Christy Goerzen of Vancouver has followed her kidlit novel Explore (Orca Currents, 2009) with Farmed Out (Orca Currents, 2011), in which 15-year-old Maddie is hoping to realize her dream of visiting New York by winning first prize in a drawing contest, only to have her hopes detoured by her mother's plans for a mother-daughter adventure in organic gardening.

Christy Goerzen's third book, The Big Apple Effect (Orca $9.95) finds Maddie realizing her lifelong dream of visiting New York City. Maddie launches an epic quest for the ultimate art show outfit and drags her friends, Anna and Thomas along oblivious to the fact they don't share her passion for vintage clothes. When Maddie's hippy mom joins them and takes centre stage, it threatens to derail Maddie's plans. Tempers flare and Maddie must examine the ugly facts of how she treats her friends.

Christy Goerzen has a Master of Arts in Children's Literature from UBC.

BOOKS:

Explore (Orca 2009) $9.95 9781554691197
Farmed Out (Orca 2011) $9.95 9781554699100
The Big Apple Effect (Orca 2014) $9.95 9781459807389

[BCBW 2014] "Kidlit"