ABOUT DEBBIE SPRING
I live in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada and have enjoyed writing children’s picture books, middle-grade and young adult novels, short stories and plays for over twenty years.
I have won several awards and short story contests throughout Canada. My stories have been published in Canadian and American journals, anthologies and magazines.
My short story THE KAYAK was published in “Takes: Stories for Young Adults” and in “The Best of Friends” in the United States alongside Gary Paulsen’s work. The story is currently being used in the curriculum for Ontario (grade 9), Saskatchewan (grade 10), British Columbia and Texas. The first unit in the Language & Writing 9 is Margaret Atwood and the second unit is mine. The short story was such a success that Thistledown Press published THE KAYAK as a young adult novel in 2010.
I have two Science Fiction books for grades 4-6 published in 2010 by JLS for Korean ESL (English as a second language) students. COMETAGON AND THE HAIRY ALIENS is about sharing ideas and co-existing with one another. VANISHING BREEDS is about saving animals from going extinct. Both stories take the protagonists out of their worlds with lots of fun and adventure.
My book GRANDPA PROMISED published in 2009 by Scholastics is an educational book for grade six with an accompanying CD. It is about a boy struggling to survive in Germany during World War II in the Holocaust.
My middle-grade novel BREATHING SOCCER published by Thistledown Press is short listed for the 2010 Manitoba Readers’ Choice Awards. The novel touches on adversity and how even with asthma, a young girl is empowered to fight to play soccer in spite of her disability.
THE RIGHTEOUS SMUGGLER published by Second Story Press in 2005 was short listed for CBC’s Young Canada Reads. The Holocaust novel was given a star as a favourite and recommended book in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s “Our Choice” magazine. It also was chosen by the Canadian Toy Company.
I have traveled across Canada speaking to over 6,000 students about “one person making a difference”, bullying, World War II, anti-Semitism, intolerance and the Holocaust.
I was invited by the Netherlands Embassy in Ottawa during Holocaust Education Week to speak to four hundred students, where I not only had a chauffeur, but a body guard. The ambassador signed my books.
I had a whale of a good time at Franklin’s Gardens at Toronto Island, sponsored by the TD bank, talking about my picture book WILMA THE WILD WHITE WHALE.