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Larry Verstraete

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At nine years old, there were subtle signs that Larry Verstraete might be a writer some day. While thumbing through a toy catalog just before Christmas, he found, and then later received, the perfect gift - a small toy printing press. The summer after, Larry and a friend started an ambitious publishing project, aiming to become as he puts it, ‘rich and famous’ with the printing press.

Their goal was to publish and sell a newsletter filled with stories gathered around the neighborhood. For a week, the two would-be reporters spied on neighbors, filling notepads with facts and observations. But when they started setting the stories into type on the printing press, the project floundered. The work was too boring, too tedious, and they abandoned
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Larry Verstraete I rarely have writer's block. I keep a steady routine - up early, out for coffee at a nearby café where I write for an hour or two. As soon as I sit a…moreI rarely have writer's block. I keep a steady routine - up early, out for coffee at a nearby café where I write for an hour or two. As soon as I sit at my favourite table, I start writing. Being in a familiar place, away from the distractions of home, responsible for only one thing - writing - helps set the tone. I usually start by reviewing something I wrote the day before, and that makes the jump to new material easy. (less)
Larry Verstraete Right now, I am drafting a second middle grade novel. The process is quite different this time - more open and less structured than the first novel, M…moreRight now, I am drafting a second middle grade novel. The process is quite different this time - more open and less structured than the first novel, Missing in Paradise. So far, so good. Progress is steady.(less)
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In my proposal for what would eventually become Case Files: 40 Murders and Mysteries Solved by Science, I envisioned a book where “readers encounter perplexing cases, many solved with clues unmasked by scientists and considered closed, and still others baffling puzzles open to speculation.” To me, it was important to show that science is an […]


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I listened to the audio version of The Dig which was narrated by a team of readers portraying different characters from the book. There was a lot to appreciate in this somewhat fictionalized story of a famous archeological find in England – a well ro ...more
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I not only enjoyed this book but learned a great deal from it as well, in particular about Nazi indoctrination, the use of propaganda. and the resulting division created between factions of Germany’s population before the outbreak of the war. Gabriel ...more
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I chose this book in order to gain a better understanding of indigenous history, in particular the treatment given indigenous children placed in foster care and the resulting ramifications of such treatment. To those ends, the book served me well. Th ...more
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In Lost on the Prairie by MaryLou Driedger, readers follow young Peter Schmidt on his quest to reunite with his family after he becomes separated from them while moving from Kansas to Saskatchewan in the early 1900s. There is much to enjoy in this bo ...more
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"Coop the Great was my last MYRCA book (10th) and I think it’s really good!!! I loved the writing. I didn’t like the bad words in it but I understand why Larry Verstraete put them in there. I can’t say much more because I think it will spoil it. It is" Read more of this review »
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"I couldn’t put this book down. I read it in three sittings. The action never ends. I usually don’t enjoy books written from the perspective of a dog but this one is somehow different. Although there are aspects of the storyline which are far fetched," Read more of this review »
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I was captivated by the book's description, and having shared homes with a number of dogs over the years, I thought this might be the perfect book for me. It was. Rich with detail, laced together in a very personal way, I fell in love with the story ...more
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From the author of Fight Club and other works, this is a loose collection of writing tips and advice, much of it drawn from Palahniuk’s own experiences, some of it borrowed from the pages or experiences of other writers of fiction. The bits are held ...more
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