Toronto Public Library's YA Author Talk with Christina Kilbourne - Dundurn

Toronto Public Library's YA Author Talk with Christina Kilbourne

Christina Kilbourne is an award-winning author of Young Adult novels, including Dear Jo, which won three provincial young readers' choice awards in the same year (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia). Her writing has been translated into Slovenian, Ukrainian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Christina's novels focus on issues of child welfare and social justice and aim to convey messages of tolerance and compassion. Christina believes that behind every novel, there is a story. In this presentation, Christina will be discussing how the mysterious death of a friend led her to write her Red Maple-nominated novel, Safe Harbour.

She also welcomes questions about her books, the writing process, and getting published.

About the book: 

As far-fetched as her father’s plan sounds, sticking to it is easy for Harbour — until it isn’t.

Fourteen-year-old Harbour is living in a tent in a Toronto ravine with her dog, a two-month supply of canned tuna, and an unconventional reading list. She’s not homeless, she tells herself. She’s merely waiting for her home — a thirty-six-foot sailboat — to arrive with her father at the helm. Why should she worry when the clouds give her signs that assure her that she’s safe and protected?

When her credit card gets declined, phone contact from her father stops, and summer slips into a frosty fall, Harbour is forced to face reality and accept the help of a homeless teen named Lise to survive on the streets. Lise shows Harbour how to panhandle and navigate the shelter system while trying to unravel Harbour's mysterious past. But if Harbour tells her anything, the consequences could be catastrophic.