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Jennifer Maruno

Photo: G. Rork 2009

Jennifer began her publishing career as Jennifer Travis in 1985 with Addison-Wesley Publishing of Canada as a member of the Explorations K-2 author team. Since then she published educational materials for Ontario Ministry of Education, TV Ontario, and the Peel District School Board. Her short stories for children have appeared in Great Britain, United States and Canada. Her first children’s novel, a historical fiction for 8-12 year olds, is When the Cherry Blossoms Fell.

Phone number:
905 637-0460


Warbird. Napoleon & Company Publishing, 2010
Cherry Blossom Winter. Dundurn Press, 2012
Kid Soldier. Dundurn, 2013
When the Cherry Blossoms Fell. Napoleon Press, 2009
Cherry Blossom Baseball. Dundurn, 2015
Totem. Dundurn, 2014


Shortlisted - The Hackmatack Award - Atlantic Provinces for When the Cherry Blossoms Fell, 2010
Shortlisted - Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award for When the Cherry Blossoms Fell, 2012
Shortlisted: Rock Mountain Award for Kid Soldier, 2015
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Description

An experienced, entertaining speaker, her knowledge of children’s historical fiction is well known. Her presentations show how a good book can be a springboard for so many other kinds of learning, even mathematics. She enjoys working with children and teachers to foster the love of reading, the craft of writing and a deeper understanding of history.

She prefers to work with children and teachers in a school library or classroom setting, knowing the gym is not conducive to interacting with literature. She will tailor her presentations to the age of the group, their cultural diversity and developmental needs.

Presentation Length:
40-80 minutes
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Workshop Description:

Jennifer offers workshops for grades 1-6 on:

The Disappearing Art of Letter Writing

Deliciously Descriptive Passages 

For grades 6-8, she is will present :

The Story Behind the Story –Japanese-Canadian Interment in WW2 - One family's experience

A Visit to Sainte Marie - Past and Present The Inspiration for Warbird

Two Lives - Two Novels - The examination of two people's lives from 1939 - 1945

Jennifer will also do presentations for teachers on: Using Literature to Foster Mathematics and Developing Reading Programs with Early Childhood Education and Primary Teachers

Northern OAC WITS:
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Four sessions:
GST not applicable