Margaret J. McMaster

Margaret J. McMaster

Author
Kingsville, ON
Awards

Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children Award (Long-listed, 2009)

Rocky Mountain Book Award (Short-listed, 2011)

Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award (Short-listed, 2011)

Best Books for Kids & Teens (Commended, 2013)

Best Books for Kids & Teens (Commended, 2014)

Best Books for Kids & Teens (Commended, 2015)

Gold Medal, Moonbeam Children's Book Award, EARLY READER / 1ST CHAPTER BOOKS category (Winner, 2015)

Silver Birch Award (Long-listed, 2016)

Genres

Early chapter books, Junior fiction (Ages 8-12), Teen Fiction (Hi-Lo) (Ages 12 and up)

Biography

Canadian author, Margaret J. McMaster, published her first book of middle-grade fiction, Carried Away on Licorice Days, in 2008. It was nominated for three literary awards: the Canadian Library Association's 2009 Book of the Year for Children Award, the 2010/2011 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, and the 2011 Rocky Mountain Book Award. In 2009 she started writing the Babysitter Out of Control! series. These amusing, fast-paced adventures include: Babysitter Out of Control!Looking for Love on Mongo TongoThe Improbable Party on Purple Plum LaneWhat Happened in July (selected for Best Books for Kids & Teens - Spring 2013)The Sinking of the Wiley Bean, and, The Queen of Second Chances. The Complete Babysitter Out of Control! Series, published in 2015, was long-listed for the 2016 Silver Birch Award, selected for Best Books for Kids & Teens - Fall 2015, and the Gold Medal Winner in the 2015 Moonbeam Children's Book Award EARLY READER / 1ST CHAPTER BOOKS category. McMaster is a past contributor to the Canadian Children's Annual and her creative non-fiction piece, After All These Years, was shortlisted for the 2006 CBC Literary Award. So Much Potential, a novel set in the Lake Erie fishing industry, was published in 2013. It was a Starred * Selection in Best Books for Kids & Teens - Spring 2014

Presentations
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Reading

Animated readings from as many of my books as I can fit in, with lots of laughter guaranteed and a lively question-and-answer period following.

Special Equipment: Notification will be given beforehand if special equipment is required.

Book Sales: Orders should be placed through Jenn Sallans at 1-888-571-2665 or jenns@volumesdirect.com, a month before they are needed. I'm happy to autograph the children's copies after the reading.

Reading Location: Libraries, Schools

Audience Size: 30 - 60

Language: English

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Junior (4-6)

Fees: $250/hr. Travel expenses negotiable.