Orysia Dawydiak’s next book in the Kira series, Kira’s Crossing, will be launched online with Bookmark on September 19 at 1 pm.
Five years had passed since Kira discovered that she was a mermaid adopted by a fisherman and his wife. Her birth parents were merrow royalty who had been imprisoned by their enemies, the shape shifting Finfolk. The Finfolk had also taken over Merhaven. Encouraged by merrow clans and supported by the local fishing community, Kira decided to join a Merhaven recovery mission. In the chaos that followed the mission, Kira found herself on an unexpected journey that would take her across the continent and a fight for her own survival.
Orysia Dawydiak was the first child born to immigrant parents who settled in Northern Ontario. She grew up with a foot in both worlds, on a diet rich in Ukrainian traditions and stories. She lives on a small farm on PEI where she raises sheep and dogs. She writes books on livestock protection dogs, and has also written fiction for children and young adults. She has written two other books in the Kira series, Kira’s Quest and Kira’s Secret, which was nominated for the Hackmatack Award. Her first novel, House of Bears, was published by Acorn.
2020 saw the first-ever PEI Book Award in the category of children’s literature. The award went to Orysia Dawydiak for her previous middle grade novel, Rika’s Shepherd.