Author Tags: Kidlit & Young Adult

Katherine Holubitsky's novel Alone at Ninety Foot (Orca, 1999) won the Violet Downey Book Award in 2000 from the IODE to recognize the best English-language Canadian book, as well as the CLA Young Adult Book of the Year Award. Holubitsky has relocated from B.C. to Edmonton.

Last Summer at Agatha

The Hippie House

The Mountain That Walked (Orca, 2005)

The Big Snapper (Orca 2006)

Tweaked (Orca, 2008) $9.95 978-1-55143-851-1

[BCBW 2006] "Kidlit"

Last Summer in Agatha (Orca $9.95)

For years Michael and Scott, and Cory and Taylor, have amused themselves by exchanging insults. But the summer Rachel meets Michael, things spin out of control between the four boys and Rachel finds herself caught up in their increasingly violent pranks. Last Summer in Agatha (Orca $9.95) is Katherine Holubitsky’s second novel for teens, following the acclaimed Alone at Ninety Foot. 1-55143-190-4 [Louise Donnelly / BCBW 2001]

Alone at Ninety Foot (Orca, $18.95)

Lynn Canyon Park in North Vancouver is where Pamela Collins’ mother killed herself. She did it by leaping from the 50-metre Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge.

Her 14-year-old daughter Pamela returns there, day after day, to seek solace in the white rock, the mountain juniper, and the clear, green water rushing through the gorge.

Katherine Holubitsky’s Alone at Ninety Foot (Orca, $18.95) portrays the
resiliency of a young girl coping not only with grief but also with the turbulence of adolescence.

Pam sobs aloud in class when Mr. Bartell reads the passage from Lord of the Flies where Piggy falls to his death. She daydreams about Matt Leighton, knowing he’ll never be interested in a tall, gangly kid like her in a million years. She looks for answers in the paintings of Emily Carr where the mountains and the ancient Douglas fir are as enduring as love.

Ninety Foot is a natural pool in Lynn Canyon, named for the sheer rock face that towers above it. At first, this is where Pamela comes, searching for some sense of her mother, some understanding of why her mother could leave her. But as she begins to know herself and her own strengths, she realizes she no longer comes to the canyon alone—she brings her mother and all the hopes her mother ever had for her. 1-55143-127-0