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C.K. Kelly (Cara) Martin

Photo: Patrick Hickey 2016

C. K. Kelly (Cara) Martin was born in Mississauga, Ontario and spent her early years devouring books about Winnie the Pooh, Babar, Madeline, Anne Shirley and anything by Judy Blume. After graduating from Toronto's York University with a B.A. in Film Studies she headed for Dublin, Ireland and spent the majority of the nineties there in forgettable jobs, meeting unforgettable people and enjoying the buzz.

Martin began writing her first novel in a Dublin flat and finished it in a Toronto suburb. In 2008 Random House published I Know It's Over, which received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus and was a Cybils Young Adult Fiction Finalist. Two subsequent young adult books, My Beating Teenage Heart and Yesterday, were shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association’s Young Adult Book Award.

Two of Martin's recent contemporary YA books, The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing and Delicate, were published by Cormorant Books' DCB young readers imprint in 2014 and 2015. They also released her middle grade sci-fi, Stricken.

In 2019 C. K. will make her horror debut with DCB under the name Cara Martin. You can learn more about all her books at her websites: and or catch up with her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing. Cormorant, 2014
Yesterday. Random House, 2012
My Beating Teenage Heart. Random House, 2011
The Lighter Side of Life and Death. Random House, 2010
One Lonely Degree. Random House, 2009
I Know It's Over. Random House, 2008
Come See About Me., 2012
Tomorrow (Yesterday Book #2)., 2013
Delicate. Cormorant, 2015
Stricken. Cormorant, 2017
Just Like You Said It Would Be., 2017
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