My River: Cleaning up the LaHave River

Formac Publishing Company Limited

Stella Bowles

Stella Bowles prompted action for the clean up of Nova Scotia’s LaHave River, which contains alarmingly high levels of fecal contamination. Because of her work, three levels of government have allocated $15.7 million dollars to address the problem of illegal straight pipes that still drain raw sewage from over 600 homes along the river. Three years since her initial research, Stella continues to be an advocate for the elimination of illegal straight pipes province wide. She has teamed up with Coastal Action Foundation and together they have started a campaign training other kids to become citizen scientists and test their own waterways. Stella has won many awards including the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada, the Action for Nature International Young Hero’s Award from California and the Canada’s Walk of Fame Community Hero Award and most recently, the Weston Youth Innovation Award from the Ontario Science Centre. In a completely separate project, Stella has also become the youngest ever published micropaleontologist.  Stella’s story is now a book, My River: Cleaning up the LaHave River, written by Anne Laurel Carter. Stella hopes her story will inspire other youth to become advocates for issues they care about. “I’ve learned that kids do have the power to make change,” says Stella. “And I’m just getting started.”


Twitter: @StellaBowles
Facebook: LaHave River: Stella’s Science Project

Anne Laurel Carter


MyRiver/How I Cleaned Up The Lahave River, Stella Bowles with Anne Laurel Carter, Lorimre/Formac Publishing, Halifax 2018

Picture Books:

Tall in the Saddle illustrated by David McPhail, Orca Book Publishers, Victoria, 1999.
ABA Pick of the Lists 1999.
From Poppa illustrated by Kasia Charko, Lobster Press, Montreal, 1999.
Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice selection 1999.
Circus Play illustrated by Joanne Fitzgerald, Orca, 2002.
Under a Prairie Sky illustrated by Alan & Lea Daniel, Orca, 2002.
CCBC Our Choice 2002.
Mr. Christie’s Gold Award 2002. Best Picture Book in English in Canada.
My Home Bay illustrated by Alan & Lea Daniel, Red Deer Press, Calgary, 2003.
CCBC Our Choice 2003.
The F Team illustrated by Rose Cowles, Orca, 2003.
OLA Blue Spruce Award Finalist 2004.
Out of the Deeps, ill. Nicolas Debon, Orca Book Publishers, 2009
CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award nominee 2009
Night Boy, ill. Ninon Pelletier, Orca Book Publishers, Spring 2012
Rocky Waters, ill. Marianne Dumas, Groundwood, Fall 2019.

YA and Middle Grade Novels:

The Girl on Evangeline Beach, Stoddart Kids, Toronto, 2000.
CCBC Our Choice 2000.
In the Clear, Orca Book Publishers, Victoria, 2001.
CCBC Our Choice 2000.
Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Award Finalist, 2002.
Elizabeth/Bless This House, Our Canadian Girl, Penguin, Toronto, 2002.
Elizabeth/ To Pirate Island, Our Canadian Girl, Penguin, Toronto, 2004.
Elizabeth/A Hornbook Christmas, Our Canadian Girl, Penguin, Toronto, 2005.
Elizabeth/Wide as Wings, Our Canadian Girl, Penguin, Toronto, May, 2006.
Last Chance Bay, Penguin Canada, Toronto, 2004.
CCBC Our Choice 2004.
Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award 2005 (
Rocky Mountain Award shortlist, 2006
Red Cedar Award nomination, 2007
The Shepherd’s Granddaughter, Groundwood Books, Toronto, 2008.
Red Maple Award Nominee 2010
CLA Book of the Year Award for Children 2009
Jane Addams Honor Award for peace 2009
IRA 2009 Notable Book for a Global Society
USBBY Outstanding International Book 2009
Society of School Librarians International Best Book Award 2009

Short Stories:

No Missing Parts, 2nd prize winner, The Toronto Star, July/1997.
Surviving the Iron Lung, 2nd prize winner, The Toronto Star, July/1998.
Revised as Leaving the Iron Lung, published in Prairie Fire, Volume 19, No. 3, 1998.
Awarded the Vicky Metcalf Award for Best Short Story in Canada, 1999
Call It A Miracle, in Cornerstones 4b, Gage Educational Publishing, Toronto, 1998.
The Piano Lesson, Winning Story in YA anthology, edited by R.P. MacIntyre, Up All Night,
Thistledown Press, Saskatoon, 2001.
No Missing Parts & Other Stories About Real Princesses, Red Deer Press, Calgary, 2002.
The Legend of Sheila NaGeira, Published in three parts in Cricket Magazine, Peru, Ill., Volume 30, Number 7, 8 and 9, 2003.
Pilot’s First Flight, in Cricket Magazine, Peru, Ill., Volume 30, Number 10, 2003.
Can You Keep a Secret? ed. Marthe Jocelyn, Secrets, Tundra Books, Toronto, 2005.
Fear: The Final Assignment, in Horrors: Terrifying Tales Book 2, edited by Peter Carver, Red Deer Press, Calgary, 2006.
Sunday Dinner and Wedding Dresses, in My Wedding Dress, ed. Susan Whelehan and Anne Laurel Carter, Random House, Jan/07.