Archer, Colleen Rutherford 1949-

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ARCHER, Colleen Rutherford 1949-

PERSONAL: Born July 16, 1949, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; married; husband's name Andrew (an engineer); children: Elizabeth, Heather. Education: University of Manitoba, B.A. (English), 1970.

ADDRESSES: Home—Ontario, Canada. Agent—c/o Author Mail, Penumbra Press, P.O. Box 940, Manotick, Ontario Canada, K4M 1A8. E-mail[email protected].

CAREER: Freelance writer. Volunteer at senior citizens' home; ran volunteer horse-riding program.

MEMBER: Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers.

AWARDS, HONORS: Vicky Metcalf Short-Story Award, 1984; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Ottawa) regional children's short-story award; Ottawa Literary Award, 2005.


Foxy and the Missing Mask, Penumbra Press (Moonbeam, Ontario, Canada), 1986.

Riding High, illustrated by Judi Pennanen, Penumbra Press (Moonbeam, Ontario, Canada), 1986.

(With others) If I Had a Camel, illustrated by Jo Ellen Brydon, Mayapple Press (Woodview, Ontario, Canada), 1988.

(Editor) Stocking Stuffer Stories, illustrated by Val Mackintosh, Valley Talespinners (Deep River, Ontario, Canada), 1990.

The Horse Dealer, Borealis (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), 2000.

Brandy's Story, BVA Press (Deep River, Ontario, Canada), 2001.

The Touch of Something Wild, illustrated by Judi Pennanen, Penumbra Press (Manotick, Ontario, Canada), 2003.

Collie Rescue, illustrated by Maria Gomez Umaõna, Penumbra Press (Manotick, Ontario, Canada), 2004.

Galloping Goldrush: The Journey Begins, K & B Products, 2005.

Accentuating the Positive: Trick Training Your Horse at Home (e-book), K & B Products, 2005.

Contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines, and anthologies.

WORK IN PROGRESS: The "Galloping Goldrush" series of young-adult novels; a book on equine trick training.

SIDELIGHTS: Colleen Rutherford Archer once commented: "I try to write positive, informative young adult novels—the kind of books about animals that I would have enjoyed reading when I was young. I feel there are more than enough negative books."



Borealis Press Web site, (August 10, 2005).

Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers Web site, (August 10, 2005), "Colleen R. Archer."