Children's Book Revisits the "Trouter's Special"

  • Downhome Magazine
  • Posted: Aug 18, 2010 8:53 AM
04/30/10 - Writer Deborah Guillemette weaves a tale of friendship, fun and fishing with her new book Trouter's Special. It's about a boy named Wally who finds a new friend when Andy, whose father just got a job as a coal man for the railway, moves in next door. Andy finds it hard to sleep at night in his new house, with the booming sounds and bright lights of the train filling his bedroom. When Wally invites Andy to take the "Trouter's Special" with him to Brigus Junction for a fishing trip, Andy finds peace, quiet and adventure with his new friend.

Trouter's Special is a 22-page book with charming illustrations by St. John's native Jillian Nicol. Nicol has a BFA in Visual Art from Sir Wilfred Grenfell University and currently works as a screen printer, designer and freelance illustrator in Gatineau, Quebec.

Deborah Guillemette has a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) degree from
Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has written nine other books on contract for various organizations within the agriculture industry. The inspiration for Trouter's Special came from stories that her father, Walter Oates, told of growing up close to the old railway station.

Trouter's Special is published by James Lane Publishing and distributed by Downhome Inc. The book is currently available at Downhome Shoppe and Gallery, online at, and in Downhome-supplied stores across Newfoundland.