Karen Bass

The Hill (Gr. 7+)

Karen Bass

The Hill (Gr. 7+)


Karen Bass is a multi-award-winning author of novels for young adult readers. Graffiti Knight won the CLA Young Adult Book Award, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature, and the CAA Exporting Alberta Award. Uncertain Soldier is nominated for the OLA Forest of Reading Red Maple Award. Her most recent book is The Hill, an eerie thriller that draws on the Cree Wîhtiko legend. A former library manager, Karen now dedicates herself full-time to writing—and to reading. She lives in Hythe, Alberta, with her husband and two cats.

_COVER-The-HillThe Hill by Karen Bass (Gr. 7+)

“A plane crash launches a gripping story of survival and mystery in The Hill by Karen Bass. The award-winning author successfully weaves Cree mythology into the fast-paced adventure of two teens from vastly different worlds. Together, they learn that outwitting a creature from the spirit world is only possible with mutual respect.”—Larry Loyie, Award-Winning Cree Author of As Long as the Rivers Flow and Residential Schools: With the Words and Images of Survivors.

Other Books

Uncertain Soldier (Gr. 7+)

A conflicted teenaged soldier. A boy caught between two countries. When the world only sees you as German, how can you forge your own identity?

Graffiti Knight (Gr. 7+)

When speaking out is forbidden, how far will Wilm go to make his voice heard?

After a childhood cut short by war and the harsh strictures of Nazi Germany, sixteen-year-old Wilm is finally tasting freedom. In spite of the scars World War II has left on his hometown, Leipzig, and in spite of the oppressive new Soviet regime, Wilm is finding his own voice. It’s dangerous, of course, to be sneaking out at night to leave messages on police buildings. But it’s exciting, too, and Wilm feels justified, considering his family’s suffering. Until one mission goes too far, and Wilm finds he’s endangered the very people he most wants to protect.


About Karen Bass’ Appearance at Wordfest 2016

Presentations are interactive and informative with link to social studies and the language arts curriculum. Karen Bass is available for school and in-theatre presentations on the following subjects:

  • Uncertain Soldier & the Surprising Canadian History Behind It.
  • History Through Novels (the WWII history that shows up in Karen’s novels).
  • Graffiti Knight (the story behind Karen’s award-winning novel).
  • Character & Plot workshops.
  • Dynamic Description (workshop for grades 3-6).

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All events with Karen Bass

Karen Bass & Aaron Paquette (Gr. 6 & up) – $8

14 Oct 2016
10:00 am - 11:45 am
Calgary Public Library (Main Branch) – John Dutton Theatre, 616 Macleod Trail SE