Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan lives in New Westminster, British Columbia. Sophie, in Shadow is Kernaghan?s ninth book in the fantasy genre. Eileen?s first young adult fantasy, Dance of the Snow Dragon, was set in 18th century Bhutan. It was followed by The Snow Queen, which won an Aurora Award for Canadian science fiction and fantasy, and was shortlisted by the Canadian Library Association for Best Children?s Book of the Year. The Alchemist?s Daughter, set in Elizabethan England, was shortlisted for the Sheila Egoff Prize for Children?s Literature and the Manitoba Young Readers? Choice Award. Winter on the Plain of Ghosts, which also appeared in 2004, is an adult historical fantasy set in the ancient Indus Valley civilization. Wild Talent: a Novel of the Supernatural, a novel of spiritualism in Victorian England and fin de siècle Paris, appeared in 2008, and was shortlisted for a Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.







young adult novel

325 pages / Mass Market

Available in the US
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Teacher Resource Guide

Dance of the Snow Dragon

ISBN: 978-1-895449-41-9


Dance of the Snow Dragon is an engrossing tale of spiritual develpment and magical wonder set in the Buddhist enclaves of the Himalayas. This unique coming-of-age novel allows for in-depth comparisons between Far Eastern mysticism and North American adventure.

“Kernaghan unwinds this tale with powerful force and tight control.”
Quill & Quire.

“This is one of the best fantasies for young people that I have read for some time.”
Vancouver Sun.

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" selection

Ages 13+

 Selected Reviews

Barbour, Douglas. “Snow Dragon breathes the magic of life's journey.” Edmonton Journal . November 26, 1995.
B.C. Bookworld (Autumn 1996): 42.
Beaty, Mary. Quill & Quire (June 1995).
Boulanger, Annie. “Meeting a new challenge.” Burnaby Now . June 28, 1995. 11.
Boulanger, Annie. “Writers honour Kernaghan's contributions.” Royal City Record/Now . June 28, 1995. 14.
Deakin, Andrea. “Surprises and delights in fact and fiction.” Vancouver Sun . August 26, 1995.
Harris, Mark. “Fantasy's world divided.” Vancouver Sun . November 18, 1995.
Jenkinson, Dave. Canadian Children's Literature (July 1996): 56-7.
Keller, Better. “Philosophical aspects add spice to familiar genres.” Coast Independent . October 21, 1996. 2.
Litva, Tanya. “Dial m for mother.” B.C. Bookworld (Summer 1995): 10.
Lyons, Terri L. “A spiritual quest.” Canadian Children's Literature (Spring 1996): 61-2.
Rothstein, Ellen. “The portrait: Eileen Kernaghan.” Bookmark (March 1995): 137-8.
de Vos, Gail. Resource Links (February 1996): 128.
Walsh, Jim. British Columbia Library Association Reporter (November 1995): 15-6.

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