Sunday, December 29, 2013


Happy New Year to all readers on Nooks, Kobos, Sonys ... and Kindles.  

When I Die is now available in ALL digital formats.  To get your FREE eBook copy of When I Die, click here and enter your Coupon Code  RC69T 

Feel free to forward this post to all your friends. Offer expires January 5, 2014.

Remember: When I Die really works best as a printed picture book. You can order the book in trade paperback here.

Friday, December 20, 2013


I've been very remiss about keeping up with my blog posts. Where to start?

Spring and summer were spent working on my new book, just published this fall, When I Die, my first non fiction book, my first picture book, and my first book with my daughter-in-law, Bonnie Brask, who did all the photographs.

And that wasn't the only collaboration I worked on over the summer. My writing partner, Perry Nodelman, and I worked together to reissue Of Two Minds, the first book in our four-book fantasy series, with Starburst Publications. Perry's son Asa did the cover and I really love it. For anyone out there who likes fantasy check it out.

Speaking of reissues, Scholastic Canada reissued two books very near and dear to me: Greater Than Angels, a Holocaust book set in France, and In My Enemy's House, another Holocaust book, this one set in Germany.

And just a few days ago,Scholastic reissued The Lost Locket, a novel for grades 2-4.

Meanwhile, I'm working on a historical novel set in Arizona in 1882.
And, Fictive Press is reissuing my New Adult novel, Past Crimes- as the first of a new and hopefully very exciting series called Palm Springs Supernatural

Thursday, December 19, 2013

When I Die No. 34 on the Amazon Best Sellers List for Teen Health

No. 34 in the top 100 Amazon's Best Sellers list for Teen Health!  A meditation on death for children and their families, Carol's newest book and her first non-fiction, When I Die is a short picture book. Not everyone "gets" this book, but one reader certainly did, calling her review "Tiny Book, Huge Impact".

Since it is a picture book, illustrated with beautiful photos by Carol's daughter-in-law Bonnie Brask, I highly recommend getting the book in print. Its impact will be all the greater, especially if you are reading this book to a child.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


When I Die: A Meditation on Death for Children & Their Families by Carol Matas
Mark your calendar. When I Die: A meditation on death for children & their families will be FREE on Kindle this Saturday (Oct. 12) until Oct. 16. Just in time for Canadian Thanksgiving & Columbus Day! The book is also available in trade paperback, where the photos really pop.

Monday, July 8, 2013

When I Die, paperback version

The paperback version of  "When I Die"  is available from and from  Follow  the link below for Createspace where the shipping is cheaper! Unfortunately it is not available for sale on so you will have to ship from the U.S.

Friday, July 5, 2013


When I Die by Carol Matas. Available in print and Kindle ebook on Amazon
 When I Die is something completely different for me - a spiritual meditation that came to me one day when I was meditating. I "heard" the entire text and only modified it slightly for publication.
This book is also a family collaboration. My talented daughter-in-law Bonnie Brask took all the photographs to illustrate the text.

Also - I've gone digital! When I Die is published by a new e-publisher, Fictive Press. Consequently, the book is only available for order online. It works best in the print edition ($9.99 USD), where the color photos are so evocative, and you can have an actual book in your hands to share with your children or your grandchildren as needed. It is also available in Kindle eBook ($0.99 USD). (But if you view that edition remember you are not seeing the vivid colors and the "real" pictures you see in the print edition.)

I'd love to hear how you and your children react to When I Die. Feel free to send me a comment or, better yet, review it online when you order.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Number ONE on the Bestseller list!

Pieces of the Past is now number one on the Children's books  bestseller list at McNally Robinson's books.

Pieces Of The Past Book Launch!

