When my Finnish grandmother gave me a silver spoon and told me its tale, I had no idea it would lead me into three whole novels’ worth of words!
Karen Autio grew up in Nipigon, Ontario. She had heard of the planned sabotage attempt on the Canadian Pacific’s Nipigon River railway bridge during the First World War, but she had difficulty believing it truly happened. While researching her previous book, Saara’s Passage, Karen found confirmation of the 1915 event. German agents were arrested and confessed to spying and conspiring to destroy the railway bridge so they could prevent the movement of soldiers eastward. Discovering this information led Karen to additional research which inspired Sabotage, her newest book.
Sabotage is the third book in the trilogy that tells the Mäki family’s story. The first two books are Second Watch (Sono Nis Press, 2005) and Saara’s Passage (Sono Nis Press, 2008), both shortlisted for the Chocolate Lily Award.
Titles by the Author
by Karen Autio
Illustrated by Sheena Lott
Kah-Lan, a young sea otter, is hungry. He is sure there are big crabs and sea urchins, his favourite foods, around the point, but his mother won’t let him out of her sight. Then, one day, Kah-Lan sees his chance. He and his friend Yamka race to the point and soon they are swept into danger. At first, the challenges are familiar: strong currents, crashing waves, the open ocean, and Orca, who is hungry too. Then, as the sea otters travel unfamiliar waters, they encounter new and strange dangers: two-legged furless creatures; fearsome, noisy, smelly things that pull log islands; and fish-filled webs that threaten to tangle them up and drag them down. All the while, they struggle to find enough food to keep going. Will they ever get back home?
JUVENILE FICTION • Ages 7–12 • 64 pp • 6 x 7.75
ISBN 978-1-55039-244-9 • paper • 11 b/w interior illustrations • $9.95