Kathy Stinson

Kathy Stinson was born in 1952 in Toronto, where she has lived all her life. She attended the University of Toronto in the early 1970's, while working as an elementary school teacher. In 1982 she published her first children's book, the award-winning Red is Best (Annick), and she has since produced picture books for children at a phenomenal rate. Fish House Secrets was Kathy's first foray into the area of young adult fiction, and it went into a second printing in mass market paperback format. Her latest young adult novel, one year commencing, was published by Thistledown Press in the spring of 1997.

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160 pages / Mass Market

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ISBN: 978-1-895449-10-5
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Kathy Stinson

Set in the beautiful environs of the Canadian East Coast, this novel draws the reader into the struggles of two troubled teens whose encounter helps them to confront and overcome their problems.

An excellent starting point for giving students the opportunity to reflect on family values and their effect on the life pressures of teens.

Ages 9-13


Barclay, Pat. “Live and learn.” Books in Canada (November 1992): 38.
Campbell, Marie. “Foregrounding Narrative Voice.” Canadian Children's Literature No. 75 (1994): 75-6.
Heiman, Carolyn. “Juvenile readers should love these books.” Victoria Times-Colonist . December 13, 1992. M4.
Henderson, Jay. “New books make for great stocking stuffers.” Cochrane This Week . December 8, 1992. 14.
Jenkinson, Dave. Canadian Book Review Annual (1993): 330.
MacCallum, Elizabeth. “Grandfather knows best.” Globe and Mail . June 12, 1993.
Mackey, Margaret. Canadian Materials (October 1992): 272.
Mahoney, Anne Louise. “Starred Review.” Quill & Quire . (July 1992).
Powers, Maureen. “Novel reveals pitfalls of peer pressure.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix . July 25, 1992. D11.
“YA winners.” Atlantic Books Today (Fall 1992).

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young adult NOVEL

149 pages / trade paper

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ISBN: 978-1-895449-65-5
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Kathy Stinson

Kathy Stinson's young adult novel,one year commencing, is set in downtown Toronto, where the main character, Al, faces a terrible choice. Every summer she leaves her home in Alberta to spend a month with her father in the East, but this year she must spend a whole year with him, and after that she must decide where her permanent home will be. This is not her father's choice, or her mother's; a court order, made years before, puts the whole responsibility on her. Based on a real-life situation, and dedicated to the young woman involved, one year commencing is a passionate, often funny story, which never makes Al's dilemma seem simpler than it is. It is both a novel and a document for our times.

 Ages 9-13

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