Janet Lunn

Janet Lunn

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Janet Louise Lunn, (née Swoboda, born December 28, 1928) is a Canadian children's writer.

Born in Dallas, Texas, she moved with her family to Vermont when she was an infant. In 1938, she moved again to the outskirts of New York, New York. In 1946, she came to Canada to attend Queen’s University and married a fellow student, Richard Lunn. She became a Canadian citizen in 1963. They had five children and her husband died in 1987.

She published her first children's book, Double Spell, in 1968. From 1972 to 1975, she was a children’s editor for Clark, Irwin Publishers.

From 1984 to 1985, she was the first children's author to be Chair of the Writers' Union of Canada.

In 1982, she was awarded the Vicky Metcalf Award. In 1997, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada. She was awarded the Order of Ontario in 1996.

Selected bibliography

  • Double Spell (1968)
  • The Root Cellar (1981)
  • Shadow in Hawthorn Bay (1986)
  • The Hollow Tree (1997), winner of the 1998 Governor General's Awards
  • Dear Canada: A Rebel's Daughter: The 1837 Rebellion Diary of Arabella Stevenson, Toronto, Upper Canada, 1837(2006, with Christopher Moore)
  • Dear Canada: A Season for Miracles: Twelve Tales of Christmas (various authors) (2006, with Christopher Moore)


External links

  • at Library and Archives Canada



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