Leonard prefers to watch the world around him-he doesn't want to "engage" himself, as his controlling mother would put it. His observations lead him to discover that we all have our own personal obses
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"Although the plot of The Dewpoint Show
has twists and turns, it is for the most part a steadily-paced story about a boy's daily life and the consequences that ripple out from each personal interaction. Howard focuses on character development in her effort to create a funny realistic narrative that will appeal to boys without being a stereotypical sports-action or adventure fantasy tale. Leonard's life is quite normal - it's the cast of idiosyncratic characters who create the entertainment." Recommended
— CM Magazine
"This book is written beautifully, with parts of it as seen through a video camera. The author exaggerates the personalities of a few characters, such as the ignorant parents, which deepens the reading experience. The book has humor as well, such as the eccentricities of Vivian, the next door neighbor who draws Leonard, the main character, into taking a more active part in life."
— Teen Reviewer
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has written extensively for adults, primarily in the form of essays and short fiction. Her pieces have appeared in numerous publications including Alberta Views, Alberta Anthology, and Freefall. In 2009, she was awarded the Writers Guild of Alberta Award for Short Fiction. Her adult novel, Whipstock, was published in 2001. The Dewpoint Show is her first novel for young adults.