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, and 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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    Read or download the first chapter of 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6 - and all my other books - right now.

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Teen Fiction

All Good Children cover My first teen novel, the award-winning dystopian thriller, All Good Children, from Orca Book Publishers. 

Winner of the Canadian Library Association's 2012 Young Adult Book Award and the 2012 Sunburst Award (for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic).

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Picture Books

My Cat Isis cover My first picture book: My Cat Isis, illustrated by Governor General's Award-winning artist Virginie Egger (Kids Can Press).

Coming soon with Fitzhenry & Whiteside: When Squirrels Stole My Sister.

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Middle-Grade Fiction

28 tricks cover From my first novel, the highly-acclaimed diary fiction, Walking Backward (Orca), to my award-winning comedy, 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6 (Lorimer), and its companion novel, 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6 (Lorimer), there's something for every taste and reading level in the middle grades.

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Canada Council logoI am grateful for the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million 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.


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