Touring In: Labrador
Genre: Middle Grade, Hi/Lo
Ideal Audience Size: 50
Maximum Audience Size: 100
Grades: Grades 5 – 8
Special Equipment: Projector and screen or PPT set up, (smartboard, etc.)
Lectern for computer and table
Electrical connection if needed
Mic if in gym
2012 American Indian Youth Literature Award Winner
Death by Dinosaur: A Sam Stellar Mystery
60 Minute PPT Presentation for Grades 5 – 8
Meet Samantha Stellar, a girl who wants to be a spy.
Her first case starts when a valuable fossil is stolen
from the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology where she is a summer student.
Sam must discover the thief, even if it costs her, well, her life!
This highly visual session combines a page turning who-dunnit with real science.
Lots of fossil facts combined with fun.
Plus, the audience will be shown the unusual rewards that reading brings.
(Yes – reading can lead to riding elephants!)
Death by Dinosaur (Coteau Books 2018)
Fire Fight (Second Story Press, 2015)
The Comic Book War (Coteau Books, 2014)
Outcasts of River Falls (Coteau Books, 2012)
Ghost Messages (Coteau Books, 2011)
Triple Threat (James Lorimer and Company, Publishers, 2011)
Free Throw (James Lorimer and Company, Publishers, 2011)
Hat Trick (James Lorimer and Company, Publishers, 2010)
Soccer Star! (James Lorimer and Company, Publishers, 2010)
A Goal In Sight (James Lorimer and Company, Publishers, 2010)
Rink Rivals (James Lorimer and Company, Publishers, 2010)
Secret Signs (Orca Book Publishers, 2006)
Wild Ride (James Lorimer and Company, Publishers, 2005)
At Risk (James Lorimer and Company, Publishers, 2004)
Belle of Batoche (Orca Book Publishers, 2004)
Jacqueline Guest began writing professionally in Grade 5 when she was paid twenty-five cents by her brother to write his Language Arts essay. She now has twenty novels with topics ranging from missing dinosaur fossils to mysterious meteorites. While doing research for her books she has stood on an iceberg, flown a kite in a hurricane, hitched a ride on an elephant and dodged hungry lions!
In 2017, Jacqueline was awarded the Order of Canada for her work in celebrating Literacy.
Jacqueline and her computer live in a log cabin in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Belle of Batoche
- 2004 Red Cedar Finalist; Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Award; Ontario Library Association Best Bet
- Edmonton Public Schools Best of the Best Golden Eagle Award Nominee; Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Award
The Comic Book War
- 2014 Red Maple Finalist, LSC Kids’ Best Seller Committee Bestseller Catalogue
- 2011 Silver Birch Finalist, Moonbeam Gold Medal Winner, ForeWord Book of the Year Honorable Mention
- 2006 Hackmatack Award Finalist; Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Award
Outcasts of River Falls
- 2012 Moonbeam Gold Medal Winner, Arthur Ellis Mystery Award Finalist
- 2012 American Indian Youth Literature Award Winner
- 2012 American Indian Youth Literature Award Winner; Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Award
- 2010 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Award
- 2010 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Award
A Goal In Sight
- 2010 Golden Eagle Award Finalist Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Award
- 2010 Golden Eagle Award Finalist; Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Award
- 2005 Arthur Ellis Mystery Award Nominee; 2005 Golden Eagle Nominee Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Award
Awards and Nominations
Order of Canada
Indspire Award for the Arts
American Indian Library Association
Silver Birch Finalist
Red Cedar Finalist
Red Maple Finalist
Golden Eagle Finalist
ForeWord Book of the Year Honourable Mention
Arthur Ellis Mystery Award Finalist
Willa Award Finalist
LSC Kids Best Seller List
Edmonton Schools Best of the Best
Ontario Library Association Best Bet
R Ross Annett Finalsit
“Jacqueline Guest has a highly motivated and student active performance. Our students enjoyed the story telling and the cool exhibits. She was very easy to work with and went out of her way to accommodate our needs. I wouldn’t hesitate to have her back at our school.”
—Shane Brewster Vice-Principal, Sir Alexander Mackenzie School, Inuvik, NT
“We had no idea that we were surrounded by so many young story-tellers! Jacqueline brought out the power of story in each and every one of our students, inspiring them to learn more about Canadian history, put themselves in others’ shoes, write beautifully descriptive journal entries, and share their work orally with their peers – all in 80 minutes! Our students and teachers loved the workshop, laughing and learning alongside Jacqueline. We can’t wait for her to come back!”
—Katherine Campbell, Learning Coach, Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Fort McMurray Catholic Schools
“Jacqueline’s presentations were informative, engaging and inspiring. The process involved instruction from a writer’s perspective and a group exercise where students reported on a single event, (the buffalo hunt), but from different perspectives. Students who normally participated well wrote volumes; reluctant writers also wrote volumes. They presented final drafts in their working groups, (hunting parties), and all the students participated fully – none baulked!
I did attend each of the presentations personally but asked for feedback from teachers and students after Jacqueline had left. I asked the teachers to be honest as there’s no point in repeating an exercise that doesn’t work. All the feedback from teachers and students was very positive.
To be clear: this is not entertainment; it is learning, engaging, inspiring and builds a tremendous amount of self confidence. This is a program I would not hesitate to recommend.”
—Keith McLean, Aboriginal Support Worker, Beairsto School, Vernon, British Columbia, Remembering the Buffalo Hunt Through Journaling
“That was great! When I grow up, I want to be Metis!”
—Ryan: Grade 5 Student Review of Metis History and Culture Presentation
“It was easy to understand and very funny!!!’
“I liked how she used volunteers to demonstrate the life style.”
“Instead of just explaining, she used props!’ “
“Thank you for teaching us about history. I will appreciate it more.”
—Vernon Barford Junior High School, Edmonton, Alberta
“Jacqueline Guest’s Easy Key Writing Workshops gave our students the opportunity to learn the craft of writing from a successful professional. The sessions were informative, interesting and engaging. Our students felt more confident about their writing and this translated into higher PAT scores. Based on our PAT test analysis, our scores improved in the areas of content, organization, and sentence structure. Most importantly, our students felt prepared for the PATs and successfully employed the strategies they learned at the Easy Key Workshops. Thanks Jacquie!”
—Jennifer L. Kenyeres, Tom Baines High School, Calgary, Alberta
“After the Easy Key Writing Workshop, the Grade Nine students wrote their PAT exam and here are the winning
34 percent of them had an 80 or over! Many more of them wrote fantastic stories, which was great to see.
This is the largest number of students we have ever had achieve an 80 percent or above.
I believe the writing workshop definitely helped as it made them more
confident and competent story writers.
Thanks again for helping our students surpass all expectations.”
—Nancy Gallant, Holy Cross Collegiate, Strathmore, Alberta
“I wanted to tell you how very impressed all our staff was with your Grade 4-6 writing workshops. One teacher even said her kids did their best writing of the year with you. Students also enjoyed their time with you. Thanks once again for your engaging workshops. All the best!”
—Shauna Bell, FNMI Liaison, Landing Trail Intermediate School, Athabasca, Alberta