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Jessica Flem has spent most of her life reacting allergically to everything — even when she’s acing her favourite video game. She’s used to a nose that never stops running, but is not at all prepared for the mysterious power that shows up around her thirteenth birthday — the ability to transform her mucus-filled tissues into slimy magical helpers! And just in time, too. It turns out there are forces both good and evil who have had their eyes on her and three other “special” kids since their exposure at birth to a mysterious element called reidium. Jess must draw on her full video game knowledge to face the evil Boss’s quest for world domination. The stakes mount higher and higher, but with her best friend Cliff at her side and her arsenal of mighty... um, tissues, Jess is determined to make Dimly, a safe place once again. The series is penned by an all-star line-up of the funniest writers for kids in Canada: Kevin Sylvester (MiNRS and Neil Flambe series) Ted Staunton (Bounced; Seven series), Lesley Livingston (Wondrous Strange; Valiant series) and Richard Scrimger (Zomboy; The Nose from Jupiter). Each book also features a 7-page “origin story” comic strip and spot illustrations by Britt Wilson.



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Kevin Sylvester

Hi everyone.

My name is Kevin Sylvester and I am an illustrator, writer and broadcaster.

My sci-fi series MINRs is out. Book #1 was named a CLA honor book and is up for awards in Georgia and Manitoba.

You may also have heard about my young chef/detective, Neil Flambé. There are 6 books in his series so far. "Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders" won the prestigious Silver Birch Fiction award in Ontario in 2011.

Book 6 is called "Neil Flambé and the Duel in the Desert." Neil is looking for a lost gold mine and trying to escape from a crazed sheriff.

Super-chef Gordon Ramsay calls the series "Good Fun" and it had garnered critical praise and sales!

There are lots of other books to check out as well.

"Super-Duper Monster Viewer" lets you see the monsters who are right in front of you! Right now! But like all technology, there can be some bugs to work out.

"Baseballogy" has lots of weird and interesting facts about America's pastime, such as early pitcher sometimes used fish eyeballs as the centers for baseballs!

Cindy Winters is the hero of "Splinters", my first picture book. Cindy is a young girl who only wants to play hockey, but the mean coach and her daughters won't let her. Can her fairy goaltender come to the rescue?

"Game Day" is a look behind the scenes at sporting events. I interviewed twenty fascinating people - from anthem singers to Zamboni drivers. The athletes can't do a darned thing if these people don't do their jobs and do them well.

"Showtime" take a similar look at the world of show business.

"Follow Your Money" takes a look at common financial transactions.

I've been lucky enough to write and illustrate three other best-selling books -"Sports Hall of Weird" and "Gold Medal for Weird" for kids and Shadrin Has Scored for Russia for bigger kids. "Gold Medal" won the 2009 Silver Birch for Non-Fiction.

I'm also a broadcaster and was a regular on national radio in Canada for years and years. I even covered eight Olympic Games. My favourite Games were the 2006 Torino Winter Olympic Games. I fell in love with the city and produced a documentary on Torino called "The Invisible City". I've produced other documentaries on topics ranging from racism in hockey to the history of church bells in Canada.

I now spend most of my time in my attic studio.

As for education, I came to Toronto to study English and Philosophy at the University of Toronto. I've also studied Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Art and Design. I was named a Massey Journalism Scholar in 2007 and used the time to study theology at the University of Toronto.



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