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Karen Bass



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A fourth-generation Albertan, Karen grew up on a farm, attended the University of Alberta, and received a psychology degree from the University of Victoria. She started writing while working at a village library in northwest Alberta. Now that her husband is retired, they've decided to give southern Ontario a try and are currently living in Hamilton.
Her high school English teacher told her she should write, but it took twenty years before she finally gave it a try. She was instantly addicted. (And has since admitted to her teacher that she was right.)
Four of Karen's seven novels explore various aspects of her long-standing fascination with World War Two. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of the time period with readers of all ages.
In her latest two books she has branched into the supernatural and fantasy. Mostly, she enjoys action and adventure, whatever its form. Sharing that love with students is a particular joy.
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Readings, school & library visits, workshops upon request.
Two Times a Traitor, 2017
(middle grade) Pajama Press

The Hill, 2016
Pajama Press

Uncertain Soldier
Pajama Press, 2015

Graffiti Knight
Pajama Press, 2013

Drummer Girl
Coteau Books, 2011

Summer of Fire
Coteau Books, 2009

Run Like Jager
Coteau Books, 2008
2017 Junior Library Guild Selection
For: Two Times a Traitor

2016 Junior Library Guild Selection
For: The Hill

2016 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
For: Uncertain Soldier

2014 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
For: Graffiti Knight

2014 Alberta Literary Award's R Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature
For: Graffiti Knight

2014 Canadian Library Association YA Book of the Year Award
For: Graffiti Knight

2011 Bronze Medal for YA fiction, Moonbeam Children's Book Awards
For: Drummer Girl

2010 Honor Book, Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
For: Summer of Fire

2010 Gold Medal for YA fiction, IPPY Awards
For: Summer of Fire

2009 Silver Medal for YA fiction
For: Run Like Jager

2009 Honorable Mention for YA, Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Awards
For: Run Like Jager

2009 CHSBC Readers' Choice Award
For: Run Like Jager

2009 CCBC starred Best Books choice
For: Run Like Jager

2009 CAA Exporting Alberta Award
For: Run Like Jager
Other Memberships
The Writers' Union of Canada
Writers Guild of Alberta
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