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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kathleen McDonnell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1947 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Kathleen was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kathleen McDonnell is a playwright, author of fiction and nonfiction as well as an editor. She is a contributor to CBC Radio, and is a speaker and workshop leader at conferences. She currently resides in Toronto, Ontario.

Published Works

  • Essie's Emerals, Second Story Press, 1990
  • The Nordlings, Second Story Press, 1999
  • The Shining World, Second Story Press, 2003
  • 1212: Year of the Journey, Second Story Press, 2006
  • The Songweaver, Second Story Press, 2008
  • Not an Easy Choice: A Feminine Re-examines Abortion, Second Story Press, 2002
  • Kid Culture: Children and Adults and Popular Culture, Pluto Press Australia, 2001
  • Honey, We Lost the Kids: Re-thinking Childhood in the Multimedia Age, Second Story Press, 2005

Selected Titles At Your Library

The Nordlings /
ISBN: 1896764231. OCLC Number:

Second Story ;. Toronto, Ont. :. 1999.

Peggy is a headstrong teenager craving independence. Suddenly, she falls into a long-forgotten fantasy world, calling Notherland. She's astonished to see old friends there, including fairy-like creatures called Nordlings. But there are new elements in Peggy's enchanted world: a mysterious young man for whom she feels a strong attraction, and nineteenth-century Arcic explorer Sir John Franklin and his wife, Lady Jane. Now an evil force called the Nobodaddy is destroying Peggy's imaginary world. As the creator, Peggy may be the only one who can stop him. Should she take on the dangerous quest to find and destroy him, or go back to the real life?

The shining world /
ISBN: 1896764797. OCLC Number:

Second Story Press,. Toronto :. c2003.

Peggy learns that spirit-child Mi has fled Notherland in search of a mythical Shining World. Fearing for her safety, Peggy and her companions set off in search of Mi.

1212 :
ISBN: 1897187114. OCLC Number:

Second Story Press,. Toronto :. c2006.

Fictionalized account of the medieval Children's Crusade.

The songweavers /
ISBN: 1897187424. OCLC Number:

Second Story Press,. Toronto :. c2008.

Not an easy choice :
ISBN: 1896764657. OCLC Number:

Second Story Press,. Toronto :. c2003.

Kid culture :
ISBN: 1864031123. OCLC Number:

Pluto Press,. Annandale, NSW, Australia :. 2000.

With clarity and humour the author addresses why pop culture is an irresistible lure to kids, by confronting the issues which both plague and challenge parents and educators today. The book examines questions such as: is Saturday morning TV as bad as it seems? Should I give my daughter a Barbie? and How is violence affecting kids?

Honey, we lost the kids :
ISBN: 1897187041. OCLC Number:

Second Story Press,. Toronto :. [2005]

Chalmer's Award-winning writer Kathleen McDonnell follows her acclaimed Kid Culture: Children, Adults and Popular Culture with a challenge to anyone parenting today. Parent alert: Honey, We Lost the Kids is a funny, eye-opening report from the front lines of the revolution in modern childhood. Remember when children grew up in well-defined stages? Adults tried to keep whole areas of life hidden from them---death, bad language, and, of course, sex---and allowed them to step out into the adult world in an orderly, gradual fashion, according to a schedule determined by grown-ups. So it's no surprise many parents and experts believe that kids today are growing up too quickly, that a toxic combination of TV and films, video games and the Internet are robbing them of childhood. In this straight-talking, mind-bending new book, Kathleen McDonnell warns us that we can't go back to that time when grown-ups and kids knew their place. Honey, We Lost the Kids is nothing like anything written before for parents and educators. A must for anyone involved with kids in the 21st century.

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