About the Author

Andrea Spalding

Andrea Spalding is a prolific writer for children.
Born in the industrial city of Manchester England, she trained as a teacher. Then, with husband David, Andrea immigrated to Canada in 1967. After living in Alberta for 24 years, Andrea and David relocated to British Columbia and live on Pender Island, one of Canada's Southern Gulf Islands.
Canadian life proved to be rich and varied. Curiosity about her chosen country compelled Andrea to listen to other Canadian immigrants who shared tales that later became her folktale book, A World of Stories.
A love of the outdoors prompted her and David to take their family and travel quintessential Canada. They've skated on frozen lakes, worked on dinosaur digs, and panned for Yukon gold. Andrea has whale-watched on both coasts, enjoyed vineyards and theatre festivals on the Niagara Peninsula, and tapped her feet in Toronto jazz clubs. A highlight West Coast experience was assisting in the carving an Aboriginal Honour Pole with Tsimshian master carver Victor Reece. These experiences provided background for her stories.
Andrea's first children's book, The Most Beautiful Kite In The World, was selected as a Canadian Children's Book Center's "Our Choice." She has garnered awards and nominations ever since. Her fantasy novels - The Summer of Magic Quartet - are avidly read by both children and adults. Her picturebook, Secret of the Dance, is her 30th. Written with Aboriginal Elder Alfred Scow, it has gained accolades from both the aboriginal and white communities.
Andrea gives school presentations across the country, and also teaches writing workshops, and in-service presentations to teachers, librarians, and any one interested in her passion for Children's Literature.

Visit Andrea's website at www.andreaspalding.com.

Books by this Author
Andrea Spalding 2-Book Bundle

Andrea Spalding 2-Book Bundle

Finders Keepers / An Island of My Own
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Behind the Sorcerer's Cloak

Behind the Sorcerer's Cloak

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Holly felt helpless and alone. She was cold and stiff from standing still. The mist closing in was creepy. She peered down the rapidly disappearing track, wondering if she should follow everyone. "I can't stay here," she mused out loud. "The tide wil cut me off." She steppped onto the track. Her toe kicked a small stone. It rolled before her, black, shiny and perfectly round. Holly picked it up. It was a bead, a polished jet bead.

 

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Dance Baby Dance

Dance Baby Dance

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Dance baby dance,
We'll dance with you.
Dance baby dance.
Friends dance around you.
Dancing, singing,
Voices ringing.
Join our circle.
Dance baby dance.
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Dance of the Stones

Dance of the Stones

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The third sunbeam shot its magical light into a valley. There towered a stone circle, great gray stones veiled in morning mist. The golden beam lit the dew-covered grass.

The tide of light flooded and washed each sarcenstone. The Stones were ready. As gray became gold, the largest stone spun on its axis, then stood sentinel as before. The dawn magic happened quickly, without witness. That was to change.

Four ordinary children were about to be called to The Circle.

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Heart of the Hill

Heart of the Hill

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It's Raining, It's Pouring
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It's raining, it's pouring,
The Old Man is snoring,
He went to bed with a cold in his head,
And he didn't get up in the morning.
Rain, rain, go away,
Little Girl wants to play.

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Me and Mr. Mah

Me and Mr. Mah

by Andrea Spalding
illustrated by Janet Wilson
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Seal Song

Seal Song

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Seasonings

Seasonings

Flavours of the Southern Gulf Islands
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Secret of the Dance

Secret of the Dance

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Solomon's Tree

Solomon's Tree

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“Tell me about your tree," said Uncle as he planed the angles of the face. "What did you see among the branches?"

Solomon described the hummingbird nest and the antics of the baby birds. Uncle rounded the brow with the adze, chipped the hollows of the eyes, and told the hummingbird story.

"Did your tree smell nice?" asked Uncle as he used the hook knife to carve the nose. Solomon remembered the sweet spring smell of sap and the pungent, fall odor of crushed leaves.

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The Keeper and the Crows

The Keeper and the Crows

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The White Horse Talisman

The White Horse Talisman

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It was seven minutes after midnight on the seventh day. Whoooooooosh! A flash of light streaked the sky. A shooting star touched a strange carving on the hillside and a magical horse shook itself free of the chalk and rose to its feet. It was seven minutes after midnight on the seventh day of the seventh month. The only person watching was Chantel. No matter. It was enough. The summer of magic could begin.

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White Horse Talisman
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It was seven minutes after midnight on the seventh day. Whoooooooosh! A flash of light streaked the sky. A shooting star touched a strange carving on the hillside and a magical horse shook itself free of the chalk and rose to its feet. It was seven minutes after midnight on the seventh day of the seventh month. The only person watching was Chantel. No matter. It was enough. The summer of magic could begin.

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