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Julie Lawson

Julie Lawson is the award-winning author of many books for young people. Her three novels for Dear Canada have been acclaimed by readers of all ages. A Ribbon of Shining Steel was nominated for both the CLA Book of the Year Award and the Hackmatack Award, No Safe Harbour won the Hackmatack Award, and Where the River Takes Me was a runner-up for the Bolen Books Children's Book Prize. Julie has a personal connection with each of these novels. One of her grandfathers, a Swedish immigrant, worked for the CPR from the time he arrived in Canada until his retirement, and her other grandfather, a multi-generation Nova Scotian, was a patient in a Halifax hospital on the day of the explosion. Both novels allowed Julie to delve into the history behind many of the stories she'd heard as a child. Her third Dear Canada is largely set in HBC's Fort Victoria, the birthplace of the city where she was born and raised, and now makes her home. Her most recent novel was Ghosts of the Titanic.


Awards

Ghosts of the Titanic, Winner, Chocolate Lily Book Award (BC Children's Choice), 2013

Ghosts of the Titanic, Short-listed, Diamond Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2012

Ghosts of the Titanic, Short-listed, OLA Silver Birch Award, Fiction, 2012

Ghosts of the Titanic, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2012

Dear Canada: Where the River Takes Me, Short-listed, Bolen Books Children's Book Prize, 2009

Dear Canada: Where the River Takes Me, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2008

Dear Canada: A Season for Miracles, Short-listed, Canadian Library Association Book of the Year For Children, 2005

Dear Canada: A Season for Miracles, Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 2005

Dear Canada: A Ribbon of Shining Steel, Winner, Canadian Railroad Historical Association (Pacific Coast Division) Plaque, 2004

Dear Canada: A Ribbon of Shining Steel, Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Book Award (BC Children's Choice), 2004

Dear Canada: A Ribbon of Shining Steel, Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Atlantic Canada), 2004

Dear Canada: A Ribbon of Shining Steel, Short-listed, Canadian Library Association Book of the Year For Children, 2003

Dear Canada: A Ribbon of Shining Steel, Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 2003

Dear Canada: A Ribbon of Shining Steel, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2002

Books

Dear Canada: A Ribbon of Shining Steel
Dear Canada: No Safe Harbour
Dear Canada: Where the River Takes Me
Ghosts of the Titanic

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