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Karleen Bradford



I was born in Toronto, Canada, but moved with my parents to Argentina, South America when I was nine. I came back to Canada for University and met my husband, Jim. After graduation, he took a position as a Foreign Service Officer with the Canadian Government. As a result, we spent the next 34 years travelling and living in different parts of the world including Colombia, the United States, England, the Philippines, Brazil, Germany and Puerto Rico. Our family is a real United Nations: my oldest son was born in Canada, my daughter in Colombia and my youngest son in England. We also acquired an American dog and a Brazilian cat along the way, as well as an assortment of other pets. Moving time was always exciting.

I've always loved to write. I can't even remember when I started, but it must have been as soon as I could hold a pencil. I've always loved to read, too, and I firmly believe that all writers are readers. I haven't met one who wasn't, anyway. When people ask me for advice on how to become a writer I say first of all, just write, write and write some more. And the next thing I tell them is to read, read and read some more. I did not start writing for children until I was married and had children of my own, however. I began by writing short stories for them when they were very young and, as they grew up, so did my stories. I write mostly for young adults now-historical, fantasy and contemporary novels. Becoming a grandmother has led me into new waters. I have just written my first picture book.

My husband has retired now and we have settled back in Canada. I'm putting down roots for the first time in my life and thoroughly enjoying it. I have taught creative writing and writing for children for many years and done workshops and readings in schools and libraries across Canada and in the United States. I have also had the opportunity of working with children in American schools in Germany while I lived there and, more recently, at the American School in Taipei, Taiwan. The Internet has introduced me to new opportunities. I have worked as a writer in residence for the WIER (Writers in Electronic Residence) program and taken part in The Read In, a day-long international meeting on the Net of writers and students from all over the world. She has written several historical novels, which came as a bit of a shock, seeing as how history was not one of her favourite subjects at school. Just a bunch of dates and dead people, she thought. Now she relishes research and devours historical novels herself when she's not writing one.

Writing continues to be a joy for me and I cannot imagine ever giving it up. "How many books are you going to write before you die?" a young boy once asked me. "As many as possible," I replied.



Published Works:

Fantasy, Historical and Contemporary Novels for Young Adults

  • Dragonmaster
  • The Scarlet Cross
  • Angeline
  • Whisperings of Magic
  • Lionheart's Scribe
  • Dragonfire
  • There Will be Wolves
  • Shadows on a Sword
  • Thirteenth Child
  • Windward Island
The Nine Days Queen


Ghost Stories, Back-in-time, Historical and Contemporary Fiction for Children

Ages 9 - 12

  • With Nothing But Our Courage,
    The Loyalist Diary of Mary MacDonald
  • A Different Kind of Champion
  • Haunting at Cliff House
  • The Stone in the Meadow
  • I Wish There Were Unicorns
  • The Other Elizabeth
  • Wrong Again, Robbie
  • Non-fiction for Children and Young Adults
  • Animal Heroes
  • Write Now!

Picture Books

    You Can't Rush a Cat



Chapter Books

  • Ghost Wolf




The Canadian Library Association 1993 Young Adult Canadian Book Award. (There Will be Wolves)

Ottawa Citizen Award, First Prize, Juvenile/Teen Short Story, Canadian Authors Association, Ottawa Branch, National Capital Writing Contest, 1993.

The Bookery Award, Third Prize, Juvenile/Teen Short Story, Canadian Authors Association, Ottawa Branch, National Capital Writing Contest, 1993.

The Max and Greta Ebel Award, 1990. (Windward Island)

Ottawa Citiizen Award, First Prize, Juvenile/Teen Short Story, Canandian Authors Association, Ottawa Branch, National Capital Writing Contest, 1988.

First Prize, Juvenile Short Story, Canadian Authors Prose Competition, 1978, Ottawa Branch.

First Prize, Commcept Canadian KidLit Contest for Best Children's Novel of the Year, 1979. (The Other Elizabeth)

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