Author Bios



Sara Leach is the author of six books for children, including Jake Reynolds: Against the Tide and its prequel, Jake Reynolds: Chicken or Eagle?. Her novel for young readers, Count Me In, has been translated into four languages, and won the 2012/13 Red Cedar Book Award. Sounds of the Ferry, illustrated by Steven Corvelo, was nominated for the Chocolate Lily Book Award. When Sara isn’t writing, she works as a teacher-librarian in Whistler, BC where she lives with her husband and family. Together, they love to ski, hike and bike in the local mountains.

Jake Reynolds: Against the Tide, Poppy Productions 2016

Warm Up, Orca Book Publishers 2014

Sounds of the Ferry, Poppy Productions 2011

Count Me In – Winner of the Red Cedar Book Award, Orca Book Publishers 2011

Mountain Machines, Poppy Productions 2009

Jake Reynolds: Chicken or Eagle?, Orca Book Publishers 2009


David Square grew up in Winnipeg where he played organized hockey on outdoor rinks at the local River Heights Community Centre and shinny on the streets of Winnipeg. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BA in English.

He is an independent journalist whose work has appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press, MacLean’s, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, The Medical Post, Harrowsmith, Canadian Gardening, Pharmacy Post, MBiz, Canadian Workshop, Fine Woodworking, Woodwork, Parade of Homes, and The Cottager. A short story he wrote is published in Bill Richardson’s Dear Sad Goat: A Roundup of Truly Canadian Tales & Letters. He is currently writing for Canada Free Press, the Winnipeg Free Press, and other publications, and he is the DIY columnist for Real Estate News.

When Falcons Fly, David’s fourth book, is presently being made into a film by Pegasus Pictures of Iceland and January Films of Toronto, Canada. He is also the author of the best-seller, The Veneering Book, a Taunton Press publication still in print after 22 years; the commemorative publication, The Manitoba Medical Service Foundation: 35 Years of Promoting Health Care Research in Manitoba; and the e-book, Hell’s Elongated Bells.

From the 1970s to 1990s, David and his wife Penny earned their living as one-of-a kind furniture designers and makers. Today, they still live in the log house they built themselves from 1972 to 1976, near Tyndall, Manitoba. Their daughter, Bryn, learned to figure skate on a backyard rink at their home in the country and on the frozen fields and ditches that provided natural rinks. Bryn’s delight on the ice from the age of two was an inspiration for writing the story of the Falcons’ miracle on ice.