Sylvia McNicoll

Canadian Author for Young People

And the Final Cover is….

And the Final Cover is….

Climbing the stairs, with a dog standing by for moral support, and surrounded by ribbons of words that 12  year old Ella recites to shore herself up and to memorize for  her CN tower recital--here it is the final cover. This week this image will be finalized with some...

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Whittling Down the Cover Choices

Whittling Down the Cover Choices

In my family there are three graphic designers and others trained in  photography and art as well as nine grandchildren. I ask everyone's opinions on the cover in order to see if they conform with mine.  I definitely wanted railings for my stairs, for safety and...

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Stage one of cover consultation- Blue to the Sky

Stage one of cover consultation- Blue to the Sky

Twelve year-old Ella wants to conquer her fear of public speaking by climbing the CN Tower to recite her poem on allergies.  She also wants to someday own a dog that won't make her sneeze or wheeze.Julie McLaughlin prepared these roughs based on my idea that we showed...

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Summer is not over yet!

Summer is not over yet!

</ Cicadas buzz in the soft evening air of August. Local peaches, and corn and watermelon await our eating pleasure at stands and grocery stores, fresh from the farm yards. It's still warm enough for a swim at the beach or pool. We are going on a second vacation,...

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Encore Reading and Writing

Encore Reading and Writing

\\ Here I am hard at work editing my upcoming novel Blue to the Sky, a story about a girl coping with too many allergies and surviving because of poetry.  Banjo is here giving me encouragement and making sure I take breaks, especially for walks. I'm reading this story...

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Bookshelves or Vase shelves

Bookshelves or Vase shelves

This is  the room that attracted me when we bought our house 30 years ago. Mostly I Zoom to classrooms and meetings from here and I'm often asked whether my shelves are real or a faux background. There's a stupid pail in the foreground that I must put away, so you...

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