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Caroline Stellings

Caroline Stellings is an author and illustrator of children’s books from Waterdown, Ontario. She is a professional artist who loves to paint the many birds and animals that inhabit the wetland area near her studio, which is surrounded by thousands of pine trees. Her paintings have been shown across Ontario, and in Nova Scotia where the provincial government has acquired the illustrations from The Malagawatch Mice and the Church that Sailed. She studied at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and after earning a Masters degree, decided to write and paint full time. It was when she started to write stories about her dog, a Schipperke, that she knew she had found exactly what she wanted to do. Schipperkes are small black dogs from Belgium; the word means ‘little skipper’ or ‘little captain’ and her stories have the dogs sailing all over the world. Her first published book was Skippers at Cape Spear. Like her parents and grandparents, Caroline grew up in Hamilton. Her grandfather Alfred Stellings served in the first line at Vimy Ridge, and her grandfather Lloyd Fuester farmed in Flamborough, and then worked many years for the Jackson bakery. Both her grandmothers were pianists who entertained hundreds of people at veterans' clubs around the city. Caroline Stellings also has an ongoing series of articles about Nancy Drew mysteries being published in an American magazine called The Sleuth. Caroline's books have been nominated for several awards, and her novel The Contest, which is set in Hamilton, won the gold medal (Foreword Book of the Year) in New York city in June of 2010.

The Contest
Caroline Stellings
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

One of the high points in eleven-year-old Rosy''s life is her daily trip to the library. There she can escape the dust and grime of her home in the industrial north end of the city and read about the adventures of her favorite fictional character, Anne of Green Gables. So Rosy is thrilled when she learns she could win a complete set of L.M. Montgomery''s books in an Anne look-alike contest. But can a half-Native brunette possibly win? How will she come up with a costume, and how will she get there when her family has no car? Her dad is long gone, and her mother works hard to put enough food on the table for her and her three brothers. Will Rosy''s new friend Lydia, who looks depressingly like Anne and whose father is rich, be her hope or her downfall in the contest?

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