Margaret Buffie

Margaret Buffie

Winnipeg, MB

Winner: Vicki Metcalf Body of Work Award (For Writing Inspirational to Canadian Youth) (Winner, 1996)

Winner: The Young Adult Canadian Book Award; Who is Frances Rain? (Winner, 1987)

First Runner up: Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award; Who is Frances Rain? (Runner-up, 1988)

Winner: McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award; The Dark Garden (Winner, 1995)

Winner: McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award; The Finder (Winner, 2005)

The Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Young People; Winter Shadows (Short-listed, 2011)

The Silver Nautilus Award for 2011,Teen Category: Winter Shadows (Winner, 2011)

The Young Reader's Choice Award, sponsered by the Pacific Northwest Library Assoc; Winter Shadows (Short-listed, 2013)

Shortlisted: McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award - Older Category; Winter Shadows (Short-listed, 2011)

(Starred*)YA fiction novel by The Canadian Children's Book Centre; Out of Focus (2007)

Nominated: McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award. Out of Focus (Short-listed, 2007)

Nominated: The Snow Willow Award; Out of Focus (Short-listed, 2007)

McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award, The Seeker (Short-listed, 2003)

The New York Public Library for their 74TH Annual Books for the Teen Age; The Seeker (Commended, 2003)

VOYA'S 18th Annual List of the Best In Science Fiction and Fantasy for the Young Adult Reader; The Seeker (2003)

Canadian Library Assoc. Young Adult Canadian Book Award, 2001;The Watcher (Short-listed, 2001)

Finalist: Independent Publisher Book Awards 2001; The Watcher (Short-listed, 2001)

Runner-up: Manitoba Young Readers Award; Angels Turn Their Backs (Runner-up, 2000)

Nominated Red Maple Award, Ontario Library Assoc.; Angels Turn Their Backs (Short-listed, 1999)

The 2000 Young Adults' Choices List, ALA; Angels Turn Their Backs (2000)

International Reading Association/Children's Book Council Children's Choices List (1999)

McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award; Angels Turn Their Backs (Short-listed, 1999)

Best Book for Young Adults, American Library Association; The Dark Garden (Short-listed, 1996)

Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award; The Dark Garden (Short-listed, 1996)

Mr. Christie Book Award; The Dark Garden (Short-listed, 1996)

Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award; My Mother's Ghost (Short-listed, 1995)

The Silver Birch Award, 1994; My Mother's Ghost (Short-listed, 1994)

McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award; My Mother's Ghost (Short-listed, 1993)

Canadian Library Assoc Book of the Year Award; My Mother's Ghost (Short-listed, 1992)

Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award, My Mother's Ghost (Short-listed, 1992)

Mr. Christie Book Award, 1992; My Mother's Ghost (1992)

Governor General's Award; My Mother's Ghost (Short-listed, 1992)

Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award; Who is Frances Rain? (1988)

International Youth Library Notable New English Language YA Book, 1991 The Guardian Circle (The Warnings) (1991)

American Library Assoc Best Books of the Year Honour Book; Who is Frances Rain? (Commended, 1990)


Intermediate Fiction (Ages 10-14), Young adult (YA) Fiction (Ages 12 and up)


Margaret Buffie


Margaret Buffie was born in Winnipeg, and grew up with three sisters in a two-story brick house in the West End. Her father died when she was 12 years old.  

Margaret spent her summers in a log cabin her dad and grandfather built. She loved the lake more than anywhere else in the world, and still does! She and her husband built another cabin on the property and they spend many happy months there from spring to fall. She is an avid photographer and canoeist. 

Once Margaret was old enough (15) she worked at Eaton&;s on the switchboard after school hours, on weekends, and in the summer - and saved enough to go to University. She received a Fine Arts degree.

After university, she found a job as an apprentice fashion illustrator for The Hudson&;s Bay Company, where she eventually became the main fashion illustrator. Later she taught art for a number of years as well as doing her own painting.

Margaret married a fellow artist and they have one daughter. Margaret wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, and when her daughter was old enough, Margaret decided to try writing, as well as continuing with her painting. She discovered, as she and her daughter read books together, that some of the best writing she had ever read was being written for early teens and young adults. She decided to write a novel for young adults set on an island much like the one near her cabin.

A year later, after finishing her first manuscript, Kids Can Press accepted Who is Frances Rain? for publication (actually two weeks after it was sent to them.)  It quickly became a bestseller after appearing in bookstores.

Margaret worked with KCP for 21 years and published 8 more novels for young adults with them. Her tenth book Winter Shadows was published by TUNDRA BOOKS in 2010.She is presently working on her eleventh novel.

Margaret works in her office in a 104 year old house in Winnipeg during the winter, and on the veranda of her cottage in North Western Ontario in the summer. 

Margaret&;s novels have been published around the world, including Canada, the United States, Norway, Italy, Sweden, Australia, Great Britain, Germany, China, Korea and other countries.

SHE IS LISTED IN:Who&;s Who of Canadian Women, CB Media Ltd.Who&;s Who in Canada, U of T PressMeet Canadian Authors and Illustrators, Scholastic CanadaThe CANSCAIP Companion, 1994, Pembroke PressWho&;s Who in the Writers Union of Canada, 1993  About Novels, 1990 Booth/Skinner, Globe/MCPTwentieth Century Children&;s Writers, St., James Press, USA Something About the Author, Gale Research, USA Writing Stories, Making Pictures, Canadian Children&;s Book Centre,Behind the Story, Pembroke PressEverybody&;s Favourites Arlene Perly Rae, Viking Penguin  This Land Kit Pearson Viking PenguinMy Mother&;s Ghost was produced as a film by Credo Entertainment and Buffalo Gals Pictures, released in 1996 and nominated for a Gemini for best writing in a Youth or Children&;s Program as well as three Blizzard nominations for best actors.