Catherine Austen books for young people

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"Her writing cuts straight to the heart."

(The Globe and Mail).

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Funny, Sad, Award-winning books.

Whether you've read my books or not (yet), I hope you'll enjoy browsing this website. It houses facts on me and my work, tips for young writers, and lots of fun stuff to read - from first chapters to dumb jokes and zombie survival tips.

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Books and Stories

All Good Children coverLearn more about my writing  for children, teenagers, and adults.

(At left, my dystopian thriller, All Good Children, winner of the Canadian Library Association's 2012 Young Adult Book Award.)

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Fun Stuff

hieroglyphsWhether you're looking for writing tips, phobia facts, or a crossword puzzle, there's something fun for you here.

(At left, some "Ancient Egyptian fun stuff" to supplement my first picture book.)

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School and Library Visits

10 tricks for a fearless writing lifeLooking for an author visit? I offer presentations for all ages -- from one-hour meet-the-author sessions, to half-day writing workshops, to week-long regional book festival tours.

(At left, the opening image of my middle-grade presentation on "10 Tricks for a Fearless Writing Life.")

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Canada Council logoI am grateful for the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which invests millions of dollars every year to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

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I gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, which invests millions of dollars every year to help the arts flourish throughout Quebec. Merci!

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