Margaret J. McMaster

Margaret J. McMaster

Kingsville, ON

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 Associations 2009 Book of the Year for Children Award, the 2010/2011 Hackmatack Childrens 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 Tongo, The Improbable Party on Purple Plum Lane, What 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 Childrens Book Award in the Early Reader / 1st Chapter Books category. McMaster is a past contributor to the Canadian Childrens 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. 

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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: Book orders should be placed through VOLUMES at 1-888-571-2665, or,, six to eight weeks before the reading. 

Reading Location: Libraries, Schools

Audience Size: 30 - 60

Duration: 50 minutes

Language: English


Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Junior (4-6)

Fees: Eligible for CC National Public Readings Program and OAC Writers-in-the-Schools Program