Caroline Pignat is the award-winning author of four young adult novels. Her first novel, EGGHEAD is a 2009 Red Maple Honour Book shortlisted for the 2009 CLA Book of the Year. Recommended as a bullying awareness resource by Kids Help Phone and Barbara Coloroso, EGGHEAD continues to be a popular novel study in schools across Canada.
Her second novel GREENER GRASS and its sequel WILD GEESE received research grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. GREENER GRASS won the Governor General’s Award in 2009 and is shortlisted for several awards including the 2010 Red Maple Award, 2009 CLA Book of the Year, and 2009 Geoffrey Bilson Award. TIMBER WOLF, the third in the series, comes out in October 2011.
Caroline’s articles, poetry and fiction appear in numerous magazines, including Highlights for Children, Clubhouse, Chicken Soup for the Soul, local and national newspapers. Caroline is a regular contributor to Living Faith Kids.
Born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Caroline Pignat calls both home. She currently lives in Ottawa with her husband, Tony, and their two children. After graduating from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Religious Studies, Caroline worked with children for over fifteen years in roles such as teacher, seminar facilitator, mentor, and coach. She currently teaches high school in the mornings and dedicates her afternoons to author visits, researching, and writing.
Given her teaching experience and her comfort in front of a class, Caroline is a confident presenter. Her passion for writing, her interactive style, and her sense of humour engage her audiences. She aims to inform and inspire. Students leave her presentations excited about her writing, but even more excited about their own.
Young Adult Novels
Timber Wolf, historical fiction, Red Deer Press, 2011
Wild Geese, historical fiction, Red Deer Press, 2010
Greener Grass, Red Deer Press, 2008
Egghead, Red Deer Press, 2008
Looth Tooth, Story Something, 2009
Novel Study Guides
(free downloads at http://www.fitzhenry.ca/guides.aspx )
Dooley Takes the Fall, by Norah McClintock, Red Deer Press 2008
Archipelago, by David Ward, Red Deer Press 2008
How to Make a Wave, by Lisa Hurst-Archer, Red Deer Press 2008
Egghead, by Caroline Pignat, Red Deer Press 2008
Greener Grass, by Caroline Pignat, Red Deer Press 2008
In the Presence of the Lord, Creative Communications 2007
A Circle of Love, Creative Communications 2005
in publications such as:
Living Faith Kids
Living with Christ
Highlights for Children
The Word Among Us
The Kanata Kourier
Life Canada Magazine
The Ottawa Citizen
The Vancouver Sun
for companies such as:
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Chicken Soup for the Soul
Focus on the Family
Creative Communications for the Parish
Caroline is represented by Transatlantic Literary Agency and is a member of the Writers Union, CANSCAIP and SCBWI.