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Don Cummer



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Don Cummer was born in Calgary, Alberta, where his family owned and operated a ranch in nearby Bragg Creek. He moved to Ottawa to do post-graduate studies in Canadian history and was drawn to the political life. He worked in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition and the Prime Minister's Office. He has built a business as a freelance speechwriter, serving clients in Montreal, Toronto and the National Capital Region.

While driving his son to hockey tournaments, he passed the time by telling stories about a father and son fighting in the War of 1812. He then began a long apprenticeship to learn how write for children – thanks for your help, CANSCAIP!

His short story, “The Burying Grounds” won The Writers Union of Canada’s Writing for Children competition in 2012. It has become a chapter in "Brothers at War" -- his first book. He is represented by The Cooke Agency.
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Presentations on history or literary arts.
Brothers At War, Scholastic Canada, 2013
A Hanging Offence, Scholastic Canada, 2015
The Writers Union of Canada "Writing for Children Award," 2012
Runner-up, SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, Eastern Canada
Finalist, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
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