Caroline Pignat is the two-time Governor Generalʼs Award winning author of seven highly acclaimed young adult novels including The Gospel Truth, winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year and Unspeakable, which was awarded the Red Maple Honour Book Award. Her historical fiction, contemporary, and free verse novels use multiple points of view and varied forms to engage readers of all ages.
Her latest YA novel, Shooter, has been described as We Need to Talk about Kevin meets The Breakfast Club. The story follows a group of five students thrown together into a boy’s bathroom during a school lockdown, which we learn is not a drill! As the tension mounts they reveal their personal secrets and insecurities, challenging stereotypes and discovering that they are not so different from each other, and the shooter, after all. The book has elicited high praise from critics, with the National Reading Campaign saying “Pignat continues to defy narrative boundaries in Shooter, alternating between journal entries, text messages, poems, pictographs, and newspaper articles. Her characters are impeccably voiced, and readers will move seamlessly from judgment to empathy, laughing out loud, only to turn the page and shed a tear.”
A teacher with the Ottawa Catholic School Board, Caroline has taught elementary, intermediate and high school students. She spends her mornings teaching grade 12 Writer’s Craft and her afternoons working with students in Writing Workshops and Author Visits, or deep in her next work-in-progress.
Born in Ireland, she grew up in Ottawa where she lives with her family.
Appearing in 7. This is Not a Drill: Fiction and Fear.