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Children's Fiction Marine Life

Kah-Lan and the Stink Ink

by (author) Karen Autio

illustrated by Emma Pedersen

Crwth Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
Marine Life, New Experience, Environment
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2020
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 8
  • Grade: 2 to 3


Kah-Lan is a young sea otter ready to leave the raft he grew up in. He sets off for adventure in an ocean filled with new sights and sounds and smells - among them humans and the sharp scent of fuel.

The ocean is a dangerous place for an otter on his own, and Kah-Lan must find other otters to raft with if he wants to survive.

Kah-Lan eventually makes new friends, two young male otters named Zid and Gula. After the three friends weather a storm together, they head off in search of new hunting grounds. But the storm brough new dangers, and Kah-Lan and his friends soon find themselves on a mysterious and dangerous jouney. Along the way, Kah-Lan discovers that help can be found in some very surprising places.

About the authors


KAREN AUTIO was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and grew up creative and horse-loving in nearby Nipigon. Around the age of nine she began writing stories just so that she could illustrate them. Karen believes one of the best parts of writing is when her characters become “real” enough that they start directing the story! When she’s not writing, freelance editing, or presenting to students about the research and inspiration behind her books, Karen enjoys canoeing, photographing nature, reading, and travelling. Karen lives in Kelowna, British Columbia. Visit her at


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Emma Pedersen is an illustrator and concept artist with a love for visual storytelling and character design. With BFAs from the Ontario College of Art and Design in drawing and painting, and from Sheridan College in illustration, Emma specializes in children’s illustration. Her first picture book is Queenie Quail Can’t Keep Up (2019). Emma lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her partner and a beloved, and smelly, little dog.


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