Kit Pearson


Kit Pearson was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1947 and grew up there and in Vancouver, B.C. She received her B.A. from the University of Alberta, her M.L.S. from the University of British Columbia and her M.A. from the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in Boston. She worked for ten years as a children’s librarian in Ontario and B.C., and is now a full-time writer living in Victoria. Her books have been published in Canada in English and French, in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, China and Korea. She has won fourteen awards for her writing, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work in 1998.

Fiction

And Nothing but the Truth There’s more to tell in this sequel to Kit Pearson’s heartachingly beautiful The Whole Truth
(HarperCollins, 2012)
The Whole Truth Ripped away from her home after her parents’ deaths, Polly, age 8, and her sister Maud must adjust to life at their grandmother’s home.
(HarperCollins, 2011) Shortlist, Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize, 2012
Nominated, 2012-2013 Chocolate Lily Award, Chapter Book
Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, 2012 Book of the Year for Children, 2012,
Canadian Library Association
Junior Fiction, OLA Best Bets, 2011 “The characters were so believable – it felt like you were stepping back in time. [I] fell in love with it within the first few pages.”
– Student Jurors, Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award”Kit Pearson’s superbly crafted story introduces readers to a moral dilemma that has no easy answer… Kit Pearson convincingly explores the realities of life in the Depression era, complex family dynamics, and ultimately, the healing power of forgiveness.”
– Canadian Library Association

“With all the important characters in The Whole Truth undergoing some kind of transformation or struggle with the truth, Pearson encourages her readers to try to see them in shades of grey rather than black and white. Although the novel seems aimed at a younger teen readership, the hardearned but simple lesson Polly learns is of value to readers of any age: people are complex; they can and do change…”
– Quill & Quire

A Perfect Gentle Knight (Penguin Books Canada, 2007)
Awake and Dreaming (Penguin Books Canada, 1996) Ruth Schwartz Award Governor-General’s Award Red Cedar Award Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award
The Lights Go On Again (Penguin Books Canada, 1993) National I.O.D.E Violet Downey Award Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
Looking at the Moon (Penguin Books Canada, 1991) Manitoba Younger Readers’ Choice Award
The Sky is Falling (Penguin Books Canada, 1989) Book of the Year for Children, Canadian Library Association Mr Christie’s Book Award Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People Silver Pencil Award (Netherlands)
A Handful of Time (Penguin Books Canada, 1987) Book of the Year for Children, Canadian Library Association
The Daring Game (Penguin Books Canada, 1986)

Series Fiction

A Season for Miracles Dear Canada
Twelve Tales of Christmas
(Scholastic Canada, 2006)
Whispers of War The War of 1812 Diary of Susanna Merritt
(Scholastic Canada, 2002)

Picture Books

The Singing Basket A retold folktale illustrated by Ann Blades
(Groundwood Books, 1990)

Anthologies

This Land A Cross-Country Anthology of Canadian Fiction for Younger Readers
edited by Kit Pearson(Penguin Books Canada, 1998)

Agent: Marie Campell