through the city, they're drawn to different things. The boy sees a dog, a butterfly, and a hungry duck while his mother rushes them toward the departing train. It's push and pull, but in the end, they both find something to stop for.

Acclaimed author/illustrator Antoinette Portis' signature style conveys feelings of warmth, curiosity, humor and tenderness in this simple, evocative story."
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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs
Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/
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Short on writing time? Here are some tips and apps I've found super-useful while working on my middle grade novel:

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#BookADay: CIRCUS MIRANDUS by Cassie Beasley ( Dial Books for Young Readers, June 2015). Finished this middle grade book on the weekend. It was one of those experiences where I was enjoying the book soooo much that I began reading slower when I got to the last few chapters because I DIDN'T WANT IT TO END. This would make a fantastic readaloud.

I was also lucky enough to meet Cassie at #nerdcampmi in June. She's so easygoing and friendly, plus drew me a picture of an elephant butt! She says it's the only thing she knows how to draw. :-D I keep her drawing in the front of my copy of her book.

More about the book: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/317776/circus-mirandus-by-cassie-beasley/

More about Cassie: http://cassiebeasley.com/

And she's also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/beasleywrites

p.s. If you have a copy of the book, don't forget to look under the dust jacket!!!!

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/
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#BookADay: THE DEAD & THE GONE by Susan Beth Pfeffer (HMH Books For Young Readers). Sequel to LIFE AS WE KNEW IT, #2 in the series.

I loved the first book and enjoyed this second book as well. Found it very sobering (it's definitely not a comfort book :-)) and it made me appreciate everything that I have....especially food!

Synopsis: "Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event—an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex's parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.
With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities."

More about the author: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Beth_Pfeffer

More about the book:
http://www.hmhco.com/shop/books/The-Dead-and-The-Gone/9780547258553
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Yeah, well. Since I have to miss #LA15SCBWI in Los Angeles this year, I figure I may as well get a comic strip out of it. :-)

I discovered that the antibiotic drops I was taking for pink eye made them much worse RIGHT before I was supposed to leave for LA. So I had a choice: to go anyway, or to cancel and see a doctor instead, just in case there was a more serious condition or at the very least to get other medication. I opted for the latter.

I'm relieved it's just pink eye and nothing serious, but a bit frustrated with timing.

Ah well. I look forward to seeing people's #LA15SCBWI tweets and photos!

To see more of my infrequently updated semi-autobiographical comic strips: http://debbieohi.com/nutshell/
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I've been gradually working my way through each of these panels in my own career, so figured it was about time to repost this comic. :-)
 
Writers and illustrators: Resist constantly comparing yourself to others. Instead, focus on appreciating and enjoying your OWN journey.
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#BookADay: WAIT by Antoinette Portis (Roaring Brook, 2015). LOVE the beautiful simplicity of the story and illustrations. This book received well-deserved starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly.

See sample illustrations & more about the book: http://us.macmillan.com/wait-1/antoinetteportis and on Antoinette's site: http://www.antoinetteportis.com/index1.html

Synopsis: "As a boy and his mother move quickly through the city, they're drawn to different things. The boy sees a dog, a butterfly, and a hungry duck while his mother rushes them toward the departing train. It's push and pull, but in the end, they both find something to stop for.

Acclaimed author/illustrator Antoinette Portis' signature style conveys feelings of warmth, curiosity, humor and tenderness in this simple, evocative story."

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/
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  • Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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Works with Simon & Schuster Children's, HarperCollins Children's and Random House Children's. Twitter: @inkyelbows
Introduction
In a nutshell:
I write and draw for young people. Former systems analyst/programmer. Hobbies: Board gamer, filker, songwriter/musician.

Illustrator of Michael Ian Black's picture book, I'M BORED (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, Sept/2012). I'M BORED was chosen by The New Times for its Notable Children's Books Of 2012 list. More reviews, honors: http://DebbieOhi.com/bored

Current and upcoming book projects with Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, HarperCollins Children's, and Random House Children's Books. See: http://debbieohi.com/books

My blog for children's book writers & illustrators:

My projects blog: DebbieOhi.com

To contact me:


 Author of The Writer's Online Marketplace (Writer's Digest Books). Represented by Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown Ltd.

My illustrated short story "Kodama" appears in teen anthology TOMO (Stone Bridge Press, 2012), and my YA novel-in-progress was been nominated for the 2011 SCBWI Sue Alexander Award.

Interests (& multiple blogs) on writing (especially writing for young people), children's book illustration, digital publishing and ebooks, iPads, creativity, instapoems, web comics, art licensingfilking, writing songs for & performing with my music group, board gaming. Daily publishing industry news columnist for Writersmarket.com. You can hear soundclips from my music group (Urban Tapestry) recordings on CDBaby.

For more info about my projects, please see DebbieOhi.com.

On Twitter:
@inkyelbows (writing), @BGGgirl (board gaming), @DebbieOhi (livechat), @DebOhi (personal).

GOOGLE+ GUIDES FOR NEWBIES
(especially writers & illustrators):

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MY GOOGLE+ BIZ PAGES:
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I'm Bored (book page)

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MY GOOGLE+ DIRECTORIES:
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UPDATE: Now that Google+ has communities, these directories will no longer be actively promoted/updated.


Kidlit/YA Pages: business pages for writers, illustrators editors, agents, book bloggers, etc.

The rest of the list pertain to Profile accounts rather than Biz Pages:

Kidlit/YA: writers, editors, agents, book bloggers, etc.


Digital Publishing & Ebooks: Future of publishing,  e-books, e-readers, technology that affects digital publishing.



Comics & Webcomics: For those interested in reading or creating webcomics.

Creating on the iPad: people who create (not just consume) on the iPad. e.g. writing, music, art, etc.

Filkers: Those interested in filk and filking.

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kidlit, MG, writer, illustrator, kidlit writer, kidlit illustrator, picture books, picture book writer, picture book illustrator, SCBWI, poet, boardgamer, board gamer, board games, filk, filker, iPads, digital publishing, ebooks

Bragging rights
Blogger since 1994. Wrote a book. Writing & illustrating more. Founder of Inkspot & Inklings (one of the first websites for writers). Sold a website. My music group's performed in Canada, U.S., Germany & England. Illustrating a picture book for Simon & Schuster USA.
Education
  • University of Toronto
  • Bramalea Secondary School
  • Earnscliffe Public School
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Kalendar is one of my favorite brunch places in Toronto (I reviewed the place for blogTO years ago). Food is excellent, though wait times can sometimes be long. Despite being one of the first customers to arrive this morning (Sunday), for example, it took nearly an hour to get our food. After we inquired twice, another staff member apologized and said they had a new omelette chef, offered us free mimosas.
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