Victoria Lee Miles

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Victoria Lee Miles

North Vancouver, BC

Henry Bergh Award (fiction, ecology and environment) (Winner, 2007)

F.G. Bressani novel prize (Winner, 2008)


Mimi Power and the I-don't-know-what (Tradewind , 2012)


Junior fiction (Ages 8-12)


Accordions, old bears, scientists, ancient trees and even chocolate…as the author of numerous best-selling books for children, Victoria Miles’ writing has taken her into cougar country, up to marmot meadows, and back hundreds of years in time.

Victoria’s picturebook Old Mother Bear received the 2007 fiction, ecology and environment Henry Bergh Award from the American Society for the Protection of Animals. Her historical novel, Magnifico, won the 2008 F.G. Bressani novel prize, and was a finalist in four Canadian children’s choice awards. Victoria’s 2005 book, Wild Science: amazing encounters between animals and the people who study them, was a finalist in both the 2005 Science in Society Book Awards, as well as the Ontario Library Association’s Red Maple Awards. She is also the author of The Chocolatier’s Apprentice--a commemorative picturebook to celebrate the first 100 years of Purdy’s Chocolates.

Blending careful research with a fictional reimagining, Victoria’s "Releasing Rebecca: An Exploration of Life, Death and Gravestone Art" won a 1999 Award of Merit from the Vermont Historical Society. In 1998, Victoria served as writer-in-residence for the Grafton Historical Society and was the principal writer of the town’s updated history, Five Dollars and a Jug of Rum, which won an Award of Merit from the Vermont Historical Society in 2001.

Victoria’s humour writing was featured in the finals of the 2007 CBC Literary awards and she created a funny, feisty fictional family in her newest children’s novel, MimiPower and the I-don’t-know-what (Tradewind Books, 2012). Mimi was a finalist for the 2013 BC Book Prizes’ Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, an official selection of the 2013/14 Red Cedar Awards and is currently a finalist in the Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice 2014 Diamond Willow Awards.

Victoria is the communications manager for the North Vancouver School District. She lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband, photographer David Nunuk, and two daughters.

July 2014