The Frame-Up

June 5th 2018

The Frame-Up - Bookcover

Giveaway and I’m on The Next Chapter on CBC Radio!

Happy Spring!

As promised, I’m doing a giveaway!

Not only am I giving away a copy of The Frame-Up and its holiday companion story, I’m giving away a copy of Anne Braden’s amazing book, THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS!

The book is autographed to me, but I love it so much that I think it needs to be in the hands of as many kids as possible, so I’m willing to give my copy up!

To enter, leave a comment or pop over to twitter and retweet my contest tweet:

Good luck!!!!

My book riff on The Frame-Up airs this weekend on CBC’s The Next Chapter! Today I did another interview with Shelagh Rogers, for a piece that will air later this spring, and she is as wonderful as you think she is!

My piece airs this Saturday at 4 pm on CBC radio 1, and will be repeated on Monday, March 25th at 1 p.m.

Or you can go HERE and listen to it as soon as they post it online!

What’s next? I’m almost done the next draft of my WIP. If all goes well, my agent will have it in her capable hands by the end of April!

And I get the pleasure of taking students from the elementary school in Geary on a very special Frame-Up tour at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery next week! I can’t wait!!!

Have a great weekend!

March Update

Happy Friday!

Thought some of you might like to know what I’ve been up to lately.

Others might like to know what’s coming up or would like some insider information.

First things first: The paperback version of The Frame-Up comes out June 4th and it has a fabulous (and different) cover!

I love this – so colourful!

Second, I’m in the final throes of edits for my next book. Its title?

THE COPYCAT

Expect a cover reveal by spring and Advanced Reader Copies shortly thereafter.

Right now, it looks like the book will published early March, 2020.

The CopyCat takes place in Saint John, New Brunswick, so don’t be surprised if there is plenty of fog. And maybe some Reversing Falls?

I’m so excited for you to read this book! It is completely different than The Frame-Up, but just as good (I think!).

I’m going to be talking about The Frame-Up on Shelagh Rogers’ CBC radio program The Next Chapter on March 23rd. Don’t worry, I’ll remind you…

I adore Shelagh, so this is quite a thrill!

I’m going to to Woodstock for a School Visit!

I love school visits, and all the storms have been keeping me close to home, but surely March 19th will be sunny and clear… Can’t wait to see you all, Townsview School!

I’m also doing lots of Skype Visits These Days…

Schools, book clubs… If you and your friends or your students are reading The Frame-Up, I’m happy to Skype in! Just send me a note at wendy@wendymcleodmacknight.com!

Finally, I have some very sad news….

Those of you who’ve read It’s a Mystery, Pig Face! are well aware that Tracy and Ralph’s favourite sleuthing snack is pink peppermints made by Ganong Brothers.

This week it was announced that the company will no longer be making the peppermints. I would describe this as a tragedy, the end of the era, a not-so-sweet ending to my lifetime adoration of these mints. Please, no one tell Tracy and Ralph….

Sigh….

The week after next is my son’s birthday, so I think we’ll have another book giveaway in honour of him and Spring! Stay tuned for more details!!!!

Books you need to read NOW!

Happy Friday!

I love it when favourite authors release new books!

It’s like a gift; you know you loved their previous work, and you’re pretty sure that you’re going to love their next work, too!!!

via GIPHY

So today I am sharing some new books that I have on order and cannot wait to receive:

Am expecting belly laughs galore!
This book is actually YA, but you NEED to read it!
MORE ADVENTURES!
Love love love Kim’s take on the world!

I am in the throes of revising my next book, but these books will be my reward in March for all my hard work!

I highly recommend each of these authors – you will NOT be disappointed!

Reviews

I’ve been thinking about reviews lately, mostly because the lovely Laura Arnhold over at Literacious.com, a wonderful middle grade literature blog, featured The Frame-Up in her weekly Books I Loved with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads series.

Most people don’t know how important reviews are to authors. They help a potential reader decide whether or not to read a book. The more reviews a book receives, there is greater potential that it will receive more attention in any particular platform, be it Amazon, Goodreads, Chapters and the like.

There are rumours that 50 reviews on Amazon somehow kicks in an algorithm that promotes the book to potential readers who are looking at similar styles of books.

