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Jean Mills

Jean Mills

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Jean Mills is the author of the YA novels THE LEGEND (Red Deer Press, November 2021), LARKIN ON THE SHORE (Red Deer Press, October 2019), SKATING OVER THIN ICE (Red Deer Press, May 2018), THE TOYMAKER'S SON (Pugwash Publishers, 2007), ABBY AND THE CURLING CHICKS (Pugwash Publishers, 2003), as well as WILD DOG SUMMER and THE LEGACY (Nelson Canada, 1991, 1993). She's also written three books for younger ESL readers (Caramel Tree) as well as short stories for younger readers. Jean's essays, features, short stories and reviews have appeared in various publications across Canada, including The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, Canadian Geographic and Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids.

Jean also has a teaching résumé: she developed and taught writing and communications courses at three Ontario community colleges for 15 years. She also taught Middle School Language Arts for one year at St. John's-Kilmarnock School, and she used that classroom experience in her position as Writer-In-Residence at both SJK and Hillfield-Strathallan College, and as a writing workshop presenter at the prestigious Eden Mills Writers Festival.

For ten years, Jean was on the Media & Communications team at Curling Canada where she commissioned, wrote and edited content for the NSO's website, as well as travelling across Canada to report from the media bench on national and international curling championships. 

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Young Adult/Middle Grade
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The Legend. 2021, Red Deer Press
Larkin on the Shore. 2019, Red Deer Press
Skating Over Thin Ice. 2018, Red Deer Press


Whippoorwill Award for Larkin on the Shore, 2020
USBBY Outstanding International Books List for Skating Over Thin Ice, 2019
Forest of Reading Red Maple Fiction Award Nominee for Skating Over Thin Ice, 2019
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