Author Tags: Kidlit & Young Adult, Maritime, Women
Andersen was born on February 6, 1909 in Tanana, Alaska after a 100-mile trip by dog team along the frozen Yukon River from the Indian village of Mouse Point. She was the youngest daughter of Edgar Crompton (born Gloucester, England), a goldminer, trapper and trader during the Alaska gold rush. She received degrees from UBC (1929) and the University of Washington (1930). She worked as a librarian in Ottawa, Seattle and Vancouver. She was a branch head at the Vancouver Public Library from 1965 to 1974.
Retired as of 1974, she published a children's book called Slave of the Haida (Macmillan, 1974) about a Salish boy who becomes a Haida slave. It was a follow-up to her first book for young readers, Blood Brothers (Macmillan, 1967). Slave of the Haida published in several languages. For adults she wrote Evergreen Islands: The Islands of the Inside Passage, Quadra to Malcolm (Gray's 1979 / Whitecap 1985), a well-known history of the coastal mission hospital ships called The Columbia is Coming!, plus a biography of SFU President Pauline Jewett, To Change the World (Irwin, 1987), and a history called Ways Harsh and Wild (J.J. Douglas, 1973, 1977). She lived in West Vancouver and summered on Quadra Island.
Blood Brothers (Macmillan, 1967)
Ways Harsh and Wild (J.J. Douglas, 1973, 1977)
Slave of the Haida (Macmillan, 1974)
The Columbia is Coming! (Gray's, 1982)
Evergreen Islands: The Islands of the Inside Passage, Quadra to Malcolm (Gray's 1979 / Whitecap 1985)
To Change the World (Irwin, 1987)
[BCBW 2003] "Women" "Kidlit" "Maritime" "Missionaries"