In general, The Frame-Up has received excellent reviews from trade publications, The Wall Street Journal, Canadian Childhood Book Centre, and Atlantic Books Today to name but a few. But what it hasn’t gotten is a lot of readers going online and sharing their thoughts. Maybe you can change that!

Dog writes a review: ‘A sublime book, I devoured it in one sitting …’

If you are so inclined, please leave a review of The Frame-Up on Amazon or on Goodreads if you are a member! It would be so kind!! And who knows? It may get the book into many more people’s hands!!!!!

THANKS!

‘Read any good book reviews lately?’

Books I’m Excited About

I don’t know about you, but I am in serious cocooning mode right now. As my friend Brian used to say, Forevuary is a LOOOONG month!

But never fear! I’m here with some books that I think will make you cheer. (BTW – didn’t realize that would rhyme til it was done!)

My next read:

Angie Thomas doesn’t need me to sell this book for her, but I will anyway! She is an exceptional talent. The Hate U Give blew me away, and based on the early reviews, On The Come Up will as well. A must-read!

My favourite read so far this year:

Dan Gemeinhart is a genius character developer, and I was in love with all of the characters of this book. I expect to see this book on every Best of 2019 list at the end of the year!

Books that recently won awards that you need to read:

I think I could gladly take any of these to a desert island and be super happy to stay awhile!

Finally, a book I just read that was wonderful and fun:

The cover doesn’t really convey it, but this is a creepy, cool, and interesting take on parallel worlds and faeries. I did not want it to end.

Finally, the cover of Margaret Atwood’s next book is out. I am reading SO much into it and I cannot WAIT!

What are you reading these days?

Birthday Book Winner!

Hey Kristin Crouch – you’re the winner!!! Hope you enjoy the books!!!!!

Other news:

I’m doing an interactive reading of a chapter from The Frame-Up this Sunday afternoon at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery! Think Rocky Horror Picture Show meets The Frame-Up (minus the rice, given that it is an art gallery!!!)

See you at 2:30 on Sunday! And come prepared to interact!

A birthday present for you!

So my birthday was this past Monday.

I’m not sharing my age, not because I particularly care, but because a lovely young man during a school visit this week guessed that I was “at least twenty years old”.

I’ll take it!

As a thank you for subscribing to this blog, I’m offering an exclusive contest for you!

This week on twitter, I offered to give away a copy of The Frame-Up and It’s a Mystery, Pig Face.

But I’m sweetening the deal for my followers here at wendymcleodmacknight.com:

Not only will one lucky reader get a copy of the above, but I’m throwing in bookmarks, some bookplates, an extra copy of It’s a Mystery, Pig Face, and the story I wrote about the characters in The Frame-Up, A Beaverbrook Holiday!

To enter, just leave a note below! I’ll draw a name next Thursday and send them off to you!

Thanks for hanging in here and Happy Wendy’s Birthday to YOU!

Happy New Year!

Well 2018 flew by, didn’t it?

I’m in the throes of final revisions for my next book, which must be turned in mid-month, so this is a short post.

I had a wonderful holiday.

My favourite present? The handmade book pillow my husband had made for me:

I’m also excited to share a recent interview I did that appears in the winter edition of Canadian Children’s Book News:

Kind of thrilling that someone thinks I should be kept an eye on (though my parents said that my entire childhood!!!)

I hope you have a wonderful 2019! My birthday is only days away, which means one thing: next week I’m giving YOU a present!

Thank You, Next

This is my last post for 2018

I’m taking a couple of weeks off to enjoy the holidays and gear up for a busy 2019.

But I wanted to write a quick post to thank you for all your support in 2018.

So often, we see social media posts that make the lives of writers seem glamorous and perfect.

The reality is this: I spent most of 2018 alone in my office, writing and revising. 

So even though it may have seemed like my life was a whirlwind of book-related events —and sometimes it was—there were many moments of disappointment, many book signings where only 2 or 3 people showed up, many times when I thought my writing was so horrible I contemplated giving up.

But I didn’t give up.

And I am grateful. Grateful for the people who purchased The Frame-Up, grateful to the people who recommended it to their friends or borrowed it from the library or simply congratulated me.

I got to experience so much this year: interviews on the radio, being Artist-in-Residence at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, meeting Mona Dunn’s grandson, being reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. 

