Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lovely review in Canlit for Little Canadians blog

Canlit for Little Canadians is a widely read and respected blog featuring reviews of books by Canadian authors and illustrators, and today published a review of my book. Here's a snippet:

Caravaggio Signed in Blood provides a convincing story about a specific period of Caravaggio's life but enhances that tale by incorporating the swashbuckling and romantic adventure of an indentured teen boy.  Though not a long read, Caravaggio Signed in Blood will definitely grab readers and carry them along on the run with the two passionate Italians as they navigate the treacherous power hierarchy of the time.

Here's a link to the whole review. While you're there, check out reviews of other great Canadian literature for kids!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

School visit at Morley Elementary, Burnaby

It was a real pleasure to visit the students at Morley Elementary School in Burnaby as part of their literacy week. A little reading, some Q&A--and an awesome impromptu staring contest with a young man seated up front, won by yours truly! (Oh yeah. I've still got it.) Looking forward to seeing some of these Grade Sevens again when they arrive next year at Byrne Creek. Special thanks to Principal Hal Wall for the invitation, and Ms. Chu for hosting in her room.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Great review in CM: Canadian Review of Materials Magazine

Canadian Review of Materials (U of Manitoba) came out with its review of my book today:
Mark David Smith, too, displays considerable artistry in his smooth blending of the politics, technology and customs of 17th century Italia to make a compelling tale. The quotations from such luminaries as Dante Alighieri, Horace, Machiavelli and Petrarch, which set off each chapter, elevate the novel and add to its ring of authenticity. Caravaggio: Signed in Blood quietly educates while keeping readers on the edges of their chairs.
Very Pleased! Read the entire review here.