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Gracie’s a hit with some British fans

A little girl in England recently wrote an adorable letter praising Gracie’s Got a Secret. She said: “Thank you for the story of Greasy’s had a seacret [sic.] That is the best book.” I particularly love the “Greasy” reference.

A U.K. family also wrote a nice review on

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect bedtime read, 10 Oct 2012
Our whole family has fallen in love with this story and is now using the catchphrase “gotta go, gotta go” whenever we need to get out of the house! A really fun read with lovely illustrations, a perfect bedtime story for our 3 year old.
I am so delighted to get this kind of feedback. It’s an author’s dream.

“A cute storybook,” says website KidzWorld

The children’s website KidzWorld posted a review of Gracie’s Got a Secret, complete with a cool moving sequence of some inside pages, and a summary of the book. Here’s an excerpt:

“Gracie’s Got a Secret by Heather Conn is a cute storybook for young readers. Kids who enjoyed Finding Nemo will love Gracie. The story shows that all you need is willpower and determination in order to achieve the impossible.”

Click here to read the review and see the KidzWorld web page.

The KidzWorld site is aimed at young teens. I’ve found that teenage girls love Gracie and the illustrations.

Gracie a hit at Word on the Street

                                 — Ellie Ewert photo

Gracie and I appeared on Sept. 30 at Vancouver’s Word on the Street festival, sponsored by Kidsbooks, the largest children’s bookstore in western Canada. I’ve attended Word on the Street for many years, but this was my first time as a featured author. It was a glorious sunny day and I had fun introducing Gracie’s Got a Secret to a broader audience.

Many thanks to all of the publishers and volunteers who make this annual event such a success. In this digital age, the printed word is still thriving.

Gracie a hit at Word on the Street


— Ellie Ewert photo

Gracie and I had fun at Vancouver’s Word on the Street event on a beautiful, sunny Sunday. Colin Thomas of The Georgia Straight introduced me, then I did a brief reading from the book. Many thanks to Vancouver’s KidsBooks for sponsoring me as an author. Although I’ve attended the festival for many years, this was the first time that I presented as a writer.

The festival’s many volunteers and participating publishers always make this annual event a succeess. Even in today’s digital age, the printed word still thrives.

Gracie gains a mention in UBC alumni magazine

Trek magazine, the fine publication distributed by the University of B.C. to all alumni, included Gracie’s Got a Secret in its list of featured books in the September/October 2012 issue.

I’m pleased to be on the same page with Caroline Woodward’s novella The Village of Many Hats, published by Oolichan Books. I know Caroline from my days of living and teaching in the Nelson, BC area, when she owned Motherlode Bookstore in the West Kootenays. We met again at the 2012 Word on the Street Festival this fall, at the same time as this magazine appeared.

The Village of Many Hats is told from the point of view of a nine-year-old girl who, along with a wise hat maker, saves her village after tragedy strikes.

West Sechelt Elementary playground fundraiser was a hoot

What a fun time Gracie and I had last Saturday as the opening act for TV musical duo Bobs & Lolo. The kids of all ages were such good listeners . Some crept right up to the stage to watch my puppet show.

It was a beautiful sunny day with so many great activities organized by the parents’ advisory committee at West Sechelt Elementary. Balloon hats and face-painting were available, along with a bubbles machine and bouncy castle.

This event was an important fundraiser to create a new playground at West Sechelt Elementary. Thank you to everyone who gave generously and to the organizers for inviting Gracie and me. We had a hoot.

Join Gracie in Gibsons Aug. 25

Want to use your pennies for a good cause? Use them to help create a new playground in West Sechelt. I’ll be reading Gracie’s Got a Secret at an Aug. 25 public fundraising event at Dougall Park in Gibsons, BC.

I’ll start at 10:30 a.m. and will have puppets and other paraphernalia on hand. Copies of my book will be on sale for a special price of $10 — no tax!

Find out more in this article from the Coast Reporter

Gracie’s on Word on the Street’s Pinterest board

Gracie’s little orange face now appears on the Pinterest board of the Word on the Street Festival, along with adult and other children’s books. She’s in great company, with the likes of W. P. Kinsella (and his latest book, Butterfly Winter), Arthur Black, Annabel Lyon, Katherine Monk, and lots more.

I’ll be reading Gracie’s Got a Secret at Word on the Street in Vancouver in the fall and look forward to hearing other children’s authors read their book such as Alan Woo’s Maggie’s Chopsticks, and The Swing by Julie Morstad.

Gracie to appear at Vancouver’s Word on the Street


I’m delighted that Gracie and I will be appearing at Vancouver’s Word on the Street festival on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012.

Drop by the Authors’ Tent at 12:40 p.m. to hear me talk about the book and give a short puppet performance. We’ll be right outside the main public library downtown. I’m there as an “adopted author,” thanks to Kidsbooks in Vancouver.

I’ll be joining dozens of authors and publishers who will be sharing their wares with the city’s book lovers. I’ll have puppets on hand and will encourage lots of audience participation.


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Gracie to join Gibsons outdoor show Aug. 25

Heather Conn will be reading Gracie’s Got a Secret on Aug. 25 in Dougall Park, Gibsons as part of a fun-packed summer fundraiser for West Sechelt Playground.

Besides Heather and the headliner act of Bobs and Lolo, a popular singing group, there will be face painting, balloon animals, hot dogs, popcorn, refreshments, and a bouncy castle.

It’s all part of an effort to raise money to add engaging and accessible equipment to the playground at West Sechelt Elementary School. The proposed project includes replacing the existing gravel with an accessible ground cover. Phase one  alone will cost $130,000; phases two and three involve building new accessible park areas on the school grounds geared toward different ages.

The West Sechelt Playground Enhancement Committee is hosting the event. The cost is $10 for children over the age of one and $15 for adults; the family rate is $45. Tickets are available at the school, on Facebook, and on the website You can also contact Wing at 604-741-0633 for more information.

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