Karen Autio

Children’s Author | Editor | Presenter


Historical Novels


When my Finnish grandmother gave me a silver spoon and told me its tale, I had no idea it would lead me into three whole novels' worth of words!
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SECOND WATCH

TRILOGY BOOK 1

Shortlisted for the 2006-2007 BC
Chocolate Lily Book Award
Second Watch cover

Inspired by a Finnish silver spoon and the 1914 wreck of the Canadian Pacific steamship Empress of Ireland—Canada’s Titanic

SECOND WATCH published by Sono Nis Press
Historical Fiction for Ages 8–13
Available as an ebook

“[Second Watch] is a novel that deals with so much more than the sinking of the [Empress of Ireland] … a rich portrait of Finnish life in the early twentieth century in northern Ontario.”

liza morrison , Canadian Children's Book News

SAARA'S PASSAGE

TRILOGY BOOK 2: Sequel to SECOND WATCH

Shortlisted for the 2009-2010 BC
Chocolate Lily Book Award

Saara's Passage cover

"What is the purpose of my life?"

After surviving one of the worst marine disasters in Canadian history, Saara Mäki still feels a little at sea. As the First World War looms, tuberculosis strikes her family, and Saara's next passage takes her into entirely unfamiliar waters.

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SAARA'S PASSAGE published by Sono Nis Press
Historical Fiction for Ages 8–13

Available as an ebook

“Saara is a well-rounded and entirely believable character …  Autio’s tightly woven and well-crafted story has a number of  unexpected yet realistic plot twists. Highly Recommended.

karen rankinCanadian  Review of Materials

SABOTAGE

TRILOGY BOOK 3: Sequel to SAARA'S PASSAGE

Listed in the
Canadian Children's Book Centre's BEST BOOKS for CHILDREN and TEENS Spring 2014


Shortlisted for the
2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book!

2015 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award!

Saara's Passage cover


German spies? Sabotage plots?
Innocent people interned in camps?
SABOTAGE is an adventure tale based on real espionage, sabotage, and paranoia in Canada during the Great War, a tale cleverly told in Saara’s and John’s alternating points of view.


Karen Autio speaks about "Sabotage"

SABOTAGE published by Sono Nis Press
Historical Fiction for Ages 8–13

Available as an ebook