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Anne Laurel Carter
Carter in 2007
Carter in 2007
Born (1953-09-22) September 22, 1953 (age 68)
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada
Genre children's literature, young adult literature

Anne Laurel Carter (born September 22, 1953) is a Canadian author with eighteen published books, mostly for young adults and children.


Born in Don Mills, the youngest of four children, she began a science program at the University of Toronto, intending to study medicine, but left the program in her second year. At the age of 19, she went to Israel where she studied Hebrew, staying for a year and a half during the Yom Kippur War. She met her first husband in Israel; they moved to California and were married. The couple then moved to Toronto, where Carter earned a BA from York University and a BEd from the University of Toronto. She took part in a French immersion program, staying in Trois Pistoles, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Rivière-du-Loup, Chicoutimi and Grenoble (France). Carter then taught English as a second language at Eastmain, Mistissini and Chisasibi in northern Quebec. In 1984, she completed a MEd in second language learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She began teaching in Peterborough. After reconnecting with a male friend from Toronto there, she moved to Bramalea, a neighbourhood of Brampton, Ontario, where she taught school, married and had four children.

Carter began submitting stories for publication. In 1997, her story "No Missing Parts" won second prize in a contest sponsored by the Toronto Star. Her next story "Leaving the Iron Lung" won second prize in the same competition i the following year. A revised version of the story was published and received the Vicky Metcalf Short Story Award. In 1999, she published her first book Tall in the Saddle.

Carter teaches children's book courses privately and also at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

Selected works

Her works include:

  • From Poppa, children's fiction (1999)
  • The Girl on Evangeline Beach, young adult fiction (2000)
  • In the Clear, young adult fiction (2001), finalist for the 2002 Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Award Program.
  • Under a Prairie Sky, children's fiction (2002), received the Mr. Christie's Book Award
  • No Missing Parts And Other Stories About Real Princesses, stories (2002)
  • Circus Play, children's fiction (2002)
  • Elizabeth: Bless This House, young adult fiction (2002)
  • The F Team, children's fiction (2003)
  • Last Chance Bay, children's fiction (2004), received the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award
  • My Wedding Dress, novel (2007)
  • Out of the Deeps, children's fiction (2008)
  • Night Boy, children's fiction (2012)
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