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CHRISTIE HARRIS - The Matriarch of Canadian Children's Authors

The celebrated Canadian author Christie Harris was born 21 November, 1907 in Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A., and while still a small child moved with her family to British Columbia. During her long life she wrote hundreds of newspaper stories, radio talks, plays and school broadcasts, but she is best known for her books for young people books based upon the legends of the Pacific Northwest Coast Indians.
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Christie's awards include the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year For Children Awards in 1967 for Raven's Cry and 1977 for Mousewoman And The Vanished Princess, the Canada Council's Award for Children's Literature (now the Governor General's Award) in 1980 for The Trouble With Princesses, and many other awards and honours. She was made a member of The Order of Canada in 1981 and died in January 2002 at the age of 94. In April of that year the creation of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize was announced at the 18th Annual BC Book Prizes in Vancouver on Saturday, April 27, 2002. It was the first new category to be added to the BC Book Prizes awards since 1987.
Books by Christie Harris
  • Cariboo Trail (1957)
  • You Have To Draw the Line Somewhere (1964)
  • West with the White Chiefs (1965)
  • Raven's Cry (1966)
  • Confessions of a Toe-Hanger (1967)
  • Forbidden Frontier (1968)
  • Let X Be Excitement (1969)
  • Secret in the Stlalakum Wild (1972)
  • Sky Man on the Totem Pole (1975)
  • Mouse Woman and the Vanished Princesses (1976)
  • Mouse Woman and the Mischief Makers (1977)
  • Mystery at the Edge of Two Worlds (1978)
  • Mouse Woman and the Muddleheads (1979)
  • The Trouble with Princesses (1980)
  • Trouble With Adventurers (1982)
  • Something Weird is Going on (1994)
  • Raven's Cry
Christie Harris Collections
  • Once Upon a Totem (1963)
  • Once More Upon a Totem (1973)

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