Sixteen-year-old Katie had just begun a year in Paris with her family when she died suddenly. Her family was devastated, but they drew comfort from Katie’s extensive e-mail correspondence to her many friends. In page after page, her family read how Katie explored the nature of friendship, her belief in God, and her desire to understand what constitutes real love among friends.
Award-winning author Julie Johnston has brought together Katie’s correspondence. The result is both a testament to a girl who had so much to offer – and more important, perhaps – a blueprint for real sisterhood.
About Julie Johnston
Tundra author Julie Johnston received the Governor General’s Award for her first two books, Hero of Lesser Causes and Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me. Her third novel, The Only Outcast, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, as was her novel In Spite of Killer Bees. In 2003, Julie Johnston was awarded the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature in recognition of the enormous contribution her body of work has made to children’s literature. Her most recent young adult book, Susanna’s Quill, was also critically acclaimed. Published in 2005, As If By Accident is Julie Johnston’s first book for adults. Julie Johnston lives in Peterborough, Ontario.
“The poignancy of this book is almost unbearable…a remarkable portrait of a sensitive, sparklingly alive, spiritually aware teen-ager, and a testament to friendship and the capacity for it that Katie and her friends had and so enjoyed. What a gift it was – and is.”
–The Globe and Mail
“This is the real stuff of adolescent friendship that is so important to teenage girls. It’s a real-life tragedy, and a gripping read.”
–School Library Journal
“Although she professes a ‘philosophical’ bent, Katie is a regular teenager, and herein lies the poignant force of this unusual book. Reading through her lively affectionate confidences, one can’t help but enjoy the promise of her inner life, even while lamenting her death.”
–The Toronto Star
“Although Katie died in October, 1996, she lives on in the hearts of her family and friends and now in a book.”