• Biography

    Jean Mills has a background in teaching (college Communications; Grade 6 Language Arts) and professional writing and editing. For the past 10 years, she has worked in Media & Communications for Curling Canada, and before that taught Communications at Conestoga College in Kitchener and Guelph, Ontario. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in publications across Canada. Her first two novels, Wild Dog Summer and The Legacy, were part of the Nelson Canada novel study program for middle school Language Arts. Her most recent book is Skating Over Thin Ice (Red Deer Press, 2018) which was nominated for the Ontario Library Association 2019 Forest of Reading Red Maple Fiction award. The novel was also named to the USBBY 2019 Outstanding International Books List. Her upcoming novel, Larkin on the Shore (Red Deer Press, November 2019), is set in a small Nova Scotia town in Cumberland County. Jean shares her time between Guelph, Ontario, and Pugwash, Nova Scotia, where she has a house overlooking the Northumberland Strait.

    Publications
    • Larkin on the Shore (Red Deer Press, coming in November 2019)

      Skating Over Thin Ice (Red Deer Press, 2018)

      The Toymaker's Son (Pugwash Publishers, 2009)

      Abby and the Curling Chicks (Pugwash Publishers, 2003)

      The Legacy (Nelson Canada, 1991)

      Wild Dog Summer (Nelson Canada, 1990) 

      Wild Dog Summer (re-released by Pugwash Publishers, 2008)

    Awards
    • 2019 OLA Forest of Reading Red Maple Fiction Award - Nominee (Skating Over Thin Ice)

      2019 USBBY Outstanding International Books List (Skating Over Thin Ice)

      2009 Barbara Novak Award for Humour/Memoir Writing ("The roots of her story")