Walters, Eric (Canada) – 2013

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ericWALTERSEric Walters (CAN) began writing in 1993 as a way to entice his grade five students into becoming more interested in reading and writing. At the end of the year, one student suggested that he try to have his story published. Since that first creation, Walters has published several novels which have all become bestsellers and have won over eighty awards. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 70,000 students per year in schools across the country. Eric is a father of three and lives in Mississauga, Ontario.


(Harper Collins – 2013) (Grade 8+)

This gripping new novel by bestselling children’s/YA author Eric Walters explores the complex and disturbing relationship between a talented young hockey star and his predatory coach as it descends into sexual abuse. Walters combines a vivid portrayal of rink culture with a powerful and unflinching cautionary tale.

Thematic Links: Sport – Hockey – Abuse – Resilience

“Walters’ ability to weave together a compelling scenario without getting in the way of the tale . . . helps cement his status as one of this country’s master storytellers.”

EricWALTERSthematatuThe Matatu
(Orca Book Publishers – 2012) (K-3)For years Kioko has watched the matatu buses dropping off and picking up passengers at the village market. Today, for the first time, he climbs aboard one to celebrate his fifth birthday. When Kioko sees the village dogs chase after the Matatu, his grandfather tells him an African folktale about a dog, a goat and a sheep that explains why the dogs behave as they do. Set in east Africa and inspired by a Kamba folktale, this story is filled with unexpected twists and turns.Thematic Links: Africa – Animals – Transportation – African Folktales

  • Aesop Accolades winner
  • Silver Birch Express nominee
  • Golden Oak Award nominee

“The enjoyable view of life in this faraway country beautifully frames a universal special relationship between a child and a grandparent. Children and adults will smile at Kioko’s concluding action in response to his grandfather’s tale.”
—School Library Journal

EricWALTERSprincePrince for a Princess
(Orca Book Publishers – 2012) (Grade 2 – 4)

Seven-year-old Christina desperately wants a dog, but her parents are reluctant to give in. They take her to a kennel that houses former racing dogs in need of new homes. When a large greyhound named Prince befriends Christina, her parents agree that it was meant to be. But Prince has never been a pet, so Christina has some work to do to make Prince a part of their family.

Thematic Links: Animal / Pets, responsibilities

“This simple but entirely engaging short chapter book for early readers is filled with child appeal. Frequent ink illustrations…provide just the right amount of visual information to keep the pages turning. Satisfying big-dog-meets-little-girl story.” —Kirkus Reviews


EricWALTERSbetweenheavenBetween Heaven and Earth
(Orca Book Publishers – 2012) (Grade 7 – 9)

D.J. has always been the best at everything, so climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to scatter his grandfather’s ashes is just another goal he thinks he’ll accomplish almost effortlessly. But when he arrives in Tanzania and everything starts to go wrong, D.J. finds out that youthfulness, fitness level and drive have nothing to do with success in the mountains, or in life.

Thematic Links: Africa, outdoor, survival, relationships

“Walters is known for action-adventure novels that appeal to boys, and his latest project, Seven (the series), is no exception…A solid outdoor adventure story.”
—Quill & Quire

“The rich setting and the thrilling details of the climb will make readers yearn for their own adventure. However, graphic descriptions of altitude sickness and stomach-twisting trail food leave no false illusions that the journey will be an easy one…Richly detailed and satisfying.” —Kirkus Reviews

Invite Eric Walters for a presentation in your school, your community centre, your company or your organisation: Contact for information and reservations.


  • October 17, 10:00am – 11:30am with Monica Kulling (grades 1 – 3) — Buy Tickets
    GlenbowMuseum – ConocoPhillips Theatre,
    130 9 Ave SE Calgary
  • October 17, 12:45pm – 2:15pm with Glen Huser (Grade 7 – 9) — Buy Tickets
    GlenbowMuseum – ConocoPhillips Theatre,
    130 9 Ave SE CalgaryAvailable for visit to schools, hockey clubs, sports organisations… Please contact for information and reservations
  • October 19, 11:00am – 2:30pm  Family Reading Circle with Marie-Louise Gay (Family Event)
    CPL – Shawnessy Library
    333 Shawville Blvd. SE (South Fish Creek Complex)

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