Meet JoAnn Yhard

Say hi to JoAnn  Yhard

JoAnn is one of the newest Nimbus authors whose book, “The Fossil Hunter of Sydney Mines,” has just hit the book stores. She’s a resident of Halifax and says she “writes mysteries and other stories on her yellow laptop, Bumble Bee.” Sounds like a fitting name for a yellow laptop. I quite like the sound of that. Don’t you?

I met JoAnn back in September when she attended my reading at Word on the Street and we’ve kept in touch since. JoAnn’s book won top prize in the Atlantic Writing Competition back in 2006. Way to go!!!

So what’s the book about you ask?

Well, for starters it’s a middle grade novel —8-12 years. So that means you adults can read it, too.

Thirteen-year-old Grace already has too much going on — grieving over her father’s mysterious death, dealing with her distraught mother’s erratic parenting, and evading her creepy nosy neighbour, Mr. Stuckless, just for starters. She and her friends Fred, Mai, and Jeeter like to get away from it all by hunting for fossils near their secret hideaway, the abandoned mine they’ve nicknamed The Black Hole. But when Grace receives a strange note regarding her father’s death, it sets off a chain of events that sees Grace and her friends turning into detectives to solve the mystery behind his suspicious accident. As the clues and suspects start piling up and the investigation becomes more and more dangerous, Grace and her friends find themselves racing against time through treacherous sinkholes and abandoned mine shafts to figure out what really happened to her father.

If you’d like to join her facebook fan page I’ve added the link.!/pages/The-Fossil-Hunter-of-Sydney-Mines/103530719681714?v=info

You can also check her out on the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia site if you want to get the real dirt, I mean scoop….Just kidding, JoAnn!

So if you like mysteries and dig fossils (that was supposed to be a lame joke) check out JoAnn’s book. I know I will.

Congratulations, JoAnn. I wish you all the best.

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  1. Jo Ann Yhard

     /  May 7, 2010

    Hi Laura,
    What a lovely write up! Thank you so much – that’s so sweet of you! I have gotten confirmation of the launch, June 3rd at 7pm at Chapters Bayer’s Lake. It would be great if you could come. If you’d like a real “in the mail” invitation….let me know your street address and I’ll forward to Nimbus.

    Thanks again, it’s lovely!


    • Glad you like it, JoAnn. It’s nice to give mention to a fellow NS and Nimbus author. I saw your book Thursday in Bridgewater. Not sure yet if I’ll make it to the launch. I’ll know as the time grows nearer. I’ll email my address.

      Once again, Congratulations. I know what an exciting time this is for you. Enjoy every wonderful moment.


  2. Congratulations to JoAnn on her new release, and thanks, Laura, for introducing me to another Canadian author. “Fossil Hunter” sounds like an interesting read.



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