Facebook Fandom

Date: Monday January 26, 2009
Posted in: Author profile

I didn’t know I knew 173 people, but yes, that’s how many of you have joined my FaceBook fan page.


Thanks for joining and your interest in ACADIAN STAR. It has been a wonderful couple of months since the book was released here in Canada and I’ve had a blast reading your reviews and e-mails. ACADIAN STAR will be released in the US  and abroad in just a few short months.

I’ll be signing copies at the Ontario Library Association conference this Friday at the Kate Walker and Co. booth (2:15), so Dew Drop Inn if you’re around.

And to others who’d like to find me on FaceBook, here I am:

I hope everyone’s keeping warm on this chilly January day!



Date: Wednesday January 21, 2009
Posted in: Author profile

Would you like me to come to your school or library for an author presentation?

Presentation choices:

Grades k-3: My 45 min presentation consists of:

-details about my picture book I Dare You Not to Yawn

-an exploration of how certain words, actions, and things can make you feel sleepy

-an interactive ‘I Spy’ game showing the before and after of illustrations

-a reading of I Dare You Not to Yawn and a yawning challenge

Grades 2-4: My 45 min presentation consists of:

-details about my junior chapter books Keep Out! and Water Hazard

-facts about endangered species

-fun facts about how books are published and what it’s like to work with an illustrator

Grades 4-8: My 45 min presentation consists of:

-details about my tween novels in the Real Mermaids series

-Power Writing Techniques

-the business of writing

Grades I will present to: Grades K to 8

Rates: $250 for one (45 min) session, $450 for two, $650 for three, $850 for four (max 4 sessions per day) plus travel from Markham. HST extra.

Maximum number of students per session: 60-80 (flexible)

Venues I am comfortable in: classroom, library, auditorium, gymnasium

Is this flexible? Yes

Equipment requirements: LCD projector/screen/ lapel microphone for larger groups

Here’s what a teacher had to say about one of my recent presentations:

I was fortunate enough to have Hélène Boudreau visit my grade 4/5 classroom this year. I had been reading her novel, ACADIAN STAR, to my students as a Read -Aloud, which they looked forward to and LOVED listening to every day. She came in to read the last few chapters to them as a surprise. They were truly captivated by her. A positive experience for my students who would otherwise not have had this wonderful opportunity!!!

-Sara Uddin of C.D. Farquharson Junior Public School

So, if you’re a teacher or librarian and you’d like to book a visit, please visit CONTACT ME to get in touch or check out my profile on the Authors’ Booking Service website for more information.