The Mystery of the Giant Kohlrabi, by Sharon Plumb

The Mystery of the Giant Kohlrabi, by Sharon Plumb
The Mystery of the Giant Kohlrabi, by Sharon Plumb.
Cover and interior illustrations by Jolyn Michaelis

A top-secret experiment, a Wonder-Gizmo, and a slimy villain — this book has all the ingredients! Nero must battle giant veggies with teeth and swords, broccoli-headed aliens, and a host of oddball relatives to solve this mystery. It’s the perfect recipe for family fun! All with an actual recipe for healthy chocolate treats thrown in. Who could ask for more? ~ Marie Powell, author of Last of the Gifted

“Silly and sweet. Can’t go wrong with giant bugs!”
~ Jolyn Michaelis, Kohlrabi cover artist and illustrator (See more of her monstrous art on her portfolio.)

Clementine grabbed Nero’s arm as they tiptoed through the dark room. “Do you hear footsteps?”
Nero listened. “That’s not footsteps. That’s…slurping!”

When Nero and his family go to help their relatives harvest their top-secret genetically engineered house-sized vegetables, he expects to sleep in a pumpkin house. He doesn’t expect to have to eat rutabaga pie. Isn’t a rutabaga a kind of turnip? Or to encounter vegetables with weapons, or a hidden elevator, or a creepy, crawly foe about to destroy the garden.

It’s a good thing he has his trusty Wonder-Gizmo along. It has an arrow, a claw tool with fold-out fingers, night-vision goggles, and a bug zapper. Even a coward can be brave with an awesome gadget like this. Until things go terribly wrong, and Nero has to confront his deepest fears all by himself. He will need all the courage he has, and lots more he doesn’t, to save the garden, and his family, from a slithery, slimy fate.

Ages 8-12 with STEM elements of aquifers, garden plants and pests, and themes of family, friendship lost and restored, courage and environment. Comes with Creative Writing Ideas for the classroom and a home-tested recipe for Twig’s Kohlrabi Chocolate Chip Cookies. Interior illustrations by Jolyn Michaelis.

Perfect for fans of “Bloom” (Kenneth Oppel), “Music for Tigers” (Michelle Kadarusman), “The Astounding Broccoli Boy” (Frank Cottrell Boyce) and “Beetle Boy” (M.G. Leonard).

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Available in ebooks all over the place!

See reviews and learn more about gardens at Sharon Plumb’s website.

Kraamlok, by Sharon Plumb

Kraamlok, by Sharon Plumb.
Cover art by Jolyn Michaelis

The Eye shall be Blood, the sun shall be Bone, and dragons shall pass from the world. For it comes, it comes, the kraamlok comes…

Dragon seer Tondoor was hatched for only one purpose: to ask the starry dragon god, Morwaka, for a way of escape from his tribe’s prophecy of doom from the sky. But Morwaka isn’t speaking to him. Doesn’t he want to save the dragons?

As rebellion brews around him and his arch-rival tries to steal his dragon love’s heart, Tondoor learns that the answer he seeks might lie with a lunatic dragon lost somewhere in the other five corners of the world. Can Tondoor succeed in his quest to save the dragons he loves — and survive the ones he doesn’t — before the kraamlok destroys their world?

Dragons and more dragons in variety of cultures, a pristine planet with surprising links to our own, plenty of lore and legends, politics and culture, a bumbling starry extra-terrestrial, and a sweeping epic fantasy quest. Perfect for readers of any age who want an exciting dragon saga with lots of twists and surprises. Includes Book Club discussion questions.

Available in print and for Kindle at .

See reviews and learn about the dragons and their world at Sharon Plumb’s website.

Draco’s Child, Collapse of the Veil reviewed in Star Phoenix

Science fiction, fantasy capture interest of teens

“REGINA author Sharon Plumb offers a compelling read in Draco’s Child…”

“COLLAPSE of the Veil by prolific Regina author Alison Lohans…is unique in its development of a protagonist with authentic teen issues.”

This review article by Beverly Brenna was published in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix on January 15, 2011. Read the full article on the Star Phoenix website.

Family Literacy Day 2011 a huge success!

Family Literacy Day on January 27 was the occasion for a lot of reading in Saskatchewan! The Saskatchewan chapter of CANSCAIP held a series of author readings, both in-person and online, over three days.

In-person readings took place in Regina, Moose Jaw, and Prince Albert. Robin Alison Lohans was one of the authors who read in Regina.

Six authors, including Robins Linda Aksomitis and Sharon Plumb, took turns giving virtual presentations to as many as 55 schools at once in Saskatchewan’s largest-ever virtual event. The schools connected to the authors’ home computers via E-Live, an online classroom donated for the event by Credenda Virtual High School and College. Credenda also set up a website to publicize the event (no longer available).

