Lori Knutson

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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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Podcasts

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

Fear

It seems that all my life I’ve been afraid of something. When I graduated from high school, I was petrified at the thought of going to university, of attending classes and of living in a large city. It turned out all right, though, coming out of the experience with a couple degrees that have served me really well. My English/Philosophy degree was fun to earn and helps me in my work as a writer and in my hobby of thinking about things. My Education degree has provided me with the accreditation I needed to do satisfying, meaningful work for many years. Sometimes getting a good education is the best thing you can do. 

As an adult in my 20s and early 30s, I found myself frozen with fear at the idea of leaving very difficult relationships, of taking back my name and leaving my stuff and just walking away. But I did it anyway, once with no money and no place to go. Still, I broke free and ran, and I’m still running today: running my own life, making my own decisions and taking the path that I choose. Sometimes running is the best thing you can do. 

I was terrified to move from my secure northern city where I was well-employed as a teacher and newspaper columnist. I was terrified to hand in that resignation letter and to rent that U-Haul truck and to take that leap into the unknown. I was terrified to live alone near the downtown core of an unfamiliar city and terrified to get a job there. Of course, everything worked out just fine when I pushed my own boundaries and challenged my preconceived view of what’s possible in this life. Turns out, there are 1000 adventures waiting if we’re willing to go there. Sometimes moving is the best thing you can do. 

My next big fear came with the opportunity to buy Grandma’s house in a village far away. It would mean moving (again!) and finding work and fixing up the wreck her house had become. What if the house was beyond repair or I never made the money needed to make the necessary repairs? Challenges came at me all in one, big bunch, like a charging herd of challenges. But I mowed (scythed) the lawn, painted the walls and installed wood flooring. I got a job substitute teaching and another one as a stand-in preacher every second Sunday. Now this is the happiest home I’ve ever had. Sometimes embracing your past is the best thing you can do. 

Right now, I’m in the grips of my newest fear. I’ve left my teaching career (for now) to return to school and (hopefully) establish a new career as an editor. A whole bunch of new things to fear came along with this latest change. I’m afraid to let go of my secure job, a vocation I’ve loved for a long time. I’m afraid to fail, afraid that I can’t successfully complete my coursework or set up a business. But sometimes feeling afraid and acting in spite of the fear is the best thing you can do.  

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More
Simplicities

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Suitable for all ages
$15.00

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Where There's
A Will

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Best-suited to Grades 5-9;
ages 10-14
$10.00

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The Ghost of Northumberland Strait

The Ghost of Northumberland Strait Cover
Best-suited to Grades 5-9;
ages 10-14
$10.00

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Sacred
Simplicities

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Suitable for all ages
$10.00

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