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Catherine Austen

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I grew up in Kingston, Ontario. I studied political science at Queen's University and environmental studies at York before moving to the Ottawa area to work in the conservation movement. I now write freelance (reports as well as books) from my home in Quebec, where I live with my husband and two sons. I love wildlife, music, museums, and books and I'm grateful that my life is full of all of these.

I read all types of books but usually forget to review them. I'll only post about books I like here (hence the high average rating).


daimon on dockYou may know the old story, The Child and the Brook:


One day an old man was out walking when he noticed a child standing by the side of a stream. The boy stood there for over an hour, shifting from leg to leg, fidgeting, sighing, and staring��at the water.


“Why do you gaze so long and so impatiently on this stream, child?” the old man asked.


“I want to get across it but I don’t want to get my f...

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Average rating: 3.69 · 1,042 ratings · 216 reviews · 8 distinct works · Similar authors
All Good Children
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 892 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Walking Backward
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 103 ratings — published 2009 — 5 editions
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28 Tricks for a Fearless Gr...
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26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6
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Awesome poems about life on the wrong side of the tracks, many lost girls, missing girls, dead girls. There's danger in all her poems and she captures the feeling of being young, the freedom of it, before you understand what's been done to you. From ...more
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What a lovely book - evocative, sensory, vibrant - I loved it. (I only read the crow parts but they were wonderful.) Beautifully written.
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I can't say I read it but I loved skimming through it and dipping in here and there. (It's due back at the library; it has a kazillion holds.) I love the "Stages of Writer Development" spread at the end. If you haven't read many how-to-write books, a ...more
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Another cool picture book that introduces kids to art history, this time via a child who enters some famous Canadian paintings during an art gallery visit. Loved the art, the use of colour and black and white, the framed panels, and arresting perspec ...more
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Funny picture book about cats who insert themselves into famous paintings. Dreamy artwork, funny story (heavy text), and a very cool way to introduce kids to art history.
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“Living with hope is like rubbing up against a cheese grater. It keeps taking slices off you until there's so little left you just crumble.”
Catherine Austen

“...it saddens me that she has to grow up and make friends with humans. I hear the future coming for her. Stomp, stomp, stomp.”
Catherine Austen, All Good Children

“I can do it, Max. I still have my thoughts. I just can't say them out loud. I still have my friends. I just can't show them. I still have all the things that used to matter. They're inside of me. They can't take that away.”
Catherine Austen, All Good Children

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