Kim Thompson is a filmmaker and television writer who has relocated from Toronto to Saltspring Island. She has written scripts for children's cartoons such as Franklin, Jacob Two-Two, George Shrinks, Pearlie, and The Doodlebops.

For ages nine to twelve, Eldritch Manor (Dundurn $12.99) is her first, whimsical YA novel. Publishers' promo: "Twelve-year-old Willa Fuller is convinced the old folks in the shabby boarding house down the street are prisoners of their sinister landlady, Miss Trang. Only when Willa is hired on as housekeeper does she discover the truth. Eldritch Manor is a retirement home for some very strange, magical beings. All of them have stories to tell, gripes to vent, and petty grievances with each other and the world around them. When Miss Trang departs on urgent business, Willa is left to babysit the cantankerous bunch. Can she keep all the oldsters in line, stitch up unraveling time, and repel an all-out attack from the forces of darkness ... all while keep the nosy neighbours out of their business and uncovering a startling secret about her own past?" 9781459703544

After defeating the forces of evil, Willa must rebuild the retirement home for supernatural beings, and rebuild her family, in Shadow Wrack (Dundurn 2015), a sequel. 9781459732056 $12.99 Ages 9 to 12.

[BCBW 2015]