Janet Lunn

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Janet Louise Lunn
Born Janet Louise Swoboda
(1928-12-28) December 28, 1928 (age 88)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Writer
Citizenship Canada (from 1963)
Genre Children's literature, fantasy
Notable awards Order of Canada
Order of Ontario

Janet Louise Lunn, CM OOnt (née Swoboda, born December 28, 1928) is a Canadian children's writer.

Born in Dallas, Texas, she moved with her family to Vermont when she was an infant. In 1938, she moved again to the outskirts of New York City. In 1946, she came to Canada to attend Queen's University and married a fellow student, Richard Lunn. She became a Canadian citizen in 1963. They had five children and her husband died in 1987.

She published her first children's book, Double Spell, in 1968. From 1972 to 1975, she was a children's editor for Clark, Irwin Publishers.

From 1984 to 1985, she was the first children's author to be Chair of the Writers' Union of Canada.[citation needed]

In 1982, she was awarded the Vicky Metcalf Award. She was awarded the Order of Ontario in 1996 and made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1997.

Selected works[edit]

  • Double Spell (1968)
  • The Root Cellar (1981)
  • Shadow in Hawthorn Bay (1986)
  • The Hollow Tree (1997), winner of the 1998 Governor General's Awards
  • Dear Canada: A Rebel's Daughter: The 1837 Rebellion Diary of Arabella Stevenson, Toronto, Upper Canada, 1837(2006).
  • Dear Canada: A Season for Miracles: Twelve Tales of Christmas (various authors) (2006).
  • The Story of Canada with Christopher Moore and Alan Daniel

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