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Catherine Austen



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Catherine Austen was raised in Kingston, Ontario. She studied Political Science at Queen's University and Environmental Studies at York University before moving to the Ottawa area to work for several conservation organizations. Catherine wrote occasional short stories for adults in her teens and twenties. Her first children's novel, Walking Backward, was published in Fall 2009 by Orca. She has since published a picture book, My Cat Isis, illustrated by Virginie Egger (Kids Can Press) and three more novels, 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6 (Lorimer), 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6 (Lorimer) and All Good Children (Orca), which won the 2012 CLA Young Adult Book Award. Catherine lives with her family in a little house with a big yard in Aylmer (Gatineau), Quebec.
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28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6
Lorimer, 2014

All Good Children
Orca Book Publishers, 2011

26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6
James Lorimer & Company, 2011

Walking Backward
Orca Book Publishers, 2009

My Cat Isis
Kids Can Press, 2011
Virginie Egger, Illustrator
Canadian Library Association 2012 Young Adult Book Award

Quebec Writers' Federation 2012 Prize for Children's and YA Literature

2012/13 Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (English Fiction)

2012 Sunburst Award (YA)

2013 White Pine Honour Book
Other Memberships
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Quebec Writers' Federation
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Writers' Union of Canada
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