Lori Knutson


Lori Knutson - Author

About the Author

Lori Knutson is the author of five books. The first of these, Sacred Simplicities, is a compilation of newspaper articles. The Ghost of Northumberland Strait and its sequel Where There's A Will are young adult novels, the first two in the Charly Pederson series. Her latest novel is the historical murder mystery, Denby Jullsen, Hughenden. More Simplicities, the sequel to Sacred Simplicities is now available.

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Who killed Denby Jullsen?

Denby Jullsen, Hughenden is now available as an ebook through Amazon, Google Play, Kobo and Barnes & Noble.

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This tumultuous story begins with the reported murder of Hughenden resident and eldest Jullsen brother, Denby. His body is found by a hunter off a main road propped up in the backseat of an abandoned vehicle. From there, the story goes back in time to the wedding of the middle bother, Cully Jullsen. The tale unfolds as it follows the Jullsen family through its up and downs including suspected infidelity and murder, jail sentences and drunken antics, family dinners and picnics in the shade. During the novel’s course babies are born and some souls are saved while others are arguably lost. The winding path finally leads back to the death of Denby Jullsen as the reader discovers the answer to the mystery.

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Teacher Resources

Middle school teachers - this is a gold mine! Here you will find two sets of ready-to-print activities created by the author for the novels The Ghost of Northumberland Strait and its sequel Where There's a Will. Included here are reading comprehension and responsive journaling worksheets for every chapter of both books. Also included are vocabulary-building word searches for each chapter. Just print them out and assess your students' reading comprehension and writing skills.

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Here Lori Knutson reads from her novel The Ghost of Northumberland Strait. Share the recording with your class while you're reading the novel. Did you know that your students can write to the author and she will respond to their letters in the form of a video podcast? Engage your students by showing the personalized podcast on your interactive whiteboard. It's an author visit right in your classroom and at your convenience. For this digital visit, the cost for your classroom is only $100.

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Latest Blog Post

Better With Age

When I’m done my first couple assignments in the morning, I like to take a walk if the weather’s nice. Yesterday, it was warm and sunny with enough breeze to keep the mosquitos away.

As I walked, I breathed in the thick, sweet aroma of wolf willow and of the sugary pollen created by grasses and flowers to attract winged creatures…


It wasn’t that many years ago that the scent of pollen would have sent me running for the house and a big bottle of antihistamines. I remember being a kid, lying in a darkened room with a cold facecloth covering my swollen eyes and my red nose. I just stayed there, like that, waiting for June and July to pass, praying for the pollen to end.

I’m exaggerating but only a little. My seasonal allergies were nearly debilitating for years. There were summers when I didn’t want to leave the cool basement. Medication helped ease the symptoms, but the tablets left me feeling foggy and groggy, like I was wrapped in cotton batten.

Improved Medication

A couple decades later, the medication improved. I stopped taking antihistamines and instead was prescribed a cortisone nasal spray to use along with stinging drops that constricted the blood vessels in my eyes. In combination, these two were so effective at relieving my teary eyes and runny nose that I could forget that I suffered from hay fever at all.

It’s because of this feeling of freedom that I think I just sort of stopped using any allergy medication. It was about four or five years ago during a walk in the countryside like yesterday’s that I realized grass pollen barely bothers me now. I hadn’t taken any medication and I was uncongested and happy. I mean, pollen can still irritate if I stand in a field of brome grass and brush my face up against the pollen-heavy plumes. But this happens rarely.

Good Changes

This improvement in my life over the course of time reminded me of other positive changes. For example, I used to care a lot more about the opinions of others. I have no prescription to relieve me of this, and yet the symptoms of caring about that which I cannot control have really eased up.

People still have opinions, of course. We’re all allowed to. Now I just don’t care what they are. I also spend much less time and energy expressing mine. People either agree with my opinion (nothing changes), they don’t care (nothing changes), or they are annoyed (I get punched in the nose).

I also care less about working. Yes, I still work hard, but that used to be reason enough in and of itself. These days, there had better be a good reason for blood, sweat and tears. I’d better enjoy the work and/or it had better lead to something that I’ll enjoy soon. In short, I care more about enjoying my life than about work for work’s sake.

Releasing Goals

I don’t give a hoot about success, whatever that is. I used to think I knew, but I’ve lost sight of it. Gone is the drive to accomplish yet another goal. I’ve already accomplished a lot. The thing about the goals I’ve set is that as soon as I reached one, there was a new one waiting right at the finish line. How irritating.

New goals popped up like dandelions, making me feel like I hadn’t done enough, like I was never enough. Around and around it went until this little hamster decided to step off the wheel.

Now when I’m done my first bit of school work for the day, I take a walk in the sunshine and the pollen. My eyes are clear and my nose is dry. If it rains, I head downstairs to the treadmill. No goals hound me and no one’s opinions (usually) bother me.

It’s nice to be mostly free from seasonal allergies and from a bunch of other stuff, too. It’s nice to see that some things get better with age.

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Suitable for all ages

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Where There's
A Will

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Best-suited to Grades 5-9;
ages 10-14

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The Ghost of Northumberland Strait

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Best-suited to Grades 5-9;
ages 10-14

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Suitable for all ages

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