Margaret J. McMaster has won the GOLD MEDAL for her book, The Complete Babysitter Out of Control! Series, in the 2015 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards JUVENILE FICTION - EARLY READER/1st CHAPTER BOOKS category.
Bernadette Dyer was born in Kingston Jamaica, where she graduated from The Immaculate Conception High School, as well as The Jamaica School Of Art, having specialized in Painting and Design. She was trained as a teacher at Toronto’s Lakeshore Teacher’s College, before becoming a novelist, a poet, a storyteller, a short story writer and a playwright. Bernadette has told stories on CBC Radio, as well as a variety of Toronto venues, that include the popular "1001 Nights Storytelling Series," and festivals at Nathan Phillips Square. She has read from her own work at Harbor Front, Lees Palace, the University Of Toronto, and numerous other locations. Her work has been anthologized in several collections and appeared in Canadian literary magazines as well as literary magazines from the University of London England, a journal from France, and a literary magazine from the University of Miami Florida. Villa Fair her multiethnic collection of short stories was published in 2000 by Beach Holme Publishers in Vancouver.
Her historical novel, Waltzes I Have Not Forgotten set between the World Wars was published in 2004 by Women’s Press, adding her maiden name Bernadette Gabay Dyer. Bernadette lives and works in Toronto.