I’ve been edited by the best, from my first readers to my beloved agent, Lauren Galit, to my esteemed editors at Greenwillow Books, Virginia Duncan and Katie Heit.

Mostly, I remind myself, as the year comes to a close, of how fortunate I am. Six years ago, I left my job to pursue this dream. Four years ago, Lauren Galit changed my life when she offered to represent me. My family and friends support me on a constant basis and are so patient.

In the end, our successes can only be measured against the experiences we have along the way.

Not every day as a writer is joyful, but the good days more than make up for the bad days, and the people I have met along the way have inspired and humbled me.

And the readers who have loved my books have sustained me.

You are why I write, and I thank you. And next year? Next year, I’ll be sharing lots of news about my next book, promoting the paperback version of The Frame-Up, and hopefully selling my next book. 

And look for a special giveaway for blog readers only in January!

I hope the rest of 2018 treats you well, and that 2019 is all you dream it will be. So dream big, knowing I am rooting for you! Happy New Year!

Come See Me at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery This Sunday!

 

Sunday, December 9th is the last Family Art Day at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery for 2018.

 

I’ll be there with bells on!

 

I had the opportunity to judge the Writing on the Walls exhibition, and I can’t wait to meet the middle graders who wrote such amazing poems and short stories!

 

The details:

12:30- 1:30 pm (RBC Learning Centre)
Awards and presentations for the Writing on the Walls exhibition, on display in the Sobey Youth Art Space

Zach Hapeman, Nancy Bauer, and Wendy McLeod MacKnight invite families to celebrate the creative writing of Devon Middle School’s Grade 6 classes.

The Writing on the Walls program is a partnership between the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and Fredericton’s literary festival, Word Feast. The goal of the program is to support the development of student literacy skills through creative writing and an increased exposure to fine art. 144 Grade 6 students wrote about 10 selected works of art in the collection! See their prose and poetry here and view the original artwork throughout the gallery.

 

I’ll also be talking about The Frame-Up and A Beaverbrook Holiday, doing a reading, and signing your copies!

 

Details:

2:00- 3:30 pm (International Wing)
Visit author Wendy McLeod MacKnight for conversations and readings from The Frame-Up and her new short story A Beaverbrook Holiday!

 

Finally, do you love collage and puppets?

Then the Beaverbook has an activity for you!

2:00- 5:00 pm (RBC Learning Centre)
Paper Collage Puppets with Laura Bird

Use paper cutouts, magazines, glue and pins to create your own masterpieces inspired by the Gallery’s collection of masterworks and the popular children’s book The Frame-Up written by Wendy McLeod MacKnight,

Laura-Beth Bird is a theatre artist based in Fredericton, New Brunswick with 4+ years of production experience, set building, and visual arts experience. Laura-Beth has taught youth in classrooms across New Brunswick through the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s Outreach Program initiatives. A graduate of St. Thomas University, Laura-Beth studied Dramatics and Theatre Production. She is a mixed media artist, focusing on production for children’s entertainment.

 

Laura-Beth also happens to have played Madame Juliette at The Frame-Up book launch!

 

 

I absolutely plan to go down and make my own puppet!

Hope to see you Sunday!

 

xx Wendy

The Nutcracker Tea and Holiday Giveaway!

 

It’s December!

I mean, technically, December starts of Saturday, but it feels like November has flown by!

I’m almost done my second week as Artist-in-Residence at The Beaverbrook Art Gallery and am hard at work on my writing!

I did take some time this past Sunday to launch A Beaverbrook Holiday during the gallery’s Nutcracker Tea and it was so much fun!

My favourite part was leading some children in singing Christmas carols to the paintings!  We spent extra time singing to Mona, who was very appreciative!

And yes, I wore a PLAID SUIT!  I’d had the two pieces and never worn them together, but they were just the perfect amount of garish, and kind of punk when paired with my one of a kind Beaverbrook Converse sneakers!!!  I’m not going to brag, but Clem Cotterell gave it two thumbs up!

 

 

My favourite part was this little boy, who bought his copy of the companion story and immediately read it all in one sitting while sitting below Mona Dunn:

 

 

Lots of companion stories and copies of The Frame-Up were sold. If you recall, the story is a fundraiser for the gallery and tells the story of what the paintings do at holiday time!

