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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).

A couple of cool things have happened this fall with my 2011 teen novel, All Good Children.


First, All Good Children is now available in paperback! Orca Book Publishers has produced a gorgeous paperback version of the book. It’s blue, it’s ominous, it’s a keeper. Check it outin their Fall 2016 catalogue:



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So now you can buy the book in hard cover or paperback from the Orca website. Awesome.


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Average rating: 3.7 · 1,385 ratings · 257 reviews · 9 distinct works · Similar authors
All Good Children

3.69 avg rating — 1,188 ratings — published 2011 — 7 editions
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Walking Backward

3.83 avg rating — 127 ratings — published 2009 — 5 editions
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28 Tricks for a Fearless Gr...

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My Cat Isis

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26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6

3.88 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
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Cheltenham

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
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read in October, 2016
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Loved this book! So many memorable scenes (the harrowing bathtub scene, the long wait in the dark field) and characters (the marvellous Hempstocks, that vulnerable boy). Fine writing, rich setting, thrilling plot. Best of all, it captured the feeling ...more
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What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn
What Was Lost
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Loved this book. Funny, strange, surprising, perceptive, sad, inspiring. Great characters, hilarious moments, and well-handled shifts in time and perspective. It was hard to leave the little girl whose story starts the novel--she's so likeable, you ...more
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Confessions by Kanae Minato
Confessions
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read in January, 2016
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I really liked this mystery and the way it unfolded. It's a deceptively fast read. I reread it (for a mystery study) and was surprised to discover more depth than I'd noticed the first time. It is more carefully written than I'd first thought. Both a ...more
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The Brontë Sisters by Catherine Reef
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I really enjoyed this teen biography. I would not have like the Brontes, and they would not have liked me, but I find them fascinating. I only recently read Wuthering Heights and it was nothing like I'd expected -- better, I guess, just not the ...more
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Working Days by John Steinbeck
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Interesting to see a great writer at work, spending 80% of his time convinced he's not up to the task. I skimmed a lot of it -- I can't see anyone who's not doing their PhD on Steinbeck or journals actually reading it cover to cover -- but still ...more
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Malice by Keigo Higashino
Malice
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read in January, 2016
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I really enjoyed the way this story was told, the way it unravelled. The characters were well-drawn, the mystery was engaging, the back-story was integrated without a hint of slowing the plot. There are perhaps too many mysteries about writers, but ...more
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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Everything I Never Told You
by Celeste Ng (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2016
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This novel captures so well the feeling of being in a family, how we all have our positions and relations and secrets and how we all fall into our roles. The characters are alive, the plot is intriguing, the writing is strong. Highly recommended.
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Aftermath by Susan J. Brison
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Insightful. I'm thankful to her for writing it.
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The Witch's Boy by Kelly Barnhill
The Witch's Boy
by Kelly Barnhill
read in September, 2016
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What a beautiful book. Gorgeous prose, strong characters, great big themes. This is timeless, at once old-fashioned and current. And wonderful to read aloud. Highly recommended. I've ordered all her books. She is wonderful, a children's writer whose ...more
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The Ruins by Scott B. Smith
The Ruins
by Scott B. Smith
read in October, 2016
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I just read this last night. Began it at 10:00 p.m., stayed up till 3:00 a.m. A well-written page-turner with full characters and a unique and horrifying "monster". Better than the movie (though I liked the movie, too).
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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

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

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