Alberta author writes sequel to novel set on P.E.I.

Darlene Shea
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It was in 1994 that author and elementary schoolteacher, Lori Knutson, first set foot on Prince Edward Island. That and subsequent visits to the deep-snowed, red-earthed land locked in by shining grey water inspired her to write two young adult novels set in this province.

The author of two young adult novels set on Prince Edward Island, Lori Knutson, signs copies of her books “The Ghost of Northumberland Strait” and the recently released sequel, “Where There's a Will.”

The seed for her first P.E.I. book, “The Ghost of Northumberland Strait,” was planted after Knutson was told a couple of unforgettable ghost stories of the Island. She recently released the sequel to “The Ghost of Northumberland Strait.”

“Where There's a Will” picks up right where “The Ghost of Northumberland Strait” left off, answering all those questions its readers were left with. Charly Pederson’s adventures continue in this faster-paced novel with ghostly themes, hidden treasure, and unwanted houseguests. 

Knutson teaches in Alberta and because she is a teacher as well as a writer, she is aware of how to support educators in their literacy instruction. She has constructed online novel studies for both of these young adult novels. For each chapter of the books there are printable reading comprehension questions, creative writing prompts and word search puzzles to help develop reading and writing skills.

The novels are best-suited for Grade 6 to 9, and the teacher resources are available on her website.

Her novels are being used in Canadian classrooms.

“Last spring, some students from Montague Intermediate wrote to me regarding my book that they’d read in their class,” noted Knutson.

After writing two novels for young adults and serving as a newspaper columnist, Knutson was inspired to entertain a different audience. She is just wrapping up work on a historical novel set in rural 1930s Alberta. The story revolves around the fictional Jullsen family and the murder of Denby Jullsen.

When asked about when this murder mystery type novel will be released, Knutson responded, “I hope to have the work released in 2014.”

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Organizations: Ghost of Northumberland Strait

Geographic location: Alberta

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