It’s the perfect gift for The Frame-Up lover in your life, and you don’t need to live in Fredericton to get a copy!  Just email shop@beaverbrookartgallery.org and they’ll be happy to sell you one and mail it straight away! The cost is $12 CDN.

But you might have a chance to win your own copy! I’m giving away a copy of The Frame-Up and the companion story, A Beaverbrook Holiday, as a way of saying thank you to everyone who has supported the book this year!  Leave a comment below and I’ll pick a winner on Monday, December 3rd, autograph it for you and mail it off right away!

 

 

Just leave me a note below, or on the twitter post or Insta post and you’ll be entered to win!  Open to both US and Canada.

Good Luck!

The Frame-Up Named One of the Best Middle Grade Novels In Canada!

 

I was thrilled to receive the latest issue of Canadian Children Book Centre’s Best Books and see that The Frame-Up is included!

 

 

It’s such a thrill because I have so much respect and admiration for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre!

 

 

Not only that, I am in stellar company, with some of my favourite authors being recognized as well!!!

We don’t write books for recognition, but I’m not going to lie: it’s nice when it comes!!!!

 

Books I loved this year!

 

The holidays are coming and I thought I might share some books that I particularly loved this year and that I think you might want to contemplate reading or giving as presents!

 

 

 

This list is not ranked, nor have I annotated it.

Just know that these books made me very happy, sad, and inspired this year!

 

What books did you love this year?

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q&A in Telegraph Journal

 

I’m in today’s TJ, sharing all sorts of inspirational and embarrassing details about my life!

 

 

Unfortunately, the TJ has a firewall, so I’ve had to put it into two separate images:

 

The Frame-Up has a Companion Story!

 

I’ve got some exciting news to share!

 

You know how much I adore the Beaverbrook Art Gallery…

But many of you might not know that the Gallery is a not-for-profit organization that is very reliant on donations, memberships, etc, to keep the lights on and to expand arts programming.

With that in mind, I wondered if the Gallery mightn’t like a gift from an author who holds it in high esteem?

With the blessing of my publisher, I’ve written a holiday story with the same characters as appear in The Frame-Up and have given it to the Gallery to use as a fundraising tool in any way they see fit.

They’ve decided to publish the story as small chapbook and will begin selling it on November 25th!

 

 

How lovely is that cover?

All of the proceeds of the small book will be invested back into the Gallery.

While the story will only be for sale at the Beaverbrook gift shop, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck! They are prepared to ship anywhere!

To pre-order your own copy, you can call: 1.506.458.2028

or you can email the gallery at: emailbag@beaverbrookartgallery.org

I promise to autograph all copies!

This is a perfect stocking stuffer or Hanukkah present for someone who already loves The Frame-Up!  And I hope they sell out, because that means the Gallery will make tons of money for programming and services!

Am so excited for you to see what the characters are up to this holiday…

 

Losing Your Power and Getting it Back!

 

I lost my power for a couple of days this past week after a huge windstorm.

 

I can’t complain: we only only lost power for two days and have a generator, so we were able to stay warm and our food wasn’t ruined. Many more New Brunswickers were without power for many days and a few still don’t have power five days later.

It was okay for me – I hunkered down and have been working on edits for my latest book.

But I also did a couple of days of school visits – one day in person, the other day virtually – and talk about getting your batteries restored!

On Tuesday I visited Sunny Brae Middle School in Moncton and spent the day talking to kids from grades six and seven about my books, writing, and reading.

 

 

It was so much fun and I felt so invigorated to get home and start writing again!

On Wednesday, I spent a good part of the day skyping with students from Hesston Middle School in Kansas!

I’m a mentor as part of the wonderful #kidsneedmentors MG author program, and this was our “meet and greet”! They asked all kinds of amazing questions and inspired me!

Two weeks ago, I did a similar exercise with students from Hartford Upper Elementary School in Iowa, who also had wonderful questions.

I never cease to be amazed by the enthusiasm and excitement of young readers and writers! They are the reason I write. And their passionate teachers are awe-inspiring!

So I may not have had any power for a couple of days, but I am fully charged and ready to fly!

 

 

Many thanks to the teachers and the schools listed above! It is privilege to work with you!!!!

 

Have an awesome weekend!!!

