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Above you see two young-adult readers on a whirl of adventure with: (left) Melanie Jackson’s 2015 Ferris-Wheel suspenser Eye Sore, and (right) her 2016 Persephone-themed thriller Death Drop, both published by Orca BooksAnd Melanie’s latest mystery, Medusa’s Scream, has been named a Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Book 2018 for middle readers!

ByChasTreeNews flash: Melanie is delighted  and honoured to be one of the TD Canadian Book Week 2018 authors. Here’s the announcement. 

Now, back to our regular programming…

Getting kids to read shouldn’t be a challenge. Shouldn’t put your head in a Ferris Wheel spin or a Hellevator-like drop. 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, children’s/YA author Melanie Jackson shares her experience, adventures and enthusiasm 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!Medusas Scream Mock Up

Read all Melanie’s blog posts, including
the latest one: Breaking up isn’t that hard to do–at least, not if we’re talking paragraphs. It’s advice Melanie shared with Grade 8s at the Vancouver school where she teaches a mystery unit every spring.



2 responses »

  1. Andrea Grimaud

    Hi Melanie, I hope your visit to Quebec and then dealing with the time change didn’t leave you ragged. I enjoyed your presentation last Wednesday evening at Selwyn House and following that I came home and searched for the link to that Youtube video I mentioned to you. And I’m pleased to say that I found it ..

    If for some reason the link doesn’t work, just go to Youtube and enter the words Agatha Christie’s Garden. It’s very interesting and covers not just her garden, but much of her personal life story and her writing as well. It lasts one hour and I’ve watched it a few times over the past few years.

    I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


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    • Dear Andrea,

      Thank you so much for writing to me! I had tremendous fun at Selwyn, and enjoyed speaking with you afterward. Like you, I am a total Agatha fan. In fact in the mystery unit I teach every year here at a Vancouver high school I assign the kids to read The Case of the Perfect Maid, starring Miss Marple.

      I look forward to checking out the link you sent. In fact, I’m thinking I could show that in class to the Grade 8s!

      Sorry to be late in replying. Speaking of the course I teach, I came home after the fabulous, dream-of-a-lifetime Book Week and after a few extra days we spent in Montreal––and then had about 90 student stories to mark and comment on. But now I’m done and can resurface :).

      I hope you enjoy lots of mystery reading over the summer. The perfect time! If you haven’t read The Woman In The Window, that will provide you with some Agatha-worthy surprises.

      I hope our paths cross again! It was such a pleasure to wind up my day by chatting with you.

      With warm wishes,




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