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Margaret J. McMaster

Margaret J. McMaster

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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 Association's 2009 Book of the Year for Children Award, the 2010/2011 Hackmatack Children's 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 was the Gold Medal Winner in the 2015 Moonbeam Children's Book Award, EARLY READER / 1ST CHAPTER BOOKS category. McMaster is a past contributor to the Canadian Children's 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. The first book in her Phoebe Sproule series, 8 Days in DUMBO, was named one of *The Year’s Best* by Resource Links and won an Honorable Mention in the 2019/2020 Reader Views Literary Awards. The sequel, The Haunting of Cedar Hill Plantation, won the Bronze Medal in the 2020/2021 Reader Views Literary Awards.

Email:
margaretjmcmaster@gmail.com
City:
Kingsville
Province:
Ontario
Genre:
Children's Literature
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English

Publications

The Haunting of Cedar Hill Plantation. 2020, Mansbridge Dunn Publishers
8 Days in DUMBO. 2019, Mansbridge Dunn Publishers
So Much Potential. 2013, Mansbridge Dunn Publishers
The Complete Babysitter Out of Control! Series. 2015, Mansbridge Dunn Publishers
Carried Away on Licorice Days. 2008, Mansbridge Dunn Publishers

Awards

Bronze Medal, Reader Views Literary Awards for The Haunting of Cedar Hill Plantation, 2020/2021
Honorable Mention, Reader Views Literary Awards for 8 Days in DUMBO , 2019/2020
Starred * Selection in Best Books for Kids & Teens for So Much Potential, Spring 2014
Gold Medal Winner in the Moonbeam Children's Book Award, EARLY READER / 1ST CHAPTER BOOKS category for The Complete Babysitter Out of Control! Series, 2015
Shortlisted for the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award for Carried Away on Licorice Days, 2010/2011
Shortlisted for the Rocky Mountain Book Award for Carried Away on Licorice Days, 2011
Longlisted for the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children Award for Carried Away on Licorice Days, 2009
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

Are you available for public presentations and/or workshops:
Yes
Presentation Description

I start with some background information on myself and my writing process. From there I do a few readings from my books, and finish with a Question & Answer session.

Presentation Length:
45 min to 1 hr
Genre:
Children's Literature
Grades:
Ages 8 to 12
Audience Size:
Up to 35, in a classroom, library, or bookstore setting.
Presenation:
Negotiable.
Are you available for school visits?:
Yes
School Presentation Description:

I start with some background information on myself and my writing process. From there I do a few readings from my books, and finish with a Question & Answer session.

School Presentation Length:
45 min. to 1 hr.
School Intended Audience:
Ages 8 to 12.
School Audience Size:
Up to 35, in a classroom or library setting.
School Presentation Fee:
Negotiable.
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
Yes