Lighting Out

Cecil Castellucci, Allan Stratton

Lighting Out
Event Number: 25
Tickets: $17.00

$9.50 for student groups

Lighting Out

Cecil Castellucci, Allan Stratton

Wednesday, October 18
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St.

When you’re a teenager, it’s normal to think your family just doesn’t understand you. And that’s when books can help. Good fiction allows teens to get inside the head of someone else, perhaps facing the kinds of problems they are, perhaps feeling just as misunderstood too. These two authors have created such stories. Cecil Castellucci’s graphic novel, set in 1932, shows how a teen sets out on a train-hopping journey to escape her abusive father. She finds safety disguised as a boy and friendship with a hobo. Allan Stratton’s modern-day teen feels betrayed by her parents when they’re quick to believe the lies circulating about her at school. When you’re a teen, it helps to know you’re not the only one with problems.

Suitable for Grades 8-10.

Event Participants:

Cecil Castellucci

United States

Cecil Castellucci is the author of books, short stories and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof, Odd Duck and The Plain Janes for which she was awarded best Canadian Comic Book Writer. Her short stories have been published in various anthologies. Beyond writing, Castellucci is a playwright, filmmaker, performer and musician.  She is the Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus and the founding YA Editor at The LA Review of Books. Her newest graphic novel Soupy Leaves Home, illustrated by Jose Pimienta, is set in the 1930s and follows two misfits who are searching for a better life.


Allan Stratton


Allan Stratton is an award-winning writer of young adult novels and plays, and an accomplished world traveler. His career began with his play Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii, which is one of the most-produced plays in Canadian history with more than 350 North American productions. He has been published in more than 20 countries and his book Chanda’s Secrets has received more than 26 awards and citations. The Way Back Home, Stratton’s latest novel, is an honest look at family conflicts: a young misfit runs away with her grandmother to save her being put into an senior’s home by her parents.