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



The other day I did something out of the ordinary: I shopped locally and I liked it!

There was no need to drive for over an hour for groceries that day. I didn’t have to be taken away from my chores or from my studies. I hopped in my car and drove down the hill to the grocery store on Main Street. As I walked in, I was pleasantly greeted from behind the till by a young woman I used to teach. I grabbed a cart and made a quick sweep of the store. 

Sometimes you have to shop somewhere else.

Living so rurally, it is unarguably necessary to shop elsewhere for some of the things we need. If you came over to my house right now, you’d see that I still haven’t caulked the tub. It’s ready to go, but I discovered that the caulk I had handy was too old. I need new caulk and the tub will have to wait until I drive somewhere to get it.

But if I require a dozen eggs, six bananas, a block of cheddar cheese, a bottle of Windex, a couple of onions and some whipping cream, what’s the point of making the incredible journey to a larger centre? There’s a whisper deep in my mind that asks me this: If you shopped around here more often, would tub’n’tile caulk suddenly be available?

Saving time? Nope.

That particular Saturday, I was feeling that I had to focus on my online studies. My editing courses can be heavy and this brain isn’t as quick as it once was. It takes longer now, and a bit of extra review, to really succeed in my classes. I didn’t want to drive somewhere else for the groceries I needed.

At the local store, I got everything on my list, had a good visit with my former student and I was back home in less than 25 minutes. Returning to my house at the top of the hill, I felt reconnected with a corner of my community and I felt efficient. Now I had the whole day to get other stuff done.

Saving money? Not so much.

Sure, it costs more to shop here. However, when I can get all I want here – or a good bunch of it – I’m not spending money on fuel or putting extra kilometres on my car. It’s not necessary to stop to eat somewhere and I’m not tempted to buy any extra junk that catches my eye. I get what I came for and I get out. That’s my kind of shopping and in the long run, I bet I’d spend less money if I shopped here more often.

Saving my community? I could do more.

Of course, one person’s shopping habits don’t hold the power to revive a local economy. That’s obvious. It’s also obvious that when I shop more at home I help my community more than if I didn’t shop here at all.

Every purchase I make in this village makes a difference and every dollar that I don’t spend here makes a difference in the opposite direction. Spending some money here lets me show that I care about my community and gives me a chance to help sustain it. And Walmart isn’t going to notice when I don’t walk through its sliding doors.

That Saturday, I didn’t have to drive for over an hour for groceries or to find someone to visit with. This easy, at-home shopping experience made me question exactly what I’m saving when I shop away from home.

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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

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

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Suitable for all ages

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