A speech pathologist, Sonya Spreen Bates, began writing children's fiction in 2001. Born in the U.S., she moved to Victoria as a child. She now lives in Australia.

Smmuggler's Cave, a follow-up to Marsh Island, is a vacation adventure about two young brothers racing their cousin. They run into trouble when one boat capsizes.


Marsh Island (Orca Book Publishers, 2009) 978-1-55469-117-3 : $6.95.

Smuggler's Cave (Orca Book Publishers, 2010) 978-1-55469-308-5 : $6.95.

Wilcat Run (Orca 2012). Illustrated by Kasia Charko

Off the Rim (Orca, 2015) $9.95 9781459808881

[BCBW 2015]