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.
Born in Budapest, Elizabeth Verkoczy was educated at university in Hungary and England. At fifteen she became Hungary's youngest journalist. In 1956 she escaped to England and after university she pursued medical research while continuing writing scientific papers and fiction. She emigrated to Canada in 1966. From 1980-81 Elizabeth edited the Canadian Authors' Association newsletter. And from 1980-82 the Market section of the Canadian Author and Bookman. In 1997 she received a Desktop Publishing diploma from George Brown College, Toronto. A member of The Writers' Union of Canada, the Crime Writers of Canada, and the Canadian Ethnic Media Association. Elizabeth writes novels, short stories, and poems for publications in the U.K., U.S.A., and Canada. She extensively travelled all over the European countries; plus Scandinavia, Ireland, Hebrides, Orkney Islands, Spain, Morocco, Canary Islands, Greenland. She explored Canada from coast to coast, the United States, Cape Cod, Mexico, the Caribbean Islands, Jamaica, Nassau, Bermuda. Presently she lives in Toronto.