Surrey Schools Book of the Year award (Winner, 2017)

OLA Silver Birch Fiction award (Short-listed, 2016)

Red Cedar award (BC Young Readers' Choice) (Short-listed, 2017)

Manitoba Young Readers' Choice award (Short-listed, 2017)

Langley Book of the Year (Short-listed, 2017)

IODE Canada Violet Downey award (Short-listed, 2016)

Diamond Willow award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice) (Short-listed, 2016)

CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens (Commended, 2016)

OLA Best Bets (Commended, 2015)

CBC Best Books of the Year (Commended, 2015)

CBC Writers to Watch (Commended, 2016)

TD Summer Reading Club (Commended, 2017)

Junior Library Guild selection (Commended, 2017)


Jennifer Mook-Sang was born in Guyana, South America, and moved to Canada at the age of fourteen. Since she can remember, she’s loved to read. Summers would find her curled up with humungous stacks of Enid Blytons and comic books. When she’d read those a trillion times over and knew them by heart, she’d start reading her textbooks for the coming year.

Jennifer didn&;t consider writing until she began reading stories to her two boys. Those books were so much fun and clever, creating one seemed like the best thing anyone could do. She took writing classes and workshops and read lots about writing. She wrote bad stuff and not-so-bad stuff until she had written a whole book about a boy who really didn’t want to give a speech.

That middle grade novel SPEECHLESS was published by Scholastic. Her next book is a picture book CAPTAIN MONTY TAKES THE PLUNGE and will be published by Kids Can Press in October 2017. Jennifer has enjoyed visiting numerous schools and libraries to talk to students about the joys of reading, writing, and procrastination. She is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, and eligible for subsidies for school and library appearances. See to contact and for information about her author visits and workshops.

Jennifer lives in Burlington, Ontario with her husband. When she isn’t writing, Jennifer likes to read recipe books and cook things like biryani, cassava pone, and guacamole. She can also twist a mean balloon animal.

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School and Library presentations and/or workshops

Jennifer is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker who relates easily to students and adults. She enjoys sharing her love of reading and the discovery of the surprises that lie between the covers of a book. She is also delighted to introduce students to story writing and the joys of editing and revising.

Presentations suitable for grades 3 to 8. Writing workshops grades 4 to 12.

Presentation type: Other

Recommended levels: Not applicable

Fees: Please visit Jennifer Mook-Sang's website for presentation details (