Allan Stratton is an acclaimed novelist and playwright. His the internationally-celebrated YA novel, Chanda’s Secrets, was made into a film, Life Above All, which won the Francois Chalais Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival, and was South Africa’s official entry for the Oscar for best foreign language film. His plays have variously won the Canadian Authors Association Award, the Dora Mavor Moore Award, the Chalmers Award, and been nominated for the Governor General’s Award. His YA novel The Dogs is this year’s winner of the Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award. His new YA novel, The Way Back Home (Scholastic), details the road trip of a misunderstood teenager and her eccentric grandmother. Allan Stratton lives in Toronto.