Jo Ann Yhard

Jo Ann is the author of the Canadian Children’s Bestseller (Quill and Quire), The Fossil Hunter of Sydney Mines, a middle reader mystery.

Jo Ann grew up addicted to Nancy Drew mysteries and cryptoquotes. She has lived in the Maritimes all her life. As an avid lover of beachcombing and playing tourist, she draws on local inspiration for her story settings – from fossil hunting to whale watching. The people and places around her are a treasure trove of ideas. Jo Ann lives in Halifax with her husband, James, where she writes mysteries and other stories on her yellow laptop, Bumble Bee.


“Best Books for Kids and Teens 2011” Canadian Children’s Book Centre; ‘The Fossil Hunter of Sydney Mines’


“The Year’s Best 2010” Resource Links; ‘The Fossil Hunter of Sydney Mines’


“The Year’s Best 2011” Resource Links; ‘Lost on Brier Island’

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