About the Author

Ingrid Lee

I was born in East York in 1948, the daughter of a Canadian soldier and his Dutch war bride. I graduated from the University of Toronto and became a teacher of lots of things, but mostly of art and English. I guess I have taught thousands of Toronto's great kids over the years and they have taught me too.As a child I read widely. I liked all sorts of fairy tales and animal stories by authors like the Brothers Grimm and Thornton Burgess. Maida's Little Shop by Inez Haynes Irwin was also a favourite. I have two children, Katie and Mackenzie, who gave me ideas for stories while they were growing up. Kate had a little plastic guy and I wrote a set of books about this toy from two different perspectives. Sometimes I get ideas from things I do. I like to build sand sculptures on beaches and I wrote a picture book once about finding a dragon shape in the sand. Other ideas seem to fall into my lap when I'm busy with something else. If I don't commit those to paper right away, they vanish. I'd like to do some art for one of my books. Sometimes when I can't sleep, I draw or paint a bit of a scene from one of my stories. Maybe I'll be brave enough to submit these to a publisher one day. I still live in Toronto, in a little bungalow with lots of big maples and a skunk or two. Mackenzie is here with his dog, and my daughter Katie often comes to visit.

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Cat Found

Cat Found

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tagged : cats
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From Cat Found

Billy looked down at the plywood crates again. He bent close and called, "Cat. Hey, cat."
The stray practically rushed into his arms.
Billy didn't know what to do. He stood up with his hands full of cat. Cat hair stuck to his shirt. Black powder smeared his skin. Billy looked around for some help. People hurrying by paid him no mind. They had their dinners to think about. He was just a dirty boy with a dirty cat.
The cat felt so light. Billy could feel its heart beating out of time.

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Dragon Tide

Dragon Tide

by Ingrid Lee
illustrated by Soizick Meister
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It was early morning. A stranger knelt by the edge of the sea, scooping armfuls of dark wet sand into a pile. Every so often she leaned back and hunched her shoulders. It was hard work.

Soon the sun drew others to the beach. Two children ran past the girl, peppering her skin with sand. They cried out when the cold surf stung their feet.

The girl packed the sand down gently, leaving palm prints in the hill that rippled beneath her fingers. She cupped and coaxed the sand. Suddenly a sleepy eye stared back. When the children turned to look, it winked at them lazily.

They blinked.

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George Most Wanted

George Most Wanted

by Ingrid Lee
illustrated by Stephane Denis
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Chop, chop! Bits of the night flew everywhere. George tried to steer the rocket, but he had no hands. How could he steer the rocket without his big strong hands? He stepped on the brakes, but he had no shoes. How could he stop the rocket without his shiny red shoes? George looked down. His jumpsuit was gone. His body was gone. And so was his rocket. All he saw was a big dark planet. He was going to crash!

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George the Best of All

George the Best of All

by Ingrid Lee
illustrated by Stephane Denis
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George, the Best of All!

George, the Best of All!

by Ingrid Lee
illustrated by Stephane Denis
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George stood up in the saddle and waved his hand in the air. He went up and down, up and down. The lights of the night sky glittered in his eyes. He would get himself a hat. He would get himself a pair of silver spurs to match his silver saddle. He would blaze a new trail clear across the country!

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Maybe Later

Maybe Later

by Ingrid Lee
illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
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One day, Johnny stuck his nose in his grandpa's closet and found a bottle. It was made of dark green glass. A sandy cork was plugged in the top. The sand was as hard as cement. Johnny took the bottle to the sunroom where his grandpa was snoozing. He jumped on the sofa. "What's in the bottle?" he demanded. "Well now, that's a puzzle," his grandpa said. "I never did figure that out." Johnny held the bottle up to the sun. A shadow lurked inside the green glass. There was something inside for sure.

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The True Story of George

The True Story of George

by Ingrid Lee
illustrated by Stephane Denis
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Up! Up! He climbed through the sky on a wave of white water. The wave licked the big sky like a giant tongue. It was the greatest wave in the sea and he, George the Brave, George the Steadfast, rode the wild thing.

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Thief Girl

Thief Girl

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
tagged : law & crime
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