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William Durbin

William Durbin lives on Lake Vermilion at the edge of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Wilderness. A winner of the Great Lakes Book Award and a two-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award, he has published 14 novels for young readers, including, The Broken Blade, Wintering, Blackwater Ben, Song of Sampo Lake, The Darkest Evening, Dead Man’s Rapids, The Journal of Otto Peltonen, and The Hidden Room.

Recent & Notable Works



The Hidden Room (Lake Vermilion Press, 2022)

Dead Man’s Rapids (University of Minnesota Press, 2017)

The Winter War (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House, 2008)

El Lector (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House, 2006; reprint Pineapple Press, 2014)

The Darkest Evening (Orchard-Scholastic 2004; reprint University of Minnesota Press, 2011)

Blackwater Ben (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House, 2003; reprint University of Minnesota Press, 2014)

Song of Sampo Lake (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House, 2002; reprint University of Minnesota Press, 2011)

The Journal of C.J. Jackson (Scholastic, 2002)

The Journal of Otto Peltonen (Scholastic, 2000; reprint University of Minnesota Press, 2021)

The Journal of Sean Sullivan (Scholastic, 1999; reprinted as Until the Last Spike, Scholastic, 2013)

Wintering (Random House, 1999; reprint Raven Productions, 2009)

Tiger Woods (Chelsea House, 1998)

Arnold Palmer (Chelsea House, 1998)

The Broken Blade (Delacorte/Random House, 1997; reprint Lake Vermilion Press, 2020)

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