She teaches Writing For Children and Young Adults in the MFA program at the University of British Columbia.
Agent: Marie Campbell A former high school teacher, Don Aker has written nineteen books, among them several novels for teenagers.
His young adult fiction has earned him numerous awards, among them the Canadian Library Association’s Honour Book Award for The Space Between, the Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award for The First Stone, Atlantic Canada’s Ann Connor Brimer Award for The First Stone and Of Things Not Seen, and the Canadian Authors Association’s Lilla Stirling Award for Of Things Not Seen and One on One.
She began writing the memoir when her father, a WWII veteran, started having flashbacks and nightmares more than 60-years after the war.
Karen holds a master’s degree in education and is a speaker, writer, and educator.
– Canadian Materials One on One (Harper Collins Canada, Fall 2005)Nominee, 2008 Stellar Book Award British Columbia Teen Readers’ Choice Lilla Sterling Award for excellence in children’s literature, 2007 Canadian Author’s Association Nominee, 2007 Rocky Mountain Book Award Alberta Readers’ Choice Nominee, 2007 Hackmatack Award Nominee, 2007 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award (MYRCA) The First Stone (Harper Collins Canada, 2003) 2004 White Pine Award, Ontario Library Association 2004 Ann Connor Brimer Book Award, Nova Scotia Library Association “Read Canada’s Best” recommended booklist, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Discussed, 2006 Young Canada Reads Series CBC Radio “Don Aker has created in [The First Stone] a gripping and unflinching story that envelops readers from the first page….
This astounding and honest book will linger with readers long after they leave its final pages.” – Book News”…a page-turning story that also has sensitivity and genuine characters to whom the reader becomes attached.
Immensely powerful, and ranging from comical to heartbreaking, the narration is intimate, detailed and profound, leaving readers with their own spaces to interpret and fill in from Jace’s observations.
This novel is a journey, and one which will reward and keep readers thinking about it long after they’ve turned the last page.” Highly Recommended.
Fiction The Fifth Rule Reef becomes the centre of controversy while he tries to rebuild his reputation and his relationship with Leeza, the only girl he has ever loved.
(Harper Collins, 2011) OLA Best Bet, Young Adult Fiction, 2012 “Pacing is fast and suspenseful throughout.
Chris Crutcher–move over.” – Leslie Koster, Toronto Public Library Stranger at Bayyoung adult novel(Stoddart Publishing, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1997) Shortlisted, CNIB Torgi Award, 1999 Shortlisted, Red Maple Award, 1998 Ontario Library Association Shortlisted, Ann Connor Brimer Award, 1998 Nominee, The 1998 Blue Heron Award Of Things Not Seen young adult novel(Stoddart Publishing, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1995) Shortlisted, Manitoba Young Reader’s Award, 1998 Lilla Sterling Award for excellence in children’s literature, 1996, Canadian Authors Association Ann Connor Brimer Award, 1995, Best book written by an Atlantic Canadian author Recommended for classroom study at the secondary level by the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Culture “Read Canada’s Best” recommended booklist Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Aker’s intensity of characterization provides a multifaceted glimpse of the pressures facing a male teen….