They are also the founder of the No Big Deal Campaign, a social media initiative that helps people show support for transgender peoples’ right to have their pronouns used. Airton received a 2017 Youth Role Model of the Year Award from the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. Airton has worked with hundreds of teacher candidates to widen the circle of belonging and participation for students of all genders and sexualities. Airton’s scholarly work has appeared in the journals Sex Education, Curriculum Inquiry, and Teachers College Record. Susan Woolley, they are editing a forthcoming collection of lesson plans on gender diversity for K-12 teachers.
This novel is a journey, and one which will reward and keep readers thinking about it long after they’ve turned the last page.” Highly Recommended.Agent: Marie Campbell A former high school teacher, Don Aker has written nineteen books, among them several novels for teenagers.His young adult fiction has earned him numerous awards, among them the Canadian Library Association’s Honour Book Award for The Space Between, the Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award for The First Stone, Atlantic Canada’s Ann Connor Brimer Award for The First Stone and Of Things Not Seen, and the Canadian Authors Association’s Lilla Stirling Award for Of Things Not Seen and One on One.Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in that interweaves memoir, poetry, and photography together to address the complex and plural life experiences of intergenerational survivors of residential schools.He is also working on a novel, tentatively titled is on the IBBY List of Books for Children Living With Disabilities.Reef and Leeza’s frustrated love story and Reef’s justifiable anger at the manipulative politician Decker are the emotional threads that propel readers through the plot.The climax involves Reef’s going to confront Decker while Leeza races to stop him, and Aker uses short chapters alternating between the characters to keep readers on the edges of their seats.When she’s not writing she attends Al Hikmah Islamic Centre for their full time program on the study of the Qur’an.She also co-host of The Woman Up Podcast, an open discussion with women of all walks of life from almost every continent as they journey into self betterment, one conversation at a time.She is also a lawyer by profession and works closely with the South Asian Immigrant community in Toronto, which also helps her to find the seeds for incredible stories of courage, love, and resilience.Agent: Stephanie Sinclair Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from BC where he is pursuing a Ph D at Simon Fraser University where his research concentrates on Indigenous literature.