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The Copycat by Wendy McLeod MacKnight

Happy Friday! Author Wendy McLeod MacKnight dropped by to chat with me about The Copycat, Erwin Madrid, Ali, school librarians, story, and New Brunswick. I wrote the words in purple, and she wrote the words in black. Thank you, Wendy! 


Illustration Credit: Erwin Madrid | Art Director Credit: Paul Zakris
Erwin Madrid’s cover illustration for The Copycat is so much fun! I love Ali’s shadow, the fog, and the Victorian house in the distance. He really sets the stage for what’s inside! And it also blew me away, because in the book, I based my main character’s house on the house where my grandparents used to live, When I saw the final cover art I squealed, because Erwin had recreated the house perfectly thanks to Google! 

The Copycat tells the story of twelve-year-old Ali, who’s spent her whole life trying to fit in by copying the kids at whatever new school she’s enrolled in this year. At least she isn’t like her father, who is a real Copycat and can actually change into anything. When her f…

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