Christina Kilbourne

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Christina Kilbourne is an award-winning young adult author who handles complex subjects with sensitivity and tact while covering issues of critical significance to youth.

Her novel, Dear Jo, was the recipient of three Canadian young reader’s choice awards in British Columbia (Red Cedar), Saskatchewan (Snow Willow) and Manitoba (MYRCA). It was also shortlisted for a young reader’s choice award in New York (New York State Charlotte Award). They Called Me Red was nominated for a Saskatchewan Young Reader’s Choice Award. She is a three-time recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Works in Progress Grant.

Christina Kilbourne was born in Southwestern, Ontario, then moved and spent her elementary and high school years in Muskoka, a resort area two hou
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Christina Kilbourne I think I find inspiration in different places for different books, characters, places. Mostly I am inspired by a desire to want to spread more…moreI think I find inspiration in different places for different books, characters, places. Mostly I am inspired by a desire to want to spread more tolerance in the world - tolerance for our fellow human beings. I am one of those people who so often sees the world from multiple points of view it's hard to take a strong stand on some issues. So most of my books explore a character or situation about which I feel other people need to come to a new understanding. For instance, in Detached, I want people to be more tolerant and understanding of people with mental illness. It's so easy in today's society to judge and discredit others. But I believe - strongly- that everyone is doing their best with the hand they have been dealt and everyone deserves respect and compassion. Can you tell I work in social services?! A lot of character inspiration comes from people I know or have known. Like an artist creating a mosaic, I take little pieces of this person and that person and create a brand new character. Thanks for asking!(less)
Christina Kilbourne I've not experienced writer's block -not really. There is always something to write. Sometimes I suffer from a lack of motivation or an abundance of…moreI've not experienced writer's block -not really. There is always something to write. Sometimes I suffer from a lack of motivation or an abundance of distraction!(less)
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Dear Jo: The Story of Losin...

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They Called Me Red

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The Roads of Go Home Lake

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Querido Diário

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Free Like Sunshine

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Day of the Dog-Tooth Violets

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The Flickering Light

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Sage

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Where Lives Take Root

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2007
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They Called Me Red by Christina Kilbourne
"While it started off a bit slow to get into, a lot happened in less than 200 pages. I liked that the protagonist was a male since many human trafficking narratives are about females. I think this is a good read for kids in grades 6-8 as a starting..." Read more of this review »
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"I loved this book as a teenager, and it sparked my interest in human trafficking. Absoutely amazing book!"
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Dear Jo by Christina Kilbourne
"This would be an excellent book to read with an older primary class. It's the story of how a young girl is taken in by an online 'friend' seen through the eyes of her classmate and close friend who is also keen to make friends online. There is no..." Read more of this review »
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This is a must read collection of short stories. I so admire Batiz's unflinching exploration of chilling events told with spellbinding prose.
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