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Our Canadian Girl: Treasury Volume One

by (author) Sharon McKay, Lynne Kositsky, Julie Lawson & Kathy Stinson

Publisher
Penguin Group Canada
Initial publish date
Nov 2003
Category
General
  • Unknown

    ISBN
    9780670044849
    Publish Date
    Nov 2003
    List Price
    $18.00

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Description

Since the first Our Canadian Girl book was published, children, teachers and librarians across the country have raved about the courageous young girls who bring Canada's past to life. Now, fans of the acclaimed series can collect beautiful hardcover editions of the first four books that started it all.

In Emily: Across the James Bay Bridge, Emily discovers B.C.'s Chinatown in 1896 and befriends Hing, her middle-class family's servant. In Penelope: Terror in the Harbour, Penelope's world is rocked-literally-with the 1917 Halifax harbour explosion. In Marie-Claire: Dark Spring, Marie-Claire's life in 1885 Montreal is turned topsy-turvy amidst a smallpox outbreak and some drastic family changes, and in Rachel: A Mighty Big Imagining, Rachel, a freed slave, dreams of a better life in Nova Scotia, only to find that Canada brings its own set of hardships.

About the authors

Sharon McKay is an award-winning author of many books for parents and children, including Penelope from the Our Canadian Girl series. Her first young adult novel, Charlie Wilcox, won the Geoffrey Bilson Award and was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and the Ruth Schwartz Award. Charlie Wilcox's Great War, the sequel, was nominated for a 2003 Red Maple Award. Esther, her most recent novel for young adults, was shortlisted for a 2004 Governor General's Award.

 

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Lynne Kositsky is an award-winning poet and the author of several novels in Penguin's Our Canadian Girl series, including Rachel: A Mighty Big Imagining, which won the White Raven Award. Lynne's fiction has been nominated for the Geoffrey Bilson, White Pine, Golden Oak, Hackmatack Awards, in 2006 she won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Youth for The Thought of High Windows. She lives in Vineland, Ontario, with her husband, Michael, a composer, and her two shelties, who provided the template for Tempest, the doggy character in Minerva's Voyage.

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Julie Lawson spent 18 years as an elementary school teacher before becoming a full-time author in 1991. Since then, she has published over twenty books for young people, garnering awards and nominations, critical acclaim, and much recognition. Julie divides her time between writing at home and visiting schools and libraries. She has spoken to Roundtable groups, toured for Canadian Children's Book Week, conducted writing workshops, taught university courses on writing children's literature, and been a presenter at conferences for adults and children across North America. She lives in Victoria, B.C.

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Kathy Stinson is a familiar name in children’s literature. She wrote the award-winning Red is Best and Big or Little?—two of the first picture books for preschoolers in Canada. Both were a huge success and have since achieved international acclaim. Red is Best 25th Anniversary Edition was released in 2006 a newly illustrated Big or Little? was published in 2009. Kathy’s latest book, The Man with the Violin (2013), was greeted with rave reviews, including starred reviews in Kirkus and uill & uire. Illustrated by Duan Petricic, this beautifully evocative picture book tells the true story of world-renowned violinist, Joshua Bell, who conducted an experiment by anonymously playing his priceless violin in the Washington D.C. subway station. Kathy grew up in Toronto. “My love affair with books began as a child,” she says. “I remember regular visits to the library, getting stacks of books to read.” She still has a notebook of stories that she wrote when she was in grade four. She believes that reading a lot is the key to becoming a good writer. In the early 1970s Kathy attended university while teaching elementary school. In 1981, she took a course called “How to write and get published.” The titles she has published in the years since range from picture books to young adult novels, from historical fiction chapter books to short stories in the horror genre. 2008 sees the publication of her first brand-new picture book in sixteen years! Kathy enjoys visiting schools across Canada, and especially talking with fellow writers. In 1987 she traveled to England as part of an exchange of Canadian and British children’s authors. She has helped students across Canada pursue their own creative projects through the Writers in Electronic Residence program, and in many communities has conducted writing workshops for children and for adults. When she’s not busy writing or reading, Kathy is a self-proclaimed jigsaw puzzle addict. Her children now grown, she lives with her partner, editor Peter Carver, in a hamlet not far from Guelph, Ontario.

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