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About the Author

ALLAN STRATTON is the internationally acclaimed author of CHANDA’S SECRETS, winner of over twenty-six awards and citations including the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Honor Book. The film adaptation, LIFE, ABOVE ALL, won the Francois Chalais Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival, 2010, and was South Africa’s official entry for the 2011 Oscar for best foreign language film.

Allan’s other novels include: CHANDA’S WARS, winner of the YA Canadian Book Award, 2009, and a Junior Library Guild selection (USA); BORDERLINE and LESLIE’S JOURNAL, ALA Best Fiction; THE GRAVE ROBBER’S APPRENCTICE, Governor General’s Award finalist and Times of London Book of the Week; CURSE OF THE DREAM WITCH, the 2014 Canadian Library Association Best Book for Children Award; and THE DOGS, sold into fourteen countries, winner of the 2015 Red Maple Award (Canada), runner up for De Gouden Lijst (the Netherlands), and on the Carnegie Medal (UK) longlist. His last novel, THE WAY BACK HOME, won Italy’s 2019 Scelte di classe for Best YA and was a Governor General’s Award finalist and Clip-Carnegie Medal nominee.

Allan’s career took off with NURSE JANE GOES TO HAWAII (1980); with over 350 productions, it is one of the most produced plays in Canadian theatre history. His other plays have variously won the Canadian Authors Association Award, the Dora Mavor Moore Award, the Chalmers Award, and been nominated for the Governor General’s Award.

Allan is published in the USA, the U.K., Italy, France, Germany, Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Italy, Israel, Brazil, Romania, Poland, Denmark, Romania, Turkey, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Australia and Canada. He has safariied in Africa; hiked the Great Wall of China; swum with sharks; flown over Cappadocia in a balloon; seen moai on Easter Island, penguins and volcanos in Chile; and explored pyramids in Egypt, temples in Cambodia, Incan ruins in the Andes, and Viet Cong tunnels in Vietnam.

Allan lives in Toronto with his husband and two cats.


The Grave Robber’s Apprentice
Curse of the Dream Witch
The Dogs
The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish
Chanda’s Wars
Chanda’s Secrets
Leslie’s Journal
The Phoenix Lottery

Book Trailers

Adapted Film Trailers


  • Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii
  • Rexy!
  • Joggers
  • Friends of a Feather
  • Papers
  • The 101 Miracles of Hope Chance
  • Bingo!
  • Bag Babies
  • A Flush of Tories
  • Dracula: Nightmare of the Dead
  • The Phoenix Lottery