Deborah Duncan has spent her adult life helping others find joy in books and reading: first as a teacher and then as a Children's Librarian and Dyslexia Tutor. This love of books is reflected in "If You Could Have a Superpower..." where her characters discover and enjoy such classic children’s book as Treasure Island and Charlotte’s Web.
Deborah usually lives in Langley, B.C., but has recently spent two years in Hamilton Ontario, where this novel is set. Wherever she is, Deborah always has her dog Mia with her and stays in close contact with her four adult children. If You Could Have a Superpower is Deborah’s first children’s novel, but she has also co-written two collections of puppet plays for children.
She is now working on a sequel to "If You Could Have a Superpower..." It will be called "Superpowers in the Family," and continues Mitch's adventures. The next nine-year-old Clarke to choose a superpower will be introduced in this sequel!
Do you like folktales? Deborah told many folktales as a Children's Librarian, and particularly loved the African stories about Anansi the Spider. Anansi is a trickster, but sometimes he gets tricked himself! She is working on a collection of Anansi stories which will be illustrated by South African illustrator Toby Newsome. Watch for "It's Time for Tricks with Anansi the Spider!" Proceeds from this book will be donated to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The Campaign raises funds to support grandmothers raising AIDS orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Deborah has been an active member since 2006.
Both of these books should be published in 2022!
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