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Peter McPhee – Author & Artist

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Disclosure:  The following post is all about my cousin’s husband, Peter McPhee.  You see, he’s a great writer and a fantastic artist.  I like his work…a lot.

You may have already heard of him if you are from Winnipeg or Calgary.  Peter spent sixteen years as an editor and film critic for the Winnipeg Sun before following my cousin, Sue, to the Calgary area.  Peter has written many plays that have been produced at Winnipeg’s Prairie Theatre and Calgary’s Alberta Theatre Projects.  He has authored several books for young adults.


  • A Way With Horses – For young girls who love horses, this book follows Caroline’s rise through the ranks of show jumping – and all that comes with immersing herself in this sport.  Caroline is a great roll model for young girls.  Any horse-crazy young girl would love this book.  Peter’s humour comes through in his writing, and he does a great job of making us want to cheer on Caroline.
  • Runner – Peter delves into the “underbelly” of his adopted city in this book, featuring the heart-wrenching story of a brother who tries desperately to rescue his 14-year-old sister from the seedy streets of Calgary.  Runner is full of suspense and provides readers with another view of the city better known for its world-famous stampede.  This is a book that young readers won’t want to put down until they reach the last page.  Warning: there is no happy ending to this story (I like books that don’t always end “happy”).  In 2006, controversy struck Runner when a Medicine Hat, Alberta school pulled this novel from library shelves due to similarities with the real-life murder of a family by a young girl and her boyfriend.
  • Out Of Time – While this novel was published in 2003, its story line is no less relevant today.  Perhaps it is even more relevant.  Out Of Time is a fast-paced story about a group of friends who make a suicide pact.  After one teen is found dead, it is a race against time to prevent another tragedy.  This is another page-turner that will keep young readers interested right to the last page.
  • Every Move – Although first published in 2004, Every Move touches on two very current topics, bullying and stalking.  Full of suspense, this novel focuses on Emily, a teenager who comes to the rescue of a complete stranger, only to later find herself the victim of stalking…by the very same stranger she helped.
  • New Blood – Another novel by Peter that is truly relevant in today’s teenage world.  New Blood follows Callum, a teenager from Glasgow, Scotland who moves to Winnipeg with his family to escape the violent bullying he experiences in Glasgow.  Sadly for Callum, even a move to a brand new country cannot help him escape confrontation and violence.  While the topic may be harsh, Peter writes more about Callum’s feelings that details of the violence and humiliation.  This book is loosely based on Peter’s real life.



Four out of five of Peter’s novels have been awarded the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Selection Award.  You can purchase all of Peter’s novels from Lorimer.


When I set out to write this blog about Peter and his work, I was focused on his writing and novels, since that is what I knew Peter as – a writer.  Even though he is my cousin’s hubby, I really don’t know much about the real Peter.  So, as I love to do to people, I Googled him.  To my surprise, I found out he is also a fantastic artist.  When I saw the merchandise he has available for sale on and, I was amazed.


Have we got any laddies or lassies in the House?  Be sure to check out Peter’s great collection of Scottish gear.  Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Peter is a true “Scotsman” himself.  At this time, you can find Peter’s “Oor Jim” collection (“Oor is the Scots word for our, and Jimmy is about the most common name in Scotland”) on Cafe Press and Zazzle.  Peter is working on moving his collections over to his new site “”, currently under construction.


Being a dog lover myself, I especially adore Peter’s “Greyhound” artwork.  Peter and his wife Sue are long-time Greyhound owners.  In fact, they have often been involved in working to locate “forever homes” for retired Greyhound dogs.  Peter sent me this “Roo The Day” t-shirt that features his Greyhound artwork.  I love it!  Did you know that Greyhounds “roo”? That’s right, Greyhounds sing.  This “singing bark” is called “rooing”.  Here’s the image from the front of my t-shirt:


Despite the “dark” storylines of many of Peter’s books, those who know Peter know that he is a man with a fantastically wicked sense of humour.  Following his timeline on Facebook has provided me with many moments of laughter.  I never know what hilarious cartoon or photo Peter is going to post next.  Not to mention the self-deprecating photos he posts of himself.

Please be sure to check out Peter’s merchandise at CafePress and Zazzle.  I have personally ordered merchandise from both websites and was satisfied with all of my purchases.


