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Janet Louise Lunn (née Swoboda; December 28, 1928 – June 26, 2017) was an author of Canadian children's literature. She is the author of A Rebel's Daughter and a contributor to A Season for Miracles.


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Lunn was born in Dallas, Texas, and moved to Vermont with her family as an infant. In 1938, she moved again to the outskirts of New York City. In 1946, she came to Canada to attend Queen's University and married a fellow student, Richard Lunn. She became a Canadian citizen in 1963. They had five children and her husband died in 1987.

Her first book, Double Spell was published in 1968. From 1972 to 1975, she was a children's editor for Clark, Irwin Publishers. From 1984 to 1985, she was the first children's author to be Chair of the Writers' Union of Canada.

In 1982, she was awarded the Vicky Metcalf Award. She was awarded the Order of Ontario in 1996 and made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1997. She died on June 26, 2017.


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Selected Works[]

  • Double Spell (1968)
  • The Root Cellar (1981)
  • Shadow in Hawthorn Bay (1986)
  • The Hollow Tree (1997), winner of the 1998 Governor General's Awards
  • The Story of Canada (2000), with Christopher Moore and Alan Daniel

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