Holly Bennett


Holly Bennett is an award-winning novelist of series fiction and novels for teens. After many years as editor-in-chief of Today’s Parent magazine’s special editions, she is now working as a freelance writer/editor and editor of Education Canada. She and her husband John have three boys and read untold numbers of wonderful children’s books with them while they were growing up. But Holly’s not sure what flipped the switch and turned her from a person who loves reading stories to a person who loves writing them. She now describes herself as addicted to fiction writing: “I just find it enormously fun and satisfying work.” Born in Montreal, Holly lives in Peterborough, Ontario with a houseful of musicians (everyone in the family but her) and a nice quiet dog.

More information about Holly Bennett can be found on her website: hollybennett.ca

Author photo by Mark Peter Drolet

Fiction

RedwingRowan both desires and fears his dead sister’s continuing presence in his life. (Orca, 2012)Nominated, Shining Willow 2013,
Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Award
ShapeshifterSet in the wild, magical landscape of Iron Age Ireland, Shapeshifter is a tale of rapacious evil, quiet courage and the healing power of love. (Orca, 2010)In order to escape the sorcerer who wants to control her gift of song, Sive must transform herself into a deer, leave the Otherworld and find refuge in Eire, the land of mortals. Shortlisted, Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic 2011
Nominated, Snow Willow Award 2011,
Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice CCBC Best Books, 2011
TriState YA Review Group Book of Note, 2011
Resource Links “The Year’s Best”, 2011 “A modern retelling of an old and recognizable Celtic myth, which gives the sense of ‘real people’ without losing the mythic arc of the story. Lyrical writing draws the reader into a fantasy realm in a way that blurs the lines between reading and experiencing.”
– Sunburst Award jury”Bennett artfully weaves traditional Irish folklore into her story of Sive. The enchantment of Bennett’s interpretation of the legend of Sive is a perfect match to her prose which, at times, is as liquid as we imagine Sive’s songs to be.” – VOYA
Warrior’s Daughter Luaine is daughter to the greatest of Irish warriors, the legendary Cuchulainn.
(Orca Books, 2007) Shortlist, Stellar Award, 2009-2010,
B.C.’s Teen Readers’ Choice
Honourable mention, 2008 Sunburst Awards
Selected, Best Books for Kids and Teens 2008,
Young Adult Fiction, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Best of 2007, Fiction Grades 7-12, Resource Links

Series Fiction

The Bonemender’s ChoiceBonemender series(Orca Books, 2007) Selected, Best Books for Kids and Teens 2008,
Young Adult Fiction, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Resource Links Best of 2007,
Fiction Grades 7-12
The Bonemender’s OathBonemender series(Orca Books, 2006) Nominee, 2008-2009 Stellar Teen Book Award,
BC Teen Readers Choice
The BonemenderBonemender series(Orca Books, 2005) Canadian Childrens Book Centre starred selection, 2007
Honour Book, White Pine Awards 2007
2006 IRA Children’s Book Award Notable,
International Reading Association
2006 New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list

Selected Praise

“Bennett is definitely a fantasy writer to watch.”
– School Library Journal”[Holly Bennett’s] prose is elegant and her insight into her characters’ thoughts and hearts is moving and delightful. Excellent.”
– Resource Links”…engaging characters, suspense, a subtle dose of humor and wonderfully descriptive tones….”
– Kliatt