When I was introduced to teen writers at an event in Guelph last year, one of the participants said, “Kathy Stinson! Did you write “Babysitting Helen“?” It’s not the ending of the question ‘Did you write…?’ that I’m used to hearing!
The girl had read the story in her grade nine English class – probably in Crossroads, the anthology published by Gage. It was reprinted again this year in a grade ten anthology published by Houghton Mifflin. (At least, if it hasn’t been published yet, I expect it soon will be, since rights have now been paid for.)
This will be the fourth book in which “Babysitting Helen” will appear with a print run this time of over 1,000,000 copies. Imagine! Maybe “Babysitting Helen” will become the default ending to the ‘Did you write…?’ question I get asked.
Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.