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Children's Fiction Squirrels

When the Squirrels Stole my Sister

by (author) Catherine Austen

illustrated by Sean Cassidy

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Oct 2021
Squirrels, Siblings
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1


My sister tamed a squirrel with peanuts until it ate out of her hand… So begins a tongue-in-cheek tale of taming gone wrong. When a genius squirrel launches a daring winter storage plan, big sister ends up high in the oak tree with a new furry family. But what will happen when her nuts run out? It's little sister to the rescue! In her own ingenious way.

Written by Catherine Austen and illustrated by Sean Cassidy, The Squirrels Stole my Sister is for animal lovers and little siblings everywhere.

About the authors

Catherine Austen was raised in Kingston, Ontario, the youngest of five children. She studied political science at Queen's University and environmental studies at York University. While procrastinating in the face of exams, she wrote several short stories for literary journals. She worked through the 1990s in Canada's conservation movement, campaigning for federal endangered species legislation. In 2000, Catherine quit office life to raise her children and work as a freelance writer for environmental organizations and First Nations. While procrastinating in the face of deadlines, she began writing children's fiction. Catherine writes from her home in Quebec, which she shares with her husband, Geoff, and their children, Sawyer and Daimon.

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Sean Cassidy has written and illustrated a number of titles, including Wake up, Henry Rooster, Gummytoes, a Blue Spruce Award nominee, and Good to be Small, which won the Mr. Christie's Book Award Silver Seal. The Chicken Cat, which marked his debut as a picture book illustrator won both the Mr. Christie's Book Award Gold Seal and the Ruth Schwartz Award. Sean lives near Orangeville, Ontario.

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