Pieces of the Past, The Holocaust Diary Of Rose Rabinowitz launched on April 9th at the Berney Theatre at the Winnipeg JCC. It so happens that that was the date in  1940 Germany invaded Denmark - I wrote about that in my books, Lisa and Jesper. The Jewish Federation organized a wonderful program with a choir and beautiful singers, a collage of pictures from my book and then my presentation. I talked about how I came to tell the story of the Jewish war orphans who came to Canada after the war, and also why I chose to write about the Warsaw Ghetto and the hidden children of the Holocaust. My daughter Rebecca organized the whole thing and made it all possible as part of her job at the Rady. The turn out was fantastic. Afterwards

i talked to lots of people who all seemed to have loved the event and I signed lots of books. I also spoke to 2 sold out events for students at the theatre and they were also fantastic- the kids were great listeners and asked great questions.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Bestseller List 4 weeks in a row!

I'm really amazed that Pieces of the Past has made the bestseller list at McNally Robinson's Books for the 4th week in a row. And before the book even launches. Which, by the way, is coming up fast, this Tuesday, April 9, 7. PM,  at The Berney Theatre, JCC, Winnipeg.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Bestseller list 3 weeks in a row!

Pieces Of The Past has made the McNally Robinson Bestseller list for the third week in a row! Just a reminder that the launch is coming up next week- April 9, at the Berney Theatre, 7 PM. Very busy trying to figure out what to read. I'll also be reading to students on the 9th and the 10th in the afternoons, also at the Berney Theatre.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Bestseller List, Again!

Pieces of the Past on bestseller list for 2nd week
Pieces Of The Past, The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz, has made the McNally Robinson Bestseller list for a second week in a row. McNally's has done this wonderful poster to publicize the launch coming up April 9, as part of Holocaust Awareness Week.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Book Launch!

Announcing the launch for my brand new book Pieces Of The Past, The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1948. Tuesday, April 9, at the Berney Theatre, Asper Community Campus, 123 Doncaster Street, Winnipeg.
The event is part of Holocaust Awareness Week which begins April 17th and goes until April 12. The program is sponsored by The Holocaust Awareness Committee, The Rady JCC, and McNally Robinson Booksellers. Hope to see you all there!


Pieces Of The Past, The Holocaust Diary Of Rose Rabinowitz, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1948 is on the McNally Robinson's Bestseller list this week. What is so exciting about that is we haven't even launched the book here in Winnipeg. News of the launch coming soon!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

I Love To Read Month

On Tuesday I visited the Gray academy for I Love To Read Month. I read from "The Lost Locket" for grade 3 and a new, as yet unpublished picture book I have written for grade 1. (Which they loved and that was encouraging.) We made up a story with the grade one class and the grade 3's had more questions than there was time for. It was really great when I asked the children what their favourite book was and two of them said "The Proof that Ghosts Exist." When I said that I thought it was for older kids when I wrote it they were stunned- not realizing I was the author- of course with my friend Perry Nodelman! That was cool.

Monday, February 18, 2013

A Life Cut Short

The cover of this book is particularly haunting. This photo is of a young girl who did not survive The Holocaust. I look at her and wonder who she was and what exactly happened to her, and then think about who she might have become.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Popular Fantasy Soon to be Reissued

Fantasy never becomes dated! I am excited about the reissue of Of Two Minds, the first in a four-book series written with my friend and fellow author Perry Nodelman. Of Two Minds is as fresh as the first day the novel was published, and now has become a well loved classic! It is one of the top selling titles ever in the Japanese library system, and is read all over the world. Check back here for launch date and purchasing links.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Pieces of the Past, my new book launches in April 2013

My new book is finally done and available on Amazon and will soon be in bookstores. It is a Holocaust book called Pieces of the Past, set in Winnipeg in 1948 about a young Jewish orphan who arrives in the city and then begins to look back over her life during the war. A very haunting thing - the picture is of a young girl, name unknown, who perished during The Holocaust. There are 6 million people who were murdered. We can't tell all their stories but we can try to remember that each one had a story and a life that was precious and a life that was ripped away.