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Gillian Chan
The Turning

The Turning by Gillian ChanWhen Ben Larsson moves from Toronto to live with his father in Winnipeg, Canada, and then from there goes to England with him, it is only natural that there are a great many adjustments to make, but the creature he encounters in the wooded area outside the city is most definitely unnatural. Ben will only understand his connection to the solitary spirit, Wyliff, through one of his classmates, the outcast Yvonne.

Chan’s exciting and sophisticated balance of fantasy with the realities and challenges of daily life for teenagers has won her many fans.

Praise for Gillian Chan:

“Chan’s characters are drawn with courage, compassion and consummate skill.” —Governor General’s Award jury citation

“Chan’s descriptions of the tensions arising between adults and adolescents have the ring of truth . . . . . (her endings) leave the reader pondering on the peculiarities and vagaries of human nature. Now that’s a good story.” —The Globe and Mail

“Her clear-eyed view of teens and their sometimes surprising behaviour (both good and bad) is sympathetic but never sugar-coated.”
The Hamilton Spectator

Page extent: 179 pages
Setting: Canada, UK
Period: contemporary

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Gillian Chan  

Gillian Chan trained as an English and Drama teacher. She has written seven books and has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, Mr. Christie’s Book Award as well as many other national and international awards for young readers, and is the winner of the OSLA White Pine Award as well as the Nautilus award for the best young adult book. Gillian Chan’s website can be found at