Puffin Classics: Run by Eric Walters

puffin-bird-75.jpgThis November, Penguin Canada will publish new editions of four classic Canadian books as part of the Puffin Classics Series. These four editions are introduced by other celebrated authors and will feature brand-new cover art from renowned Canadian illustrators. 

CBC Books is excited to team up with Penguin Canada to reveal these covers, one at a time, the week of April 22! We're also hosting an exciting contest in which you could win book prize packs, courtesy of Penguin Canada (more information below)!

Run by Eric Walters

UndergroundtoCanadaThe fourth and final cover we're revealing is Run by Eric Walters. Run is about a troubled thirteen-year-old, Winston MacDonald, who meets Terry Fox, thanks to his journalist father. The meeting proves to be life-changing for the young boy. 

Terry Fox is one of Canada's most iconic and inspiring figures. We spoke to illustrator Martin Côté about how he approached illustrating Eric Walters' story.

"I was in my mid-twenties when Terry started his run, and I have to admit that I didn't recognize the magnitude of his quest at the time. Only years after his death, after watching a documentary about his Marathon of Hope, did I come to fully appreciate what he accomplished - especially the legacy he left behind. Just fascinating.

I first tried to incorporate more elements, like the other characters in the book, but found myself going back to the simplest image: the man and the road, the long and winding road. I just think that says it all."

Classic Covers Contest!

As part of this special cover launch, we're also giving away Puffin Classics book sets, courtesy of Penguin Canada. To enter, all you need to do is to answer the following question in the comments section below: "What Canadian children's classic would you like to see re-released with a brand-new cover?" We will accept one entry for every user, although you can enter by commenting on any of the Puffin Classics cover reveal posts this week. We will be accepting entries until Monday, May 6, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On Tuesday, we'll select five winners in a random draw! CBC.ca contest rules apply.

Author/illustrator biographies:


kit-pearson-70.jpg Eric Walters is one of Canada's best-known and most prolific writers of fiction for children and young adults. He has published more than 80 novels with more scheduled for the coming years. His books have won over 100 awards, including 11 separate children's choice awards, and have been translated into over 11 languages around the world. He is the only three-time winner of both the Ontario Library Association Silver Birch and Red Maple awards. Eric has generously donated all his royalties for this book to the Terry Fox Foundation, and also runs The Creation of Hope, an orphanage in Kenya.

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http://www.cbc.ca/books/deboralellis.jpgDeborah Ellis is the internationally acclaimed author of more than 20 books for children, including the Breadwinner trilogy; The Heaven Shop; I Am a Taxi; Lunch With Lenin; and No Safe Place. A peace activist, feminist, and humanitarian, Deborah has won many national and international awards for her books, including the Governor General's Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award, the American Library Association's Notable List and the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. In 2010, she received the Ontario Library Association President's Award for Exceptional Achievement. Deborah lives in Simcoe, Ontario.


question-mark-70-86.jpgMartin Côté was born in a small town near Quebec City and graduated with a degree in graphic design from the Cégep de Ste-Foy in 1980. His primary technique, scratchboard, has been his main medium for the last 20 years. His illustrations were featured in the movie The Bone Collector, and his client roster includes Canada Post, Sleeman Brewery, the National Post, Intrawest and the Baltimore Sun. Martin lives in Montreal.

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