By Mike Levine
A Kitchissippi author has added a second volume in what is becoming an acclaimed series of youth suspense novels. Brenda Chapman has just released Hiding in Hawk’s Creek, again focusing on a 14-year old girl named Jennifer Bannon and her efforts to solve any mystery she confronts as a way of dealing with a troubled life. This follows on last year’s Running Scared, which earned praise for its new voice in youth fiction. Geared toward 10-15-year-olds, Ms. Chapman’s books don’t shy away from contemporary issues.
“When I deal with tough topics like divorce or racism, I don’t want to hit them over the head. They’re important and I like to introduce them subtly,” the author says.”
The launch for Hawk’s Creek will be April 9 from 2-4 p.m. at Whispers Pub and the book will be sold at Shirley Leishman. The third in the series Where Trouble Leads has been accepted by Napoleon Publishing for a 2007 or 2008 release. She’s also been chosen to be a guest author at MASC’s Young Authors and Young Illustrators conference April 26-28 at St. Paul’s University in Ottawa.