Award-winning YA author Norah McClintock dead at 64

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Canadian YA writer Norah McClintock has died at the age of 64 from the effects of Ovarian cancer, Herman Rosenfeld, her husband of 42 years, wrote to CBC Books.

The author died on February 6, 2017.

McClintock published over 60 books, including the popular Robyn Hunter mysteries, Chloe & Levesque mysteries and the Mike & Riel mysteries. She won five Arthur Ellis Awards for crime fiction for young people. Her books have been translated into 16 languages.

In addition to books for young adults, McClintock has published two graphic novels, I, Witness with Mike Deas and Tru Detective with Steven Hughes.

Her passion for crime fiction began with the Nancy Drew series, which she read as a young girl growing up in Pointe-Claire, Que.

"When I read those books, I liked to imagine that I was as smart and as fearless as those kid sleuths," she said in a letter to readers on her publisher's website.

"I longed for the excitement that they faced. And the satisfaction they experienced when they solved a mystery and usually, as a result, made a huge difference in someone's life. Wow."

Many children's authors shared their sadness over McClintock's death over social media.

"Completely gutted to hear of the death of Norah McClintock, many a Canadian teen's favourite author. Way too young," wrote Lena Coakley, award-winning YA author.

"Saddened at the Norah McClintock. She was in a class all her own," said children's writer Vikki Van Sickle.

McClintock was frequently asked by fans when she was going to write a book for adults.

"When I get tired of what writing books for kids," she'd answer. "[A]nd that may be a long, long time because I'm having so much fun doing what I'm doing now that it's hard to imagine ever doing anything different."

CORRECTION: This article incorrectly stated Norah McClintock died at the age of 59. In fact, she was 64.