Karen Autio

Children’s Author | Editor | Presenter | Sensitivity Reader for Disability Awareness


When Jamie moves to Nipigon, Ontario, she’s not optimistic about making new friends. She’s passionate about science and engineering, and in her experience, other girls don’t want to hang out with science nerds. But she doesn’t want a friendless future, so she sets out to be more like other kids. Her attempts backfire and her social prospects look bleak.

But Jamie likes Nipigon and is fascinated by the story Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling, a fictional canoe trip that began north of the town. Jamie decides to build a trackable boat to recreate Paddle’s journey (see maps below). She starts researching the tech she’ll need and searching for the best design for the boat. When she tells her class about the project, Raina offers to help. Jamie is over-the-moon excited to have another girl to geek out with. But the project is fraught with complications—so is the friendship. And Jamie’s not sure she can salvage any of it.

Making Seaker “resonates with characters navigating the sometimes-tumultuous waters of middle grade life, friendship and being accepted for who they are. Readers will connect with this story about science, friendship and self-realization whether they've paddled the waters of Lake Superior or not.”—Jean E. Pendziwol, author of Once Upon a Northern Night

About the Author

Karen Autio
Karen Autio is the author of numerous books for children, including Growing up in Wild Horse Canyon and Kah-Lan and the Stink-Ink. Karen grew up in Nipigon, Ontario, where she fell in love with Paddle’s exciting journey in Paddle-to-the-Sea. Today Karen lives in Kelowna, B.C.
  • Crwth Press
  • ISBN-13: 978-1989724095
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) novel for ages 8-11
  • Link to order in Canada
  • Link to order in U.S.A.

Paddle's Journey Journey of Paddle

Seaker's Launch Nipigon River map