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Love Ya Like a Sister

A Story of Friendship

edited by Julie Johnston

tagged: adolescence, friendship
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list price: $8.99
edition:Paperback
published: Mar 1999
pages: 208
ISBN:9780887764547
publisher: Tundra
Description

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.

Contributor Notes

Born and raised in Smiths Falls, in the Ottawa Valley, Julie Johnston began writing plays in high school for her classmates. Her first published work was a short novel, which was published in serial form in the local paper. She returned to creating plays in the 1970s and this time focused on younger audiences, writing works her own children could perform. At the same time, she decided to try her hand at something more serious and entered a one-act composition in the Canadian Playwriting Competition, taking first prize.

A dexterous author who is comfortable writing drama, short stories and novels, she has garnered great success with her first two young adult novels, Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me and Hero of Lesser Causes, both of which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Text in Children’s Literature and received numerous awards and accolades throughout North America.

In her long-awaited third novel, The Only Outcast, Julie takes readers back to the turn-of-the-century and into a summer of mystery, adventure and passion for sixteen-year-old Frederick at a summer cottage on the Rideau. The book was a finalist for the 1998 Governor General’s Literary Award and the Ruth Schwartz Children’s Book Award.

For Love Ya Like A Sister, Julie acted as editor, compiling the letters, journals, and e-mail correspondence of Katie Ouriou, a Calgary teen who died suddenly while living in Paris with her family. Katie’s messages to her friends back home in Canada are full of love, spiritual inspiration and demonstrate the strength that exists in the bonds of friendship.

In Spite of Killer Bees examines the bonds between three sisters and their eclectic extended family in a small town.

The mother of four grown daughters, Julie Johnston and her husband reside in Peterborough.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
10 to 18
Grade:
5 to 12
Editorial Review

“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.”
Calgary Herald