White-knuckle read: My Poe-themed young-adult thriller Tick Tock Terror, recently published with Orca Books, takes readers on exciting plot swings of adventure. The young protagonist accepts a crafty old con’s dare to climb a Pit-and-the-Pendulum-themed amusement ride at midnight. Too late our hero realizes he’s been made the fall guy in a theft. How to set things right and out-con the con?
Booklist: “From the first tick to the end twist, Jackson’s gripping, first-person, plot-driven novel (spanning one 24-hr period) asks readers to consider self-confidence vs. over-active ego; right vs. wrong; and when relationships must be reconsidered. A suspenseful addition to high-low collections.”
CM Magazine clocks in with a “highly recommended” review: “Tick Tock Terror would appeal to a variety of readers, including readers of human interest, mystery, adventure and realistic fiction. Themes include friendship, ethical choices and decision-making. Tick Tock Terror, in addition to being an excellent class novel for individual reading or as a read-aloud for the intended audience, would be an excellent addition for personal, class, school and public libraries.”
Resource Links describes TTT as entertaining and suspenseful, noting “the exposure to a literary legend such as Poe should prove beneficial and spark important conversations.”
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Photo credit: Aislin Jackson
And now, a white-knuckle view: In this isolation time, through the #ReadAloudCanadian initiative, CdnPublishers and @AccessCopyright are giving homebound kids and kids at heart a chance to watch and hear authors read from their books. Thanks to Orca Books has included my reading of Tick Tock Terror, Chapter 1, on their YouTube Channel. I also deal with a royally difficult student. Feel free to watch and listen––if you dare.
Many thanks to TD Canadian Book Week!
I was tickled pink, quite pinkly pink, in fact, to be a 2018 TD Canadian Book Week author. Thanks to all the volunteers, staff and schools who welcomed her so warmly to Quebec.
My 2018 mystery, Medusa’s Scream, was named a Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Book for middle readers.
Now, back to our regular programming…c
Getting kids to read shouldn’t be a challenge. Shouldn’t put them in a dizzying pendulum whirl of confusion. The age-old attraction of reading is all in the story. A good conflict, a puzzling problem and accessible language: Now that’s a ride young-adult readers will climb aboard. In this blog, I share my adventures and enthusiasm as a children’s/YA author in writing mysteries. Thanks for visiting–and don’t forget to glance over your shoulder now and then. A plot twist may be coming at you!
Read all my blog posts, including Breaking up isn’t that hard to do–at least, not if we’re talking paragraphs. It’s advice I share with Grade 8s at the Vancouver school where I teach a mystery unit every spring.