Janet Lunn, "the beloved children's author whose historically rich novels and nonfiction inspired many writers to follow in her footsteps," died June 26, Quillblog reported. She was 88. Lunn published 18 books for young readers, including The Hollow Tree, winner of the Governor General's Literary Award in 1998, and The Story of Canada (co-authored with Christopher Moore), which won a Mr. Christie's Book Award in 1993.
Over the course of her 50-year career, Lunn received honors that included the Canadian Authors Association's Vicki Metcalf Award for Body of Work and the Writer's Trust of Canada's Matt Cohen Award in Celebration of a Writing Life. A past-chair of the Writers Union of Canada, Lunn was also appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2005 and a Member of the Order of Canada the following year.
"I thought of Janet Lunn as a model of what a Canadian writer should be," said friend and collaborator Moore. "She was righteous and full of imagination and empathy, and brave as a lion. She became an inspiration and mentor to many other writers, for kids and for adults."