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Margaret J. McMaster

Photo: Gabriela Pahl 2017

Canadian author, 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 TongoThe Improbable Party on Purple Plum LaneWhat Happened in July (selected for Best Books for Kids & Teens - Spring 2013)The Sinking of the Wiley Bean, and, The Queen of Second ChancesThe 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 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.

Phone number:
519-733-0757

Publications

The Complete Babysitter Out of Control! Series. Mansbridge Dunn Publishers, 2015
The Queen of Second Chances. Mansbridge Dunn Publishers, 2014
So Much Potential. Mansbridge Dunn Publishers, 2013
The Sinking of the Wiley Bean. Mansbridge Dunn Publishers, 2013
What Happened in July. Mansbridge Dunn Publishers, 2012
The Improbable Party on Purple Plum Lane. Mansbridge Dunn Publishers, 2011
Looking for Love on Mongo Tongo. Mansbridge Dunn Publishers, 2010
Babysitter Out of Control!. Mansbridge Dunn Publishers, 2009
Carried Away on Licorice Days. Mansbridge Dunn Publishers, 2008
Chess: The Thinking Man’s Video Game. Canadian Children’s Annual Number Eleven
“Do You Know What You Are?”. Canadian Children’s Annual Number Eleven
From Obsidian to Pyrex. Canadian Children’s Annual, 10 Anniversary Edition
The Mystery of the Emerald Perfume Bottle; or Confessions of a Glassblower. Canadian Children’s Annual, 10 Anniversary Edition

Awards

Long-listed, Silver Birch Award for The Complete Babysitter Out of Control! Series, 2016
Gold Medal Winner, Moonbeam Children's Book Award, Early Reader/First Chapter Book Category, for The Complete Babysitter Out of Control! Series, 2015
Commended, Best Books for Kids & Teens for The Complete Babysitter Out of Control! Series, 2015
Commended, Best Books for Kids & Teens for So Much Potential, 2014
Commended, Best Books for Kids & Teens for What Happened in July!, 2013
Shortlisted, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award for Carried Away on Licorice Days, 2011
Shortlisted, Rocky Mountain Book Award for Carried Away on Licorice Days, 2011
Long-listed, CLA's Book of the Year for Children Award for Carried Away on Licorice Days, 2009
Shortlisted, CBC Literary Award for After All These Years, 2006
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