Jennifer Maruno

Jennifer Maruno

Burlington, ON

Totem (Dundurn, 2014)

Kid Soldier (Dundurn, 2013)

Cherry Blossom Winter (Dundurn, 2012)

Warbird (Napoleon Publishing, 2010)

When the Cherry Blossoms Fell (Napoleon, 2009)


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


Jim Hatch (Dundurn Press)


Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jennifer came from a book loving family. She worked as a library helper in the old red brick library on Victoria Avenue in the summers while at Valley Way public school. Her childhood ambition was to have a book with her name on the spine on the shelf.

Writing as Jennifer Travis, she made her mark with award winning educational materials for The Peel District School Board and the Ontario Ministry of Education. She is one of the authors of Explorations a mathematics program for Addison-Wesley of Canada. For TVO’s Mathica’s Mathshop, Jennifer received the Federation of Women Teachers Writing Award

 After her retirement as school principal, Jennifer became a student herself. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and the Humber School of Writers summer program. She began by publishing short stories for a variety of children’s magazines in Canada, Britain and United States.     

Jennifer is a member of CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers) and The Writers Union of Canada