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What the kids think of Prove It, Josh

It’s been a while since I posted anything new here, mostly because I’ve had my head down working on a new story, code name – Kai. This one is out on submission now, which any author will tell you is an anxious time. Will other people like it as much as I do? Will it find a home?

In the meantime, it’s back to the blank page as I get started on the first draft of a new story. I’m excited to dive into the writing but trying to hold back until I have a solid outline. This time I’m determined to understand the main conflicts and how the character will grow over the course of the story before I start writing. Yeah, I hear you say, good luck with that!

One thing that gets me in the mood for a new project is looking at the things kids said about Prove It, Josh. Some good, some bad, but all honest!

  • I like this book
  • I liked this book. The race part was fun.
  • This book was a bit funny. I think it was funny because Josh was 11 years old and he did not know how to read well. I was never thinking that you could dive in to a ocean that there are boats sailing but Josh did to get his dads clanks. It was sad for him that he wanted to go sailing but he had to go to a reading tutor. This book was a pretty long chapter book but it didn’t have many hard words. I would recommend this book to grade 3-5.
  • When I read the back of the book I thought it would be interesting, but when I was actually reading it, I didn’t enjoy it. I would rate this book 6/10 :()
  • i like this book because it is like a andvencher but in a book i at lest think it is so cool
  • I really liked this book! I really liked the ending when Josh said: “You’ll have to read the book to find out.” Since I really love this book, I would wish that there would be a second book like the Hunger Games series!!! XD
  • So far i loved this book cause when ever i read 1 chapter it feels like im josh im am very proud of josh but i am sad that he cant join the super hero program cause it makes me sad 🙁 the thing i dont understand is how come josh cant write proparly.I hope that he will learn tho i am happy that josh risked his life almost just for daniel and alex.I recommend this book to everyone that has read my text!With all my hope i wish at the end of the book josh will win cause i havent get to that part yet im still at chapter 6!YAY! at least im catching up 🙂 good luck to everyone in express 🙂
  • i really loved how josh risked his race for Daniel and Alex when they were drowning. i think its MUCH better than winning from Brittany, the brat
  • I thought it would’ve been a Bad book,but it was pretty good
  • I did not think it would be good but it turned out to be very good.
  • why was the book called prove it josh case 50% of the book did not go with the title
  • I think that learning to read is hard. But, when you are concentrated you can do anything. Josh is learning to read and he jest has to clear his mind and concentrate on learning new things like reading. I think that even when something is hard you should always try to do it before giving up. I hope that everyone enjoys reading this amazing book and thinks about what you can do when you think hard and concentrate you can do everything and anything.
  • This book is really amazing. It shows that winning isn’t everything and friendship is more important. Josh really believed in himself in the boat race at the end.I wished that the author could make a series of Prove It, Josh books.
  • This book taught me a lesson that it doesn’t matter if you win or lose it matters if you played fairly and helped your teammates at times !
  • The story was nice and it had a good moral to the story too.
  • This book was a really good one! It had good message and it was super interesting!
  • My favourite part of the book was when Josh saved Daniel and Alex from drowning. If you read this book you will really enjoy it.
  • Very good book , quick and easy read . Quite enjoyed it .
  • I like this book because josh likes boats and so do I ! 🙂
  • interesting and amazingly happy and sad Josh is a role model.
  • This book is very good. I recommend it to everyone!!!!
  • so far so good
  • My favourite part was when the boy was travelling in the boat and telling about what was happening in his life

Back to my blue writing desk I go. Wish me luck!

Letter from a reader

Today I received my first ever letter from a student. I know I keep throwing around words like delighted and thrilled and excited, but seriously, how cool that people are reading Josh, enjoying it, and taking something away from it!

I read your book ‘Prove It, Josh’ for my Silver Birch program. The message that I got from your book was that despite obstacles if you work hard you can achieve your goals. I really liked that at the end of the book Josh was able to read.

I play a lot of sports and I am on a rep soccer team. Sometimes I get discouraged when I have trouble learning a new move. Right now I am trying to learn a reverse scissors. Like Josh I will practise until I can do it.

Thank you Jaime! I loved hearing from you!

Silver Birch Express nominee

On October 15, the Forest of Reading nominees were announced and I was absolutely thrilled to find out that Prove It, Josh was nominated for the Silver Birch Express award.

The Forest of Reading® is Canada’s largest recreational reading program. It’s an initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) that offers eight reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest® helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their school and/or public library. All Ontarians/Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually.

The Silver Birch Express award, which is the category Prove It, Josh was nominated in, is for books meant for readers aged 8 to 12, from Grades 3-6, but focusing on the lower grade levels and reluctant readers. Readers read the books and vote on their favorites.

It’s super exciting to know that Prove It, Josh will be read by thousands of children, some of whom I’ll get to meet when I go to Toronto for the Festival of Trees in May 2015. I can’t say a big enough THANK YOU to the Ontario Library Association and the Forest committee for the nomination.

And…. Prove It, Josh gets a new cover, with a Silver Birch Express nominee decal. How cool is that!

Prove it Josh


Talking about Prove It, Josh

Sono Nis Press filmed this short video of me talking about the process of writing Prove It, Josh.

Here’s the link on Youtube.

Sono Nis celebration and book launch

(Photo credits: Sue Andrews, Karen Autio, Kathy Brown, Patrick Wright)

One thing I didn’t anticipate about my book being published, was the opportunity to meet and get to know other authors published by Sono Nis Press. So when Diane asked if I’d like to be part of a group launch, of course I said Yes! And then the icing on the cake, was Diane deciding to come out to Victoria for the event too.

I have to admit, I was a little nervous (yes, that’s me, Anxiety Girl – have you seen the cartoon on Facebook?) about meeting Diane and the other writers in person (maybe they wouldn’t be able to understand my accent or… I don’t know what I was thinking). I might be a social butterfly on Facebook, but in person I’m pretty quiet.

As it turned out, I had nothing to worry about. We had a fabulous dinner at Camille’s in Bastion Square, and then the next day celebrated the launch of five Sono Nis Press children’s books. The event was held at the Vic42 studio, next to Discovery Coffee, with treats from Cottage Bakery & Cafe.

I thought you might like to meet my fellow authors too:
Karen Autio – SABOTAGE
Monique Gray Smith – TILLY
Kristie Hammond – TING TING

Thanks to everyone who came out for the event!

Giveaway closed – thanks to everyone who entered!


Thanks to everyone who entered my Goodreads Giveaway! It was fun to see the numbers climbing, especially over the last couple of days, and encouraging that so many of you are interested in Josh’s story.

Goodreads sent me the names and addresses of the two winners this morning–so I’m just off to the post office to mail them now.

Thanks again, or as we say in New Zealand – Ta!