283 Signed Children’s Book (ages 7+): Lois Peterson

Item: A signed copy of The Ballad of Knuckles McGraw by Lois Peterson. 

Details: After eight-year-old Kevin Mason’s mother abandons him, he takes refuge in his fantasy of becoming Knuckles McGraw, a tough cowboy roaming the plains on his legendary horse, Burlington Northern. But instead of riding the range, Kevin is stuck in a foster home with a pierced and tattooed teenager named Ice and a mute girl named Breezy.

While he waits to be claimed by the father he barely remembers or the mother who left him a good-bye note in his lunchbox, Kevin (aka Knuckles McGraw) tries to communicate with Breezy, learns to get along with his bunkhouse-mate Ice, and discovers that memories can be as deceptive as family secrets.

Review… “Peterson…has written another great story for young readers. While the story is simply crafted, her language is a delight and readers will be kept engaged…The book exceeds tremendously in inspiring hope.” Resource Links – June 1, 2010

For more information, please visit the author’s website.


CV: Having written for adults for more than twenty years, publishing scores of short stories, articles, and personal essays in international markets, Lois Peterson turned to writing for children in 2007. In November, her first book MEETING MISS 405 was published in fall 2008 by Orca Book Publishers. It has since won the BC Chococalte Lily Award and been nominated for the OLA Forest of Reading Silver Birch Express Award and the Saskatchewan Diamond Willow. THE BALLAD OF KNUCKLES McGRAW came out in spring 2010, and will be followed by SILVER RAIN (fall 2010) and STALKER (Spring 2011) Lois Peterson also the author of 101-and more-Writing Exercises to Get You Started & Keep You Going, and a popular Vancouver-area creative writing instructor, workshop developer, and storyteller. She contributes how-to writing articles to writing Magazines, including The Writer and maintains a website at http://www.loispeterson.net.












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  • brigid333  On 24/01/2011 at 10:05 am


  • brigid333  On 24/01/2011 at 10:09 am

    I am a Foster Carer, the said book would perhaps help some of the children I care for. Or at least give them a different slant on their perceptions of life.

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