Lori Knutson


Lori Knutson - Author

About the Author

Lori Knutson is the author of five books. The first of these, Sacred Simplicities, is a compilation of newspaper articles. The Ghost of Northumberland Strait and its sequel Where There's A Will are young adult novels, the first two in the Charly Pederson series. Her latest novel is the historical murder mystery, Denby Jullsen, Hughenden. More Simplicities, the sequel to Sacred Simplicities is now available.

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Who killed Denby Jullsen?

Denby Jullsen, Hughenden is now available as an ebook through Amazon, Google Play, Kobo and Barnes & Noble.

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This tumultuous story begins with the reported murder of Hughenden resident and eldest Jullsen brother, Denby. His body is found by a hunter off a main road propped up in the backseat of an abandoned vehicle. From there, the story goes back in time to the wedding of the middle bother, Cully Jullsen. The tale unfolds as it follows the Jullsen family through its up and downs including suspected infidelity and murder, jail sentences and drunken antics, family dinners and picnics in the shade. During the novel’s course babies are born and some souls are saved while others are arguably lost. The winding path finally leads back to the death of Denby Jullsen as the reader discovers the answer to the mystery.

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Teacher Resources

Middle school teachers - this is a gold mine! Here you will find two sets of ready-to-print activities created by the author for the novels The Ghost of Northumberland Strait and its sequel Where There's a Will. Included here are reading comprehension and responsive journaling worksheets for every chapter of both books. Also included are vocabulary-building word searches for each chapter. Just print them out and assess your students' reading comprehension and writing skills.

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Here Lori Knutson reads from her novel The Ghost of Northumberland Strait. Share the recording with your class while you're reading the novel. Did you know that your students can write to the author and she will respond to their letters in the form of a video podcast? Engage your students by showing the personalized podcast on your interactive whiteboard. It's an author visit right in your classroom and at your convenience. For this digital visit, the cost for your classroom is only $100.

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Latest Blog Post

My Last Name

Let me tell you the story of why I've always been "Lori Knutson" even though I’ve had chances to adopt other names.

I grew up in northern Alberta near the Peace River. To travel anywhere south, we had the pleasure of driving through those river hills, right past Dunvegan Park and over the muted-yellow suspension bridge that majestically spans the Mighty Peace.

But for me, entering those gentle river hills meant one of two things depending on the direction in which we were traveling. Heading south meant adventure. Heading north meant heading home after the adventure. Each direction touched my heart. Driving south excited my heart while driving north soothed it.

One afternoon, our family drove south through those hills, and anticipation made me think new thoughts. I remember that I was nine years old. It's strange, though. I remember many pivotal experiences happening when I was nine. Some of these must've occurred before or after, and yet, it's nine years old that I recall.

I remember sitting in the backseat, thinking. Finally, I leaned forward between the seats and commented to my parents in the front, "Isn't it great that you two met each other, and you both had the same last name?"

What were the chances? You're a Knutson, I'm a Knutson. Let's get married! I was so pleased to arrive at this realization all on my own. This proud feeling didn’t last long.

Mom chuckled. "My name wasn't Knutson when I met your father." Dad chimed in, "She was a Hobden."

My jaw dropped. "A Hobden? Like Grandma and Grandpa?"

This was news. I’d never made the connection. A dark suspicion crept into my mind, and I asked my mom, "So what happened to your name?"

"I changed it when I married your dad."

Holy crow! What? You've got to be kidding me! Isn't your name who you are? Wasn't Mom devastated to lose that part of herself? What other injustices existed in the world that I didn't know about?

I could never bring myself to do it, but there are good reasons for taking another's name.

Some women have last names that they've been teased about all their lives and that they can't wait to unload. Others want to have children and for their family unit to share one name, typically dad's. There's also tradition and romance as reasons. I respect the choices people make in changing their names.

But I will always be Lori Knutson named after (no kidding) my cousin Laurie Knutson. No matter where it came from, it's my name and I like it.

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Suitable for all ages

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Where There's
A Will

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Best-suited to Grades 5-9;
ages 10-14

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The Ghost of Northumberland Strait

The Ghost of Northumberland Strait Cover
Best-suited to Grades 5-9;
ages 10-14

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Suitable for all ages

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