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Loon Lake Fishing Derby

by (author) Dean Griffiths

illustrated by Kathleen Cook Waldron

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 1999
Recommended Age
0 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
Recommended Reading age
4 to 8
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1999
    List Price

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Out of print

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When his town holds a fishing derby, Wally goes into business selling worms. But his friends enter the bait business too, and soon the town is crawling with worm sellers. Chaos reigns. The young entrepreneurs dig up every garden in town to find bait, the fishermen load up on worms, and soon the fish have eaten their fill without swallowing one hook. With all the townsfolk overheated by the mess in their yards and every fisherman catchless and ready to blow, Wally has to find a way to restore order before the disaster turns into Loon Lake's last fishing derby.

About the authors

Dean Griffiths is a popular picture book artist with more than 25 titles to his name. His many awards include the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Book Prize for Maggie Can't Wait and the Chocolate Lily Award for Ballerinas Don't Wear Glasses. Dean's 2012 title Lumpito and the Painter from Spain has been nominated for the SYRCA Shining Willow Award and was a Bank Street Best Book. His most recent book is When Emily Carr Met Woo. Dean lives in Duncan, British Columbia, with his daughter.

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Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Kathleen's primary rural experiences in her childhood were family fishing trips and long evening walks with her dad and their dog on the golf course. After graduating from high school, she completed three years of university, including one year in Madrid, Spain.

Her first full-time rural experience came after she married Mark Waldron. They spent their first year together working for VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) in the Napa Valley in California helping a group of eighteen families get set up to build their own homes. She and Mark then moved back to Colorado to complete their degrees (BA for Mark, MA for Kathleen) and begin their family.

In the spring of 1975, they set off with their one-year-old son Levi to begin building their own log home off the grid in central British Columbia. They immigrated to Canada the following year, welcomed their daughter Rosy the year after that, and have lived in the Cariboo ever since. They still make frequent city trips where Kathleen enjoys visits to concerts, plays, museums, professional sporting events, and her otherwise all-urban family. Her rural pleasures include swimming in mountain lakes, canoeing, cycling, cross-country skiing, and hiking. The Waldrons became dual Canadian/US citizens in 1991.

Kathleen's work experience includes being a swimming instructor, playground supervisor, lifeguard, waitress, chambermaid, tree planter, house painter, teacher (kindergarten-adult), and of course, writer.

Kathleen Cook Waldron's profile page

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