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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).
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MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Festival 2023

It’s back! In person! And I want to see you there.

Young writers and artists in eastern Ontario and western Quebec can sign up now for the MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Festival (MYAIF) to be held in Ottawa on April 4th.

This year’s Festival will offer one day of workshops at the fab venue of the Science and Technology Museum, home of the Crazy Kitchen. I’m one of the workshop leaders this ye

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Published on January 25, 2023 06:08
Average rating: 3.71 · 1,791 ratings · 294 reviews · 10 distinct worksSimilar authors
All Good Children

3.70 avg rating — 1,512 ratings — published 2011 — 8 editions
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Walking Backward

3.77 avg rating — 174 ratings — published 2009 — 7 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

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A sweet, funny, well-written novel for smart, funny, and slightly naughty 8-12-year-olds. About kids who don't want to conform with their parents ambitions. This one had my 8-year-old son up long past lights-out time. From the lovely Kate Jaimet. Nom ...more
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Interesting to read so many different translations in one volume. I'd try to read the Divine Comedy several times in my life and never got far till I recently read Mendelbaum's version. I read this one immediately afterward and got a lot out of it. ( ...more
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I loved this book, and love this author. He's fantastic - creative and intelligent and funny and full of soul, and such a fine writer. (I liked this book much more than his Breaktime, which was well-written and intriguing but it just didn't grab me. ...more
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I love this author. I loved this book. I didn't like the end so much, but it didn't matter. It's all about the journey here, and this is one author I'd journey anywhere with. So funny, so smart, so likeable. He makes a sad world bearable. A brilliant ...more
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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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