Kit Pearson

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Kit Pearson
Born (1947-04-30) April 30, 1947 (age 71)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Occupation Children's novelist
Nationality Canadian

Kathleen Margaret Pearson (born April 30, 1947) is a Canadian writer and winner of numerous literature awards. Pearson is perhaps best known for her linked novels The Sky Is Falling (1989), Looking at the Moon (1991), and The Lights Go on Again (1993), published in 1999 as The Guests of War Trilogy, and Awake and Dreaming (1996), which won the Governor General's Award.

Pearson was born in Edmonton, Alberta and spent her childhood between that city and Vancouver, British Columbia. As a high-school student, she returned to Vancouver to be educated at Crofton House School. She obtained a degree in English Literature at the University of Alberta. In 1975, she began her Library degree at the University of British Columbia and took her first jobs in that field in Ontario. She later obtained an M.A. at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children's Literature in Boston. Returning to Vancouver, she completed her first novel The Daring Game which was published by Penguin Books.

Pearson now lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her partner Katherine Farris with whom she is writing a forthcoming book The Magic Boat. Their home is few blocks from Ross Bay Cemetery, one of the settings in Awake and Dreaming.



  • The Daring Game (1986)
  • A Handful of Time (1987)
  • The Sky is Falling (1989)
  • The Singing Basket (1990)
  • Looking at the Moon (1991)
  • The Lights Go on Again (1993)
  • Awake and Dreaming (1996)
  • This Land (1998; editor)
  • The Guests of War Trilogy (1999) (Compilation volume of The Sky is Falling, Looking at the Moon, and The Lights Go on Again)
  • Whispers of War: The War of 1812 Diary of Susanna Merritt (2002) (Dear Canada series)
  • A Perfect Gentle Knight (2007)
  • The Whole Truth (2011)
  • And Nothing But The Truth (2012)
  • A Day of Signs and Wonders (2016)


  • W. H. New, ed. Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002: 869.

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