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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young adult NOVEL

149 pages / trade paper

Available in the US
World Rights Available

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one year commencing

ISBN: 978-1-895449-65-5

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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