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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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A stage full of awesome authors at the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors Award Ceremony this week.


This Tuesday, I had the pleasure of calling the names of twelve young writers whose short fiction won places in the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors Contest. What a pleasure to be one of this year’s judges and to read excerpts from the fantastic mix of winning stories: h...

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All Good Children

3.70 avg rating — 1,343 ratings — published 2011 — 7 editions
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Walking Backward

3.79 avg rating — 141 ratings — published 2009 — 6 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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The Complete Illustrated En...

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Cheltenham

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Big Bear Little Chair by Lizi Boyd
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I love these illustrations. It's a very simple picture book that's cleverly divided into chapters. Fun to read, and there's lots to talk about as you turn the pages.
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See What I Have Done by Sarah  Schmidt
See What I Have Done
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I loved the way this book was written, and the family portrait it paints. The maid, Bridget, was my favourite character and I especially liked her chapters, as well as the two sisters. Such great voices, and all so different. The multiple viewpoints ...more
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See What I Have Done by Sarah  Schmidt
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I loved the way this book was written, and the family portrait it paints. The maid, Bridget, was my favourite character and I especially liked her chapters, as well as the two sisters. Such great voices, and all so different. The multiple viewpoints ...more
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The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
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Like many reviewers here, I found this book dragged in the middle and built more expectations than it fulfilled. But the writing is so lovely and the characters so well depicted, it kept me reading anyway. I kind of liked the ending, though I didn't ...more
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Some Pets by Angela Diterlizzi
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Really nice simple book about pets in all their variety. Jumps off the tongue as you read it aloud. Completely charming illustrations. Love it.
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Good Night, Mouse! by Jed Henry
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I love squishing-together bedtime stories, and the critters in this one are just adorable in their efforts to help the mouse sleep. Wonderful characters. Beautiful illustrations--great colours, expressive faces and forms, and a nice mix of active sce ...more
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Good Night, Mouse! by Jed Henry
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I love squishing-together bedtime stories, and the critters in this one are just adorable in their efforts to help the mouse sleep. Wonderful characters. Beautiful illustrations--great colours, expressive faces and forms, and a nice mix of active sce ...more
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Wanted by Fiona Roberton
Wanted: The Perfect Pet
by Fiona Roberton (Goodreads Author)
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Adorable duck. Great story, wonderful illustrations with spots of colour among the black and white drawings. Lots of action and emotion, and two main characters kids can relate to. Just lovely.

I agree with another reviewer that the "Indian headdress"
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Wanted: The Perfect Pet
by Fiona Roberton (Goodreads Author)
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Adorable duck. Great story, wonderful illustrations with spots of colour among the black and white drawings. Lots of action and emotion, and two main characters kids can relate to. Just lovely.

I agree with another reviewer that the "Indian headdress"
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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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