Caroline Adderson

Caroline Adderson is the author of a bunch of books for kids. Very Serious Children (Scholastic 2007) is a very funny novel about two brothers, the sons of clowns, who run away from the circus. I, Bruno (Orca 2007) and its sequel, Bruno For Real (Orca 2009), are collections of stories for emerging readers featuring seven year-old Bruno and his true life adventures. From Kids Can Press comes the hilarious Jasper John Dooley series of chapter books: Jasper John Dooley, Star of the Week (2012), Jasper John Dooley, Left Behind (2013), Jasper John Dooley, NOT in Love (2014) and Jasper John Dooley, You're In Trouble (2014). Middle of Nowhere (Groundwood 2012) is a middle-grade novel about two inner city brothers who abscond to the north woods with an elderly neighbour in order to stay out of foster care. Forthcoming are two picture books: Norman, Speak! (Groundwood 2014) and Leo Won't Eat (Kids Can 2015).

Caroline also writes books for books for grown up readers. Her work for adults and children has received many prizes and prize nominations.

News and events

Another Star for Jasper John!

Jasper John Dooley, NOT in LoveThis starred review from Deirdre Baker in Quill and Quire made my day!  Baker writes, “This short novel is a triumph of its kind, suffused with refreshing, intelligent wackiness. Each character is precisely drawn; Jasper is eccentric, enthusiastic, and realistic, and so is Isabel, with her interests in babies and marriage, trampolines, and drum sets. This third volume confirms the series’ exceptional subtlety and high literary quality.”

Read the whole review.

Launching Norman!

I’m excited to be launching my first picture book, Norman, Speak! with the beloved middle-grade author Sarah Ellis.  I hope you can join us!

book launch


Groundwood Guest Blog

rottweilerHere’s a little piece about how I came to write Norman, Speak! on the Groundwood Books blog.  Read it here.

Open Book Toronto Interview

open book toronto logsChildren’s author Susan Hughes publishes a thoughtful blog on Open Book Toronto.  She interviewed me about my Jasper John Dooley series in her post Writing a Fiction Series: Ins, Outs, Ups and Downs.  Read Part One here.  Read Part Two here.

CanLit for Little Canadians

canlit for little canadiansOne of my favourite kid lit blogs is Helen Kubiw’s CanLit for Little Canadians.  Thanks so much to Helen for her endorsement of Norman, Speak!  Read the review here.


Norman’s First Review!

Norman, Speak coverBookDragon, the book review blog of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Centre, has given a thumbs up to Norman, Speak!  They write: “Adderson’s thought-provoking, diversity-celebrating (oh, so cleverly so!) tale is superlatively enhanced by Qin Leng’s whimsical, humorous illustrations. Most noteworthy are the expressions Leng imbues on both her canine and human subjects – from the quizzical head tilt to classroom giggles. Get ready to join in on that “hula dance of happiness”.”  Read the full review.

Another Star for Jasper!

Jasper John Dooley, NOT in LoveI’m thrilled that Jasper John Dooley, NOT in Love has earned another Kirkus star!  Good job, Jasper, especially for your first review…. Read the full review here. 

Jasper John Dooley, NOT in Love

jjdHere is a doubly nice arrival!  Book 3 of the Jasper John Dooley series — Jasper John Dooley, NOT in Love, and the paperback edition of Book 1!  Thank you Kids Can Press!

Kirkus Review’s Best Children’s Books of 2013

Kirkus reviewYipee for Jasper John!  Book 2, Jasper John Dooley, Left Behind, is one of the Best Children’s Books of 2013 according to Kirkus Reviews.  Read the whole list here!

Jasper John Dooley Gets a Star!

Best books coverJasper John Dooley, Left Behind is included in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre‘s Best Books for Kids and Teens 2013.  Expert committees of educators, booksellers, school and public librarians from across Canada handpick books that will appeal to children and young adults based on excellence in writing and illustration.  Not only did Jasper make the list, he earned a star!