Here’s Kira

This is Kira. Say hello.

Kira received her first (friendly) rejection letter from a kids' magazine when she was 11, but that didn’t stop her from wanting to be a writer.

Today, she’s a busy author and journalist for adults, teens and kids with over 1,500 articles and four books published, including the 2015 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction winning Why We Live Where We Live, and Red Maple nominated The Secret Life of Money: A kid’s guide to cash and Growing Up, Inside and Out, plus a money book for grownups that some readers say changed their lives. So, that’s cool.

Now Kira and illustrator Clayton Hanmer are joining forces again with Half-Truths and Brazen Lies: An Honest Look at Lying, a non-fiction book about lies, liars and how to catch them in the act.

When she’s not writing, she’s whistling while she works, singing with the windows wide open and cooking tasty stuff. Oh. And drinking coffee. She likes to do that too.

Kira lives in Guelph, Ontario with her husband, a couple of fabulous kids, a dog named Marbles – and a seriously old guinea pig.

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awards and nominations

Norma Fleck Award

The $10,000 Norma Fleck Award is the largest of its kind in Canadian children’s books and is considered to be one of Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes. The Norma Fleck Award is exclusively a non-fiction prize; most other Canadian’s children’s book prizes either evaluate fiction and non-fiction together, or don’t award non-fiction.

Red Maple Award (2 nominations)

The Red Maple™ Award reading program is offered for the enjoyment of students in Grades 7 and 8 and aims to engage readers with exciting books by Canadian authors. The program encourages readers to engage in conversation about the books and to use critical thinking while reading.

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