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    Lerner Publishing Group > Author-Illustrator-Details
    About our Author
    E. Johnston
    The cool things about Emily Kate Johnston are that she is a forensic archaeologist, she has lived on four continents, she decorates cupcakes in her spare time, she adores the Oxford comma, and she loves to make up stories.

    The less cool things about Kate are that she's from a small town in southwestern Ontario, she spends a lot of time crying over books in random coffee shops, and she can't play as many musical instruments as she wishes she could. The Story of Owen is Kate's first novel. Visit her online at
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    NYC Reads 365 Recommended Reading List
    OLA Best Bets Young Adult Fiction
    Toronto Public Library Teens Summer Edition Booklist
    Booklist Editor's Choice
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
    Cream of the Crop for Children's and Young Adult Literature
    Evergreen Teen Book Award
    Green Mountain Book Award
    Junior Library Guild Selection
    Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year
    Kirkus Prize for Young Readers' Literature
    Kirkus Smart Reads for Teens
    Los Angeles Times Book Prize
    Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award
    Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy
    Moonbeam Children's Book Award
    NYC Reads 365 Recommended Reading List
    OLA Best Bets Young Adult Fiction
    Oregon Reader's Choice Award
    Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
    Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award
    Tayshas Reading List
    Toronto Public Library Teens Summer Edition Booklist
    Toronto Star Best Book of the Year
    White Pine Awards Reading Program
    William C. Morris YA Debut Award
    YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
    5 questions for E. K. Johnston
    What was your favorite book when you were a child?
    The Hobbit
    What’s your favorite line from a book?
    "Even on your world, my son, that is not what stars are, only what they are made of." –C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
    Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
    J.R.R. Tolkien, Tamora Pierce and Madeleine L'Engle
    Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
    To be honest, I kind of tripped one November, and wrote 85,000 words about Jenga. Well. Kind of. Anyway, it was all downhill from there.
    Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
    Find something that works and do it. If it stops working, find something else. Also, I recommend caffeine, but that's a largely personal choice.