Born in Winnipeg on April 23, 1951, Kristin Butcher came to Victoria in 1996 after a 22-year absence. A former teacher, she is the author of numerous children's books including The Gramma War, a Red Cedar Award shortlist title, and The Runaways, a Silver Birch Award regional winner. She now lives in Campbell River.

Zach & Zoe and the Bank Robber was her first title in the Zach & Zoe series. Its follow-up, Zach & Zoe: Bully and the Beagle, uses the strong connection kids have with animals to create a character who is a bully, but one her readers can empathize with and come to understand. "Children have an openness with animals and a feeling of safety that they may not have with adults or other children," says Butcher. In Zach & Zoe: Bully and the Beagle, Butcher introduces Molly Manners, a beagle who gains the affection of a human bully named Howie. "Howie is a huge bully, but it's not until his cousins, Zach and Zoe, see him petting Molly, the dog he's been constantly picking on, that they feel some empathy toward him and realize that there is a softer side to their cousin," says Butcher. "It's Howie's trust in the dog that allows him to let his guard down, show positive emotion and physically express love, which is something he wouldn't have done with the human characters in the book."

In 2014 she published Alibi (Orca $9.95) about fifteen-year-old Christine who is visiting her eccentric Aunt Maude. Maude owns an antique store and runs the town's ghost walk, so Christine gets to meet all the visitors, including a mysterious young man who knows far too much about a rash of thefts in the area. When a pickpocket targets the customers in Aunt Maude's store, Christine is determined to find out who is behind the thefts. In her search she unearths more than one surprise.


The Runaways -- finalist and regional winner of OLA Silver Birch Award; CCBC 'Our Choice' selection.
Waltzing Annie Home -- runner-up in the Great Canadian Short Story Competition;
The Gramma War -- IODE Violet Downey Award nominee, CLA Book Award notable, Chocolate Lily Award (3rd); Red Cedar nominee; CCBC 'Our Choice' selection; OLA 'Best Bet' book;
Cairo Kelly and the Mann -- Chocolate Lily nominee, MYRCA nominee, OLA 'Best Bet' Book, CCBC 'Our Choice' selection;
The Hemingway Tradition -- CCBC 'Our Choice' selection, Resource Links 'Best Books of the Year' list;
The Trouble with Liberty -- CCBC 'Our Choice' selection;
Zee's Way -- Chocolate Lily, winner (2006)
Chat Room -- CCBC 'Our Choice' selection; VOYA op Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers list (2006).
Zach & Zoe and the Bank Robber -- CCBC Best Books List, Diamond Willow Award nominee; Red Cedar Book Award finalist
Return to Bone Tree Hill -- OLA Best Bets Book, Sheila Egoff Award nominee; Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award finalist
Pharaohs and Foot Soldiers -- OLA Best Bets Book, Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award nominee, Resource Links Best Books of the Year List;
Zach & Zoe: Bully and the Beagle -- Chocolate Lily Book Award nominee; Hackmatack Award finalist


Girls Like Me (Orca 2019) $9.95 978-1-4598-2055-5
Isobel's Stanley Cup (Crwth Press 2018) $8.95 978-1-7753319-6-4
Winter Road (Orca 2018) $9.95 978-1-459815-50-6
Alibi (Orca 2014) $9.95 978-1-4598-0767-9
Cabin Girl (Orca 2014) $9.95 9781459806498
Caching In (Orca 2013)$9.95 978-1-4598-0232-2
Truths I Learned from Sam (Dundurn, 2013). 978-1459706903 $12.99
Zach & Zoe and the River Rescue (Lorimer & Co., 2011)
Cheat (Orca Book Publishers, 2010). Republished in French as La triche (Orca 2011)
The Last Superhero (Napoleon Publishing, 2010)
Pharaohs and Foot Soldiers (Annick Press, 2009)
Zach & Zoe: Bully and the Beagle (Lorimer 2009) 978-1-55277-427-4 $8.95
Return to Bone Tree Hill (Thistledown, 2009)
Zach & Zoe and the Bank Robber (Lorimer 2008)
Chat Room (Orca, 2006)
Zee's Way (Orca, 2004)
The Trouble With Liberty (Orca Book Publishers, 2003)
The Hemingway Tradition (Orca Book Publishers, 2002)
Cairo Kelly and the Mann (Orca, 2002)
Summer of Suspense (Whitecap, 2002)
The Gramma War (Orca Book Publishers, 2001)
The Tomorrow Tunnel (Thistledown Press, 1999)
De Vluchtelingen (Deltas, 1999)
Waltzing Annie Home (Storyteller Magazine, 1999)
The Runaways (Kids Can Press, 1997)

[BCBW 2017] "Kidlit"