Rocket Man (2014)

Okay, not the Elton John version (although the song appears in the book:) It’s the title of my middle grade novel due out in May from Red Deer Press. The working title was “A Superhero Named Blob,” which became less suitable as we worked through the editing.

I think this is the final cover; my favourite part is the stylized rocket shooting for the moon.

Rocket Man cover


I’ve had some other exciting writing news lately. Later this year, I’ll be dedicating three months to working on my Lunenburg/Montbeliard novel thanks to a creation grant – thank you to … logo

Also, the Ontario Library Association (OLA) recently included The Power of Harmony on their Best Bets 2013 listas one of the ten best junior novels last year; it’s also a Hackmatack (readers’ choice award) Book for 2014/15, which I hope will involve more interaction with young readers.

So, that’s all good. Now, if Winter would only get the message that it’s been replaced by Spring – yet another snowstorm is due to attack us on Wednesday; I wish you a host of Wordsworth’s daffodils, ASAP:)

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but gay,
In such a jocund company!
I gazed-and gazed-but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.



About janlcoates

I'm a Nova Scotia children's author. My first picture book, "Rainbows in the Dark", was published in 2005, by Second Story Press. My young adult novel, "A Hare in the Elephant's Trunk" was published in the fall of 2010, by Red Deer Press.
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6 Responses to Rocket Man (2014)

  1. Darlene says:

    I love the cover of your new book. Congratulations on the recognition for The Power of Harmony, so well deserved. Good luck on the new book and happy writing for the next one. We are enjoying spring here and hope you folks will soon as well.

  2. Laura Best says:

    A snazzy new cover. I really like it! So happy for all your success, and hoping I’ll be able to make your book launch. I don’t suppose you have a date yet, right?

  3. Jan Langley says:

    I LOVE the cover of your new book and am anxious to read it!!! Does it have some BB in it????

  4. janlcoates says:

    No, Laura – no book launch date – maybe I’ll avoid it this time:) And yes, Jan – definitely some b-ball (with my vast knowledge picked up from watching Liam playing minor basketball – yikes!) Thanks for stopping by, Darlene!

  5. Peggy says:

    I’m looking forward to reading your new book, and thanks for posting Wordsworth’s poem. It lifted my mood around the time of our last snowfall. Dare we hope that spring is finally here?

  6. janlcoates says:

    Well, I’ve been shivering all day, Peggy – but thanks for stopping by. Seems Rocket Man won’t be out until the end of May. Maybe April showers will bring May flowers …

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