Kit Pearson is one of Canada’s most beloved and distinguished children’s authors. She is the recipient of many awards and honours, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.
About Kit’s latest book: An #OwnVoices exploration of identity and burgeoning sexuality, Be My Love is set off the coast of Vancouver, shortly after WWII. For as long as she can remember, Maisie has spent her summers on Kingfisher Island. She and her beloved cousin Una run wild, and Maisie feels the warm embrace of her big, extended family. This summer Maisie needs that escape more than ever. But now everything on Kingfisher has changed: Una has returned from her mainland school a sophisticated young woman too mature for childish games, and even worse, she has an all-consuming infatuation with David Meyer, both an old friend and an older man. Soon Maisie finds herself playing second fiddle—jealous of Una and David’s closeness, and unsure of what those feelings mean. When Maisie’s greatest attempt to maintain the special magic of her friendship with Una goes up in smoke, it seems as though all is lost. But with an enormous revelation, and a heartrending intervention, Maisie may finally discover the strength she needs to find the same peace that the island has brought her within herself.
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Bianca Bujan is a travel writer for publications such as the Sun/Province, WestJet magazine, and BC Living. She is also a parenting columnist for Burnaby Now and New West Record newspapers, and the assistant editor for WestCoast Families magazine.