School classrooms (and sometimes several classes together) could see and hear the authors during the presentations. The authors couldn’t see or hear the students, but schools could type comments and questions into a chat box for everyone to see. The authors took time to answer questions during their one-hour presentations.

Some of the questions posed by students:

  • Is it hard to write a book?
  • How old were you when you started to write?
  • Is the appaloosa horse your favourite animal?
  • If you could live in one of your books, which one would it be?
  • Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

Funding for the event was provided by the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

In all, over 7000 students from 435 classrooms in 120 schools took part in the Family Literacy Day celebrations. Keep reading, everyone!

What If? Magazine reviews Draco’s Child

Draco's Child, by Sharon Plumb
Draco’s Child, by Sharon Plumb

“Sharon Plumb’s Draco Child is a powerful debut novel.”

So says Lin Wang in her book review for What If? Magazine. What If? has been publishing top quality teen poetry, fiction, reviews, photos and artwork since February 2003. Their mission is to publish a quality print magazine featuring excellent creative work from Canadians 19 years of age and under. Their website features fiction, reviews, and more.

Note in 2013: What If? magazine appears to have disappeared. But you can read more of Lin Wang’s review at

Curriculum Links for Draco’s Child

Draco's Child, by Sharon Plumb
Draco’s Child, by Sharon Plumb

Draco’s Child is a young adult novel suitable for grades 6 and up (ages 12 and up). The novel’s themes fit into four of the five Saskatchewan English Language Arts contexts for grades K – 12. These are:

  • Imaginative and Literary Context (exploring imaginary worlds and possibilities through different genres including fantasy and science fiction): The characters in Draco’s Child live on a distant, somewhat Earth-like planet, and face unforeseen forces that no one they know has ever had to deal with before. They must think creatively and explore all their options carefully to figure out how to survive, and if possible, thrive.
  • Personal and Philosophical Context (self-concept, self-image, feelings, reflections, influential forces in our lives, ways of thinking and knowing): The main character of Draco’s Child, a young teenage girl named Varia, makes a series of choices that determine who—and what—she becomes. She makes her choices for a variety of reasons, never knowing for sure if she is doing the right thing. Along the way, she considers the value of friendship, of family and community, what it means to grow up and whether she wants to, and how she can tell if someone is trustworthy. She learns that it is never too late to undo, or at least recover from, a bad decision.
  • Communicative Context (different methods, forms, and issues related to language and communication): Varia faces the usual teenage issues of relating to her parents and her peers. But she faces the added problem of communicating with two very different aliens with very different ideas on what she should do. One, the star child, speaks through images it puts into her mind, but doesn’t seem to be able to read her thoughts in return—or can it? The other is a dragon that speaks a version of English that she teaches it, mixed with words from its own ancestral memory, whose meaning she can only guess. Complicating this further is her feeling that both of them know things they aren’t telling her. Somehow she must find out the truth.
  • Environmental and Technological Context (nature, animals, earth, sky, space, environmental issues): Varia’s people traveled to their new planet on a spaceship, surrounded by every kind of technology designed to make their trip comfortable and safe. They emerged into a wild, hostile rainforest where any wrong decision could mean the death of them all. To survive, they must study and understand the ecosystem they now live in. A question that becomes increasingly important is whether they can alter the ecosystem to suit their own preferred way of life, or whether they will have to adapt to life on the planet’s terms. A mystery that is solved over the course of the book is why there are no animals on the planet (except the one dragon) and what they can do to bring them back.

Bookworm’s Corner Debuts on January 24, 2011!

Bookworm’s Corner , Access 7s new community television series showcasing Saskatchewan picture book authors, is set to debut on January 24, 2011. Robins Alison Lohans, Anne Patton, Linda Aksomitis, and Sharon Plumb will be among the first authors to appear.

The shows are hosted by actress and author Jean Freeman. Each episode features two picture books being read to a live audience of Saskatchewan children. Most books are read by their authors, but some are read by other well-known prairie people.

Each show premieres on Access TV on Mondays at 3:30 pm, with reruns on the following Wednesdays and Fridays at 3:30 pm.

Showtimes for January and February are:

January 24, 2011
Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Christmas, Marion Mutala
Bill Bruin Shovels His Roof, Sharon Plumb Hamilton

January 31, 2011
L is for Land of Living Sky, Linda Aksomitis
The Lake in the Middle of Town, Neil Sawatzky

February 7, 2011
The Bone Talker, Shelley Leedahl, Read by Dr. Shauneen Pete
Dancing in My Bones, Anne Patton & Wilfred Burton

February 14, 2011
He Who Flies by Night: The Story of Grey Owl, by Lori Punshon, Read by Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan Dr. Gordon L. Barnhart
Sundog Rescue, Alison Lohans

February 21, 2011
The Always Team, Holly Preston
Waiting for the Sun, Alison Lohans

February 28, 2011
Fiddle Dancer, Anne Patton & Wilfred Burton
Nathaniel’s Violin, Alison Lohans