Sheena is excited to join her friends in the Saskatchewan Round Robins Writing Group for their 2009 Spring Gathering.

Sheena Koops

Sheena Koops is an author who lives in Saskatchewan's beautiful Qu'Appelle Valley.  She teaches high school and completed her Masters of Education at the University of Regina in 2006.  Voice of the Valley is her first novel and is published by Orca Book Publishers.

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Voice of the Valley     Voice of the Valley

Onja Claibourn is almost fifteen.  Her world is one of sage, buffalo bills, brown-eyed susans, cactus, flax, buckbrush, foxtail and orange moss - the world of the valley just beyond the family farm.  Old roads twist like a game of snakes and ladders into the valley.  Onja and her horse Ginger spend their summer days in exploration

But things begin to change when Onja discovers first an archaeological dig and then the startling fact that there is a plan to dam and flood her valley.  She cannot contemplate this change to the landscape she loves so much.  And when she also discovers sixteen-year-old Etthen, working with archaeologists, she begins those first faltering footsteps toward a totally unfamiliar landscape - romantic love.

Voice of the Valley is a poetic, multi-layered, coming-of-age story inspired by the controversial flooding of Saskatchewan's Souris Valley.  Onja Clairbourn is a wonderfully complex and very real character - innocent, wise, shy, stubborn, playful, and caring.  The other major character in the novel is the prairie landscape itself - huge sky, harsh sun, rolling hills and sweeping fields of grain.

-excerpt from Orca Book Publishers Fall 2006 catalogue