Norma Charles’s novel, RUNNER: Harry Jerome, World’s Fastest Man, was shortlisted for the Sheila Egoff Award for Children’s Literature, 2018. Last spring, she toured schools and libraries from Prince George to Prince Rupert with BC Book Prizes outreach program.
She began her writing career when her four children were young and she loved telling them stories. As her children grew older, so did the audience for her stories.
When her youngest child was in primary school she returned to teaching and became a teacher/librarian in Vancouver. After holding that position for many years, she left to enable her to write full time. Now she writes adventure novels mainly for middle grade readers.
Norma has had over twenty books for children published, with several more on the way. Her novels, besides RUNNER: Harry Jerome, World’s Fastest Man, include All the Way to Mexico, winner of the Chocolate Lily Award, Run Marco Run, winner of the Moonbeam Gold medal, and Sophie Sea to Sea, winner of the BC Year 2000 Award.
Norma is an active member of many writers groups and continues to pursue her career as a children’s book writer and educator. She has taught creative writing at UBC and has conducted workshops and readings in schools and libraries locally, across Canada, in the USA, and in Mexico.
More information about her is available at her website at www.normacharles.ca.