A writer of international acclaim, Monica Hughes (1925-2003) published over 35 books and many more short stories and articles during her 29-year career. Although best known for her numerous forays into young adult fantasy and science fiction, Hughes also wrote adventure books and some children's picture books, including her collaboration with UNICEF Canada, A Handful of Seeds.
She was often honoured for her works: Hunter in the Dark and Keeper of the Isis Light both won the Canada Council Children's Literature Award. She was the recipient of the Vicky Metcalfe Award for a body of work, the Queen's Jubilee Medal and the Order of Canada. Published in over ten languages, she also received international honours, including the Silver Feather Award and the Phoenix Award in 2000.
The Canadian Children's Book Centre created the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy in 2011.