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"For me to survive meant I had to get old fast." Author Eric Walters on getting personal in The King of Jam Sandwiches

In The King of Jam Sandwiches, author Eric Walters gets personal.

The story follows 13 year old Robbie, but it’s heavily informed by Walters’ own childhood. It deals with themes like mental illness, poverty, and foster care, and won the Governor General’s Literary Award for young people’s literature in 2020.

Walters, a Member of the Order of Canada, is a prolific author of youth fiction, with more than a hundred novels to his name. He’s also a former social worker and teacher. He spoke with People First Radio about The King of Jam Sandwiches, his own story, and how we think about poverty and its impacts on kids.

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