 

 

 

 

Book Giveaway and Halloween!

 

Can you believe it’s already November?

 

It feels like the fall is flying by!

I’m happy to share that Donna won the copy of The Frame-Up!  But don’t worry; I’m planning a super giveaway at the end of November for the holiday season!

 

A Frame-Up Halloween

 

I had a thrill this week when a young girl named Charlotte, who loves The Frame-Up, decided to dress as Mona Dunn for Halloween!

How cute is she?

 

And kudos to her mother, who did an amazing job of the costume!

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery also got into the Halloween fun, sharing this ghostly image of Madame Juliette on their instagram page:

 

 

It’s always a thrill when people love The Frame-Up!

I’ve got a busy week ahead – school visits and I absolutely HAVE to finish book 3!  Yikes!  Wish me luck!

 

 

I’ve got Exciting News (and am celebrating with a Book Giveaway!

 

Guess what?

 

I’m going to be the Artist in Residence at The Beaverbrook Art Gallery from November 19th to December 16th!

 

 

Expect special tours, talks and pop in to watch me tear my hair out as I edit book #3 on deadline!!!

 

I can’t wait to see you!  And in honour of this wonderful opportunity, I’m giving away a copy of The Frame-Up, along with a copy of It’s a Mystery Pig Face!, bookmarks, and a Merrymaking Christmas ornament!  Just leave a comment below by November 1st end of day and you’re entered to win!

 

 

Have a great week!

 

 

 

 

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week

 

I’m a huge fan of the ongoing commitment to bring books and authors to kids all across Canada.

 

 

And guess what? I just found out I’m one of the thirty authors chosen to participate in Book Week 2019, happening next May!

 

 

 

 

What is TD Canadian Children’s Book Week? The description from their website:

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week connects Canadian authors and illustrators with children and teens across Canada. Tour participants speak to their audiences about the pleasures of reading and the delights of Canadian children’s books through their presentations and workshops. Meeting authors, illustrators and storytellers can be a turning point in a child’s life, inspiring a lifelong love of reading.

The readings and workshops that take place during Book Week can open a child’s eyes to the world of literature. These readings and interactions with authors, illustrators and storytellers can excite a child about literacy. Whether a child is interested in writing, drawing or telling stories aloud, Book Week inspires young imaginations, teaches children how wonderful a good book can be and encourages them to tell their own stories.

I am so honoured to represent New Brunswick and middle grade literature and I can’t want to learn which province or territory I’m being sent to!

Next week: A book giveaway and some more fun news!

NErDCampNNE, Library Visit, SWEEP by Jonathan Auxier

 

This post is all about things I have absolutely adored this week….

 

First off, I attended my very first NErDCamp NNE this past week and it was wonderful!  I met so many amazing teachers and librarians and learned so much! I also got to meet some old and new writer friends, which was a blast!

 

Me and the wonderful Jill Diamond, author of the delightful LouLou and Pea books!

Elly Swartz, author of Smart Cookie and Finding Perfect, and Jarrett Lerner, author of Enginerds, both of whom are amazing!

Me and the amazing Diane Magras, author of The Mad Wolf’s Daughter

 

Jill, Diane, and I led a session on how to address gender bias in children’s publishing, and had such a great discussion with a wonderful group of educators and librarians!

 

All the authors! I tried to get Dan Gemeinhart to sign my books (his lines were SOOOO long!)

 

I arrived back for one sleep and then hit the road to visit schools and libraries up and down the St. John River Valley for the next three days.

 

Setting up in the library at Plaster Rock!

Many thanks to the libraries in Plaster Rock, Edmundston, Florenceville, Nackawic, Woodstock, Hartland, Grand Falls, and Perth Andover. I met so many amazing kids on this visit and just loved the whole experience!

 

I even made it into this week’s issue of Victoria Star!!

 

 

Finally, a book recommendation:

 

I’ve been waiting for Jonathan Auxier’s latest book, SWEEP, for months, and it did not disappoint!

 

This book, a tale of a young girl who is a chimney sweep in London in the 1800s, is magical, mesmerizing, and simply brilliant. This book will win awards, as it should.

The perfect book for the student or child in your life!!!

 

Monday is Canadian Thanksgiving, so for those of you who celebrate (like I do!):

 

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