Iain Lawrence

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Iain Lawrence (born 1955)[1] is a bestselling author for children and young adults.[2] In 2007 he won a Governor General’s Literary Award in Children’s Literature for Gemini Summer.


Lawrence was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, in 1955.[2] He has lived on Gabriola Island since 2000.[2] Lawrence attended Langara College in Vancouver studying journalism.[2] After school he worked for the Prince Rupert Daily News and other newspapers in northern British Columbia.[2] In his free time he wrote a number of unpublished children's fiction books, and was able to publish two non-fiction books about sailing, his hobby.[2] A Chicago agent encouraged him to concentrate on children's fiction so he reworked one of his earlier books, The Wrecker, and sold it to Random House in 1994.[2] Since then he has published many more books, in 2007 Random House reported he had sold more than one million books in North America.[2]


Gemini Summer[edit]

The book was reviewed in Publishers Weekly,[3] Quill and Quire,[4] Kirkus Reviews,[5] CM Magazine,[6] Saskatoon StarPhoenix,[7] The Horn Book Magazine,[8] School Library Journal,[9] Booklist,[10] Library Media Connection,[11] Resource Links,[12] and Books in Canada.[13]

Awards and honours[edit]


The Curse of the Jolly Stone trilogy

  • The Convicts (April 2004)
  • The Cannibals (November 2005)
  • The Castaways (November 2007)

The Wreckers series

  • The Wreckers (May 1998)
  • The Smugglers (May 1999)
  • The Buccaneers (August 2001)


  1. ^ Lawrence, Iain 1955-, WorldCat
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i sfralic@png.canwest.com (April 28, 2007). "Adventures in writing". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Gemini Summer (starred review)". Publishers Weekly. September 4, 2006. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ Maureen Garvie (November 2006). "Gemini Summer". Quill and Quire. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Gemini Summer (starred review)". Kirkus Reviews. October 10, 2006. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ Gregory Bryan (December 8, 2006). "Gemini Summer". CM Magazine XIII (8). The Manitoba Library Association. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ Beverley Brenna (January 2008). "Gemini Summer". Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Gemini Summer". The Horn Book Magazine. Volume LXXXII: January–December 2006. Retrieved October 23, 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ Kim Dare (Nov2006, Vol. 52 Issue 11, p140). "Gemini Summer". School Library Journal. Retrieved October 23, 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. ^ Krista Hutley (12/15/2006, Vol. 103 Issue 8, p49). "Gemini Summer". Booklist. Retrieved October 23, 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ "Gemini Summer". Library Media Connection. Feb2007, Vol. 25 Issue 5, p77. Retrieved October 23, 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ Meredith Snyder (Apr2007, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p14). "Gemini Summer". Resource Links. Retrieved October 23, 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  13. ^ Olga Stein (Feb2008, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p33). "Gemini Summer". Books in Canada. Retrieved October 23, 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  14. ^ "Governor General's Awards". Canada Council. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  15. ^ "PNBA Book Award 2007". PNBA Book Award. 2007. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 

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