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

BAd Aim

This stand of trees reminds me of the time I was shot at. 

A long time ago my mom and her friend took us kids out skating on the frozen slough at our undeveloped acreage north of town. It hadn’t snowed yet and the ice that encompassed the diamond and red willow trees was smooth and clear.

We skated round and round through the maze of willows, playing tag and leaping out from behind bushes to scare each other.

Proper skates make a big difference.

In those days, I really couldn’t skate, so I staggered around with my siblings and friends, just happy to be there. The skates I wore were my mom’s soft old leather figure skates with no ankle support and treacherous, pointy picks on the curved front of both blades. Yikes. My little feet slumped left and then right. They leaned toward each other and then away from each other, but they never stood straight.

As an adult, it was a joy and a surprise to don my brother’s discarded hockey skates of molded plastic which hang this moment from a large nail by their laces in my cold room. With those hockey skates on, I could suddenly skate! Not well, but I could stand up with my ankles straight and supported. This was a very good start.

It wasn’t while skating or even during the winter that I was shot at. It was in the early fall and very near that same slough where I heard that bullet zing past my right ear.

Mom and Dad had planted potatoes that spring in the newly-tilled soil of that acreage. One evening in the early fall, we drove out in our station wagon to dig up the hills. Mom and Dad did the digging and it was my job to gather the unearthed potatoes and load them into the burlap sack. It was my brothers’ job to run around in the tall grass.

“What are those weird lights?”

We hadn’t been out there long working in the slowly fading sun when through the branches of distant trees, we saw strange lights appear. One looked like the glow from a large halogen flashlight moving rapidly. The other light, an unusually-shaped red one, stood stationary.

Mom, Dad and I paused in our work, spades unmoving, uncovered potatoes lying on the dirt. That’s when we heard the first shot. It was distant and seemed more like a warning than a direct threat. No matter the shooter’s intent, we hit the ground, crawling along on our elbows. My parents dragged their shovels and yelled at my brothers to get in the car.

The second shot was close and it may have only been bad aim that saved one of us from harm that evening. Within seconds that seemed like hours, we were bouncing along the uneven ground, we kids crouched on the floor in the backseat and Mom down on the floor in front seat of the car. Dad drove and he drove fast.

All is well that ends well. Following this excitement, we made our visits to the acreage property during full daylight hours and probably less often than we did before. Finally, those of you less-interested in my gardening stories can say, “Wow. Gardening stories that include gunfire are more engaging!"

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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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