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I write for children and teens and I've recently moved back to Canada from Hertford, England. While living overseas, I embarked on weekly adventures with my family and newfound friends in an effort to explore as much of England as possible. Most of my life I have lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba where on a typical January day your skin will freeze in 60 seconds and on an ordinary July day you can bask lake-side for hours if slathered in 60 sunblock. England with its mild climate was a lovely hiatus from our frosty winters.

My dream of becoming an author began to come true when I attended my first SCBWI conference in Los Angeles in 2007. I was thrilled when my picture book submission was nominated for the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award.

My first published book is, Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food and Other Life Lessons. It is a humorous chapter book about an eight-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome. Connor struggles to make his way through a typical school day and in his attempt to be as cool as everyone else, he leaves a hilarious trail of destruction. But, by the end of the day, and despite many miscommunications and misunderstandings, Connor realizes that he is exactly as cool as he is supposed to be.

Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food and Other Life Lessons, received a 2013 Gold Mom's Choice Award, the 2013 Silver Moonbeam Award for Best First Book: Chapter Book, a 2013 Silver Benjamin Franklin Award and a PPN Book Show Merit Award.  In addition, Spaghetti, made it to McNally Robinson's Books for Young People Best Sellers List for a total of 11 weeks.

In June 2013, I completed The Manitoba Writers' Guild, Sheldon Oberman Mentorship Program and had the pleasure of working with mentor, Carolyn Gray on Forever Julia.

Forever Julia launched in 2015 at McNally Robinson Bookellers and landed on their bestsellers list for 3 consecutive weeks. Forever Julia is a humorous, yet at times dark, contemporary novel about a 16 year-old girl struggling to accept the death of her father. She falls for a wealthy and controlling boy who leads her to betray her friends and sacrifice her integrity. Ultimately, she alone must decide what lines cannot be crossed. It is Mystic Pizza meets 90210 on the Canadian Prairies. It is full of romance, heart-break, and dangerous secrets. 

Forever Julia received the Bronze Moonbeam Award for Young Adult Fiction - Mature Issues, was listed as a Best Book in the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Fall 2015 list, and has been included in the 49th Shelf's Anti-Bullying Booklist in support Canada's Bullying Awareness Week.

2016 was a very exciting year. I was nominated for the John Hirsch Award for Promising New Writer and...
Forever Julia 
won 
The McNally Robinson Books for Young People Awards - Older Category. 


I have been a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for 12 years and have attended numerous conferences and workshops in Canada, The United States, and England to work on craft and to network with other writers, agents, publishers, librarians, and teachers.

If you would like me to visit your classroom, please send an email to: jodi@thecarmichaels.ca. 
You can also check out the School Visits tab of my website to see teacher and school specialist's comments.

4 comments:

  1. You are awesome

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    1. Why thank you, "Anonymous!" What a nice message to find here, today. :-)

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  2. Hi Jodi! I saw your book at the Public Library and checked it out... you told me about it when it was in the works, and it was exciting to read it! So well written, interesting and fun! All the best as you keep writing and dancing! Janelle (Crane)

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    1. Hi Janelle,

      Thanks so much! My next book, Forever Julia, will be quite a different read from Spaghetti. I hope you like it too!

      Jodi

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