Heather Kellerhals-Stewart, fiction writer for young adultsHeather Kellerhals-Stewart, fiction writer for young adults

HEATHER'S LOVE OF STORYTELLING began on her parents' farm in Ontario where the animals were great listeners and the source of many stories. After Heather graduated from university, she moved west with fellow mountaineer Rolf Kellerhals to the mountains they loved. Working with children in group and foster homes and then having a family kept Heather busy, but she kept one ear tuned to storytelling until her first book was published. Eventually Heather and Rolf waved goodbye to big city life in Edmonton and Vancouver and moved to Quadra Island where they have a farm and woodlot. And what stories of forest, mountains and sea are waiting there to be told!

SAR Powderhounds

SAR Powderhounds: The powderhounds are out in the mountains hunting down untouched snow beyond the patrolled ski runs. Luc is more determined than his friends and sets out to have one more run in the worsening weather and gets lost in a whiteout. Meanwhile at the bottom of the mountain Chic, the rookie on the local SAR team, is nervously preparing to head out on his first rescue mission.

Oh No Noah

Oh No Noah: is a picture book story about a young boy who, when he doesn’t want to do something, like cleaning up his room, or eating his healthy broccoli; turns himself into a handy and very helpful animal. The giant anteater sucks up all the junk in his messy room! There is an actual photo and often funny description of each animal that Noah likes at the end of the book.

Living Artfully

LIVING ARTFULLY: In Living Artfully – Reflections from the Far West Coast, (Key Publishing House, 2012) the featured artists and writers, including Heather Kellerhals-Stewart, discuss how living on the outer edge of the continent shapes their work. Editors Anita Sinner and Christine Lowther grouped contributions to their anthology under four sections – earth, wind, fire, and water. Kellerhals-Stewart's essay, "Living and Writing on the Edge" appears in the latter.


ESCAPE: Peregrin Publishing's first book was an anthology on the theme of escape, in the widest and wildest sense of that word. Escape features writers and artists from North Vancouver Island and some of the adjacent islands. Recently Peregrin published Oh No Noah, a picture book by Heather Kellerhals-Stewart which was nominated for the 2014 Chocolate Lily Award, picture book category. Oh No Noah is available in bookstores or from the author.

Extreme Edge

EXTREME EDGE: Jay is determined to climb the legendary rock face known as the Wall — without a partner, rope or any equipment. He just might have the skills to do it. His friend Brad, who is desperate to keep up with the rock jock crowd, is planning a crazy ski jump. Does Jay's ambition leave time for their friendship? Royalties from book sales are donated to the Alpine Club of Canada. A Canadian Children's Centre Our Choice book.

Skookum Sal, Birling Gal

SKOOKUM SAL, BIRLING GAL: Sister of Skookum Sam and just as bold. With his help and lots of practice, she becomes an expert at log birling or rolling. When nobody steps forward to challenge the big, burly champ at the Loggers' Sports Day, Sam volunteers his sister. Use your craft, Sis! he says. And she does just that. Illustrations by Janice Blaine. Nominated for the Chocolate Lily Award.

Brave Highland Heart

BRAVE HIGHLAND HEART: A picture book full of the sound of bagpipes, Scottish dancing and the equally loud complaints of a young girl who is told she is too young to attend the ceilidh (kay-lee) or party at the barn. She sneaks down there anyhow and gets to dance and hear her father play the bagpipes. Coincidence — the author's dad also played the bagpipes! Illustrated by Werner Zimmermann and nominated for the Governor General's Award for illustration.

My Brother's Train

MY BROTHER'S TRAIN: In this picture book, a brother and sister take a magical but very real train trip across the continent. The two are helped on their way by a mysterious trainman who runs behind on the tracks. As children, the author and her three brothers liked to stand on a bridge watching as the transcontinental train, bound for the west, roared beneath them. A Canadian Children's Centre Our Choice book.

Witch's Fang

WITCH'S FANG: After a serious car accident Todd has been told he will never set foot in the mountains again. Determined to prove this wrong, he sets off with his sister and a best friend to climb a formidable rock tower called the Witch's Fang. Fact or fiction? Maybe both. The book was inspired by British Columbia climbing lore and by a serious accident that happened to the author's mountain climbing son. A Canadian Children's Centre Our Choice book.

Skookum Sam, Spar Tree Man

SKOOKUM SAM, SPAR TREE MAN: Sam is a logger who loves the woods and loves climbing to the top of his "old grandaddy trees". And he isn't about to let some new machine take over his job. Sometimes he does a handstand on top of his spar tree or sings an old logger's song. This song is included the book, along with a glossary of logging expressions. A Canadian Children's Centre Our Choice book.

The Whale's Way

THE WHALE'S WAY: A young whale separated from his pod near Robson Bight on Vancouver Island teams up with a domestic goose on the run from the butcher's block. How and why do these two unlikely pals connect with a brother and sister living on an isolated island? This story has been called a true West Coast classic and has recently been redesigned and published in a new format.

Stuck Fast in Yesterday

STUCK FAST IN YESTERDAY: Jennifer is transported back in time to the early 1900s. With the help from her newfound friends, can she escape from the ominous photographer who lured her there and return to the present time? The historical details are based on letters that the author's own mother wrote. The author also has a collection of original photographs that bring this story and time to vivid life.

Muktu, the Backward Muskox

MUKTU, THE BACKWARD MUSKOX: This is the story of a young muskox, or a young anything, that just can't seem to get things right. She hasn't any horns yet, she isn't very brave and when the adult muskoxen form a protective circle, Muktu always ends up the wrong way round. This story was written after the author spent a summer working in the Canadian Arctic.

She Shoots, She Scores

SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES: A true and sometimes hilarious account of a girl who wants to play hockey in Edmonton during the early '70s, just before women's hockey burst back onto the scene. An excerpt from Christie Blatchford's book review in the September 6, 1975 Globe and Mail shows how times have changed: "Ha. Like they say at the rink, kid — if you can't play with the men, go home." By the way, the heroine of the story just happens to be the author's daughter!