Gina McMurchy-Barber

Gina McMurchy-Barber

Surrey, BC

Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History (Winner, 2004)

Silver Birch Award (Short-listed, 2009)

Governor General's Literary Award (Short-listed, 2010)

BC Book Prize, CLA Book Awards, and several others (2010)


Reading the Bones (Dundurn, 2008)

Free as a Bird (Dundurn, 2010)

Broken Bones (Dundurn, 2011)

When Children Play (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2013)

Bone Deep (Dundurn, 2014)

A Bone to Pick (Dundurn, 2015)


Junior fiction (Ages 8-12), Intermediate Fiction (Ages 10-14), Middle Years Fiction (Hi-Lo) (Ages 10-14), Non-fiction


Gina's presentations are full of visuals and hands on experiences. Her background as a teacher, particularly a Montessori teacher, has prepared her to provide author presentations that are fun and educational. Prior to becoming a published author she was awarded the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. Her past experience includes a degree in archaeology and diploma in journalism. Gina has successfully rolled many of her previous experiences into a highly successful archaeology adventure series--Reading the Bones was the first. These books are used nation-wide for teaching about First Nations, archaeology, history, and science. Her novel, Free as a Bird was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award and five other national awards. Gina has long been associated with the international charity Right To Play. She helped to create a teacher resource and then in 2013 published a book about the important work of play and the organization, and is called, When Children Play. 


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Author Presentation

Gina's presentations include activities, discussions, visuals, slides and reading. They have been praised by teachers and librarians for being exciting and engaging to audiences of all ages. 

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8), High school (9-12)

Fees: $250 plus expenses