Natasha Deen

Natasha Deen

Edmonton, AB

Alberta Readers' Choice Award (Long-listed, 2017)

Moonbeam Award (2016)

CCBC Best Pick for Kids & Teens (2016)

CCBC Best Pick for Kids & Teens (2016)

CCBC Best Pick for Kids & Teens (2015)

Moonbeam Award (2015)

Sunburst Award Nominee (Long-listed, 2015)


Early chapter books, Junior fiction (Ages 8-12), Intermediate Fiction (Ages 10-14), Middle Years Fiction (Hi-Lo) (Ages 10-14), Short stories, Teen Fiction (Hi-Lo) (Ages 12 and up), Young adult (YA) Fiction (Ages 12 and up)


Amy Tompkins (Transatlantic Literary Agency)


Natasha Deen moved to Canada as a child to escape the racial and political violence of Guyana, in South America. Her books include Burned

from Orca’s Retribution series, Sleight of Hand and Across the Floor. Natasha lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with her family. For more information, visit

Inquire about this presentation

School Presentations

In Canada, Natasha’s family found refuge from the political and racial violence of Guyana, South America. Her experiences as a child of two nations are the foundation for her dynamic presentations, which help students find the story and power that lives inside them. During her visit, she also talks about why Canada is the most amazing country to live in,  falling in love with the book she assured her mother she would hate, and her hilarious (and often times, disastrous!) attempts to make friends in school. Through the presentation, she weaves in literacy tips as well as themes of inclusion, resiliency, and embracing individualism.

Students will come away with two important lessons:

  1. Writing is a way to deliver the part that&;s most fun: STORY
  2. In life, just as in writing, it&;s not about where you start, but where you end.

Natasha has specific presentations for PreK-Kindergarten, Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-9, and Grades 10-12, as well as presentations for mixed-age audiences (i.e. K-8).


Thank you so much for coming to our school! Everyone is still talking about what a fabulous job you did! You really left a wonderful impression!

~ Colleen Pommelet, Teacher-Librarian

You know how to read an audience and capture their attention. You kept our students on their toes!

~ Lisa Hautcoeur, Teacher-Librarian

You had our students engaged—even the ones that never do! You enthralled them! ~ Ms. Ellery, Teacher-Librarian 

The kids enjoyed your presentation and I can&;t stop gushing about how awesome you are! ~ Ms. Labelle, Teacher-Librarian





Recommended levels: Senior kindergarten, Primary (1-3), Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8), High school (9-12)