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Jan Andrews lives down the end of a road on a lake and has a passion for the Canadian wilderness. As a storyteller, she has a particular love for the traditional folk and fairy tales. She has read from the world’s great epics and, during summer weekends, has organized complete retellings of both The Iliad and The Odyssey. Her writing comes out of a conviction that young people can find, within themselves, all they need to manage in their lives. She also knows the power of humor as a means of finding the way through the darkness and delights in a rollicking good tale. She is the author of ten books for children, several of which have been shortlisted for major awards.

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Jan Andrews I am very much drawn to a book called The Shield Ring by English writer Rosemary Sutcliff. The descriptions of the countryside are so vibrant and I'd…moreI am very much drawn to a book called The Shield Ring by English writer Rosemary Sutcliff. The descriptions of the countryside are so vibrant and I'd love to be walking those hills. I'm very drawn to the two central characters, Frytha and Bjorn for their various strengths and vulnerabilities. I'm not quite sure what I'd do with the fact that this is a world of battles and warfare but those things are so much of how life is for so many people and I believe I would learn to manage as others have to do. (less)
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Here we are and it is almost Christmas. Indeed, many of you who are friends on Facebook will already have been subjected to some element of the Andrews-Cayley household’s version of good cheer. (You can always see more of what I’m talking about on my Facebook page if you happened to have missed out.)


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Jan Andrews Hugely delighted to announce that I've just received the contract for my latest book. Won't be out till Spring 2018 but edits start soon. It's called To See the Stars and is a collection of five short stories linked by the central character, Edie Murphy. Starts in 1906 and takes her from a Newfoundland outport to the garment industry in New York. She's part of the first ever women's strike and is witness to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Publisher is Running the Goat Books and Broadsides from Tors Cove, Newfoundland. I'll keep you posted.


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Jan Andrews So pleased to receive the following from a friend who has just read The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley.

"I just finished The Silent Summer of KM- how magnificent- even if starting it last night meant all chores today would be swept away in favor of the compelling reading. I could barely stand the suspense of it. I could absolutely see the barn painting, and the landscape by moonlight. The crow is perfect- her progress is so touch and go, just like the boy's.
I will have to reread at a much more measured pace, as I'm sure I missed pieces. I'm so grateful for his resolve at the end. it's what I wish for my niece and all my beloved teen students . .. the emancipation, identity, and security to grow. At any rate, thank you for this soulful treasure of a book. I love, love it."

For an author, knowing a book has ongoing life is a big, big boost; having readers find what you hoped they would means everything. Made my day.


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