For one lucky Canadian Blog House member, Peter is offering up a chance to win a T-Shirt (size Large) featuring Future Guy – a superhero from his latest “unpublished” graphic novel.  The winner will also get their choice of one of Peter’s young adult novels. Here’s how you can enter to win:








  1. May 14, 2013


    I love reading especially scary books, that collection looks like it’d be good 🙂

    • May 14, 2013


      A scary books fan, eh Jason! Awesome! Yes, these are definitely a great collection of books. Thanks for entering!

  2. May 14, 2013

    Cathy C

    Runner looks like a great book. My son has it. Love the Roo the Day tshirt

    • May 14, 2013


      Your son has Runner, Cathy? Very cool! Maybe mom will get a chance to borrow it 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  3. May 14, 2013

    Cathy C

    I like the contests & freebies on the blog. I also like the stories like the Far Necker dog psot Cute!

    • May 14, 2013


      Lol…thanks Cathy! We are still using that word to this day 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  4. May 14, 2013

    Sarah p

    I like the Scotland tees 🙂

    • May 14, 2013


      I like those too, Sarah! Thanks for entering!

  5. May 14, 2013


    I like the Roo the Day t-shirt and the New Blood book.

    • May 14, 2013


      Hi Cruiser! Yes me too…I love all the doggie ones 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  6. May 14, 2013


    I still love the Everybody Told Me So blog

    • May 14, 2013


      Hehehe….I think I could add to that list almost daily 🙂 Thanks for entering, Cruiser!

  7. May 14, 2013


    I could not access the link in the giveaway, but looked at Peter’s Zazzle site and I like the Greyhound Postcards. I also like the book “New Blood”.

    • May 14, 2013


      Sorry about that Dreena…it appears you have to copy and paste the links from the Rafflecopter form. Thanks for looking on your own 🙂 Those postcards caught my eye too. Pretty cute! Thanks for entering!

  8. May 14, 2013

    Joy M.

    I like the “Roo the Day” tshirt!

    • May 15, 2013


      Me too Joy! I have to say I think it’s one of my favourite designs by Peter. Thanks for entering!

  9. May 15, 2013


    I like IRELAN TEES. You have such a creative relative, lucky lady!

    • May 15, 2013


      Awww..thanks Kim. Peter is full of talent. In fact, I have lots of talented artistic people in my family. Not sure what happened to me though – I missed out! LOL Thanks for entering!

  10. May 18, 2013


    Link in the raffle copter just gave me an error so I looked on the razzle site and I like the scots use it or lose it shirt

    • May 18, 2013


      Thanks for checking out the site, Andrea! Not sure why that Rafflecopter link won’t work 🙁 Sorry about that. Thanks for entering!

  11. May 18, 2013


    I like the Rabbie Burns (Women’s light tee in pink)and Erin collections. I have Scottish&Irish roots – Grandmother – a Burns; my home community is “Erin…” and have a nephew with the best tribute name … Liam Robert Burns Mac…. So – thank you – as you ‘ve introduced me to a wonderful place for gifts for my family! Peter’s work is incredible. Would love to read “A Way With Horses”.

    • May 19, 2013


      Wow, runrgal2! Peter will be happy to read your comment 🙂 You certainly have strong Scottish/Irish roots. So your Grandmother is a Burns? Any distant relation to Rabbie? So glad to hear you like Peter’s designs. They would definitely make great gifts for any Scottish or Irish friends 🙂 Thanks for entering!!

    • May 20, 2013


      Great choice, Jennifer! Thanks for entering!

  12. May 21, 2013


    I like the greyhound cards too! Great giveaway. Thanks for linking up to my Weekly Giveaway Linky. Your support is unwaivering!

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

    • May 23, 2013


      Thanks Sarah! Appreciate you spreading the word with your Giveaway Linky 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  13. May 23, 2013


    I like the Everybody looks better in Tartan Women’s tracksuit.

    • May 25, 2013


      I had to go look, angel. I hadn’t seen the tracksuit yet. Great choice! Thanks for entering!

  14. May 25, 2013


    Blog I like reading is Mom Lives Here, I impressed with a mom to 6 kids, student, blogger and a contestant.

    • May 28, 2013


      Question refers to my blogs, Kim, however…that sure is impressive! Thanks for entering 🙂

  15. May 29, 2013


    CONGRATS to Andrea A for winning this giveaway!! Enjoy your prize!

    Thanks to all of you for entering 🙂

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