Winner - Resource Links The Year's Best - fiction grades 7-12
If you want something, you just have to take it - right?
Pulled from the Philippines by a mother he hardly knows.
He's forced to fit in at high school while she cleans homes.
His new friends show him the difference between the rich and the poor.
Now he's stealing to even the score.
But he's gone too far and the police aren't far behind.
Rated E for excellent: law, crime, diversity, immigration, peer pressure
Click to purchase at Indigo and Amazon or the Kindle ebook
There's no such thing as coincidence
Always check your rearview mirror...
Spring Break in Palm Springs.
At 16, she's a new driver.
All she wants is to visit her grandparents, soak up the sun and play some tennis.
The fender-bender ended the vacation.
Now she's onto a car crash scam that takes her deep into the desert.
"The action and suspense sequences are written with a deft hand and can keep readers on the edge of their seats. An engaging book and will definitely appeal to girls who want an adventurous detective story with strong female characters."
Check out the Orca Blog interview for my author feature right here
CBC Books selection
Careful what you wish for...
Drumming is her passion.
All she wants to do is play in a band,
But now she's leading a double life that's got her on the run.
CBCBook's 25 great Canadian #BlackGirlBooks
"...the way Olivia just seems to naturally slip into the role of victim was so scary and I found myself frantic to get from page to page to see what would happen to her."
What People Are Saying...
Trap Jam's a Hit Home run Reviews from Good Reads & CM Magazine!
"This book went into a completely different direction than I thought it would and that was a nice surprise."
"This book was engrossing and scary."
Check it out at Lorimer and Amazon
"Readers will be left with a sense of accomplishment when they're finished Hardball, and they'll enjoy the mix of baseball and real-life issues." Read more here
"A well-written, high-interest contemporary fiction for middle and high school boys." Read more here
Hardball sells out - gets 2nd production run!
Spiked takes on body image
Thank you to Resource Links for naming Spiked as One of the Year’s Best for 2013 in their annual roundup of top-rated children’s books!
Rated E: excellent, enduring, everyone should read it! Check out the full review here.
Hurricane Heat Chapters Signing
Thank you to Joe Pelletier for the great review! "Author Steve Barwin has an important offering here in Making Select. He understands the target audience expertly. "
Click to read the full article here.
Canadian Teacher Magazine Interview
Click to read my interview here.
Review by the International Reading Association
"This action-filled book shows exactly how subtly bullying can be perpetuated. Everyone involved in team sports should read this book."
Read The International Literacy Association's Washington State University review here
"I met Steve while performing my anti-bullying basketball trickshow at the school he teaches. Fadeaway is on my two favourite subjects, basketball and bullying. It's a real winner - or as I say, "nothin' but NET!!"