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Don Sawyer

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I am an educator and writer living in Salmon Arm, BC with my wife, Jan, and Finnish Lapphund (well, he’s a rescue dog, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it) Farley. About five years ago I retired from Okanagan College, where I had taught adult education, served as the college’s ABE Department Chair, Director of the International Development Centre, and Curriculum Director of the Native Adult Education Resource Centre. While with the IDC, I coordinated and managed five CIDA-funded development projects in West Africa, including the West African Rural Development Centre (WARD) project, shortlisted for the 2005 Canadian development project of the year.

I am the author of more than 10 books, including the award-winning young adult novel Wh...more


Yep, the April 2011 issue of CM Magazine, Canada's leading children's lit review publication, gave The Lunch Bag Chronicles a Highly Recommended review. Here is the text of the review itself:

(By the way, if you want to purchase this book, as well as many other of my titles, visit www.playfortpublishing.ca for easy buying info.)

Why do mother kangaroos hate rainy days?

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Average rating: 3.75 · 12 ratings · 5 reviews · 24 distinct works · Similar authors
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Running
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1 chapters   —   updated Apr 08, 2011 05:57PM
Description: First chapter of my just-finished YA manuscript, presently in the hands of Pemmican publications. Paul Taylor and Louie Apassin are 17 but come from dramatically backgrounds. Paul is a middle class white kid who grew up in Beaumont Falls. Louie is a Cree from a small band in northern BC. What they have in common are tragedies that changed their lives forever. Long-distance running has been their salvation -- and escape. Now through it they find friendship and strength.

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Pretty Little Dirty by Amanda Boyden
" lost potential is a bitter pill for me to swallow (when i start falling in love with a book i really resist falling out of love with it) but, alas, lost potential is exactly the situation of "pretty little dirty" -- a tale of two best friends grow... " Read more of this review »
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" Ugh. Wasted time. Wasted trees.

This book made me turn my back on a 'reading rule' that I set upon myself: "Once you start a book, FINISH IT".

I didn't. I had stopped and started this book about three times, and well, I'm official done. This time... " Read more of this review »
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Quite simply, Barbara Kingsolver is one of my two or three favorite authors. The Poisonwood Bible is one of a half-dozen books that have genuinely and permanently affected me, living brilliantly in my memory. The Lacuna is a very different kind of bo...more
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