2016 Evron Author's Guide

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Hey kids!!

The new 2016 Author’s Guide is out!! Yeah!!

Now you can leaf through the GUIDE page by page, while reading the book.

Try out a few pages, and see what you think. Download part or all of the GUIDE in PDF format (2.8 MB).


Evron, and creator Bryan Smillie will be attending the Kidscreen Summit 2015 in Miami this February.

Last year's event welcomed over 1,600 delegates from 47 countries around the world. This year's event will continue to offer participants an unparalleled opportunity to exchange ideas, and to keep abreast of important issues and trends in the fast-moving international kids entertainment industry.

WOW!!! Evron has made it to HOLLYWOOD, and the adapted screenplay from his book has made it to the semifinal round of one of the most prestigious screenwriting contests in the world. Visit the Big Break Contest page and you'll find us in the Semifinalists Feature section under Family/Animated.

Evron continues to visit and meet kids from around the world. He most recently travelled to Barbados to meet the students at St.Martin’s Mangrove Primary School in St. Philip’s Parish, and then this past June got together with the young people from the Kingdom Child Project Orphanage in Kampala, Uganda.

Because of the universality of his message, kids continue to love him everywhere.

View some of the latest reviews of A Time for Evron at Bibliotastic. People are loving the book!

A Time for Evron is now available on Bibliotastic as a free ebook
(PDF, EPUB and PRC/Kindle). Visit bibliotastic.com to learn more.

Evron travels to Singapore and the Far East and is now on board with Learners Publishing in Singapore which specializes in the creation of Complementary Learning Materials (CLM) in English for the international market.

Learners Publishing have a team of experienced and dedicated editors and designers, and work with a pool of experienced teachers and talented professional writers in Singapore, Britain, and Australia.

In a recent publication, Adventures in Reading 5, Evron is part of a new kids’ reader, and in the company of many well loved writers such as Lewis Carroll, Cat Stevens, Astrid Lindgren, Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Charles Dickens.

To find out more about Learners Publishing go to www.learners.com.sg.

Evron has recently been involved with two of Canada’s top universities, McGill University in Montreal, and York University in Toronto.

At McGill, A Time for Evron is now mandatory reading in Dr. Christopher Milligan’s 4th year Faculty of Education Professional Seminar Course (EDEC 405-004). At York University, author Bryan Smillie recently gave a lecture to 2nd and 3rd year English students on Exploring Canadian Children’s Literature From an Author’s Perspective. (PDF: 168 KB)

A Time For Evron On The Web


Hey kids! A Time for Evron is on YouTube.

Go to YouTube where we have four videos of Sara and Carlie discussing A Time for Evron.

International Children’s Digital Library

You can now visit A Time for Evron at the International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) at the University of Maryland.

A Time For Evron at ICDL.

Download all or part of the book; show your friends, your teachers, make copies of chapters for class discussions.

For more information on the ICDL you can download a brochure. (PDF: 160 KB)

School Visits

Invite award-winning author Bryan Smillie for a day visit to your school.

In up to 6, one hour long interactive class presentations, students will be stimulated and engaged in everything from the writing and creative process, to the part they can play in further enriching their own lives. From kindergarten to grade 8, from fairy tales to Maslow's Theory of Self-Actualization, it's all part and parcel of A Time for Evron, the hot new kid's book most want to read more than once. Email Bryan Smillie at shabrya@sympatico.ca to discuss a specially tailored visit to the needs of your school.

Click on an images below to see some classroom photos of past school visits:

Photos from Kingdom Child Project Orphanage in Kampala, Uganda

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Photos from St. Martin’s – Mangrove Primary School in St. Philip’s Parish, Barbados

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Believe in You by Amanda Marshall

This Canadian singer/songwriter has these excerpts from her incredible song of hope Believe in You, at the beginning of A Time for Evron.

Somewhere someone’s reaching
Trying to grab that ring
Somewhere there’s a silent voice
Learning how to sing
Some of us can’t move ahead
We’re paralyzed with fear
And everybody’s listening
Cause we all need to hear

I believe in you
I can’t even count the ways that
I believe in you
And all I want to do is show you
I believe in you
I will hold you up
I will help you stand
I will comfort you when you need a friend
I will be the voice that’s calling out
I believe in you

The beautiful metaphors contained in this song mirror perfectly the central theme of the book which is each kid's own self-growth, and helping each other in life's daily struggles.

Network of Sacred Heart Schools

Recently while attending a conference, Bryan Smillie came across these inspiring words in a Grade 8 Graduation Programme from the The Network of Sacred Heart Schools in Chicago. He believes the words reflect beautifully some of the underlying themes in A Time for Evron, and are of special significance for young people growing up today. They are included in his book.

Helped by adults and peers to be
truthful and honest with yourself,
you will grow in self-confidence
by dealing realistically
with your gifts and limitations.
Not all are leaders,
not all are athletes,
not all are artists.
Do not grieve what talents God did not give you,
but recognize and rejoice in
the worth of others.
Discover your particular gifts
and develop your unique potential.
If you are sensitive to people, care for them.
If you are a scholar, share your love of learning.
If you create with your hands, give the world beauty.
When you find humour and laughter in your life, give
others your joy.
The gift you have received, give as a gift.

Information Sheet

For more information on the book download an information sheet.
(PDF: 2 MB)

Real Life Inspirations For The Book

Bryan Smillie’s grade 6 class welcomed Mr. Al Sellers who is one of the real life inspirations behind the fictional character Mr. Burrows in the book.

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Bryan Smillie’s Grade 6 class welcomed Elvira Bitrovska, one of the real life inspirations for the fictional character Vahid in the book. Elvira lost her father in the Bosnian war when she was only 10 years of age.

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About The Author

Bryan Smillie is a recipient of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario Writer’s Award (2004) and the Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection (2003).

He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto. He is a retired teacher and counselor with over thirty years experience working with young people from kindergarten to pre-college and university. He continues to teach and counsel part-time.

For an author interview with Bryan Smillie go to the International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL).

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