Sarah Ellis

Writer, columnist, and librarian Sarah Ellis has become one of the best-known authors for young adults in her native Canada with titles such as The Baby Project, Pick-Up Sticks, and Back of Beyond: Stories of the Supernatural. In addition to young adult novels, Ellis has also written for younger children and has authored several books about the craft of writing. Praised by Booklist contributor Hazel Rochman as “one of the best children’s literature critics,” Ellis “writes without condescension or pedantry. . . . Her prose is a delight: plain, witty, practical, wise.”

Ellis was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in 1952, the youngest of three children in her family. As she once noted, “[My] joy in embroidering the truth probably comes from my own childhood. My father was a rich mine of anecdotes and jokes. He knew more variations on the ‘once there were three men in a rowboat’ joke than anyone I’ve encountered since.

Books in order of publication:

Out of the Blue

Pick Up Sticks

Next Door Neighbours

Baby Project

Odd Man Out

Outside In

Picture books

Big Ben

Next Stop

Salmon Forest

Ben Over Night

Queen’s Feet

Putting Up With Mitchell

Short story collections

Back of Beyond

A Season for Miracles

A Christmas to Remember

The Tunnel



Dear Canada Diary books

A Prairie as Wide as the Sea: The Immigrant Diary of Ivy Weatherall

Days of Toil and Tears: The Child Labour Diary of Flora Rutherford

That Fatal Night: The Titanic Diary of Dorothy Wilton

Chapter books

The Several Lives of Orphan Jack

Books about writing

From Reader to Writer

The Young Writer’s Companion

Anthologies edited

Girls’ Own

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